Kenny Albert

Kenneth Albert (born February 2, 1968) is an American sportscaster, the son of sportscaster Marv Albert and the nephew of sportscasters Al Albert and Steve Albert. He is the only sportscaster who currently does play-by-play for all four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL).

Kenny Albert
Kenny Albert 2015
Albert in 2015
Born
Kenneth Albert

February 2, 1968 (age 51)
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Barbara Wolf (1996–present)
ChildrenSydney Albert Amanda Albert
Parent(s)Marv Albert
Benita Oberlander
RelativesAl Albert (uncle)
Steve Albert (uncle)
Sports commentary career
Genre(s)Play-by-play
SportsNFL, NBA, MLB, NHL

Early life

Albert's parents gave him a tape recorder for his fifth birthday to practice his broadcasting. [1] On his sixth birthday in 1974, his father took him along to a New York Rangers game. One of the statisticians had to leave in the middle of the game, so Albert got to do the stats for the rest of the game. At 14, he became the official statistician for the Rangers on the radio. At 16, he wrote content for the Rangers program. Aside from his father, his idol was Vancouver Canucks play-by-play broadcaster Jim Robson. From 1981 to 1986, Albert, growing up in Sands Point, covered high school sports for the Port Washington News at Paul D. Schreiber High School, an Anton Community Newspapers publication.[2]

Albert graduated from New York University[3] in 1990[4] with a degree in broadcasting and journalism. Albert worked in the sports department at WNYU radio. He is a frequent guest on WNYU's sports talk program, The Cheap Seats. He has also made many appearances on the popular New York sports internet radio show Sports Heaven with Mark and Evan.[5]

Broadcasting career

Albert is the radio voice of the New York Rangers, as well as a play-by-play announcer and field-level reporter for Fox's coverage of Major League Baseball,[3] the NFL,[3] and previously, the Sugar Bowl. Previously, he handled TV play-by-play for the Washington Capitals and Washington Bullets (now the Washington Wizards), and was a part-time announcer on Washington Nationals telecasts in 2005. Additionally, he does TV play-by-play for Washington Redskins preseason games with Joe Theismann.[6] Albert called the international broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI with Theismann.

When Fox had the network contract for the National Hockey League in the 1990s, Albert also worked on Fox NHL Saturday telecasts. Albert now does play-by-play for the NHL on NBC and formerly with Versus (now called NBCSN). Albert called Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals for NBC, filling in for Doc Emrick, who was dealing with a death in the family.[7] He has done work for NBC's Olympics coverage, as a play-by-play announcer for men's and women's ice hockey at every Winter Olympic Games since Salt Lake City in 2002.

Albert has also done college basketball for ESPN Plus and is a substitute play-by-play announcer for televised New York Knicks games on MSG Network.[4] For the 2011 playoffs, Albert broadcast for two playoff teams in the same market, doing the play-by-play for the New York Rangers on WEPN 1050 ESPN radio and filling in on MSG Network doing play-by-play for the New York Knicks.[8]

Albert is known to some Chicago sports fans as "The Kiss of Death" to their teams.[9] Many games involving the Bears and Blackhawks with Albert announcing have ended in losses for both teams. Examples include Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Final between the Blackhawks and Kings, and many Chicago Bears' games with Albert announcing since 2004.

Albert was the lead play-by-play announcer for the 2015 American League Division Series between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays. In the top of the 7th inning of Game 5, he helped explain the rule regarding the errant throw by Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, which resulted in Texas scoring the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the inning, he called Jose Bautista's go-ahead home run.[10]

In 2016, Albert was nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play in a list that included fellow NFL on Fox announcer Kevin Burkhardt, fellow NHL announcer and eventual winner Mike Emrick, and even his own father.[11]

Four sports in four days

On October 25, 2009, Albert called the play-by-play of the Minnesota VikingsPittsburgh Steelers NFL game for Fox and then hosted the New York Yankees' locker room celebration after clinching the American League Championship Series that night. The following night he broadcast a Rangers game on radio and on October 28, he called the play-by-play of the New York Knicks season opener on MSG.[12]

