One of the most versatile sports broadcasters in the country, Kenny Albert has become a fixture in the New York Rangers radio booth, calling play-by-play action since 1995. He has also appeared on MSG Network’s Knicks telecasts for select games since the 2008-09 season. Albert, the only play-by-play broadcaster who currently calls all four major sports, has described the action for over 1,500 professional hockey games for close to three decades. Albert was one of five nominees for the National Emmy Award in the play-by-play category in 2016.
Albert called the 2014, 2015 and 2016 NHL Western Conference Final, as well as Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, for NBC and the 2016 Stanley Cup Final for Westwood One Radio; he called Games 2 through 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final for MSG Radio. In 2010, Albert (with radio partner Dave Maloney) called the historic 3D telecast between the Rangers and NY Islanders.
Albert has also been an announcer for FOX Sports since 1994. He was named one of the network’s original NFL play-by-play broadcasters when FOX acquired the rights to the National Football Conference that season. Albert is a member of the network’s crew with analyst Daryl Johnston, a team that has called five NFC Divisional playoff games. He has also been calling Major League Baseball on FOX since 2001. Albert has most notably called the 2015 ALDS and 2016 NLDS.
Since joining MSG Networks in 1995, Albert has served a variety of roles. Aside from handling the Knicks and Rangers radio and television duties, he has called Knicks summer league games, Liberty basketball, numerous high school and college basketball games, Islanders hockey and Golden Gloves boxing.
Albert called his first NHL game on December 2, 1989 (NY Islanders at Winnipeg) at the age of 21. He spent two seasons as the voice of the American Hockey League’s Baltimore Skipjacks (1990-92) and called television play-by-play for the Washington Capitals for three seasons (1992-95) on Home Team Sports, where he also filled in on Washington Bullets and Baltimore Orioles telecasts. Albert called the Rangers-Vancouver Stanley Cup Final series for NHL Radio in 1994, as well as the Devils-Red Wings Cup series in 1995. He has also called NHL games on ESPN2 (1993-94), OLN, Versus, NBCSN and NBC.
Albert has called men’s and women’s ice hockey at the last four Winter Olympics for NBC: 2002 in Salt Lake City; 2006 in Turin, Italy; 2010 in Vancouver; and 2014 in Sochi. Albert also called men’s and women’s track and field at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Albert also called five seasons of the NHL on FOX (1995-99) and hosted the NTRA on FOX thoroughbred horse racing series in 1999 and 2000. He also called play-by-play at two Sugar Bowls (2007 and 2009), the 2008 Orange Bowl, the 2011 Cotton Bowl and the 2008 Pro Bowl for FOX, as well as the “world feed” of Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012. Albert called play-by-play for the 3D telecasts of the 2009 BCS National Championship Game and the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He also handled the post-game clubhouse trophy presentations following the 2003, 2004 and 2009 American League Championship Series. Albert has most recently added calling NBC boxing series of Premier Boxing Champions in 2015-2016.
Albert has appeared as himself in two movies: GameDay (starring Richard Lewis) and Juwanna Mann (starring Vivica A. Fox). He graduated from New York University in 1990, and lives in New Jersey with wife Barbara and daughters Amanda and Sydney.
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