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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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MSG Network Show Returns to Debate ‘Best New York Movies’

For the next two weeks, 11:00 p.m. weeknights, The Lineup: Best NY Movies on MSG will run down a gargantuan group of worthy candidates. On tonight’s debut, the show’s latest panel featuring movie critic Jeffrey Lyons, actor John Leguizamo, filmmakers Ed Burns and Spike Lee join host Fran Healy to evaluate Manhattan-set gangster movies.

MSG Network's "The Lineup"

The first revelation of tonight’s program is that actor Dylan McDermott does a pretty good Marlon Brando/Don Vito Corleone impression. There’s also a good debate about which is better – The Godfather or The Godfather: Part II.

The Lineup: Best NY Movies is the fourth go-round for the Emmy-winning program. The show previously looked at NYC’s best baseball players, baseball deals and sports movies. Here’s the full schedule:

Monday, March 3: Gangster
Tuesday, March 4: Comedy
Wednesday, March 5: Action
Thursday, March 6: Drama (Part 1)
Friday, March 7: Thriller

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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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Big NHL Numbers for MSG Network at Halfway Point

Don’t tell MSG Network that New York City isn’t a hockey town. The latest Nielsen numbers paint a different picture at the midway point in the abbreviated 2012-13 season.

After 21 games on MSG Networks, Rangers games are soaring compared to last season. The Blueshirts have averaged a 1.80 household rating, up 82 percent from 2011-12. The comparison with the key demographic, adults 25 to 54 is up a staggering 141 percent.

As for the Devils, through 24 telecasts, the household indicator is up 67 percent, while adults 25 to 54 have increased 89 percent.

But it’s the Islanders fans who have really returned following the lockout, with many new viewers in the fray. Through 24 games, Isles telecasts have averaged a 0.47 household rating, up 124% compared to last season’s. How about this jump, though, among adults 25 to 54, Islanders ratings have increased 278 percent from a season ago.

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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Fran Healy Celebrates Quarter-Century of Interviewing on MSG’s Halls of Fame

“I thought it was going to [last] like a year or two,” Fran Healy, host of MSG’s Halls of Fame, tells FishbowlNY.

Instead, the 30-minute sports interview program is still going strong at 25 years. As the title indicates, Healy does a one-on-one with athletes who have been enshrined in their sports’ Halls of Fame. Occasionally, Healy will interview those “sure fire” Hall candidates (such as Greg Maddux) while still playing.

A one-time Yankee player and longtime broadcaster, Healy’s early guests on the show have a bust in Cooperstown. Before long, Healy branched out to cover NBA, NFL, and NHL greats.

Last month, it came full circle for Healy. He sat down with Ann Meyers-Drysdale, the widow of Don Drysdale, who was his first interviewee in 1988.

“I believe they’re the only husband-wife in their respective Halls of Fame,” Healy says.

Healy estimated that he conducted between 300 and 500 interviews for Halls.

“I never tallied it up, how about that one?” Healy laughs.

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MSG Ratings Soar for Rangers and Isles Openers Following Three-Month Lockout

The long wait for starving hockey fans, translated well for MSG Network. Saturday’s opening night for the Rangers was the fourth highest rated regular season game on MSG. It captured the top numbers for a Blueshirts regular season game since 1995.

The Rangers/Bruins matchup garnered a 2.88 household rating, the best figures on the network since a game against the Hartford Whalers on April 20, 1995.

Additionally, this was the second highest Rangers opener on MSG. Ironically, it was the shortened 1995 season  that had the most viewers.

On MSG+, the Devils/Islanders had a less impressive (1.00 household rating), but equally historic. It ranks as the all-time number two most watched Isles regular season game on record, dating back to 1991-92 when MSG+ started tracking household figures.

The only Islanders non-playoff game with better ratings on MSG took place in 2002 against the Rangers.

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.

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