Waldman’s rare off triggers Yankees booth shuffle, hints at future revamp

John Sterling with Suzyn Waldman and Justin Shackil with Emmanuel Berbari at Yankees booth.

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The 2024 New York Yankees radio booth has undergone significant changes, most notably with the absence of longtime play-by-play announcer John Sterling, who decided to step down from his duties earlier in the season. Now, fans will experience another temporary change as Suzyn Waldman takes a rare weekend off from her responsibilities in the booth during the upcoming series against the Chicago White Sox.

According to Erik Boland, a veteran Yankees reporter for Newsday, Waldman’s absence will result in a slight reshuffling of the broadcast team. WFAN radio host Keith McPherson will fill in for Waldman, calling the games on Friday and Saturday alongside Justin Shackil. On Sunday, YES Network dugout reporter Meredith Marakovits will join Shackil in the booth to provide commentary.

Temporary changes at Yankees booth hints at future revamp

McPherson acknowledged the temporary move to the broadcast booth, expressing his appreciation for the opportunity. As of now, Marakovits has not publicly commented on the assignment on X (formerly known as Twitter) or her other social media platforms.

This temporary arrangement appears to be a convenient solution for both the Yankees and WFAN. McPherson, who regularly hosts a radio show on the network, is familiar with the station’s operations, while Marakovits is a well-respected reporter who already travels with the team on a regular basis. Their presence in the booth will ensure that fans continue to receive high-quality coverage of the games despite Waldman’s brief absence.

07/28/22 - New York Yankees Radio Broadcaster Suzyn Waldman poses in the radio broadcast booth before the start of the Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in New York. Photo by
Jason Szenes / New York Post

While the radio broadcasts may sound different without the familiar voices of Sterling and Waldman, the temporary additions of McPherson and Marakovits demonstrate the Yankees’ commitment to providing fans with an engaging and informative listening experience.

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