The NHL season is up the air. A lock out is greeting fans anticipating preseason play. With no end in sight, MSG Network is taking steps to ensure viewers don’t have to live without NHL programming.
MSG is launching a new series, The Essential Games, a “Best of” look back at Rangers and Devils games from last season. It premiers the first Rangers episode Monday at 8 p.m. The initial Devils’ installment is October 13.
The NHL “Plan B” will be shown throughout the entire 2012-13 season, whether or not games are played. It’s a 12-part retrospective for each team.
The series includes both teams’ first round matchups from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In addition, there will be eight episodes of Islanders Best of 2011-12. Host Bill Pidto, analysts Butch Goring and Pat Flatley will review top games of the season. It debuts in October on MSG+.
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.
Dom Valentino is not remembered by many is today’s broadcasting circles. But in the mid-1970s, Valentino was at the height of his career, calling several games for several New York teams. Valentino died yesterday. He was 83. Published reports say Valentino, who suffered from prostate cancer, died at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, nine days after a choking incident that left him unable to swallow.
A Brooklyn native, Valentino had his busiest year in 1975, his only season in the New York Yankees radio booth, joining the likes of Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, and Frank Messer. That same year, Valentino was calling games for the New York Islanders and the New York Nets, which shared the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.
The schedule may have taken its toll. While hospitalized for a heart attack in 1975, Valentino suffered a second one.
He eventually returned to the mic in the early 1980s to call games of the Billy Martin-led Oakland A’s.
All of you Islanders fans are in for a treat tomorrow night! Former longtime broadcasters Jiggs McDonald and Ed Westfall will reunite during the second period of the Bruins/Islanders game on MSG Plus.
The reunion will be part of “Ed Westfall Night” as the Islanders honor their original captain and induct him into the franchise’s Hall of Fame.
“Jiggs and Eddie” shared the booth for 15 years starting with the 1980-81 season, the second of the Islanders’ four consecutive Stanley Cup-winning runs. Westfall retired from broadcasting in 1998, while McDonald is an occasional fill-in for Islanders’ current play-by-play man Howie Rose, including approximately 10 games this season.
If you’ve listened to a sporting event over the last 20 years, there’s a good chance you’ve been affected by Joel Blumberg’s work.
Blumberg was one of New York’s busiest producers and engineers. Over the years, he was in charge of Islanders, Rangers, Knicks, Jets and St. John’s broadcasts. He was also known by many as the longtime voice of Manhattan College basketball.
Blumberg died Friday traveling to Madison Square Garden on the Long Island Railroad to work the Knicks game for the Miami Heat radio team. It is believed Blumberg, who lived in East Meadow, suffered a heart attack. He was 64.
“He was a terrific mentor and an even better friend,” says Marc Ernay, assistant sports director, Metro/Shadow Broadcast Services.
Another of his many protégés was hired right out of college.
The Islanders have been searching for the perfect radio signal for years. (Last year they had no radio signal, grabbing the MSG Network feed.) Now they have one again–and it originates only a mile down the road from the Nassau Coliseum at Hofstra University–WRHU 88.7 FM.
In a deal announced the day before the season opener, the Islanders agreed to broadcast on the Hofstra radio station. In return, Hofstra students will have an unparalleled working arrangement with the team.
“I think it’s landmark,” says Justin Johnson, the Islanders executive who was integral in orchestrating the pact. “Ultimately, what we were looking for was something very non-traditional.”
Although delighted with the groundbreaking agreement, he admits cost-cutting did play a factor in the process.
“I would be lying to you if I didn’t say we were looking at maximizing the opportunity across the board.” (The students are not paid by the Islanders.)
However, Johnson adds, the difference between what the Islanders paid for radio coverage on WMJC last season and Hofstra this season is “not off the charts.”
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Updating a story that we reported earlier today, the New York Islanders have announced a radio broadcasting agreement with Hofstra University.
All Islanders games this season will be broadcast on Hofstra’s radio station WRHU 88.7 FM.
Students will have an active role in the broadcasts. They will participate in sideline reporting and handle between period updates. The deal also gives Hofstra broadcasting students rare access to the radio booth, where they will act as color analysts for each game.
“Radio Hofstra University and our students are honored to join in this unprecedented partnership between the New York Islanders and its academic neighbor,” said Bruce Avery, WRHU general manager.
Islanders veteran radio voice Chris King makes the move to play-by-play announcer. He will produce the broadcasts as well.
“We are excited to work with the Hofstra-based radio station, to not only broadcast Islanders games, but provide opportunities for future members of the industry,” said Justin Johnson, Islanders senior VP of corporate partnerships.
The 2010-11 season begins for the Islanders on Saturday night against the Stars.
The New York Islanders have been the NHL radio broadcast nomads. In fact, last season the team blew out their radio booth entirely, opting instead for a simulcast of their TV coverage with MSG Network announcers Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe (Jaffe’s contract wasn’t renewed after last season.)
For the past two years, the Isles were heard on Long Island stations WMJC-FM (94.3) and WHLI (1100).
Now, the team may get their own radio voices again—on Hofstra University’s 88.7 FM (WHRU). It would actually be the strongest signal for the Islanders in five years.
The deal, first reported by Chris Botta, the Islanders’ former media relations VP, on his blog–islanderspointblank.com–would likely have veteran Islander voice Chris King as the play-by-play man. The broadcast, though, would be assisted by students.