The Predators will be offering additional television programming on Fox Sports Tennessee to support a minimum of 75 regular-season games this year, up from 70 in 2013-14.
All 82 games will be broadcast on radio on 102.5-FM The Game.
“We’ve really tweaked our broadcast lineup in large part as a result of our increased coverage,” said Chris Parker, Predators executive vice president. “All of the names are very familiar ones — people recognize them, they’ve been associated with our broadcast in many respects since day one — but they have some different roles and responsibilities.”
There will be one new name, Lyndsay Rowley, who will join Predators coverage on Fox Sports as a rink-side reporter.
Rowley has spent time on the sidelines of many sports, from college football to the NBA, and recently worked as the in-house television host for all Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) home games.
“She comes from a very diverse sports background,” Parker said. “She did some sideline work with the (Columbus) Blue Jackets. She has worked with Fox Sports-affiliated properties over the past several years. She knows hockey, which is critically important.”
Pete Weber will continue in his position as the play-by-play voice of the Predators on Fox Sports broadcasts, joined this year by color commentator Stu Grimson.
Grimson, who has worked for the past six seasons as color commentator on the Predators Radio Network, played 30 games with the Predators during the 2001-02 season and currently serves as president of the Nashville Predators Alumni Association and as president of the Nashville Jr. Predators.
Terry Crisp will continue to be a part of Predators home broadcasts on Fox Sports. He will co-host the pregame and postgame shows with Mark Howard, anchor special features and appear on Predators Snapshot, a look behind-the-scenes at the team.
Howard will continue in his role as anchor, with new co-host Crisp, of the Predators pregame, intermission and postgame reports.
“(Terry) has a job in this organization for as long as he wants,” Parker said. “He’s one of only a handful of guys who’s won a Stanley Cup both as a player and a head coach. So he brings a very unique perspective. He’s loved by the fans, he’s extremely knowledgeable and passionate.”
Willy Daunic, who took over radio play-by-play duties on a temporary basis in the midst of last season, will join the Predators staff full time as the play-by-play voice on the Predators Radio Network and flagship station 102.5-FM.
Daunic has worked in some capacity with the Predators Radio Network since the team’s inception in 1998.
A familiar voice on the topic of Nashville sports, Daunic has had a presence on Nashville sports radio since 1993, including maintaining a place on 102.5’s popular “Sports Night.”
“He took over about a month or six weeks into the season last year,” Parker said. “He did a fantastic job, I think better than any of us could have really thought. Really fell in love with it, enjoyed it immensely.”
Darren McFarland will continue in his position as host of the Predators Radio Network pregame, intermission and postgame shows, a roll he assumed after Daunic took over play-by-play responsibility in October 2013.
Brent Peterson will join Daunic and McFarland on the Predators Radio Network, serving as a color analyst for select games in the 2014-15 season.
Peterson has spent the last 16 years as a member of the Predators hockey operations staff, working behind the bench as a member of the coaching staff from 1998-2011 and most recently as the Preds hockey operations adviser.
In 2007, Peterson founded Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease and helping fund critical research and educational and support groups.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected].
Dan Bernstein: Media Reaction to MLB Winter Meetings Outrageous
“It doesn’t make any sense to me.“
The MLB Winter Meetings have come and gone, without the sport’s biggest fish — Shohei Ohtani — being caught by any one team. Several MLB writers shared their displeasure with the lack of movement by players at the meetings, which dumbfounded 670 The Score host Dan Bernstein.
During Bernstein & Holmes Thursday, Dan Bernstein shared his sentiment that the expectations from MLB national media members bordered on ridiculous.
”So many people had a problem with (the Winter Meetings). ‘Do something! Entertain us! Do something!’ and this whole group of seemingly unionized national reporters are echoing this ‘How dare that not do something!’ (sentiment),” Bernstein said. “Other sports have a salary cap. That’s the difference. And if you’re advocating for MLB to have a salary cap, you’re doing Rob Manfred’s work for him, and that doesn’t make any sense.”
After co-host Laurence Holmes mentioned that a player making a decision on their future home required due diligence and time, Dan Bernstein continued by claiming that the idea that Ohtani needed to pick a destination during the Winter Meetings to appease the national media showed a lack of empathy from reporters.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me. How dare Shohei Ohtani be careful and deliberate and exercise power when he’s the most powerful person in baseball right now,” said Bernstein. “He’s deciding his professional future. How dare he! What does he owe you?”
Boomer Esiason: Joe Benigno Was Just Doing His Job
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is. That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point.”
Former WFAN host Joe Benigno continues to make headlines after he revealed sensitive text messages he had with New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh. Despite the controversy, Boomer Esiason believes Benigno was simply doing what was necessary.
After Boomer & Gio played a clip of Saleh saying he “still likes Joe B.”, Esiason argued that Benigno was doing his job by revealing that Saleh “didn’t like” Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
When fill-in update anchor Chris Lo Presti pointed out that Saleh wouldn’t call Benigno by name — referring to him as “Joe B.” — Esiason said “That’s cause everyone knows who he is”.
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is,” Esiason said. “That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point. But man, I would think that Rob Saleh was pretty floored by all of that, I’d imagine.”
Co-host Gregg Giannotti agreed, questioning if Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke to Saleh about ceasing texting with the former WFAN host.
After originally revealing the text messages, Benigno has shared he wishes he hadn’t mentioned the comments made by Saleh in private. He later clarified that he took the coach’s statements out of context and misinterpreted them.
Anthony Lima: People Will Watch NFL Games No Matter Who the Quarterbacks Are
“The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
As the NFL begins week 14 with a Thursday Night Football matchup that pits a pair of backup quarterbacks against one another, 92.3 The Fan morning hosts Ken Carman and Anthony Lima agree it doesn’t matter who’s under center, fans will still be tuning in.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are slated to face the New England Patriots as Mitch Trubisky and Baily Zappe will start at quarterback for each team. During The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima Thursday, the hosts agreed they’ll still watch the broadcast.
“Do you think fans are bored by the league with this or are they more interested?,” Carman asked, referencing the Steelers-Patriots matchup.
“Well the ratings don’t show that,” Lima said. “The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
Indeed for its Week 13 Thursday night game, Amazon Prime Video recorded an all-time high average of 15.26 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys marked the 11th consecutive week of year-over-year, double-digit viewership growth for the property, and helped engender a 29% increase from last year’s 11-week average viewership.
Carman offered an analogy pertaining to wrestling, conveying how many people are interested in the sport when they are younger. He enjoyed the sport in his youth but it then began to phase out until he went to middle school and became interested again. These phases, however, do not seem to apply when it comes to the game of football.
“We line up for years,” Carman said of football. “There’s people who haven’t missed Monday Night Football no matter what incarnation [it is] for 30+ years. Is it an enjoyable thing to sell all the quarterbacks down?”
Lima is cognizant of what has happened at the quarterback position this year and feels that it makes him want to watch a game less, affirming that the starters on Thursday night will need to earn his attention.
“I think I’ll give it a quarter,” Lima said. “I might even be a little late… [but] I’ll put it on and see where the game’s at.”
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