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  • Friday, October 05, 2012

    Longtime Knicks TV/Radio Analyst John "Johnny Hoops" Andariese to Step Down From Broadcast Booth

    New York, NY (October 5, 2012) - Longtime MSG Network TV / Radio analyst John “Johnny Hoops” Andariese has announced that he will leave the Knicks radio booth.  Andariese, who started as a Knicks radio analyst in 1972, has served in that capacity for MSG Network and various Knicks radio outlets since that time.  Andariese also served as Knicks TV analyst on MSG for twelve seasons, from 1986-87 to 1997-98.

    “After what seems like a lifetime behind the microphone and having the good fortune and privilege to be part of nearly 40 years of Knicks’ history, I’ve decided it’s time to step away to spend time with my wonderful wife Maureen, my three beautiful daughters and my four grandchildren,” said Andariese.  “I’ve been blessed to be able to cover one of the greatest sports teams on the planet, one with the most knowledgeable and passionate fans.  It’s now time to shift my focus to my family and my position as CEO of TVI Media.  I’m grateful to MSG Networks and the Knicks for giving me this wonderful opportunity and for all of the love and affection shown to me by our New York basketball savvy fans, who have been such an important part of my life.   I’m pleased beyond words to have been able to share my enthusiasm and passion for Knicks basketball with them.  I’ll miss you all.”

    “John has been a fixture on MSG Networks’ and a key part of its coverage of Knicks basketball for some of the most memorable Knicks basketball moments,” said Daniel Ronayne executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “While we will miss John, we understand and fully support his decision.  John will always be a part of the MSG Networks family, and will be an occasional special contributor to our Knicks radio coverage on ESPN New York 98.7FM.”

    Andariese, a fixture on the New York City basketball scene was a standout forward and 3 time All City Player for the Fordham Rams from 1956-1960.  He is a member of the New York City and Fordham Basketball Halls of Fame.

    Brendan Brown, who served as a Knicks radio analyst for a number of games last season, will now handle the analyst role.  He has been contributing to MSG since 2008 as a basketball analyst and writer.

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