Howie Rose has been the play-by-play announcer for New York Islanders telecasts on MSG Plus (formerly FSNY) since 1995. Rose currently shares the Islanders TV booth with analyst Butch Goring.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Islanders, Rose can also be heard calling play-by-play for the New York Mets radio broadcasts on WFAN. Rose has been calling Mets action since 1996.
Rose started with MSG Networks in 1985 as a substitute announcer for Rangers radio broadcasts before taking over full-time in 1989. Rose was on the radio call for the Rangers dramatic 1994 Stanley Cup Championship run. “Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! And the Rangers have one more mountain to climb!” That one name screamed three times by Rose following the game-winning goal that sent the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals will forever be cemented into the memories of Rangers fans everywhere. Stephane Matteau’s double-overtime score was as cathartic a moment as there has been for a team, and Rose’s call genuinely captured the essence of that moment.
A graduate of Queens College, Rose’s career began in 1975 when he became one of the original voices for SportsPhone. It was also that year that he began announcing on WNYC radio. In 1982-83, Rose served as radio voice of indoor soccer’s New York Arrows on WGBB radio.
Rose moved on to WHN in 1977 where he served as the station's sports director and an on-air sportscaster until 1983. In early 1984 Howie moved over to WCBS News Radio while continuing to do some freelance work for the NBC Radio network. Howie also hosted a cable TV sports show on Cox Cable between 1984-1986. In 1987 Rose became one of WFAN’s first talk show hosts and remained with the station until 1995. It was there that Rose’s involvement with the Mets began, first doing the Mets pre- and post-game shows while also handling substitute play-by-play. He also called the 1993 and 1994 NHL All-Star Games and the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals for the NHL Radio Network.
Rose’s talents have been recognized with numerous New York Emmy Awards nominations and wins. In 1997 he won in the Outstanding On-Camera Achievement (Analysis, Play by Play, Commentary) category for his work with the Islanders and Mets and again in 1998 when he was a part of the Islanders crew that won in the Outstanding Live Sports Coverage (Series) category. In 2009 and 2011, Rose earned a nomination in the On-Camera Talent: Sports Play-by-Play category for his work with the Islanders. Other honors include 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. Other honors include 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 resides in Woodbury, NY, with his wife Barbara and their two daughters Alyssa and Chelsea.