Mike Crispino is the play-by-play announcer for the New York Liberty on MSG and calls select games for the Knicks and Rangers throughout the season. Since joining the network in 1992, Crispino has worked in a number of roles on MSG and MSG Plus, covering everything from professional hockey, basketball and baseball to collegiate and high school athletics. He also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team on ESPN 1050.
Before his tenure with MSG, Crispino oversaw sports news and special programs as the sports director of WLVI-TV in Boston from 1988-92. Crispino’s sports department at WLVI was named the “Best in New England” by the Associated Press in 1989 and 1990. During that time he also contributed play-by-play duties for college basketball games on ESPN, while calling college football, boxing, baseball, and lacrosse for the New England Sports Network (NESN).
In addition to his work at MSG, Crispino served as ESPN’s play-by-play announcer for the U.S. Open and Major League Lacrosse, while covering NCAA football, basketball, wrestling and tennis from 2002- 2006. In 2004 Crispino hosted “College Football Saturday” and NCAA baseball regional games for CSTV. Crispino also hosted “Sports Talk” on ESPN Radio, as well as “Gamenights” and “Insiders” for NBA-TV. He anchored local nightly sports news for NBC from 2005-2007.
Crispino is a five-time Emmy winner, which includes his coverage of the 21st annual Colgate Women’s Games. In 1996 he was the first person to interview Dwight Gooden after his no-hitter as part of MSG’s New York Emmy Award-winning coverage. Crispino has also won two New England Emmy Awards – for “Outstanding Sportscast” and “Best Play-by-Play” – and was honored with the “Best of Gannett” award for reporting in 1991.
A saxophone player and an expert on jazz music, Crispino is a graduate of Long Island University with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and also received a Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Simmons College in 1976. He lives with his wife Jean, daughter Sara and son Mac in Southport, Connecticut.