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New York Islanders TV Announcers and Broadcasters

By Dipak BK / 1 November 2023 06:55 AM

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NY Islanders TV announcers are Brendan Burke, Butch Goring, Shannon Hogan and Thomas Hickey. Burke calls play by play for the Islanders.

70 regular season games of the Isles are scheduled to be telecast on the MSG Network this season. MSG holds the broadcast rights for the Islanders and the New Jersey Devils.

Brendan Burke is in his eighth season behind the booth calling play-by-play for the Isles games. He is joined by the franchise legend Butch Goring who is in his 14th season behind the broadcast booth. 

Returning to the booth with Burke and Goring is Shannon Hogan as the pregame, postgame, and intermission host. This will be Hogan's 10th season in the role joined by former Islander Thomas Hickey as the studio analyst. 

Chris King is the play-by-play man for Isles Radio partnered with Greg Picker as the color commentator. King has been with the Islander Radio team since 1998 and began his partnership with Picker in 2013. 

The Islanders games can be listened to on ESPN Radio, Hofstra's WRHU, and WRCN. The Radio team will only be traveling to the road for away games against the Devils, Rangers & Flyers and cover most of the road games remotely.

NY Islanders TV Broadcast Team

The broadcast team members of the Islanders for the 2023-24 season are listed below along with their roles.

  • Brendan Burke - lead play-by-play
  • Butch Goring -  color analyst
  • Shannon Hogan - sideline reporter/ pregame, postgame, intermission host
  • Thomas Hickey - studio analyst

Brendan Burke has been calling the play-by-play action for the Islanders since August 2016 replacing Howie Rose, the former Isles PBP man. 

Burke called games for the Utica Comets of the AHL before his hiring by the Islanders. He was the James H Ellery Memorial Award winner for his outstanding coverage of the AHL in the 2014/15 season.

Apart from his Isles media duties, Burke is also the #2 play-by-play announcer for NHL on TNT joined by Darren Pang and Jennifer Botterill. 

Butch Goring is in his 14th season of doing the color commentary for the Islanders. The former center is an absolute legend of the franchise.

Goring won the Stanley Cup playing for the Islanders in 1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983. The 4 consecutive championship wins by the Islanders during his tenure is a feat unmatched in professional sports not just the NHL. 

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Goring played for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, and the Boston Bruins in the NHL before his retirement as a pro player in 1987.

He registered 888 points in 1,107 regular season games played in the NHL. He also coached the Bruins and the Islanders briefly after taking retirement as a player. Goring had his number retired by the New York Islanders on February 29, 2020.

Another former Islander to join the Islanders broadcast booth on the MSG network is Thomas Hickey, who only played for the Isles in the NHL. 

Hickey was drafted by the LA Kings as the 4th overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft. He played for the Kings' AHL affiliates Manchester Monarchs before the Islanders claimed him off waivers in 2013 making his NHL debut for the franchise on January 27, 2013. 

Hickey joined the MSG Network on October 27, 2022. Before the start of the 2023/24 season, it was announced that he would be returning as the studio analyst joining Shannon Hogan.

Furthermore, Shannon Hogan is in her 10th NHL season as the pregame, intermission, and postgame host for the Islanders broadcast team. 

What channel is the Islanders game on?

The MSGSN is slated to telecast 70 regular-season Islanders games for the 2023/24 NHL season. The channel number for DirectTv is 635. 

Their schedule included 4 preseason games. They began the regular season coverage on 14 October when the Isle won 3-2 against the Sabres

MSG Sportsnet was known previously as MSG Plus. It has been the flagship television broadcaster for the NY Islanders since its debut in 1976.

At the time of the launch, MSGSN was known as Cablevision Sports 3(1976–1979). It has been known over the years as the Sports Channel New York (1979-98), Fox Sports New York (1998-99), Fox Sports Net New York (1999-04), FSN New York (2004-08), and MSGN Plus (2008-22).

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The channel listings of the MSGSN, MSG, and MSG 2 for the areas of Long Island, New York City, and Connecticut are given below. 

Long Island

  • SPECTRUM | MSG 27 | MSGSN 48 | MSG2 327
  • VERIZON | MSG 78 | MSGSN 80 | MSG2 82
  • OPTIMUM | MSG 71 | MSGSN 72 | MSG2 206
  • DIRECTV | MSG 634 | MSGSN 635 | MSG2 635-2
  • RCN | MSG 373 | MSGSN 374 | MSG2 31
  • FuboTV | MSG 85 | MSGSN 103 | MSG2 129

New York City

  • SPECTRUM | MSG 27 | MSGSN 48 | MSG2 327
  • VERIZON | MSG 78 | MSGSN 80 | MSG2 82
  • OPTIMUM | MSG 87 | MSGSN 88 | MSG2 206
  • DIRECTV | MSG 634 | MSGSN 635 | MSG2 635-2
  • RCN | MSG 373 | MSGSN 374 | MSG2 31
  • FuboTV | MSG 85 | MSGSN 103 | MSG2 129


  • SPECTRUM | MSG 38 | MSGSN 27 | MSG2 342
  • VERIZON | MSG 78 | MSGSN 80 | MSG2 81
  • OPTIMUM | MSG 71 | MSGSN 72 | MSG2 206
  • DIRECTV | MSG 634 | MSGSN 635 | MSG2 635-2
  • FuboTV | MSG 303 | MSGSN 305 | MSG2 417

NY Islanders Radio Station

NY Islanders Radio Stations are ESPN Radio, Hofstra's WRHU, LI News Radio, and WRCN. Most of the away games will be called remotely.