Personal life

Kenny Albert currently resides in New Jersey with his wife for 20 years, Barbara (Wolf), and their two daughters, Amanda and Sydney. Albert was introduced to his wife by close friend and Baltimore sports reporter, Jerry Coleman.[13]

Career timeline

Broadcasting partners

References

  1. ^ "New York Media Jobs - Jobs in NYC". www.mediabistro.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ The Voice of a Generation: Rangers’ Kenny Albert Archived 2010-11-14 at the Wayback Machine. Antonnews.com (2010-11-12). Retrieved on 2011-01-08.
  3. ^ a b c "Kenny Albert, Barbara R. Wolf". 11 August 1996. Retrieved 1 April 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-05-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.longislandexchange.com/press/2009/01/20/kenny-albert-joins-sports-heaven/
  6. ^ 2011 Washington Redskins season#Game summaries
  7. ^ NBC Sports PR [@NBCSportsPR] (2 June 2014). "@KennyAlbert will call Gm 1 of Stanley Cup Final on Wed on NBC. Doc Emrick is dealing w a death in the family. He will return for Games 2-7" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Monroe, King added to Knicks' playoff studio team". timesunion.com. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Fuck Robbie Gould and Kenny Albert with a rusty fence post: 49ers 26 Bears 20". firejerryangelo.org. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  10. ^ MLB (14 October 2015). "Jose Bautista hammers go-ahead three-run shot in ALDS Game 5, delivers epic bat flip". Retrieved 1 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "NBC Sports Group Garners 28 Sports Emmy Award Nominations - #PRNC". www.prnewschannel.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  12. ^ Kenny Albert wins travel trophy. Newsday.com (2009-11-01). Retrieved on 2011-01-08.
  13. ^ "Kenny Albert - Fox Sports PressPass". Fox Sports PressPass. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  14. ^ "MSG.com – Kenny Albert". msg.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
Preceded by
Mike Emrick
Stanley Cup Finals American network television play-by-play announcer
2014 (with Mike Emrick; Albert called Game 1)
Succeeded by
Mike Emrick
1996 Chicago Bears season

The 1996 Chicago Bears season was their 77th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). They failed to improve on their 9-7 record from 1995 and finished with a 7–9 record under head coach Dave Wannstedt. It was the team's first losing season since 1993 when it was Wannstedt's first season.

1996 New Orleans Saints season

The 1996 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 30th as a member of the National Football League. They were unable to match their previous season's output of 7–9 and finished with the second

worst sixteen-game record in team history at 3-13. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight year. It would be Jim Mora's final season as the team's head coach. His exit from the team was highlighted by his infamous "didly poo" rant following an embarrassing Week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

1996 St. Louis Rams season

The 1996 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise’s 59th year with the National Football League (NFL) and the second season in St. Louis. It was marked by a 59–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in week 11. The Rams’ point tally in that game was the highest by an NFL team since 1989, when the Cincinnati Bengals scored 61 points. Safety Keith Lyle tied first for the league lead in interceptions, with 9. However, the Rams finished the season with a 6–10 record. Head coach Rich Brooks was fired after the season

2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 81st midseason exhibition between the All-Stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 2010, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the home of the American League Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and was telecast by Fox Sports in the US, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth. Fox also teamed with DirecTV to produce a separate 3D broadcast, the first ever for a network Major League Baseball game. Kenny Albert and Mark Grace called the 3D telecast. ESPN Radio also broadcast the game, with Jon Sciambi and Dave Campbell announcing. The National League won the game 3–1, ending a 13-game winless streak.This was the third All-Star Game hosted by the city of Anaheim, California, which previously hosted the game in 1967 and 1989. From 2003-16, the winning team earned home field advantage for the World Series. This was the first All Star Game the National League won since 1996, giving the NL said advantage in the World Series for the first time since 2001 – ironically, the winning pitcher, Washington Nationals closer Matt Capps, would go on to participate in the American League playoffs after his trade to the Minnesota Twins just a couple of weeks following the Midsummer Classic.

A short memorial honoring George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees who died early that morning, was held prior to the game.

