Versatile four-sport broadcaster Kenny Albert has been calling NFL games for FOX Sports since its inception in 1994. He currently is the only broadcaster handling play-by-play for all four major U.S. sports. In the 2018 FOX NFL broadcast booth, Albert teams with analyst Rondé Barber for the second consecutive season.
A DISTINGUISHED CAREER
The 2016 Emmy Award nominee in the play-by-play category previously partnered with analyst Daryl Johnston from 2007-2016, calling five NFC Divisional post-season games, as well as the 2008 Pro Bowl with Johnston and sideline analyst Tony Siragusa. Albert has called baseball on various FOX networks since 1997 (on FOX Sports since 2001). He contributed as a field reporter for the 2003 and 2004 ALCS on FOX and hosted the ALCS trophy presentations in 2003, 2004 and 2009.
The list of sports Albert has called for FOX is long and distinguished, highlighted by five seasons of NHL on FOX coverage (1995-1999); BCS college football coverage, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl (2007 & 2009), FedEx Orange Bowl (2008) and AT&T Cotton Bowl (2011) broadcasts; and two years as host of the NTRA Champions on FOX series (1999-2000). Albert called the 2009 BCS Championship Game and 2010 MLB All-Star Game in 3-D for FOX/DirectTV.
He handled play-by-play for FS1’s Big East men’s basketball coverage in 2014 and 2015 and also called Big3 basketball for FS1 during the summer of 2017 and 2018. Albert was behind the mic for FS1’s coverage of the 2015 MLB American League Division Series (Toronto vs. Texas), as well as the 2016 National League Division Series (LA Dodgers vs. Washington). Additionally, Albert also has called NFL Europe games on FOX. His broadcast partners at FOX have included Johnston, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw (2007 Sugar Bowl), Troy Aikman, Tim Green, Ron Pitts, Brian Baldinger, Anthony Munoz, Tim McCarver, Eric Karros, Lou Piniella, Joe Girardi, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds and A.J. Pierzynski.
OUTSIDE OF FOX
Albert has called New York Rangers games on MSG Radio since the 1995-96 season. On the MSG Network, Albert serves as the TV play-by-play announcer for approximately 25 New York Knicks games each season. He also has handled announcing duties for additional MSG Network events, including the New York Liberty and college basketball, New York Yankees baseball (formerly on MSG) and Golden Gloves boxing. In Feb. 2012, Albert called the World Feed broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI alongside NFL analyst Joe Theismann.
Albert has handled announcing duties for the NHL on NBC since 2012. He called men’s and women’s ice hockey games for the Winter Olympics in 2002 from Salt Lake City, 2006 from Turin, Italy, 2010 from Vancouver, Canada, 2014 from Sochi, Russia, and 2018 from Pyeongchang, South Korea (including the men’s and women’s Gold Medal games) for NBC. In 2011, he called the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs on VERSUS, and in 2014-2018, the NHL’s Western Conference Final on NBC. In 2014, Albert also called Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC. In 2016, Albert served as the voice of Track and Field events for NBCSN’s coverage of the Rio Olympics. The announcer also has called Premier Boxing Champions events on NBC.
From 1992 to 1995, Albert worked for Home Team Sports, a regional sports cable carrier in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, calling play-by-play for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, ACC and CAA basketball and other college sports. He also helped HTS by filling in on Washington Bullets and Baltimore Orioles broadcasts. In addition, Albert called hockey for ESPN2 and OLN and called the 1994, 1995, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Stanley Cup Final and the 2017 and 2018 NHL All-Star Games for NHL Radio/Westwood One.
He has partnered with a variety of analysts throughout his illustrious career, including Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Patrick Ewing, Joe Namath, John Davidson, Dave Maloney, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Joe Micheletti.
Albert’s broadcasting career began at age 15, announcing high school and college football, basketball, baseball and hockey for Cox Cable of Long Island (1984-87) and Staten Island Cable (1988-89). From 1990 to 1992, he began his professional career as the voice of the American Hockey League’s Baltimore Skipjacks. Albert is the son of legendary NBA announcer Marv Albert, who currently handles play-by-play duties for Turner Sports. His uncles, Steve and Al, also are accomplished sportscasters.
Albert graduated from New York University in 1990 with a degree in broadcast journalism. As an undergraduate, he called play-by-play for NYU basketball on WNYU Radio. Albert scored the first goal in the history of the NYU Ice Hockey Club. He has appeared as himself in two movies: “GameDay” (starring Richard Lewis) and “Juwanna Mann” (starring Vivica A. Fox). Born Feb. 2, 1968, in New York City, Albert currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Barbara, and daughters Amanda and Sydney.