WSYR to NBC
Before getting a job at NBC in 1979, he worked for WSYR radio broadcasting Blazers Hockey games, Syracuse's minor league team, while he attended grad school Costas was paid $30 a game, a lot less than his current take home per broadcast gig.
On his first day at NBC the owner that hired him asked, "How old are you? Fourteen? I wonder how old you would look if we grew you a mustache."
Costas said the owner asked because he was not tall at the time and he still isn't.
Costas went through the typical hazing period of a junior broadcaster, but said it was worth it, as that job at NBC opened so many doors for him. He broadcasted the World Series, professional football games, you name it he did it. Most importantly, he never forgot where he came from as he's always showing his gratitude toward the training her received at Syracuse University.
"You know I think back to my years at Syracuse and there's no question that this University, in every respect gave me my start," Costas said. "Not just academically, but it put me in touch with like-minded young people who were passionate about broadcasting and about sports."