In the spring of 1970, Marv Albert became a New York legend as he emotionally described to radio listeners every moment of the New York Knicks first-ever NBA championship. Twenty-four years later, he sat in the same radio broadcast booth and called the New York Rangers first Stanley Cup championship since 1940.
In between these two dramatic moments, Albert emerged as one of the top nationally acclaimed broadcasters in the sports television industry. A broadcaster for more than 30 years, Albert began his current job in 2011 by handling play-by-play duties for CBS’ NFL Football games. In addition, Albert is TNT’s lead NBA voice and calls NCAA March Madness on both CBS and Turner Sports.
While working as sports director of WHN-AM radio and as play-by-play voice of the New York Giants in 1975, Albert landed the position of sports director of WNBC-TV New York. There he anchored sports segments in the nightly newscasts. In 1977, he joined NBC Sports, initially handling college basketball, boxing, and professional football. He worked six NBA Finals, two NBA All-Star Games, the 1994 World Championships in Toronto, and four Summer Olympic games. Albert’s work with NBC also included four consecutive NHL All-Star Games with MSG’s John Davidson from 1990-93, and the boxing competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He also hosted the pre-game studio show for NBC’s Major League Baseball coverage.
While working for MSG Network, Albert moved from radio to television for Knicks road games in 1979-1980, while still working radio for the home games. From 1986-97, he served as the Knicks full-time television voice, teaming with John Andariese, his partner for nine years on radio.
Albert was nationally recognized on several occasions for his work at MSG, winning the prestigious CableACE award as “Outstanding Play-By-Play Announcer” for his coverage of the Knicks an unprecedented six times. He won three New York Emmy awards in the “Outstanding On-Camera” category and was part of the production team that won four New York Emmys in the category of “Live Event Coverage”, for Knicks Basketball. Albert was named New York State Sportscaster of the Year 20 times. In 1997, Albert was awarded the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one of the Hall’s highest honors given to a journalist. He has also won five Emmy Awards and was named sportscaster of the year by the American Sportscasters Association.
On September 12, 1996 Albert became the 32nd person inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame. He has also written four books, recorded voice-overs for several sports videos, and made cameo appearances in movies and TV shows.
Albert married ESPN producer Heather Faulkiner in 1998 and the couple live in New York City.
TNT & CBS Sports Commentator
In the spring of 1970, Marv Albert became a New York legend as he emotionally described to radio listeners every moment of the New York Knicks first-ever NBA championship. Twenty-four years later, he sat in the sa...