Fall 2012

Chris King is voice of the Islanders

Chris King is voice of the Islanders
Chris King used to be a software engineer.

The “what ifs” in life can be tough to live down, but Chris King, MS ’85, doesn’t worry about that anymore. When, after a decade as a software engineer, he had to choose between a secure job he liked or a less-secure job he could really love, he went for love.

It was a good call.

King is the radio voice of the New York Islanders hockey team. He had been doing radio for the Islanders part time while working as a software engineer, but jumped at the offer to be the play-by-play announcer. Doing that job for a big-league sports team was something he had dreamed about since he was a kid.

“[Back then], Marv Albert was the voice of New York sports. I’d turn the sound down on the TV and do my own play-by-play,” King says.

The most memorable moment of his career, King says, was calling Al Arbour’s 1,500th game as Islanders head coach.

In his other radio job, King is the play-by-play man for the Long Island Ducks minor-league baseball team. A longtime baseball fan, King enjoys exercising another side of his sportscaster personality.

“Baseball is so slow-moving that you have to fill in all the gaps in the action, and that’s something you never have time to do in hockey,” King says. “I enjoy the challenges of both because they are so different. After six months of baseball, I’m ready to pick up the pace. After six months of hockey, I’m ready to slow it back down.”

King, who also does TV work for the MSG Varsity cable network, studied communications at SUNY Geneseo and came to Binghamton for engineering.

“The work ethic is the biggest thing I took from Binghamton, with all the group projects and the drive to finish my master’s degree,” King says. “The work ethic has served me well in the working world. Without Binghamton, I never would have had a good full-time job that allowed me to explore radio.”