For a sixth year in a row, WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University will serve as the flagship radio station of the New York Islanders, producing, distributing, and broadcasting all its games as the team begins its first season playing in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this week.
Hofstra students will work as sideline and locker room reporters on 82 regular-season games as well as playoffs during the 2015-16 National Hockey League season. Student reporters will also create pre-game, intermission, and post-game content and other production elements. About 40 students are also involved in production and engineering work in each broadcast. Chris King will continue as play-by-play announcer and Greg Picker will be the color analyst.
“We are honored to continue this historic broadcast partnership with the NY Islanders for the sixth straight year,” said WRHU Director of Operations John Mullen.
The team kicks off its inaugural season at Barclays hosting the 2015 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks this Friday, Oct. 9, after 43 years at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. In addition to WRHU, the franchise will expand its radio network to include WNYE 91.5 FM and WRCN 103.9 FM to reach fans in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
WRHU, Hofstra University’s student-run radio station and a component of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, has been the flagship station for the Islanders since 2010. It is the only college radio station in the country to have such an agreement with a professional sports franchise. In 2014, the partnership extended into the post-season when the Islanders made the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Hofstra student broadcasters were praised for their on-air performance during those games.
WRHU is also the nation’s best college radio station for two years running, according to the Princeton Review. In addition, it was named Non-Commercial Radio Station of the Year by the National Association of Broadcasters in the prestigious Marconi Awards competition in September 2014.