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(VIDEO) Sportscaster Howie Rose Wants to Call ‘Every Last Hockey Game of My Career’ for Islanders

Whether it’s the Mets on WFAN, or the Islanders on MSG, Howie Rose is one of New York’s busiest play-by-play voices on radio and television, if not the best. FishbowlNY caught up with Rose Tuesday, first on the phone, then at the Nassau Coliseum (see video clip below discussing the future of WFAN 660 and the Mets).

His 2013 started out a bit rocky with the latest NHL lockout. The abbreviated season started January 19. But Rose says the blueprint was in place.

“Probably everybody’s design from the beginning including the NHL’s [was] once the lockout ended everybody was going to hit the ground running,” Rose tells FishbowlNY.  “I think it was instructive that there had been two previous lockouts.”

The first lockout in 1994-95 mirrored this season with 48 games played.

“The league kind of pounded its chest and they had this ‘Game On’ slogan. They made all these references to being back, and really drawing attention to the fact that they were away,” Rose says.

However, Rose, the lead Islanders voice since 1995, says the league made an error in judgment at the start of the 2005-06 season.

“When they came back from the full-season lockout they made a huge mistake, which they thankfully did not duplicate this time by putting that Thank you, fans on the ice,” Rose admits. “Because it just came off as disingenuous. Fans didn’t feel that they were thought of one iota by either the owners or the players.”

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MSG Networks, NHL Ready to Drop the Puck on Abbreviated Season

Finally! The NHL ended its lockout that came perilously close to canceling the entire season. Instead, the NHL slashed the schedule nearly in half, much like the NBA was forced to do in 2011.

The shortened schedule gets started this weekend as MSG Network once again is home to the Rangers, Islanders, and Devils.

The Rangers open the 48-game regular season at the Bruins Saturday night. MSG Network covers 41 of the Blueshirts’ matchups. Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti return to the booth. For Rosen, it is season number 29 with the Rangers. Al Trautwig is back as studio host for all Rangers games at MSG, while Bill Pidto handles the away games.

MSG Networks will broadcast 46 of the 48 Islanders games in 2013. It starts with the Isles hosting the Devils Saturday night. Howie Rose is back behind the mic for an 18th season as play-by-play voice. Butch Goring is beginning his third season as analyst.

As for the Devils, 41 games are featured on MSG. Steve Cangialosi is back for his second season as lead announcer. He is joined by Glenn “Chico” Resch, who drops the puck on his 17th season in the Devils’ broadcast booth.

WFAN Sets Special Lineup to Mark Tomorrow’s 25th Anniversary

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The term “sports radio” made its way into New Yorkers’ consciousness with the arrival of WFAN. Other stations already had sports talk segments and play-by-play of sporting events, but WFAN was the first to make it an around-the-clock proposition.

FishbowlNY has been offering a week-long series in preparation for the ‘FAN’s big day. That day is tomorrow! WFAN turns 25, and to commemorate the occasion, the station is welcoming back former hosts for a day to remember.

The special programming lineup is listed after the jump.

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Schmoozing S-P-O-R-T-S for 25 Years, Steve Somers and WFAN Celebrate Milestone

A quarter-century ago radio execs took a chance on a new format–all-sports. Even more of an unknown was how Steve Somers would handle it?

The original WFAN sound took on more of a national flavor than heard on 660 today. The majority of the update anchors and hosts did not have any, or limited, New York experience, and many ultimately fell by the wayside.

And then there’s Somers.  He neither grew up nor worked in New York, and yet from his first shift on WFAN he was a quinnesstial New Yorker.

“That is the most flattering thing everybody can say to me,” Somers says.  ”When I was growing up out there [in San Francisco], people thought I was still from New York.”

There’s no mistaking that style. Somers sounds like your older Jewish uncle. He sounded old 25 years ago, and played up his Jewishness, making him a perfect fit for the Big Apple’s melting pot.

“New Yorkers more than anywhere, and more than anybody, can tolerate and accept diversity like no other people anywhere,” Somers says. “It’s the makeup of New York.”

Somers, unlike other hosts, will discuss any sport with callers or guests.

“I do shtick and I have fun,” Somers tells FishbowlNY. “I think I’m obviously the more creative one, or the more inventive one at the station. Everybody else is pretty much courting to talk show formula.”

He says that counter-balance has been one reason for his remarkable longevity.

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WFAN Original John Minko ‘Didn’t Know What to Expect’ When Station Started 25 Years Ago

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Our special series marking WFAN’s silver anniversary cannot overlook John Minko. His distinct voice is one of only three from the on-air talent pool that has thrived at the all-sports station for 25 years. The other two are Steve Somers and Ed Coleman.

“I’m the original update person on the weekends from midnight til 6, and also was on the street [reporting] for three days during the week,” Minko tells FishbowlNY, moments before returning to the studio for another live sports report.

During the 2000s, Minko was the radio play-by-play man for Army football on WABC and WFAN’s top rival WEPN/(then ESPN 1050).

