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Yellow Cab Riders Can Hail Exclusive Ranger Recaps

As part of a larger broadcast power play, MSG Network is producing exclusive NHL playoffs content highlighting the New York Rangers’ quest for the Stanley Cup.

MSG Network Rangers and Knicks postgame shows

Game One against the Philadelphia Flyers airs Thursday at 7 p.m. And in approximately 7,500 Manhattan yellow cabs, there will also be this:

Each 45 to 60-second segment, which will be updated after every game, will feature MSG broadcasters Al Trautwig, Bill Pidto and former Ranger Ron Duguay as they recap the most recent action and look forward to the next game. Once patrons reach their destination, they can tune to MSG for extended post-game coverage following every Rangers playoff game this post-season.

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Knicks Great Patrick Ewing Joins MSG Network on Postgame Coverage of Select Games

It was a Hall of Fame career for Patrick Ewing that culminated with his number 33 raised to the Madison Square Garden rafters in 2003.

But Ewing isn’t done at MSG. He’s adding broadcaster to his resume. He’ll participate in the Knicks postgame show on a pair of MSG Network telecasts this month. The seven-foot former center grabs the mic after the March 20th game against the Magic and March 31 versus the Celtics. Both games are at Madison Square Garden and start at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s always good to be back at The Garden, Ewing said in a statement. “The Garden is home, New York is home, and the fans always appreciated what I brought to the table when I played. I’m really looking forward to working with MSG, it will be a great learning experience for me, and I’m excited to be on the other side of the mic.”

Immediately following each game, the 11-time NBA All-Star will appear on MSG’s Knicks post-game coverage, including Knicks Extra with host Al Trautwig and analyst Alan Hahn.

“With Patrick Ewing in our studio and Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier in the Arena, we will arguably have two of the greatest Knicks of all-time on our game coverage for these two games,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “Patrick’s knowledge of the team and New York basketball will give viewers a unique perspective on the results of both games.”

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MSG Reporter John Giannone Hit in the Face With Puck

“It’s dangerous down at ice level,” MSG Network Rangers play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen said.

MSG Rangers reporter John Giannone knows that all too well.

Late in the second period of last night’s game with the Islanders, a puck was tossed to the sicelines, finding Giannone’s face.

The bloodied Giannone stayed on the air, shown getting medical treatment. While the trainer worked on him, Giannone kept his work ethic intact, shown adjusting the microphone on his headset.

Rosen called his colleague a “gamer.”

As the patch job on Giannone’s nose continued, he was asked about his condition.

“Oh, it’s all good, Sammy. I’ve got a good medical staff with me.”

While he spoke you could see a close-up of his blood-stained face, causing Rosen to moan, “Oh!”

Al Trautwig took over the hosting between periods and echoed the thoughts, undoubtedly, of many fans.

“Did I just see that? Wow, that was scary,” Trautwig said.

 

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MSG Network Tops the List with 2013 Emmy Nominations

Looking to add to their totals: WCBS colleagues Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge show off Emmy gold at 2012 event

Award season is in full swing! It culminates with the Oscars later this month. But not so fast. The New York Emmy Awards announced its nominations today.

MSG Network leads the pack with 67 nominations. WNBC has the most among over-the-air outlets with 58 nominations.

There are dozens of award categories and here’s a brief rundown…

WCBS’ Chris Wragge, a multiple winner, has been nominated for Best Evening Newscast (under 35 minutes). He was tapped for anchoring the East River helicopter crash in October, 2011. He also received three other nominations, including coverage of a sportscast/series for the Giants Road to Super Bowl 46. He is also a nominee for the prestigious Best Anchor.

Among those joining Wragge in that category are WABC weekend morning anchor Phil Lipof, Tom Llamas of WNBC, and Sukanya Krishnan from WPIX.

Veteran WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough is in the running for the News Special category, hosting a 9/11 10th anniversary broadcast.

Scarborough’s new nighttime partner, Shiba Russell got a couple of nominations for her 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchoring.

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MSG’s Al Trautwig Offers Insight into Professed Cheater Lance Armstrong

By now you probably heard or saw Lance Armstrong make his official cheating declaration to Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong, a cancer survivor, was the most decorated cyclist ever with a record seven Tour de France victories. With his admission last night of taking performance enhancing drugs throughout his career, those yellow jackets have all been taken away and the monumental sporting achievement was all but erased from memory.

Al Trautwig offered a unique perspective into the one-time superhero’s persona. Trautwig, who called the Tour De France during the “Armstrong Era,” spoke to Newsday about the first time he saw the future champion. It was 1992, in preparation for the Barcelona Olympics on NBC.

“… We went to interview him at the house that he was living in. And the only way I can describe it is for what Lance Armstrong was in 1992, he was an overly cocky, arrogant jerk. He just was. That’s what I came away feeling,” Trautwig tells Newsday’s Neil Best.

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MSG Networks, NHL Ready to Drop the Puck on Abbreviated Season

Finally! The NHL ended its lockout that came perilously close to canceling the entire season. Instead, the NHL slashed the schedule nearly in half, much like the NBA was forced to do in 2011.

