Each tour ride includes and least one live host, to provide narration and insight and to show historical items that are tied in to the tour route and narrative.
Gary Sussman and New York Sports Tours president Kevin O’Keefe were the hosts for the tour launch and rollout. Sussman was the public address announcer for the NBA’s Nets for more than 20 years and moderates player press conferences at tennis’ US Open.
“. . . an incomparable experience . . . The fascinating journey takes you through Midtown Manhattan as you listen to a live announcer and view a stunning array of photos and short documentaries . . . From the very first minute it started, we found the tour to be illuminating. Our renowned, ‘Play by Play Announcer’ was Gary Sussman . . . As New Yorkers, we were amazed . . . Be intrigued, be informed, and be entertained. ”
“Guests make themselves comfortable in a black van with the logo of New York Sports Tours on the side. The striking trademark . . . is the goddess Diana taking aim with her outstretched bow, arrow pointed at her target . . . The Diana logo is an homage to the statue that once towered over the second of the four Madison Square Gardens. [Kevin] O’Keefe has researched, plotted and planned an exhaustive but not exhausting trip back through time . . . O’Keefe has done his homework.”
“. . . New York Sports Tours has a great guided tour . . .”
“. . . an amazing experience . . . Kevin O’Keefe . . . greeted all of the participants with a warm smile and handshake . . . O’Keefe is . . . providing a unique and special experience for his guests. After taking our seats on the luxury van, we were provided with a bottle of cold water and then in an instant, the tour was ready to begin — everything working like a well-oiled machine. Promptness was a key part of the experience . . . the special guest narrator, Gary Sussman . . . had, for many years, been the public address announcer for the New Jersey Nets . . . for this venture even the narrator on the van was a New York sports personality . . . the van had comfortable seats . . . O’Keefe . . . made eye-contact. He spoke to us individually. He brought a personal approach to the experience . . . brought life to the experience . . . supplemented the information with unique and rare historical items and memorabilia . . . the participants actually get to hold the items. This is a difference that is groundbreaking. When one actually interacts with the historical item, the history and the stories about that item become even more real . . . Sussman provided additional background to add to the stories . . . The delivery, tone, and amount of information [Sussman] provided . . . was perfect . . . Mr. O’Keefe and Mr. Sussman interacted and complemented each other’s work. It was a great balance.”