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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 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 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.

MSG To Broadcast Every Game of Rangers, Devils First Round Playoff Series

It’s onto the playoffs for the New York Rangers. And their regular season home–MSG Network–provides live extensive coverage of the first-round series starting Thursday night at 7.

The Rangers begin the 2012 post-season against the Ottawa Senators at MSG.  Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti call the action from the booth.

In addition, the Rangers Game Night starts an hour before the puck drops and the 60-minute post-game show immediately follows each game. Al Trautwig hosts each playoff game, while John Giannone reports from rinkside.  Trautwig host the pre- and post-game segment with analysts Ron Duguay and Mike Keenan, who coached the Rangers to their 1994 Stanley Cup Championship.

Starting at 2 p.m. on each game day, Bill Pidto and Duguay anchor live, one-minute updates twice-an-hour.

The remaining first round schedule looks like this:

Game 2–Saturday at 7 p.m.
Game 3–Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 4–Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5–Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
*Game 6–Monday, April 23   TBD
*Game 7–Thursday, April 26   TBD
*if necessary

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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 Honors Devils Great Scott Niedermeyer

Scott Niedermeyer was born in Edmonton, and grew up in British Columbia, but the star defenseman called New Jersey home.

Niedermeyer led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles during a 14-year career in the Meadowlands.

On Friday, December 16, the Devils will give Niedermeyer their highest honor, raising his number number 27  to the rafters.

But ahead of Scott Niedermeyer Night, MSG Plus is giving fans special programming Monday night. The cable channel is showing five of Niedermeyer’s greatest games beginning at 8 p.m.

Devils play-by-play man Steve Cangialosi and former Niedermeyer colleague and current Devils analyst Ken Daneyko will host the telecasts, discussing the significance of each game in his career.

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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 Plus Offers Coverage to Celebrate Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions

On Saturday, Cooperstown, New York holds its annual party–hosting the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Also tomorrow, MSG Plus pays homage to baseball’s special day with a marathon of original series Halls of Fame. The lineup concludes with episodes dedicated to this year’s class: Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar.

The marathon, hosted by Fran Healy, includes profiles of Brooklyn Dodger great Duke Snider, pitching sensation Catfish Hunter of the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees, and Yankees legendary shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto.

The Halls of Fame marathon begins at 12:30 p.m. honoring 1984 honoree Harmon Killebrew, who died in March.