Bob Costas is a sportscaster in the United States who has worked for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) since the 1980s. He was born in Queens, New York in 1952 and is of Greek and Irish heritage. At 5’7 in height, he is also known for his boyish and youthful appearance and is often compared to Star Wars actor Mark Hamill for these characteristics. He is known as a passionate fan of baseball and has won a huge amount of awards, including several National Sportscaster of the Year awards and almost twenty Emmy awards for sports announcing.
Costas grew up in Commack, New York and attended Commack High School South, a public school located in the Commack School District. Costas is one of their most notable alumni, as are Rosie O’Donnell, Dave Cohen and Tom Mendoza.
He attended Syracuse University and worked in radio as he attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Syracuse University is a private research-based university in Syracuse, New York. The campus is known for its blend of traditional and modern architecture and its information studies and communications programs are nationally recognized as outstanding.
The college that Costas attended is one of the top ranked programs of its kind in the nation and is known for producing many successful names in broadcasting. Its school is named for Sam Irving Newhouse Sr. who made a foundation and who’s made generous contributions toward the program throughout the years.
Known for programs in broadcast journalism, newspaper, television and public relations, the Gourman Report ranked this program second in the nation, tied with Northwestern University. Other notable alumni include Larry Kramer, Beth Mowins, Mark Tinker and Contessa Brewer.
While attending school, he was an announcer for the region’s minor-league hockey team, the Syracuse Blazers who played in both the Eastern Hockey League and the North American Hockey League. This started his career as a sportscaster. Due to the launching of his career, Costas never actually graduated from college.
Going to Syracuse and having the opportunity to sportscast jump-started Costas’ career. Following his work with the Blazers, he was an announcer for the Spirits of St. Louis, a basketball team, and also worked on the team’s radio station. He announced for the Chicago Bulls and for a small time, was a member of the CBS Network.
He joined NBC Sports in 1980 and hosts the National Football League (NFL) and announces for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball. He also covers horse racing events.
He is also one of the main broadcasters for the Olympic games for NBC, including most of the Olympic games in the past 15 years, most recently Beijing in 2008 and Vancouver in 2010.
For six years, Costas hosted a late-night program following Johnny Carson and David Letterman at the 1:30 a.m. slot on NBC, entitled Later With Costas, but this show was cancelled in 1994. He broke from traditional late night format and simply had one guest that he interviewed for a half hour—no band, no audience, no monologues. This led to a recognition of his interviewing skills.
He has also worked with HBO doing interview work and MLB Network as a host for an interview show. He currently hosts a radio program, Costas on the Radio, which discusses sports and other topics.
His time at Syracuse undoubtedly led to his incredibly successful career in American media, joining the many other notable alumni from the school in television and radio.