The broadcast for Ranger games this season is going to look a little different. News broke yesterday that long time broadcast host Al Trautwig is taking a leave of absence from the Rangers and Knicks. This will be the first time in recent memory that Trautwig will not be involved in the broadcasts, as he usually hosts the pregame and postgame, as well as the intermission interviews.
Trautwig was noticeably unwell over the weekend, something that was very clear to viewers. Andrew Marchand of the NY Post noted that MSG brass met with Trautwig to determine the best course of action.
This appears to be a health issue, and we hope that Trautwig returns soon. He’s a voice most of us grew up with watching this team, like Sam Rosen. If Rosen is the voice of the Rangers, then Trautwig is the voice of the production.
John Giannone, who is another great on-air guy, will probably take a lot of Trautwig’s responsibilities until he returns.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Al.