After doing Monday Night Football on Westwood One Radio for 8 seasons, Marv Albert has announced that he will no longer do play-by-play on the package. Albert took over for Howard David in the 2002-03 season and continued through the 2009 season, calling postseason games and the Super Bowl in each of those years.
Marv says he wants to commit fully to calling NBA games. He’s been cutting back on his schedule, reducing his load of New Jersey Nets games for YES Network and now this. Marv, who’s been one of the best announcers of his generation, will be missed.
Boomer Esiason who has been doing Monday Night Football on TV and radio since the 1998 season will remain as the analyst for Westwood One.
MARV ALBERT STEPS ASIDE AS PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICE OF MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON WESTWOOD ONE
– June 4, 2010 – Westwood One announced today that legendary sportscaster Marv Albert will be leaving Westwood One’s NFL broadcast team. Boomer Esiason will continue to serve as lead analyst for Westwood One’s Monday Night Football and Super Bowl broadcasts alongside a play-by-play announcer that has yet to be determined. New York, NY“I thoroughly enjoyed my eight seasons with Boomer Esiason and the rest of the Westwood One crew, but I just felt that with my commitments to NBA telecasts and other projects, I wanted to cut down my schedule moving forward,” said Albert on his departure.“We thank Marv for eight great seasons as the voice of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl,” commented Executive Producer of Westwood One Sports, Howard Deneroff. “There’s only one Marv Albert, and his unmistakable voice and signature style made listening to him as much of a joy as it was working with him. We wish him well in future endeavors.”
Thinking about who could succeed Marv at the Monday Night Football announcer and quickly coming to mind are Sunday Night Football voice Dave Sims and Thursday Night Football voice Ian Eagle. Kevin Harlan is another possibility. It’s been fun listening to Marv call games on the radio for the last 8 seasons.