If you’re somebody looking to pursue a career in sports but are unsure of what it takes, here’s one Fordham alum who’s spent over a decade working as the engineer for New York Mets radio broadcasts on WFAN and now WOR.
Meet Chris Majkowski, the man sitting side by side to some of the most famous baseball voices in the New York area since 1993.
Even before his time at Fordham, Chris always knew that he wanted to work in sports and the allure of Fordham’s WFUV Sports Department is what attracted him to the Rose Hill campus. In High School, he’d sit up late at night tuned into FUV’s One-On-One, “New York’s Longest Running Sports Call-In Show,” knowing that one day he’d like to be a part of it. That same high school kid went on to become the Sports Director at WFUV before graduating in 1989.
Like many college kids, Majkowski had an idea of what field he wanted to get into, but wasn’t exactly sure on the area he’d like to focus on. With early intentions to be a writer Chris caught what he calls “the radio bug,” and never looked back. Through the connections he’d made at pro sporting events and in dealing with some of the biggest names in sports media while trying to book them as guests for One-On-One, he now had the type of network he needed to launch his professional career.
It wasn’t too long after his time at Fordham that Majkowski was traveling around the country with the New York Mets, and experiencing firsthand a life in pro baseball and all that comes with it.
With baseball consisting of spring training, a 162 game regular season, and if you’re lucky a post season, it’s safe to say that this life is not cut out for just anybody. He mentioned that those dog days of August are certainly present, especially when working with a team whose playoff hopes had been stomped on by the All-Star break, something the Mets have experienced quite a bit over the years.
With that being said, Chris will tell you that he is “truly blessed” to be doing something he loves for as long as he has. At the end of the day his office is a baseball field and watching sports is part of what he gets paid to do.
He says the most important day of each series is day 1, whether it he’s on the road or at Citi Field. On that day he is responsible for setting up everything in the booth, communicating with the station, managing the equipment, and most importantly getting the broadcast on-air and keeping it on-air.
In a season as long as Major League Baseball Chris says that it is the people you see every day who become your family. According to him, the best part about his job is the people, the friendships, and the relationships he’s made along the way. He says that the “games come and go” and that it’s “the people not the other things,” that make the job most enjoyable.
As for his favorite travel destinations during the course of the season, Majkowski mentions Chicago, San Diego, and San Francisco, with the reasoning behind the last two being, “because well, it’s San Francisco and San Diego.”
One of his favorite memories is the Grand Slam Single off the bat of Robin Ventura that ended Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship against the Atlanta Braves.
So if you’re a student in college and interested in a career in pro sports, here is a very brief glimpse into the life of somebody who has done and continues to do this for a living.
As he waits for warmer horizons with Port St. Lucie, Florida and Mets Spring Training right around the corner, Chris spends his baseball offseason engineering NFL football games, college basketball events, and a variety of other things for a handful of different networks. You can also find him serving as the PA announcer in the Rose Hill Gym for Rams basketball games.
If you’ve grown up a Mets fan you’ve seen great seasons, bad seasons, Hall of Fame players, and some of the greatest busts in professional baseball. Throughout the years the team has switched stadiums, traded players, and fired coaches. Since 1993 there are very few names that’ve been consistent with the New York Mets franchise, and one of the guys who’s seen it all is Chris Majkowski.
Now entering his 21st season with the same Major League Baseball club, Chris says he’ll “do it until it starts to feel like a job.” That is not something he can see happening any time soon. In reference to his plans to continue doing this, he says “hopefully I’ll do it for 20 more.” Again, a life in sports sounds great, but you truly have to love each day to be successful at the highest level.