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Howie Rose Talks About the Coming NHL Hockey Season Schedule

CUNY TV Profile of Famed Sports Announcer to Debut in May

CUNY TV’s Study With the Best magazine series draws from a vast pool of New York talents on City University of New York campuses, illustrating how professors, students and alumni contribute their expertise and passion to communities local and national.

In May, Study With the Best profiles Queens College/CUNY alumnus Howie Rose, currently the play-by-play announcer for the New York Islanders on MSG Networks and the New York Mets on WFAN Radio.

In this Study With the Best exclusive, too timely to hold, Rose tells CUNY TV’s Andrew Falzon why, after a 4-month work stoppage, local hockey fans might have more to look forward to despite a shortened 2013 National Hockey League season.

One of New York’s most recognized sports broadcasters, Howie Rose grew up in Brooklyn and was raised in Bayside, attending Benjamin J. Cardozo High School. He began his broadcast experience with Sportsphone in 1975, and freelanced in local New York radio. He graduated from Queens College/CUNY in 1977.

Rose then moved to WHN, eventually becoming the station’s sports director and on-air sportscaster till 1983. Early in 1984, he joined WCBS News Radio and freelanced for the NBC Radio Network. He also hosted a sports program on Cox Cable between 1984-86.

On July 1, 1987, Rose became the first drive time host at WFAN Radio when it converted to an all-sports station. He spent much of the next seven years as the host of Mets Extra while also holding the nighttime (7 p.m. to midnight) slot on WFAN. He joined the New York Rangers broadcast crew as one of the play-by-play voices along with Marv Albert, and continued doing Rangers games through 1995 (including being part of the announcing crew during the Rangers run to the 1993-1994 Stanley Cup).

In 1995, Rose was hired by SportsChannel, which later became Fox Sports New York, to be play-by-play announcer for the New York Islanders hockey team, and he continues to be heard on MSG Networks doing Islanders games.

He has done play-by-play for the Mets games on television or radio since 1995. Since 2012, he has called games with Josh Lewin.

Howie Rose was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and in May 2012 gave the commencement speech at Queens College. He currently lives on Long Island with his wife and two daughters.

Watch the full Howie Rose Study With the Best profile in late May 2013 on CUNY TV and on this website. CUNY TV is cablecast in New York City's five boroughs on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision), Ch. 77 (RCN Cable) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS).