Bob Costas is a well-known American TV sportscaster known for his sense of humor and smart interviewing style. He served for almost 40 years with NBC Sports, and is currently the host of Studio 42 with Bob Costas.
Costas was born in Queens, NY, and graduated from Syracuse University with a communications degree. Beginning his sportscasting career as the announcer for the Syracuse Blazers hockey team, Costas soon graduated to becoming the play-by-play host for the Spirits of St. Louis in Missouri. Early in his career, he also did play-by-play for the Chicago Bulls, and worked for CBS Sports as an NFL and NBA announcer.
Moving to NBC in 1980, Costas hosted the network’s NFL and NBA coverage, as well as did play-by-play for MLB games. He has also hosted for NASCAR, and did a stint with Marv Albert and Al Michaels calling boxing matches. Costas is known for frontlining many Olympics broadcasts for NBC as well, including the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Torino, Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi, and Rio. Costas stepped down from NBC Sports in 2017, appearing in a few broadcasts afterward before officially departing in 2019.
From 1986 to 1997, Costas hosted the radio program Costas Coast to Coast, which was aired on 200 stations nationwide and focused on a variety of topics including but not limited to sports. He also hosted Later with Bob Costas on NBC from 1988 to 1994, a program which broke from the typical late night format in featuring an unbroken 30 minute interview without a band, monologue, or studio audience. The show was nominated for two Emmys, and won for Best Informational Series in 1993.
Throughout his career, Costas has garnered eight National Sportcaster of the Year awards, and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2012. He has also taken home over twenty Sports Emmy Awards. Costas does speaking appearances across the country, and is regularly booked for corporate events.