WFAN and AM 970 to Air Islanders Games


The New York Islanders announced Wednesday that WFAN and AM 970 The Answer will broadcast the team’s games during the 2016-17 season.

WFAN will broadcast 30 Islanders games while AM 970 The Answer will broadcast 52 of the team’s 82 regular season games.

“We are thrilled to welcome WFAN-AM/FM and AM 970 The Answer to the New York Islanders Radio Network and to greatly expand the reach of Islanders games throughout the tri-state area,” Barclays Center chief executive officer Brett Yormark said in a statement the Islanders released.

The announcement was made on the Boomer & Carton Show to promote the start of the hockey season next Thursday. In a letter to season ticket holders and then the media at the team’s first preseason game last week, Yormark said that the Islanders were going to have two new 50,000-watt radio stations that cover the tri-state area.

A fan blog, NYIslesBlog, broke the news that WFAN was going to be covering Isles games after confirming with two sources.

New Islanders owner John Ledecky has said he intends to make the team a first-class organization for the players and fans, and radio coverage plays a crucial part in that.

“The Islanders are delighted for our fans that we will have such excellent radio coverage this season,” he said.

With the partnership, the Isles will be promoted on both stations with commercial spots, email marketing and through social media.

Mark Chernoff, vice president of programming at WFAN, expressed his pleasure of adding the Islanders to the station’s already expansive coverage of New York teams.

“As the No. 1 sports station in the country, WFAN is uniquely poised to capture and share the excitement around hockey season with its legions of fans,” he said.

AM 970 The Answer is known for its excellent format of talk, news and information, and now has a formidable addition with Islanders games.

WFAN’s coverage of the Isles begins with the team’s  home opener Oct. 16. AM 970’s coverage starts with the Isles’ season opener Oct. 13.


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