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.