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YES Network’s Michael Kay Calls Layoffs at New York Daily News an ‘Absolute Disgrace’

New York Yankees announcer and sports talk radio host Michael Kay provided commentary on the July 23 edition of his “The Michael Kay Show” (his ESPN New York radio show, simulcast on the YES Network) on the recent 50 percent staff reduction at the newspaper, the New York Daily News.

Kay, once himself a Daily News sports reporter, opened the segment: “To say that I am heartbroken and devastated about what has taken place today… is to put it mildly.” Kay noted several of the famed sports writers that were laid off like John Harper and Frank Isola and stated that their firings were an “absolute disgrace.”

Kay added that those executives of the Daily News’ new owners Tronc, who make millions of dollars, should be “ashamed.”

At the conclusion of the clip, Kay stated “This is a dark day for this country and that’s not hyperbole. Every time a newspaper dies, a little bit of our democracy starts to flicker out.”

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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