As a Mets fanatic growing up in Brooklyn, Joey Wahler watched Lindsey Nelson plug sales of the team’s yearbook during telecasts, mentioning it had “photos suitable for framing.” Wahler wondered, “Are any photos not suitable for framing?” Hearing legends like Nelson, Bob Murphy and Marv Albert made Wahler an aspiring broadcaster by age 12.
Wahler has been a WFAN update anchor since 2004, and also anchors updates heard nationally on CBS Sports Radio Network. He has been a television sports anchor/reporter at News 12 New Jersey, covering the Giants, Jets, Nets, Devils, Seton Hall, Rutgers and beyond. At News 12, Wahler is known for his warm anchoring style and compelling human interest features. He was previously a sports anchor/reporter at Madison Square Garden Network, starting by filling in for his idol, Marv Albert, anchoring “SportsDesk.” Wahler’s News 12 and MSG work has earned nine New York Emmy Award nominations, including for Best Sports Reporter in 2012, Best Sports Anchor in 2011, and Best Sports Anchor and Best Sportscast in 2010. Going beyond sports, he fills in as host of DirecTV’s national sports and pop culture program, “The Artie Lange Show.”
Also an accomplished play-by-play announcer, Wahler has called regionally televised games for the Northeast Conference. In 2010-2011, he became America’s only announcer calling games for two Division I men’s basketball programs, St. Peter’s College and LIU-Brooklyn. Remarkably, that year both made the NCAA Tournament, with Wahler calling their respective victories 48 hours apart for the MAAC Championship and the Northeast Conference Championship. In 2011-2012, he became the voice of Wagner College basketball during the program’s resurgent, school-record 25-win season under former coach Dan Hurley.
Wahler has called a full slate of national college basketball play-by-play for Westwood One Radio, including No. 1 Memphis vs. No. 2 Tennessee, the Pac 10 Championship, and 12 NCAA Tournament games. In the 2007 Big Dance, he called Virginia Commonwealth’s first-round upset of Duke and Butler’s second-round upset of Maryland, the latter culminating with Wahler’s memorable cry, “The twerps have beaten the Terps!” Wahler anchored Westwood One updates during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Late sports broadcasting legend Marty Glickman mentored Wahler while he attended Seton Hall University, where his play-by-play experience began at WSOU-FM. MSG Network named Wahler the best basketball announcer on college radio in the New York metropolitan area. He was awarded by calling one quarter of a Knicks game live on WFAN with analyst Walt Frazier.