Who doesn't want to listen to more Brendan Burke?
The TV play-by-play voice for the New York Islanders fulfilled a childhood dream when he was behind the radio mic for the New York Yankees earlier this month and now is the front-runner to eventually take the place of 84-year-old John Sterling according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
New York Islanders TV voice Brendan Burke frontrunner to become Yankees radio play-by-play man
Burke was one of four broadcasters to fill in for Sterling in recent weeks as the legendary voice decided to scale back his road schedule. While WFAN, the radio home of the Yankees, was satisfied with Ryan Ruocco, Justin Shackil, and Rickie Ricardo, Burke has emerged as the favorite to be offered the position.
Earlier this month, we wrote that Burke became the latest Islanders announcer to take a swing in the baseball booth. In addition to Sterling, Jiggs McDonald did Mets games in 1982, and Howie Rose performed double duty for the Mets and Islanders from 1995 to 2016.
Rose proved that handling both hockey on TV and baseball on the radio is doable, but he had favorable circumstances. In the years that Rose worked both Isles and Mets games, baseball season often ended before October and the Islanders weren't a consistent playoff team, meaning when April came around, Rose was available.
Having missed the post-season only four times since 1995, the Yankees' real season starts in October and while TV broadcasts of playoff games turn to national broadcasts, radio remains local, meaning Burke could be behind the mic for the Yankees when the hockey season starts. Burke also is part of the NHL-on-TNT, calling the first two rounds of the Western Conference playoffs.
There are a lot of moving parts and would make one crazy travel itinerary for the 38-year-old Burke if he eventually takes on the Yankees job. But it is doable and because of his talent, the expectation is that both teams and their respective TV and radio networks would do their best to accommodate.