NY Islanders and Bridgeport Islanders announcer Alan Fuehring is being considered for play-by-play role in Columbus

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A member of the NY IsIanders organization since 2016 and current Bridgeport Islanders play-by-play announcer, Alan Fuehring, may be headed for the next step in his career behind the mic. 

Columbus Dispatch columnist Michael Arace believes Fuehring is one of the top choices to take over as the Columbus Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer for Bally Sports Ohio after the retirement of Jeff Rimer.

“What I heard is that Bridgeport Islanders announcer, Alan Fuehring, is among the leading candidates - perhaps the leading candidate,” Arace said on the Cannon Fodder podcast. “He’s been knocking on the door for a while.”

Fuehring, 33, has been the voice of the B-Isles, and in recent years has gotten his opportunity on the big stage, filling in for Chris King on the radio broadcast, and MSG for Brendan Burke while he’s fulfilling his duties calling national games for TNT.

Last season we saw Fuehring around UBS Arena more often acting as host on the pre/post-game and during intermissions, filling in for Shannon Hogan

During the 2021-22 season while still working for the Islanders, Fuehring, a Peoria Illinois native, made his way to Chicago, sitting in on multiple broadcasts for on TV and radio for his hometown Chicago Blackhawks

"The Islanders have been very supportive and patient with all of this," Fuehring told the Peoria Journal Star in 2021. "They understand, and I can't thank them enough."

Not only may Fuehring have opportunities outside the Islanders organization, but Brendan Burke is slated to call two series for the NY Yankees on WFAN against the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves from 6/18-6/23. With John Sterling's retirement, a position occupied since 1989 is now available, with Burke’s name in consideration.

If offered the job, Burke could always do what Howie Rose did for years between the Islanders and the New York Mets calling games for both teams - but that’s a story for another day.

If Burke stays with the Islanders, he deserves the job for as long as he wants, leaving little room for promotion for Fuehring. He’s proven capable of calling games at the highest level and warrants the position if offered in Columbus.