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Islanders announce radio partnership with WRHU

With 24 hours to spare before their season opener, the Islanders announced a radio partnership with WRHU (88.7-FM), Hofstra's station, on Friday night.

The unusual deal will include on-air and off-air roles for Hofstra students, including during the game coverage itself alongside veteran Chris King, who will handle the play-by-play.

The arrangement has raised eyebrows within the broadcasting business and among some fans who fear the team is opening itself up to ridicule by using students on the air.

But the Islanders have emphasized the improved signal relative to recent seasons - the station can be heard throughout Nassau County and in eastern Queens and parts of western Suffolk.

Another benefit is that unlike last season, when the team simulcast TV audio on its radio broadcasts to save money, there will be a dedicated radio account of games.

The Rangers and Devils are heard on 1050 ESPN and WFAN, the market's two all-sports stations.

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