Al Trautwig

Alan Trautwig[1] (born February 26, 1956) is a sports commentator with the MSG Network, ABC, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and USA Network. He does the pre-game and post-game shows for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, as well as fill-in play-by-play for both teams.


Early life

Trautwig was a stick-boy for the New York Islanders in their early days in the NHL and a ball boy for the New York Nets when they played in the ABA. Both teams used the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York for their home games. He graduated from H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School, in Franklin Square, NY. As a 22-year-old recent college graduate, Trautwig called New York Apollo soccer games on WBAU 90.3 FM, a student-run radio station on Long Island.

Broadcasting career

In the 1980s, Trautwig hosted USA Network's coverage of the National Hockey League; one off-beat feature that he did was to interview a water fountain. He also occasionally would do the sponsor plugs for WWF shows that would air on the USA Network in the mid-80s. He occasionally guest hosts the NHL on Versus studio program Hockey Central. He also anchored several MISL games from 1978 to 1992.

Trautwig was one of the original hosts for Classic Sports Network when it was founded in 1996.

The 2000 New York Sportscaster of the Year, Trautwig has covered the last eight Olympic games, and has won New York Sports Emmys for his coverage of the Yankees, Knicks, and Rangers. From 19912001, Al was host of the New York Yankees' pre- and post-game shows on MSG Network, and also was in the booth for a few innings per game. In 2006, he hosted the new MSG show called Al Trautwig's MSG Vault, which featured vintage and sometimes discovered lost footage of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

In addition to his current duties, at the beginning of the 2006 football season Trautwig became a radio host as well, hosting the radio version of NBC's Football Night in America for Westwood One, which co-produces the show (called NBC NFL Sunday) with the network. However, Trautwig left the show in the middle of the season.

He also hosts NBC's coverage of the Ford Ironman World Championship, Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 and ING New York City Marathon.

Auto Racing, Cycling and tennis commentary

He was a television pit reporter alongside Jim McKay for ABC Sports' coverage of the 1986-1987 Indianapolis 500.

He has co-anchored coverage of the Tour de France (from 2004 to 2007 on Versus (formerly OLN) and in the 1980s for ABC), the Olympics, and NBC's coverage of the Arena Football League. Despite his years of experience as a broadcaster, he was sometimes criticized by cycling fans, for his occasionally uninformed commentary, and his tendency to compare the Tour to various mainstream sports he covers.[2]

From 2005–2008, he also co-anchored USA Network's coverage of the US Open tennis tournament. Trautwig also had a cameo in the movie Cool Runnings as an announcer for the bobsled competition. He now co-anchors the US Open's live feed during the tournament.

Gymnastics commentary

Since 2000, Trautwig has taken over the spot long covered by John Tesh of hosting U.S. national and international gymnastics competitions, including the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic games. Trautwig's co-hosts include former Olympic gold medalist Tim Daggett, former Canadian champion gymnast Elfi Schlegel, three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger and 2008 Olympic champion Nastia Liukin.

Trautwig has stated that, at the urging of NBC producers, his gymnastics commentary focuses on the personal stories of the gymnasts,[3][4] and that he does not spend time learning about particular moves, such as the popular women's vault the Amanar.[5] During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he described a gymnast's pre-Olympics injury as "like having a tear in your wedding dress right before you walk down the aisle."[6] His commentary has resulted in some in the gymnastics community criticizing Trautwig long before the Biles controversy at the 2016 Rio Olympics, mainly by die-hard fans of the sport who feel that Trautwig serves only to perpetuate the stereotypes of women's gymnastics.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]


  1. ^ 1973–1979 New York Apollo
  2. ^ 3, Team Rider (2009-04-09). "Versus Cycling Commentary, Part Two". Team Two Wheel. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  3. ^ "Women's Gymnastics Deserves Better TV Coverage". The New Yorker. 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  4. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (2016-08-12). "NBC's coverage of the Olympics is atrocious. There's a simple reason why". Vox. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  5. ^ "NBC's Al Trautwig Apologizes for Comments on Simone Biles's Parents -- Update". 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  6. ^ Reeve, Elspeth (2016-06-29). "Welcome to the Gymternet". New Republic. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  7. ^ Mc, Author Rick (2016-08-08). "the gymternet hates Al Trautwig". Gymnastics Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  8. ^ "NBC's Al Trautwig apologizes for comments on Simone Biles' parents". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  9. ^ Reeve, Elspeth (2016-06-29). "Welcome to the Gymternet". New Republic. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  10. ^ "Top 10 : Biggest assholes in gymnastics". Gymtruthteller's Blog. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  11. ^ Kamiya, Gary. "Memo to NBC gymnastics commentators: Shut up!". Salon. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  12. ^ Mrr (2008-05-28). "Polished Gymnastics 101: The NBC Commentators Who They STILL Haven't Gotten Rid Of". Polished Gymnastics 101. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  13. ^ Mc, Author Rick (2016-08-08). "the gymternet hates Al Trautwig". Gymnastics Retrieved 2016-08-14.

