One of the most versatile sports broadcasters in the country, Bob Papa is the radio “voice” of the New York Giants since 1995, after having been associated with the NFL’s flagship franchise since 1988. He provided the radio calls for the Giants Super Bowl XXXV and XLII victories. In addition to his Big Blue radio duties, Papa serves as the host of MSG Networks Giants Postgame Live and NY Giants First and 10. Papa previously hosted Giants television programs including Giants Gameplan on FOX-5 as well as YES Network’s Giants Training Camp Report, Giants Access Blue, Giants Chronicles, and Giants Online. In addition, Papa is the play-by-play voice for the Giants preseason schedule on NBC-4 in New York.
Beyond his coverage of the New York Giants, he also hosts SiriusXM radio’s weekday NFL program called The Opening Drive as well as Moving The Chainswhich continues to serve as one of the premier destinations for professional football talk. Papa has also called numerous regular season and postseason NFL games for Westwood One Radio (previously called Dial Global). The Bronx, New York native was the play-by-play voice of Thursday Night Football from 2008-2010 which included working one year (2008) with Emmy Award winner Cris Collinsworth on the NFL Network. Papa has also been a contributor to NFL GameDay Morning.
Since 2009, Papa has served as play-by-play broadcaster for the NFL World Feed (international telecast) of the Super Bowl beamed to over 180 countries. Beyond his work with the NFL, Papa has handled numerous duties for NBC Sports since 1992 including the famed Bayou Classic featuring Grambling State vs. Southern. Papa has also been the voice for the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl featuring the nation’s top college football recruits.
Most recently in 2018, he was seen as the play-by-play voice for the American Flag Football League which aired on the NFL Network. Since 2012, Papa has served as play-by-play host on Golf Channel for the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and NCAA Golf Championships. In 2018, Papa celebrated his 14th year as the anchor for the long form coverage of Westwood One’s coverage of the Masters. He has spent four years as the 18th hole tower anchor. In addition, Papa has been a part of the broadcast team for Westwood One’s coverage of The Masters, US Open, and PGA Championship. The 2016thOlympics was Papa’s 11th Olympic assignment with the NBC Sports Group. Papa has been an announcer on a variety of sports for each of NBC’s Olympic telecasts since the 1992 Barcelona Games, most recently handling play-by-play duties for ski jumping and Nordic combined at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi as well as served as the rugby play-by-play commentator at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Papa has called boxing, rugby and water polo at the Summer Games while handling bobsled, luge, cross-country skiing, biathlon and curling at the Winter Games.
An experienced boxing commentator, Papa has called numerous pay-per-view bouts, including the 1990 heavyweight championship between Evander Holyfield and Buster Douglas. From 1996-2003, he called boxing for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and from 2007-2013 for HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Along with partner Teddy Atlas, Papa has also called over 1,200 bouts for ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”.
Papa spent six full seasons as the WOR radio voice of the New Jersey Nets and was heard on Westwood One calling the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Papa began his television career in 1989 at Sportschannel America, where he called the Gatorade High School Football Game of the Week. While at Sportschannel America, he handled the blow-by-blow for their boxing series, served three years calling Notre Dame basketball and was the studio anchor for their coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Following his time with Sportschannel America, Papa joined Sportschannel New York as a studio anchor for the Nets, Devils, Islanders and Mets. In 1992, Papa was named the New York State Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year. Bob Papa’s broadcasting career began at Fordham University, where he honed his play-by-play skills at the famed college radio station WFUV. After graduating from Fordham’s School of Business in 1986, Papa began working under the guidance of legendary broadcaster Marty Glickman at WNEW radio.
Besides from his excellence behind the microphone, Papa also continues to make a significant impact in the community. Over the years he has lent his time and support to many organizations including the Food Bank of New Jersey, the Chatham Athletic Foundation and the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation. Papa could also be found emceeing more than a dozen charitable functions each year. Also, he generously donates his personal New York Giants tickets to many auctions and events in order to raise funds and awareness. Born in the Bronx and raised in Dumont, N.J., Papa is a 1986 graduate of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. Papa currently resides in Chatham, New Jersey.