MSG Networks bids a fond farewell to long-time Islanders play-by-play announcer Howie Rose after announcing Wednesday that he will not be returning to the booth next season.
Rose issued that following statement regarding his decision to depart from MSG Networks:
“I started going to Madison Square Garden the year it opened in 1968, with my own tape recorder to practice calling the games. I’ve never had a prouder moment than January 24th, 1985, the night I called my first game – a Rangers / Red Wings game at The Garden. It was the realization of a lifelong dream, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my life, and in many ways was heartbreaking. But it’s a chance for me to have an off-season and spend more time with my family. There have been so many amazing memories over three decades with MSG Networks, and I want to stay close with all of my friends there. I’ll stay loose and will always be available as a pinch hitter.”
MSG Networks’ President and CEO Andrea Greenberg expressed her sincerest admiration for the famed announcer:
“Howie Rose began a 31-year career at MSG Networks as a fill-in radio play-by-play announcer for the Rangers in 1985 and has been a cherished member of our MSG family ever since. We are grateful for Howie’s excellent work for the Rangers and then for the Islanders for the past 21 years. His memorable calls of key moments will live on with fans forever. Howie will always have a special place with us and we wish him luck going forward.”
Known for some of the most iconic calls in New York sports history, Rose is rightly considered as one of the best play-by-play men in the business. Here are some of his career highlights:
- Rose’s career began in 1975 as one of the voices on SportsPhone, a phone service that gave callers final scores and post-game quotes.
- He began his time with MSG Networks as the substitute radio announcer for the New York Rangers in 1985 before taking over full-time in 1989.
- In 1987, Rose became one of the featured voices on Sports Radio 660 WFAN.
- Rose also began his long association with the Mets while at the FAN. After previously hosting pre and post-game shows for the Mets’ radio broadcasts, Rose started doing play-by-play for the Mets in 1996 and took over as the main play-by-play voice in 2006.
- Rose’s unforgettable call on Stephane Matteau’s double-overtime series-winning goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference will forever be in embedded in the hearts and minds of Rangers fans.
- Rose took over full-time duties as the television voice for Islanders telecasts in 1995. He would work with four different partners in the booth — Ed Westfall, Joe Micheletti, Billy Jaffe and Butch Goring.
- Rose won a New York Emmy Award in 1997 for Outstanding On-Camera Achievement for his play-by-play work with the Islanders and Mets. In 1998, he captured another as part of the Islanders broadcast crew that won for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage.
- Other honors include a New York State Sports Broadcasters Award for his play-by-play work during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Dick Young Award by the New York Baseball Scouts for service to baseball in the media, a New York State Sports Broadcasters Award for his play-by-play work during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs and the Dick Young Award by the New York Baseball Scouts for service to baseball in the media.
- Rose called his final Islanders game on MSG Networks on April 24. It ended in dramatic fashion as John Tavares scored the game-winner in OT to send the Isles to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. And the great Howie Rose captured the moment perfectly.