Ian Eagle, the often hilarious Brooklyn Nets play-by-play guy on the YES Network, was inducted into the Syracuse’s college radio station WAER-FM’s Hall of Fame alongside famous names like Marv Albert, Bob Costas, Dick Stockton and Sean McDonough.
“It’s a huge honor, and really a sense of pride, more than anything else,” Eagle told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “When you get up to Syracuse, you sort of know that there’s only going to be a few spots available, and you do everything in your power to put yourself in a position to open up some doors and create some opportunities. At that point, the goal is to be on the air somewhere, someday, to be a working broadcaster, and anything beyond that is just gravy.
“You know that it’s something that interests you, you have a passion for it, and you’re doing everything in your power to make a living doing it. At that point, you’re not thinking about, ‘I wonder if I can one day do this at the highest level?’ You’re thinking about, ‘Is someone willing to give me a job to do this at any level?’”
Eagle began his career at WAER in 1987. Since his graduation in 1990, he’s done the play-by-play for the NFL, tennis, and the NBA as the Nets play-by-play man for the last 19 years. He still works for CBS calling Thursday night football games on the radio.