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University Partners with NY Islanders Hockey Team

Hofstra University’s student-run radio station, WRHU 88.7 FM, and the New York Islanders announced in October 2010 a new radio broadcast agreement to broadcast all 82 Islanders games during the 2010-11 National Hockey League season.  The pact calls for 41 games to air on WRHU, and the remainder to be broadcast through the Islanders’ team web site.

Chris King, former color commentator, will move over to the play-by-play position and various Hofstra students will have the opportunity to serve as the color analysts and sideline reporters throughout the season.

“Radio Hofstra University and our students are elated to join in this unprecedented partnership between sports business and academic neighbors,” said Bruce Avery, WRHU General Manager.

The agreement gives WRHU exclusive radio rights to at least 41 games throughout the regular season.  King will produce the broadcasts and announce the games for WRHU, and Hofstra University students will assist in the broadcast.

“We are excited to work with the Hofstra based radio station, WRHU, to not only broadcast Islanders game, but provide opportunities for future members of the industry,” said Justin Johnson, Islanders Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “Hofstra has a terrific School of Communication and we are looking forward to the reflection of that in this season’s broadcasts.”

“WRHU is a college radio station that holds itself to the highest professional standards, said Dr. Evan Cornog, Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University.  “We are delighted to enter into this agreement with a great professional sports franchise, the New York Islanders.”

Hofstra University’s School of Communication encourages its students to participate in experiential learning endeavors, and this opportunity provides students interested in sports and broadcast journalism to earn hands on experience with a professional sports team.  This partnership is one of many chances for students to work on the production and on-air aspects of sporting events.  Hofstra’s sporting events are also broadcast on the station.

WRHU serves a diverse community, broadcasting via 88.7 FM to Long Island, New York City and parts of Connecticut.  It also broadcasts worldwide on the Internet via WRHU.org, Hofstra Athletic Web Channel (HAWC), GoHofstra.com, and NHL.com.  WRHU broadcasts select Hofstra Pride games worldwide as well via XM and Sirius Satellite radio and to the tri-state area via WGCH AM.