In a Newsday feature highlighting the aspects that Barclays Center want to carry over from the team's days at Nassau Coliseum, CEO Brett Yormark discussed the desire to move to a larger radio station. The Islanders have been on WRHU since 2010. (June 2)
"I think it's fair to say that's probably not a place we'll end up," Yormark said bluntly.
WRHU is a 470 watt station located on the campus of Hofstra University. The Islanders moved to the college radio station after two years on WWSK (formerly WMJC). Hofstra radio had a decent signal in Nassau County, but the signal still had limited reach on Long Island. A simulcast of the WRHU feed began in 2013 on 103.9 FM LI News Radio.
Since 2000, the Isles have had games broadcasted on WSNR (formerly WJWR), ESPN New York, and WBBR Bloomberg Radio.
Once the Islanders moved into the New York City market, you knew there would be a change in how the team's radio broadcasts would be handled.
That's not a knock on the job WRHU has done covering the Islanders the last five years. The student broadcasters that have come through and covered games have been outstanding and their work has been extremely professional. There is a reason why so many have continued to find success after college and Chris King has done a tremendous job on play-by-play.
However, the Islanders have needed to be on a major radio station for quite some time and it is good to see that finally becoming the case. Brett Yormark will work diligently to find the Islanders a major league radio home because the Barclays Center tries to do everything first class. The interesting thing will be to see where the team lands.
The New York Rangers are already locked in on ESPN New York and the New Jersey Devils are on WFAN. With New York being the biggest radio market in the country, music stations would likely not be in favor of giving air time to a hockey broadcast 82 times during the season. 710 WOR could be an option since they have sports programming with New York Mets broadcasts during baseball season and a three hour sports talk show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week.
Regardless of where the Islanders end up King should remain the play-by-play voice of the team going forward, especially since Barclays Center is trying to bring over many of the things that fans loved about the Isles' time on Long Island.