Marv Albert, also known as the “Voice of Basketball” is an American sportscaster. He has been honored for his work as a member of the basketball hall of fame in 2015. He is also popularly called the Voice of New York Knicks. He has announced other sports apart from basketball such as American football, horse racing, ice hockey, boxing, and tennis. He has also called a number of NBA Finals games, Super Bowls, and Stanley Cup Finals matches. Albert currently works for TNT and CBS. He is a legend in his field and has received several awards and honors throughout his lifetime.
Marv Albert’s Bio
Marv Albert was born on June 12, 1941, as Marvin Philip Aufrichtig to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School before going on to attend the Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication from 1960 to 1963 and later the New York University in 1965. Albert started his career as a ball boy for New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He was then an assistant for Marty Glickman. He did his first calling for the Knicks on January 27, 1963, over WCBS Radio when Glickman was on a visit to Europe.
Since this breakthrough, he has been the voice of the Knicks for 35 years starting from 1967 on radio and television. He lost his job in 2004 when he openly criticized the Knicks’ poor performance on air. He had also anchored MSG’s former nightly sports news report. Albert also appeared on Letterman’s Late Show hosted by David Letterman, his segment was called the Albert Achievement Awards.
Albert was arrested for sexual assault and was charged with forcible sodomy in 1997. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charged and received a 12-month suspended sentence. He lost his job with NBC due to the scandal, however, Albert later resumed work for NBC after two years and was the Network leading play-by-play man for two seasons and the finals (2000-2001, 2001-2002). Albert called the Monday Night Football and was the main play by play voice for Westwood One radio network’s NFL coverage from 2002 to 2009.
He joined CBS Sports on June 6; 2011 and was usually paired with Rich Gammon to call The NFL on CBS. He resigned from The NFL on CBS on May 29, 2014, to concentrate on basketball duties for TNT and CBS
For someone who has been at the pinnacle of his craft for many years, it is no surprise that Marv has amassed more-than-average earnings. Marv Albert net worth is $25 million and his estimated annual salary is around $2 million.
Family, Wife, Sons
Marv Albert has married twice; his first marriage was with Benita Oberlander in 1965. The couple had four children together, Kenny, Denise, Brian, and Jackie but they both went their separate ways in 1992 for undisclosed reasons best known to them.
Heather Faulkner started dating Albert after his split with his wife and the two tied the knot on September 9, 1998, in New York. Faulkner who was born in October 1957 was a freelance television producer for ESPN’s Outside the Lines. The two are still happily married.
Some of Marv Albert’s children followed in his footsteps; his first son and the most popular of Albert kids, Kenny Albert is also a well-known sportscaster and he currently does play-by-play for the major professional sports league in the US and Canada (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL). He was born on February 2, 1968, and is married to Barbara Wolf. They have two daughters (Amanda and Sydney) together.
Albert’s daughter, Denise Albert also ventured into broadcasting. She is an award-winning journalist and Television producer. Denise, who is a breast cancer survivor is also a divorcee. She is a mother to two boys (Jaron and Jaylan) and a co-founder of a multi-platform brand, The Moms. Denise attended Boston University and co-hosted a sports talk show on WTBU Radio.
Not much is known about Brian except that he is an entrepreneur and his sister, Jackie, a chef.
What is His Height?
Though possessing a larger than life voice behind the scenes, Marv Albert can pass for having an average stature. Marv is 5 feet 11 inches tall; there is no information on his weight and body statistics.
Other Facts About Marv Albert
- While growing up, his family members owned a grocery store named Autfrichtigs on Brighton Beach Avenue.
- His younger brothers, Steve Albert and Al Albert are both announcers and sports commentators. The former was the Phoenix Suns play-by-play announcer before his retirement, while the latter was the former play-by-play announcer for the New York Nest.
- While in Syracuse he worked as the voice of AAA Syracuse Chiefs.
- Albert has made 126 appearances on David Letterman’s late night show as a guest.