For the first time in its four-year history, all of New York City FC’s game will be broadcast on radio.
City’s games will be heard on WNYE 91.5 FM, the City of New York’s official radio station.
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYCFC and the New York University School of Professional Studies has announced a partnership that will allow that to happen.
Glenn Crooks, who has been the team’s radio announcer since its 2015 inaugural season, will do the play-by-play and will host a weekly talk show on WNYE called Soccer City, which will uncover fascinating soccer stories from across the five boroughs, while discussing the global sport.
The collaboration with the NYU School of Professional Studies will focus on providing an academic experience for high school students from underserved communities across NYC that teaches them the technical aspects of radio broadcasting/audio podcasting, while strengthening their listening, interviewing, and storytelling skills.
The program will consist of a semester-long, hands-on course during which public high school students will work on the Soccer City radio program in behind-the-scenes production roles. In addition to gaining hands-on experience in sports journalism, students will have the opportunity to work with local media talent who will advise them on their careers and will provide insight into this part of the broadcasting industry.
The team had been on WFAN for its first three seasons, but many game broadcasts were not live due to conflicts with other sporting events, including Yankee games. Those matches still could be heard on the WFAN website.