Islanders Point Blank is reporting that there could be a change in the Isles radio coverage. A source told the SNY.TV blog that “a change to the Islanders radio deal is imminent and could happen as early as next season.”
Since 2010, WRHU Radio Hofstra University has carried every Islander hockey game, with veteran play-by-play man Chris King calling the game alongside Hofstra broadcast students. With WHRU being a college station the range is limited and it showed in Arbitron ratings released today. The Islanders had the lowest cume (which is the cumulative audience of a broadcast) among Persons 6+ with just 2,000 and had just a 0.1 share when it came to men ages 25-54.
As expected the Rangers, who’s games are broadcast on ESPN New York 98.7, and Devils, who are on WFAN, both finished ahead of the Islanders.
WFAN and ESPN New York both carried Isles games during the team’s first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However those game were produced by the students at WRHU.
Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark also suggested the team would try to get on a “major” radio station when asked by a fan on twitter. Yormark and the Barclays Business operations staff is now running the business side of the Islanders.