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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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Saying Thank You to ‘Johnny Hoops’

After a lifetime of praise and criticism for the Knicks, John Andariese is getting feted at Madison Square Garden, his home for forty years.

Andariese retired from the broadcast booth before the start of this season.

Tomorrow night, MSG holds a special farewell for its native son. Prior to the Knicks tipping up with the Cavs, MSG will run a video tribute to the longtime announcer. After the clips, Andariese wll speak to Knicks play-by-play voice Mike Breen.

At the conclusion of the first quarter, Andariese will be presented the fifth annual Dick McGuire Knickerbocker Legacy Award by the McGuire family. The honor is symblic for someone who shows the cornerstones of the Knicks franchise: Pride, Tradition, and Class. Andariese joins past winners Herb Williams, Mike Saunders, Cal Ramsey, and original honoree, Dick McGuire.

“‘Johnny Hoops’ is one of the great New York basketball personalities and was an integral part of MSG’s Knicks coverage, on both television and radio, for four decades,” said Dan Ronayne, executive VP and general manager, MSG Networks. “Many Knicks fans grew up watching or listening to John and he will always be synonymous with MSG and the New York Knicks.”

Andariese, a stellar forward at Fordham, debuted behind the mic at MSG in 1972 as radio analyst. He also famously provided commentary on the TV side opposite Marv Albert from 1986 to 1998.

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Veteran Knicks Announcer John Andariese to Retire

It’s been a second career for John Andariese as Knicks broadcaster. Andariese is leaving the booth as the new season tips next month. He’s been a fixture with MSG Network in some capacity since 1972 as a radio analyst.

Andariese, coupled with Marv Albert, did games on the TV side from 1986-87 to 1997-98.

“After what seems like a lifetime behind the microphone and having the good fortune and privilege to be part of nearly 40 years of Knicks’ history, I’ve decided it’s time to step away to spend time with my wonderful wife Maureen, my three beautiful daughters and my four grandchildren,” Andariese said in a statement.  “I’ve been blessed to be able to cover one of the greatest sports teams on the planet, one with the most knowledgeable and passionate fans.  It’s now time to shift my focus to my family and my position as CEO of TVI Media.  I’m grateful to MSG Networks and the Knicks for giving me this wonderful opportunity and for all of the love and affection shown to me by our New York basketball savvy fans, who have been such an important part of my life.   I’m pleased beyond words to have been able to share my enthusiasm and passion for Knicks basketball with them.  I’ll miss you all.”

Nicknamed “Johnny Hoops,” Andariese was mainstay on the New York City basketball scene as a standout forward and three-time All-City Player for the Fordham Rams from 1956-1960.  He is a member of the New York City and Fordham Basketball Halls of Fame.

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ESPN 98.7 Renews Deal with Knicks and Rangers

Geographically and logisitically speaking, the Knicks and Rangers belong to ESPN 98.7, with studios above Madison Square Garden. ESPN 98.7/WEPN renewed its deal as the home of the MSG franchises.

The multi-year agreement includes full pre- and post-game coverage for both teams, and a continuation of a multi-tiered cross-promotional effort between The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers and MSG Networks, and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with ESPN New York 98.7FM, and all the unique marketing and promotional opportunities that accompany the association with such a world-renowned brand,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “It allows two of the strongest brands in sports, MSG and ESPN, to continue their successful partnership and to bring the highest quality radiocasts in the country to the most knowledgeable sports fans in America…New Yorkers.”

In April, ESPN took listeners from the poor-signaled 1050 on the AM dial, to the former KISS FM home. VP and general manager Dave Roberts said in a statement, the relationship with the Knicks and Rangers was necessary for station growth.

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MSG Fuels Fire For Some Great Baseball Debate with New Episodes of The Lineup

On set with Healy, Kaplan, LaRussa, and Boras

MSG Network unveiled the latest installment of its three-time Emmy winning series The Lineup. The new series airs on eight consecutive nights beginning Sunday at 10, and focuses on the Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball.

FishbowlNY attended a party at the MSG Network this week to usher in the miniseries.

Host Fran Healy, who won a ring with the Yankees in 1977, knows a thing or two about trades.

“If it’s a bad trade for the Yankees and they win the World Series, everybody forgets it,” Healy says. “Unfortunately, for the Mets they didn’t win that many World Series.”

Healy, the longtime MSG talent, is joined on the panel by future Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa, sports agent Scott Boras, and baseball historian Dave Kaplan.

“If you’re going to rate the Best and Worst of New York Baseball, you’re going to need a panel of experts, in fact you’re going to need a panel of real experts,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks, as he introduced the on-air team.  ”And that’s exactly what The Lineup has to offer.” Read more

Devils Honor Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Tomorrow Night

Longtime New Jersey Devils announcing great Mike “Doc” Emrick, who retired after last season, will get a special night.

