One of the busiest and most sought-after sports announcers in the industry, Al Trautwig, '78, grew up on Long Island and fed his young passion for sports by working as a stick boy for the New York Islanders and a ball boy for the New York Nets when both teams played at Nassau Coliseum.
As a student at Adelphi University, Trautwig’s love of sports never waned as he studied business and worked at WBAU, Adelphi’s student-run radio station. In the summer of 1978, he convinced the New York Apollo soccer team to let him broadcast the play-by-play of their games on WBAU. The opportunity kicked off his broadcasting career and won him his first job after graduation—calling New York Apollo Soccer for WMCA radio.
Trautwig’s career ascended quickly. He worked at SportsPhone, WPIX, SportsChannel, ESPN and USA Network. He eventually moved to ABC to host Wide World of Sports.
Trautwig is currently the pre- and post-game host for the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers on MSG Network. He is also host of MSG’s weekly show, Hockey Night Live and the Emmy Award-winning original series MSG Vault.
The 2000 New York Sportscaster of the Year, Trautwig has commented on a total of 17 Olympic Games during his career—most recently covering cross-country skiing for NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. His very first Olympic assignment was as a general reporter for ABC at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.
His impressive career has earned him numerous nominations and prestigious awards—among them two national Emmys for the 1995 Ironman Triathlon, and numerous New York Emmys, including one for his work on the New York City Marathon.
A member of Adelphi University’s Athletics Hall of Fame, in 2017 Trautwig was honored by his alma mater with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the 121st commencement.
Trautwig and his wife, Cathleen (Catallo) Trautwig '79, met as students at Adelphi. They have a son, Alex.