These days Minko, 59, is one of the station’s main update anchors, handling the afternoon slot, including for Mike Francesa‘s show, which is simulcast on the YES Network.

But with his quarter-century logged at the ‘FAN, Minko is also an unofficial station historian.

“I remember everybody’s schedule on air from the very beginning,” Minko says. “Every single person.”

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SNY to Unveil Mets All-Time Team at 92nd Street Y

Celebrating a half-century of golden memories, the Mets are about to name their All-Time Team. SNY, the TV home of the Mets, will honor the ballclub’s 50th anniversary with a gala at the 92nd Street Y. The Sunday, June 17th event, although sold out, is being shown on SNY, Thursdsay, June 21st at 7 p.m.

A blue ribbon panel unveils the cream of the crop in Mets history at each position.  While the list hasn’t been revealed, we can get a hint by expected attendees Tom Seaver, Keith Hernandez, and Darryl Strawberry.

The Mets All-Time Team selection panel includes Mets play-by-play announcers Gary Cohen and Howie Rose, columnists Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post, John Harper of the New York Daily News, and Marty Noble of MLB.com and a senior member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

And in another milestone accolade, SNY tomorrow will take part in the Nasdaq opening bell ceremony. SNY president Steve Raab rings the bell with former Met players and network personalities Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda, and Edgardo Alfonzo.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. YES Network’s Michael Kay (left) Goes to Blows on Twitter with College Student, June 7
  2. Longtime Mets Announcers Howie Rose and Gary Cohen Bask in Franchise’s First No-Hitter, June 2
  3. Sue Simmons Final Day at WNBC is June 15, June 4
  4. Roger Ailes Cancels Paper Subscription Out of Spite, June 1
  5. Gawker Changes Commenting System (Again), Commenters Go Crazy (Again), June 4
  6. Jonah Lehrer Departs Wired for The New Yorker, June 5

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Longtime Mets Announcers Howie Rose and Gary Cohen Bask in Franchise’s First No-Hitter

It’s a post 50 years in the making!

Last night, Johan Santana tossed himself into the record books as the first New York Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter. It was an 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

In their 51st season and with more than 8,000 games under their collective belts, the Mets finally got their elusive “no-no.”

The dramatic event was not lost on Howie Rose, who called the game on WFAN. During an extended post-game celebration, Rose invited former boothmate Gary Cohen, who just wrapped up his work on SNY, to share his perspective as a witness to history.

“You and I have been down this road enough times in our lives as Met fans and Met broadcasters that there was no reason to believe that it was possible,” Cohen tells Rose. “And frankly, around the sixth inning with the pitch count the way it was, I was certainly thinking that he wasn’t even going to get the opportunity to do it.”

Adding to the drama was the fact that just last year, Santana was sidelined the entire season with shoulder surgery.

However, with the final strike to David Freese, pitch number 134, Santana placed himself in rarified air.

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Mets and Islanders Announcer Howie Rose Inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Howie Rose has a complete 12-month schedule as lead radio play-by-play broadcaster for the New York Mets on WFAN and the New York Islanders on MSG.

But he recently took some time to step away for an honor. Rose joined elite company as a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Among the announcers enshrined with Rose are Marv Albert, Marty Glickman, and Len Berman.

Rose became a full-time radio voice in the Mets broadcast booth in 2004 after the legendary Bob Murphy died. By 2006, Rose was named the team’s number one play-by-play man.

He has been calling Isles games since 1995. But the year before, Rose was at the mic for the New York Rangers. Arguably, his most well-known moment occured in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rose told listeners that the Rangers were in the Stanley Cup Finals after a riveting Game 7 double overtime win against the Devils and an all-time great call: ”Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! Stephane Matteau! And the Rangers have one more hill to climb, baby, but it’s Mount Vancouver!” (Hear it below)

A native New Yorker, Rose went to Cardoza High School in Bayside, and graduated from Queens College.

Rose has racked up several accolades during his career, including Emmy Awards for his work with the Mets and Islanders.

The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is located at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack.

MSG Network and WNBC Top the Nominees for New York Emmys

With 57 nominations, MSG Network leads the pack at the New York Emmy Awards. WNBC/Channel 4 tops the over-the-air outlets with 50 nods.

A look at some of the nominations for the April 1st gala:

For Best Morning Newscast, the nominees include WNYW/Channel 5′s Good Day New York, WNBC’s Today in New York, WABC/Channel 7, and WPIX/Channel 11, which had 36 nominations overall.

For newscast of 35 minutes or less, Spanish stations WXTV/41 notched four nominations, while Channel 47/WNJU had one. The other nomination goes to WNBC, for the death of Osama bin Laden.

In the longer newscast category, WPIX and WCBS had two nods each. WABC and WNYW also are recognized.

For breaking news, WCBS is nominated for the Yonkers scaffold rescue. WCBS was chosen for coverage of the Brooklyn boy’s murder. WNBC is showcased for Hurricane Irene, while WNYW gets the nod for reporting on a tornado touching down in New York.

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