Kenny Albert (born February 2, 1968, in New York, New York), is an American sportscaster, and 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 North American professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL).
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
On his sixth birthday, 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 Kenny got to do the stats for the rest of the game (1974). At 14, he became the official statistician for the New York Rangers on the radio. At 16, he wrote content for the New York Rangers program. Aside from his father, his idol was Vancouver Canucks play-by-play broadcaster Jim Robson.
He graduated from New York University (NYU) in 1990 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.
Broadcasting career[edit | edit source]
Kenny 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, the NFL, and the Sugar Bowl. When Fox had the network contract for the National Hockey League in the 1990s, Albert also worked on Fox NHL Saturday telecasts. Albert also worked play-by-play for the NBC Sports Network and formerly with its predecessor Versus on select Stanley Cup playoff games not involving the Rangers.
He has done work for NBC's Olympics coverage, as a play-by-play announcer for men's and women's ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 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.
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 on MSG Network doing play-by-play for the New York Knicks.
Four sports in four days[edit | edit source]
On October 25, 2009, Albert called the play-by-play of the Minnesota Vikings – Pittsburgh 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.
Career timeline[edit | edit source]
- 1990–1992: Baltimore Skipjacks – Play-by-play
- 1992–1995: Washington Capitals play-by-play on Home Team Sports
- 1993–1994: NHL on ESPN2 – Play-by-play
- 1994–1995: NHL Radio – Lead play-by-play
- 1994–present: NFL on Fox – Play-by-play (since 2007, #2 announcer)
- 1995–1999: NHL on Fox – Play-by-play
- 1995–present: New York Rangers – Radio play-by-play
- 1999–2000: NTRA on Fox – Host
- 2001–present: Major League Baseball on Fox – Play-by-play
- 2002: Winter Olympics – Hockey play-by-play
- 2005: Washington Nationals - Fill-in television play-by-play
- 2005–2006: NHL on OLN – Play-by-play
- 2006: Winter Olympics – Hockey play-by-play
- 2007–2009: Sugar Bowl – Play-by-play
- 2009–present: New York Knicks – Fill-in television play-by-play
- 2010: Winter Olympics – Hockey play-by-play
- 2010: Washington Redskins Broadcast Network: Preseason play-by-play
- 2011: NHL on Versus Playoffs play-by-play
- 2012: NHL on NBC Playoffs play-by-play
- 2012: NBA on TNT Playoffs play-by-play
Broadcasting partners[edit | edit source]
- Tim Green
- Daryl Johnston
- Tony Siragusa
- Ron Pitts
- Brian Baldinger
- Joe Theismann
- Anthony Muñoz
- Dave Maloney
- Mark Grace
- Eric Karros
References[edit | edit source]
- The Voice of a Generation: Rangers’ Kenny Albert. Antonnews.com (2010-11-12). Retrieved on 2011-01-08.
- Kenny Albert wins travel trophy. Newsday.com (2009-11-01). Retrieved on 2011-01-08.
- MSG.com – Kenny Albert