The shortened schedule gets started this weekend as MSG Network once again is home to the Rangers, Islanders, and Devils.

The Rangers open the 48-game regular season at the Bruins Saturday night. MSG Network covers 41 of the Blueshirts’ matchups. Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti return to the booth. For Rosen, it is season number 29 with the Rangers. Al Trautwig is back as studio host for all Rangers games at MSG, while Bill Pidto handles the away games.

MSG Networks will broadcast 46 of the 48 Islanders games in 2013. It starts with the Isles hosting the Devils Saturday night. Howie Rose is back behind the mic for an 18th season as play-by-play voice. Butch Goring is beginning his third season as analyst.

As for the Devils, 41 games are featured on MSG. Steve Cangialosi is back for his second season as lead announcer. He is joined by Glenn “Chico” Resch, who drops the puck on his 17th season in the Devils’ broadcast booth.

MSG Set to Televise 70 Regular Season Knick Games

While all eyes are locked on the Nets arrival in Brooklyn, there is another team ready to start the season.

The Knicks kick off the 2012-13 edition of the NBA schedule and, of course, MSG is the home to most of the action. The regional sports network will televise 70 regular season games starting with the Knicks’ home opener vs. the World Champion Heat November 2.

In addition to the home opener, MSG carries 13 games in November, eight featuring playoff teams from last season.

Mike Breen will return to courtside with long-time partner, Knicks analyst Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Knicks cablecasts on MSG will also include courtside reporter Tina Cervasio and Jill Martin as feature reporter and host of halftime’s “A New York Minute.” Al Trautwig will serve as host of Knicks telecasts for home games and Bill Pidto will handle host responsibilities for road games. Alan Hahn returns for his second season as a Knicks studio analyst.

MSG will also cover the entire six game pre-season schedule starting with the Knicks at the Wizards in Washington on October 11.

TNT has the opening night matchup as the Knicks travel across the East River to face the Nets, the first major league team in Brooklyn since 1957.

MSG Takes Knicks Coach Mike Woodson Out of Vault

The latest installment of MSG’s Vault highlights the career of Knicks’ coach Mike Woodson. The episode titled Hoosier to Head Coach, takes viewers to some rarely seen video in the MSG Network archives.

Thirty-two years after being drafted by the Knicks as the 12th overall pick of the 1980 NBA draft, Mike Woodson will start his first full season as New York’s head coach this fall. But his road to MSG started long before he heard his name called at the draft.

For this episode, MSG unearthed video from the 1979 NIT Championship at Madison Square Garden in which Bobby Knight and Woodson’s Indiana University Hoosiers defeated Purdue 53-52 – video that Woodson had never seen – as well as footage from the 1979 Pan Am Games team which was also coached by Knight and starred Woodson as the captain.

Al Trautwig hosts the program, which explores Woodson’s college hoops at Indiana, and his ultimate coaching process.

The Mike Woodson MSG Vault episode premieres tomorrow at 9 p.m.

(Video) A Quarter Century of ‘Swishing and Dishing’ for Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier on MSG Network

At a recent event, MSG Network was promoting its summer block of programming, highlighted by a new MSG’s Vault–Walt Frazier: Before He Was Clyde.

The episode, debuting June 23, centers on the lost video of Frazier’s final collegiate game for the Southern Illinois Salukis. The NIT Championship, originally broadcast on CBS (with Frank Gifford providing color commentary) in 1967 was played at MSG, giving Knicks brass a front-row seat to witness his future greatness. Two weeks later he was the Knicks first-round draft choice.  (Frazier will live tweet during Saturday’s program @nyknicks)

Fast forward 20 years, and Frazier is a Hall of Famer, with his number 10 retired by the Knickerbockers. He guided the franchise to their only two championships to date.

But Clyde was about to embark on a new career–Knicks announcer. First he was describing the action on radio. For more than a decade, he has a new found celebrity on MSG Network.

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MSG Network Gears Up for Rangers/Devils East Finals

It’s beginning to feel like 1994 again.

Now that the New York Rangers have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, a familiar foe awaits.

Starting tonight, buzz gets ratcheted up for the Rangers and Devils, who meet for the right to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

MSG Network gives fans complete coverage beginning with a one-hour post-game show following each game. The broadcast will be simulcast on MSG, the home of the Rangers, and MSG+, which airs Devils games.

Al Trautwig hosts the show from the MSG studios. He’ll be joined by former Ranger great Brian Leetch and Devils legend Ken Daneyko.

Trautwig will also take viewers into the arena for insight from Rangers play-by-play team of Sam Rosen and Dave Maloney, and the Devils broadcast duo, Steve Cangialosi and Chico Resch.

All games are televised nationally by NBC Sports Network, with the exception of Game 3, which will air Saturday afternoon on NBC.

Eighteen years ago, the Rangers defeated the Devils in seven, intense games, propelling them into the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blueshirts would go on to win their first title since 1940.

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