After spending the majority of his broadcasting career at sports stations like WFAN and ABC Sports Network, Tushar Saxena transitioned into his current role at Fox News Radio in 2008. “I was a little intimidated at first. I had done sports for 16 years, and I needed a change,” he explains. “When I interviewed at Fox, they gave me a current events test. I actually failed it. It was shocking how much I didn’t know. Eight years ago I couldn’t tell you all the Supreme Court justices, but I could name all the starting 5 for the teams in the Atlantic division in the NBA.”
Looking ahead, Saxena thinks we are in one of the most exciting times in broadcast, and that radio will always be around. “We’re still trying to find our way through it. It’s hard to tell exactly where the industry will be in the next five years. No one is 100% certain where it is going.”
If he’s not in the newsroom, you’ll like find Saxena watching a movie. “I’m a big movie nut – I like to check out at least one movie a weekend. I have over 1,000 movies at home.” He loves the fast pace of life in New York City. “I like the action. It’s the city that never sleeps, but it takes a lot of naps.” He continues, “There are very few places that are as fast-paced as New York City. I enjoy a busy newsroom; I like to have something going on.” As for the best meal he’s had in the city? A steak dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.
For Saxena, the question “Yankees, Mets or neither?” is an easy one. “There is no neither, definitely Yankees, I only root for winners.” When it comes to one of the most memorable experiences he’s had at Yankee Stadium, Saxena says watching Derek Jeter’s last game. “My career started the same time as Derek Jeter – I got to watch DJ, Andy Petit and Mariano Rivera grow up, they are my Yankees and Jeter had the storybook ending.”
If Saxena could have dinner with any U.S. president, it would be Franklin Roosevelt. “Roosevelt had one of the most important runs as a president. He guided us through World War II and the Depression. He was able to guide the country through some really challenging times. He was a very progressive president too.” As for the advice he would give a new journalist? “Have a laser focus, be willing to work, and never turn down an offer to work. Sometimes your reputation is more important than your resume.”