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Bill Pidto

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Hockey Night Live!

Hockey Night Live is a current events sports talk show about NHL hockey broadcast on MSG Network. Its main host, Al Trautwig, is joined by a panel that includes Steve Valiquette, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney, Butch Goring, John MacLean, and E.J. Hradek, with contributions from Stan Fischler and John Giannone. Bill Pidto serves as panel moderator and host when Trautwig is on assignment or unavailable.

The program primarily provides insight into the four NHL teams that MSG holds broadcast rights: the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and MSG-owned New York Rangers. Hockey-related topics of broad importance are occasionally discussed.

From its inception until February 2016, the show was broadcast on Saturdays following the local hockey game. On February 4, 2016, the show became part of MSG Network's Thursday Night Hockey program, although the move did not guarantee the same previous local time slot.

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As one of the most successful clubs in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees are also one of its oldest teams. Part of that success derives to its radio and television broadcasts that have been running beginning in 1939 when the first radio transmissions were broadcast from the old stadium, and from 1947 when television broadcasts began. They have been one of the pioneer superstation broadcasts when WPIX became a national superstation in 1978 and were the first American League team to broadcast their games on cable, both first in 1978 and later on in 1979, when Sportschannel NY (now MSG Plus) began broadcasting Yankees games to cable subscribers. Today, the team can be heard and/or seen in its gameday broadcasts during the baseball season on:

TV: YES Network or WPIX channel 11 in New York

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MSG, NY is a television newscast that airs on MSG Network. It airs nightly at about 10 or 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, with the exact time dependent on sports events schedules. Jason Horowitz, Deb Placey, and Tina Cervasio serve as hosts.

Originally, this program was called SportsDesk and was a sportscast similar to ESPN's SportsCenter. In 2006, the show was retooled and now primarily covers both sports and entertainment events that occur at Madison Square Garden.

Past anchors of SportsDesk include Al Trautwig, Greg Gumbel, Marv Albert, Jonathan Coachman, and Bill Daughtry.

SportsDesk was also seen on the North American Sports Network throughout Europe.

MSG Network

The MSG Network (MSG) is an American regional cable and satellite television network, and radio service owned by MSG Networks, Inc.—a spin-off of the main Madison Square Garden Company operation (itself a spin-off of local cable provider Cablevision).

Primarily serving the Mid-Atlantic United States, its programming focuses on events featuring and other programs about New York City sports teams, including live game broadcasts of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Red Bulls. The channel is named after the Madison Square Garden sports and entertainment venue in Midtown Manhattan.

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Stan Fischler

Stan Fischler (born March 31, 1932) is a historian of hockey and the New York City Subway, as well as a broadcaster, author, and professor.

He can be seen beside Al Trautwig during MSG hockey intermissions for the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers on MSG and MSG Plus. He also provides general hockey analysis on MSG and writes columns for the network's website. In 2009, Fischler began hosting a feature, "Five For Fischler", on Hockey Night Live! which lists his Top Five in a random hockey topic. In the 1980s, he was a hockey commentator for The Radio Show on CBC Radio in Canada.. He was also a color commentator for the New England Whalers of the WHA in their first two years in 1972-73 and 1973-74.

In addition to broadcasting, Fischler has authored or co-authored almost 100 books on hockey, baseball and even a few on the New York subway system. His books include: The Hockey Encyclopedia, Everybody's Hockey Book, Hockey Chronicle, The New NHL Encyclopedia, Cracked Ice: An Insider's Look at the NHL, and most recently MetroIce: A Century of Hockey in Greater New York, focusing on the Rangers, Islanders and Devils franchises. His most famous subway book is Uptown, Downtown. Fischler contributed to the 2017 documentary Only the Dead Know the Brooklyn Americans; having been a fan of the team as a young child before the team folded, he was one of the few living Americans fans to have witnessed the team firsthand.On September 18, 2007, Fischler was announced as one of the four recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Trophy.On May 13, 2014, his wife Shirley -- a hockey journalist in her own right and Fischler's long-time collaborator on many of his works -- died of cancer at the age of 74.

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