Howie Rose has informed MSG officials that he will step down as the voice of the New York Islanders according to Newsday. Rose had been the Islanders’ lead TV play-by-play voice since 1995. He had spent the past thirty one years working for MSG, the team’s local television channel.
Rose said he made the decision because he’s looking to reduce his workload. Aside from calling Islanders games, he serves as the radio play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets on WOR. Since baseball and hockey overlap, he rarely has had an opportunity to take a break during the past two decades.
MSG will conduct a search to find Rose’s successor immediately.
When asked how long he’d like to continue calling Mets games, Rose said, “Forever.” However, he’s looking forward to a little rest and relaxation after baseball season ends.
“There are times when I think about what I’m giving up and I wonder how I could ever possibly step away from it,” he told Newsday. “When I think of what I’m gaining, which is an offseason to recharge the batteries and reconnect with people and live as close to a normal baseball life as a broadcaster can ever live, then I become very excited.”