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Christopher Patrick Myers
March 28, 1959
Christopher Patrick Myers (born March 28, 1959) is an American sportscaster. A native of Miami, FL with more than 30 years in broadcasting, he has covered the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Final Four, The Masters and the U.S. Open (golf), the Triple Crown, the Olympics and the Daytona 500.
Early life and career
Chris Myers broke into broadcasting as a 16-year-old high school student when he hosted his own show on Miami’s WKAT radio, interviewing such sports figures as Muhammad Ali and Don Shula. He graduated from Chaminade High School, Hollywood, Florida, in 1977. In the 1980s Myers hosted a sports radio call-in show on WIOD-AM in Miami before moving to New Orleans to work for broadcast station WWL.
Myers spent ten years (1988-1998) at ESPN, hosting SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and other shows. He received an Emmy for the interview program Up Close, on which he was the first to conduct live interviews with O.J. Simpson after both his O.J. Simpson murder trial and the wrongful death civil lawsuit.
Myers earned acclaim for his live reporting during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake that took place during the World Series. He was the only on-scene reporter who stayed on the air through the night broadcasting from Atlanta during the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.
While at ESPN Myers coined popular phrases such as "That deserves a 'Wow'" and "I kid because I care". He was also the first to use the term "3-ball" when describing a 3-point shot in basketball and "a hoop and some harm" when describing a basket and foul. Myers introduced the phrase "a fresh set of downs" while doing play-by-play for football.
In December 1998, Myers joined Fox Sports and Fox Sports Net, where he was one of the original anchors of The National Sports Report and the weekly sports magazine program Goin' Deep. In 2005, he debuted The Chris Myers Interview on FSN. In 2000, Myers joined Fox Sports Radio where he currently hosts his own interview show, CMI, which is heard on over 200 affiliates. Myers conducted the last public interview with the late John Wooden in April 2010 on CMI. The legendary 99-year-old coach told Myers he did not fear death, saying "The next life will be even better, and this one hasn't been too bad."
Myers has been the studio host for Fox NASCAR coverage since it began in 2001. He also serves an as announcer and/or a reporter for Fox NFL, Fox College Football and Fox Major League Baseball, and was a reporter for Fox's coverage of the Bowl Championship Series.
Myers has been a reporter on multiple Super Bowls and World Series for Fox Live Network Broadcasts.
During a Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints game, on September 13, 2009, Myers made a remark about linebacker Larry Foote's decision to leave the perennially strong Pittsburgh Steelers to play for Detroit, "That's like going from dating Beyoncé to Whoopi Goldberg!".
Myers visited the American armed forces in Qatar on behalf of Fox Sports, and gave a live broadcast with the armed forces on the pre-game show before the New Orleans Saints played the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day 2010.
MLB on Fox
On July 14, 2012, Myers called his first MLB on Fox game with Eric Karros when the New York Mets played against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Myers called MLB games for Fox in 2012 and 2013, before moving back to the studio for the 2014 season.
Myers (along with Jeff Hammond and Michael Waltrip) hosts NASCAR RaceDay, Pizza Hut Prerace Show, and NASCAR Victory Lane during Fox's coverage of NASCAR. His first NASCAR race was the 2001 Daytona 500 where the finish was overshadowed by the death of Dale Earnhardt. Myers currently hosts NASCAR FOX/FS1 with Michael Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip pre-race and post-race shows.
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
In 2017, Myers was named host for Fox evening coverage of both nights of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, initially with WKC Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher; dog show judge Jason Hoke was added in 2018. Myers also, in 2017 only, hosted Fox's annual documentary on the event, Crowned: Inside the Westminister Dog Show.
Boxing on Fox
In 2019, Myers began doing Fox PBC Boxing play by play and hosting.
Myers has hosted shows and events on the Discovery Channel, Tennis Channel, and the Military Channel, and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! numerous times. Myers also serves as the play-by-play commentator for Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason games that air locally on WTSP-TV, after having the same role for WFLA-TV from 2003-2010.
Myers resides in Hollywood, California with his wife and son.
- Jeff Hammond
- Michael Waltrip
- Darrell Waltrip
- Jeff Gordon
- Joe Buck
- Troy Aikman
- Pam Oliver
- Ken Rosenthal
- Tim McCarver
- Sam Rosen
- Tim Ryan
- Brian Billick
- John Lynch
- Eric Karros
- Erin Andrews
- Mike Joy
- Daryl Johnston
- Laura Okmin
- Ronde Barber
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- "Chris Myers On Playing In Detroit: Like Going From Beyonce To Whoopi Goldberg". Retrieved 16 April 2016.
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- Shadow and Act. "Shadow and Act New Home - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- "Chris Myers thinks playing for the Lions is like dating Whoopi Goldberg". MLive.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
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