EP 079 Howie Rose NY Mets
In this episode I chat with Howie Rose, the radio voice of the New York Mets. Topics of discussion include:
- Starting the Marv Albert Fan Club at 13 years old.
- Choosing Queens College over other educational opportunities.
- Why he doesn’t read very many sports books.
- Getting reps as a young broadcaster in the biggest and most unforgiving media market in the country.
- Working for the now extinct “Sports Phone” service.
- Why he never considered leaving the New York media market and why he probably should have.
- How his relationship with Marv Albert led to getting NHL fill in opportunities.
- Reflecting on the famous “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau” goal call during the New York Rangers Stanley Cup run.
- The challenge of identifying goal scorers in hockey.
- Parlaying his career momentum into picking up the New York Mets and New York Islanders jobs.
- Covering bad teams well.
- What he did during the full season NHL lockout canceling the 04-05 season.
- Why he gave up the Islanders job to focus on the Mets.
- How he kept his marriage healthy despite a hectic broadcast schedule.
- What it was like working on the ground floor for the nation’s first all sports station, WFAN.
- He shares what it was like working with Mike & The Mad Dog.
- The biggest difference between sports talk now and when it started in the 80’s.
- Which Mets founding announcer had a greater impact on his style.
- Going through an emergency airplane landing in Detroit due to a health scare.
- How he came up with his catch phrase “put it in the books” that he uses after every Mets win.
- The process of writing a book.
- His biggest broadcast horror story.
- His favorite announcer in each of the four main sports.
And much more!