Al Trautwig has been a staple on MSG since he joined the network in 1989. He currently serves as the pregame, postgame and intermission host for Rangers and Knicks home telecasts, and as an in-game reporter for Rangers home games. Trautwig is also host of MSG’s Emmy Award-winning original program “MSG’s Vault,” which examines iconic moments in Madison Square Garden history using footage from the network’s vast archives.
One of the industries busiest and most sought-after announcers, Trautwig works several major national sporting events annually and has been a member of the NBC Olympics broadcast team 16 times, including at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Throughout his storied career in broadcasting, Trautwig has been nominated for, and won, numerous prestigious awards on the national level and in New York. In 1995, he won two national Emmy’s for his writing on NBC’s Ironman Triathlon, and a New York Emmy for his writing work on the New York City Marathon. Trautwig also won a New York Emmy award for “On-Camera Achievement” in both 1995 and 1996 after being nominated for the honor in 1992 and 1994. He has been part of seven New York Emmy Award-winning telecast teams for “Outstanding Live Sports Coverage-Series,” including: the Yankees in 1999 and 2000; the Knicks in 1992, 1997 and 2011; and the Rangers in 1994 and 2009. Trautwig won the 2000 New York Sportscaster of the Year award and was also nominated twice for a national CableACE award. The Rangers broadcast team also won the national CableACE award in the same category in 1994. In addition, Trautwig has been a part of five New York Emmy award–winning single programs: “David Wells’ Perfect Game” in 1998, “The Battle for New York: Yankees vs. Mets” in 1997, “Dwight Gooden’s No-Hitter in 1996,” “Michael Jordan’s Return” in 1995 and “Adam Graves Night” in 2009.
A member of the Adelphi University Sports Hall of Fame, Trautwig began his broadcasting career in 1979 calling New York Apollo Soccer for WMCA radio. Over the next two years he worked at SportsPhone, called soccer games for Cosmos radio and New York Arrows IndoorSoccer for WPIX and SportsChannel, and worked on ESPN college soccer telecasts. In 1980 Trautwig went to USA Network, where he worked on over 500 sports telecasts, including play-by-play for the North American Soccer League, NCAA College Basketball, the NHL, gymnastics, tennis and golf. Following four years at USA, Trautwig moved to ABC, where he hosted “Wide World of Sports.” Trautwig has also worked his way to the silver screen where, in 1993, he played himself in the Paramount Pictures film “Cool Runnings,” and in 1996 a news reporter in the Hollywood Pictures release of “Eddie,” starring Whoopi Goldberg.