2018 Carolina Panthers season

The 2018 season was the Carolina Panthers' 24th in the National Football League and their eighth under head coach Ron Rivera. It was the team's first season without former assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who became head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason and former offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who became the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. The Panthers entered the season hoping to improve or match their 11–5 record from last year. After starting 6–2, the Panthers fell into a 7-game losing streak, failing to improve or match their previous season's record, and were eliminated from playoff contention following a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. Although they went a dismal 1–7 in the second half of the season, the Panthers managed to end on a high note by defeating their division rival the New Orleans Saints 33–14.

2018 New York Giants season

The 2018 season was the New York Giants' 94th in the National Football League, their ninth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and their first under head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants entered the season looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the team finish with a 3–13 record, their worst since the adoption of a 16-game regular season. Despite starting 1–7 for the second consecutive year, the Giants managed to improve on their 3–13 campaign with a 30–27 win over the Chicago Bears. After a 17–0 shutout loss to the Titans in Week 15, the Giants missed the playoffs for the second straight season. The season was highlighted by blown fourth-quarter leads much like 2015, the Giants were in 12 one-possession games and lost eight games by seven points or fewer. The Giants finished the season 5–11 and last place in the NFC East for the second straight year.

Despite the 5–11 record, the season was highlighted with rookie running back Saquon Barkley who won many awards including Pepsi Rookie of the Year, FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year, AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and AP All-Rookie teams.

Don La Greca

Donald Marco La Greca (born February 13, 1968) is a co-host of ESPN New York's "The Michael Kay Show", heard on ESPN New York WEPN-FM and simulcast on the Yes Network. La Greca continues to serve as the official radio host of the New York Rangers pre and post game shows since the 2005-2006 season. Additionally, he is the backup radio play by play announcer for the Rangers behind Kenny Albert. La Greca formerly hosted ESPN New York's official "Jets Game Day" pregame show and "The 5th Quarter" post-game show, alongside former NY Jet LB Greg Buttle.

Joe Micheletti

Joseph Robert Micheletti (born October 24, 1954 in International Falls, Minnesota) is an American ice hockey analyst and reporter. He is also a retired National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA) defenseman who played in 142 WHA games with the Calgary Cowboys and Edmonton Oilers between 1977 and 1979, and 158 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies between 1979 and 1982. He is the brother of former NHL player Pat Micheletti.

List of Fox Sports announcers

This is a list of commentators who currently work or have worked for Fox Sports.

List of NFL on Fox commentator pairings

These are the following announcer pairings for the NFL on Fox.

List of Sugar Bowl broadcasters

Television network, play-by-play and color commentator(s) for the Sugar Bowl from 1953 to the present.

NHL Radio

NHL Radio is the official national radio broadcaster of the National Hockey League, covering the Stanley Cup Finals, both Conference Finals, selected early round playoff action, the All-Star Game, the NHL Winter Classic and a selected number of regular-season games. The package is distributed by Westwood One and premiered in the 1993-94 season. This arrangement lasted through the end of the 2007-08 season until it was relaunched for the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, through the network's NBC Sports Radio service. The contract was continued for the 2016-17 season with a playoff game of the week, both conference finals, the Stanley Cup finals, the Winter Classic and select regular season games being added.

NHL on Fox

NHL on Fox is the branding formerly used for broadcasts of National Hockey League games that were produced by Fox Sports, and televised on the Fox network from the 1994–1995 NHL season until the 1998–1999 NHL season. Although the Fox broadcast network no longer airs league telecasts, NHL games currently air on the Fox Sports Networks in the form of game telecasts that air on a regional basis, featuring local NHL teams that each of the regional networks have respective broadcast rights to air in their designated market.

NHL on NBC commentators

From 2006 to 2008, NBC's studio show originally broadcast out of the rink at New York's Rockefeller Center, at the foot of NBC's offices during January and February. This allowed the on-air talent, including commentators for NHL on NBC, and their guests (often ex-players and youth hockey teams) to demonstrate plays and hockey skills. From April onwards, and during inclement weather, the studio show moved to Studio 8G inside the GE Building, where NBC produces its Football Night in America program. For the Stanley Cup Finals, the show was broadcast on location.

Beginning in 2008, the studio show originates from the game venue.

Thom Brennaman

Thomas Wade Brennaman (born September 12, 1963) is an American television sportscaster. He is the son of Cincinnati Reds radio sportscaster Marty Brennaman.

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