The flagship station of the Islanders, WRHU 88.7 FM is a Hofstra University student radio station in Hampstead. It is a non-commercial station and the only feasible option for the Isles as the Rangers and the Devils broadcast coverage areas give rise to some advertising intricacies. 

WRHU has partnered with the Society of Broadcast Engineers to ensure quality of service and has been operational for more than 60 years.

The student broadcasters of WRHU have won several awards since the station's inception. Moreover, some of the students have gone on to have very successful media careers.

The Islanders games are available on ESPN Radio and 103.9FM LI News along with their flagship station as well. On ESPN Radio, the games are available on 1050 AM ESPN and 98.7 FM ESPN.

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The 2023/24 Radio Schedule includes a majority of the games aired on 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News with some games aired on different ESPN outlets.

Here is a look at the Radio and TV schedule of the Islanders for the rest of 2023 all of which will be aired on 88.7FM WRHU and 103.9FM LI News on Radio and a majority of the games will be available on the MSG Network. 

  • Mon, Oct. 30 | vs. Detroit Red Wings | ESPN STREAM
  • Thu, Nov. 2 | @ Washington Capitals | 1050AM ESPN
  • Sat, Nov. 4 | vs. Carolina Hurricanes | 1050AM ESPN
  • Tue, Nov. 7 | vs. Minnesota Wild | 1050AM ESPN
  • Thu, Nov. 9 | @ Boston Bruins | 1050AM ESPN
  • Sat, Nov. 11 | vs. Washington Capitals | 98.7FM ESPN
  • Mon, Nov. 13 | @ Edmonton Oilers | 1050AM ESPN
  • Wed, Nov. 15 | @ Vancouver Canucks | 1050AM ESPN | TNT exclusive
  • Thu, Nov. 16 | @ Seattle Kraken | 98.7FM ESPN
  • Sat, Nov. 18 | @ Calgary Flames | ESPN STREAM
  • Wed, Nov. 22 | vs. Philadelphia Flyers | 1050AM ESPN
  • Fri, Nov. 24 | @ Ottawa Senators | ESPN STREAM
  • Sat, Nov. 25 | vs. Philadelphia Flyers | 98.7FM ESPN
  • Tue, Nov. 28 | @ New Jersey Devils | 1050AM ESPN
  • Thu, Nov. 30 | @ Carolina Hurricanes | 1050AM ESPN | ESPN+/hulu exclusive
  • Sat, Dec. 2 | @ Florida Panthers | 1050AM ESPN
  • Tue, Dec. 5 | vs. San Jose Sharks | 1050AM ESPN 
  • Thu, Dec. 7 | vs. Columbus Blue Jackets | 98.7FM ESPN
  • Sat, Dec. 9 | vs. Los Angeles Kings | 1050AM ESPN
  • Mon, Dec. 11 | vs. Toronto Maple Leafs | 1050AM ESPN
  • Wed, Dec. 13 | vs. Anaheim Ducks | 1050AM ESPN
  • Fri, Dec. 15 | vs. Boston Bruins | ESPN STREAM
  • Sat, Dec. 16 | @ Montréal Canadiens | 1050AM ESPN
  • Tue, Dec. 19 | vs. Edmonton Oilers | 1050AM ESPN | ESPN+/hulu exclusive
  • Wed, Dec. 20 | @ Washington Capitals | 1050AM ESPN | TNT exclusive
  • Sat, Dec. 23 | @ Carolina Hurricanes | 1050AM ESPN
  • Wed, Dec. 27 | vs. Pittsburgh Penguins | ESPN STREAM
  • Fri, Dec. 29 | vs. Washington Capitals | ESPN STREAM
  • Sun, Dec. 31 | @ Pittsburgh Penguins | 98.7FM ESPN

Islanders Radio Broadcast Members

Islanders Radio broadcasters are Chris King and Greg Picker. King is the play-by-play man, whereas Picker is the color commentator on WRHU.

Chris King has been the play-by-play voice of the Islanders since the 2010/11 season when WRHU was selected as the Islanders' flagship network. He has been with the Islanders radio team since 1998 when he joined initially as the color commentator.

Along with his career as the Radio Broadcaster for the New York, Chris King has also worked as the Radio Broadcaster for the Long Island Ducks Baseball since 2000. He has also taken up the role of the Hockey Broadcast Instructor at Hofstra University since 2010. 

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King has partnered with Greg Picker for all of the Isles games since 2015/16. Greg joined the Islanders Radio team in 2013 as the communications coordinator covering select games as their color commentator. 

Picker has worked for the Islanders from Oct 2007 to Aug 2009 as the team's media relations intern. He used to help the media personnel back then on gamedays and wrote press releases and weekly stories for the team's website.

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