Tomorrow night, the Devils will honor the Hall of Fame broadcaster before their game with the Canucks.

MSG Plus is joining in the festivities with extra coverage for its legendary voice starting with Devils Game Night at 6:30 p.m. and that continues for the live pre-game presentation.

“Doc is among the rare few broadcasters who elevates the game and the moment simply by his presence, and we were proud to have him on our air,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. ‘This is a great honor for Doc and we’re excited to bring Friday’s festivities to Devils fans.”

Emrick had a 23-year career with MSG Network, including an incredible 21-year run in East Rutherford. Along the way, he netted seven New York Emmy Awards. He still calls the NHL nationally for NBC Sports.  

“It was an amazing time – I miss the players and the fans, and the production crew that traveled to all the games – we were a well-bonded group,” said Emrick. “This is an opportunity to say thanks to everybody all in one place,” said Emrick.

MSG Network Hires New Studio Analyst

MSG Network has added Alan Hahn to its basketball and hockey coverage. Hahn, the veteran Newsday writer, joins the cable network as a studio analyst.

Hahn, who is leaving the newspaper next week, will work on Knicks pre- and post-game shows, while also contributing to Rangers, Islanders, and Devils games on MSG and MSG Plus. Additionally, Hahn will be a featured blogger on

“We are excited for Alan to join MSG Networks’ outstanding lineup of basketball and hockey experts,” says Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks. “His depth of knowledge of the Knicks and the NBA, as well as the NHL, and his passion for New York sports will immediately enhance our audience’s viewing experience.”

Hahn has been with Newsday for 16 years, serving as Knicks beat writer for the past five seasons.

“This is literally a dream come true for a kid who grew up in a house where MSG Network–be it a Knicks or Rangers game–was on every night,” Hahn says. “To join New York’s legendary, pioneering sports network is an exciting opportunity and an amazing next step in my media career, and I hope to only add to the great team already in place.”  

MSG Network Takes Islanders Fans to Glory Days

All of you Islanders fans are in for a treat tomorrow night! Former longtime broadcasters Jiggs McDonald and Ed Westfall will reunite during the second period of the Bruins/Islanders game on MSG Plus. 

The reunion will be part of “Ed Westfall Night” as the Islanders honor their original captain and induct him into the franchise’s Hall of Fame.

“Jiggs and Eddie” shared the booth for 15 years starting with the 1980-81 season, the second of the Islanders’ four consecutive Stanley Cup-winning runs. Westfall retired from broadcasting in 1998, while McDonald is an occasional fill-in for Islanders’ current play-by-play man Howie Rose, including approximately 10 games this season.

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MSG Network Debuts Two Original Knick-Themed Shows

The lockdown has halted the NBA schedule until at least December, so MSG Network is attempting to pick up the slack.

MSG is debuting a pair of original programs focusing on the Knicks of yesteryear.

Knicks Greatest Rivalries will showcase the epic battles of the early 1990s between the Knicks and their biggest adversaries, including the Bulls, Celtics, Pacers and Heat. Hosted by Knicks radio play-by-play man Spero Dedes, the 20-part series will feature former Knicks Derek Harper and Anthony Mason, who played in some of the most memorable games in team history, as they share stories from each bitter matchup.

“All of these rivalries were crazy,” says Mason. “The buildings were rocking every night and there was trash talking like you’ve never heard.”

The series will include some of the most famous games in Knicks history, including Game 1 of the 1992 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals when the Knicks upset the champion Bulls in Chicago, Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the Bulls featuring “The Dunk” by John Starks at MSG, Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers featuring the Reggie Miller and Spike Lee confrontation, and Michael Jordan’s “Double Nickel” game in 1995.

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MSG Names Peter Ruttgaizer as New Islanders Host

The National Hockey League begins its 2011-12 season next weekend. Today, MSG Network announced a new host/reporter for its New York Islanders broadcasts.

Peter Ruttgaizer makes his debut on MSG Plus when the Isles open their season Saturday, October 8  at the Nassau Coliseum against the Florida Panthers.

“Peter has a real passion for hockey and we are confident he will bring a terrific energy to our Islanders telecasts,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks.

Ruttgaizer, a Toronto native, spent the past three seasons as a host and reporter for Altitude Sports Network in Denver, and was part of the network’s coverage of the Colorado Avalanche. Ruttgaizer has also worked for CBC Sports, EastLink Television, TSN in Winnepeg and CTV in Toronto covering professional and junior hockey as well as the CFL.

Ruttgaizer takes over for Deb Placey, who switches to hosting and reporting for the cable network’s New Jersey Devils telecasts.

“I’ve always respected and admired MSG Networks, and the Islanders are a hockey team with a great history, so I’m honored to have this opportunity,” said Ruttgaizer. “MSG Networks has two of the premiere sports and entertainment networks in the country and I’m excited to get started with Howie, Butch and the talented production staff.”

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