Howie Rose at Citi Field, 2012
Early life and career
Rose was born in Brooklyn into a Jewish family and grew up a Mets, Jets, and Rangers fan. He graduated from Queens College in 1977. He also attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens. Rose started his career doing sports updates on New York City based SportsPhone (owned by Phone Programs) in the mid '70s, which led to sports updates on all-news radio station WCBS-AM through the early '80s.
New York Mets
Rose, who has done Mets play-by-play on radio or television since 1995, utters his catchphrase, "Put it in the books" after a Mets victory; when he uses the phrasing "and the Mets are leading by a score of __ to __" he uses the same diction as original Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson. He previously hosted the "Mets Extra" pre- and post-game shows.
He worked the television booth until the retirement of long-time Mets radio voice Bob Murphy. Rose took Murphy's spot alongside Gary Cohen on WFAN. Cohen became the play-by-play broadcaster on new Mets network SportsNet New York for the 2006 season, and Rose shared the radio booth with partner Tom McCarthy and producer/engineer Chris Majkowski. In 2008, Wayne Hagin replaced McCarthy. Since 2012, he has called games with Josh Lewin.
Rose has also been the master of the ceremonies during key Mets events, including Opening Day at Shea Stadium and Citi Field since 2004. He hosted ceremonies marking the opening of Citi Field in 2009.
In 2014, he will call games on WOR.
New York Islanders
Rose is also the play-by-play announcer for Islanders telecasts where he now works alongside Butch Goring. For the 2009–10 season, Rose's work was simulcasted on radio as well. Rose replaced Jiggs McDonald on Islanders broadcasts in 1995 and was previously partnered with Ed Westfall, Joe Micheletti, and Billy Jaffe.
New York Rangers
Prior to the Islanders, Rose worked as a play-by-play radio announcer for the New York Rangers, and was paired mainly with Sal Messina. He is most recognized by Rangers fans for his call of "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!" made when Stephane Matteau scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime of Game 7 of the 1994 NHL Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils.
Other career roles
Rose was the original prime-time host on WFAN when the station went all-sports in 1987, hosting the program until 1995. Rose occasionally worked games for Fox NHL Saturday in the mid-'90s, and currently for Fox Saturday Baseball. He has also called Long Island Blackbirds basketball and soccer.
On March 1, 2013, his book "Put it in the Book" was released. The book is an autobiography and memoir of 50 years of Mets history. The book was cowritten with Phil Pepe.
In 2012, Howie Rose was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He has won two Emmy awards for excellence in broadcasting for the New York Islanders.
He gave the commencement speech at Queens College on May 31, 2012.