Kenny Albert

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Kenny Albert (born February 2, 1968, in New York, New York) 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 North American professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL).

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Albert's parents gave him a tape recorder for his fifth birthday to practice his broadcasting.[1]

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.

From 1981–86, Kenny, growing up in Sands Point, covered high school sports for the Port Washington News, an Anton Community Newspapers publication.[2]

He graduated from New York University (NYU)[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[edit]

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,[6] the NFL,[7] 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, and recently called regular season NHL games as well.

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 with Joe Theismann.[8]

Albert called the international broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI with Theismann.

Kenny 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.[9]

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.[10]

Four sports in four days[edit]

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.[11]

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