Nashville, Tenn. (August 5, 2014) – New for the 2014-15 season, the Nashville Predators will offer additional programming to support 75 regular season games –a franchise record up from 70 games last season. The 2014-2015 slate of programming includes the introduction of a new Predators LIVE home pregame show and newly-formatted Predators LIVE postgame show on FOX Sports Tennessee. In addition, new broadcasters have been added to the talent roster. Here’s who viewers can expect to see, and hear from, this season:
Pete Weber will continue in his role as the play-by-play voice of the Predators on FOX Sports Tennessee telecasts. Pete will be joined by analyst Stu Grimson. Predators fans know Stu from his previous role as rink-side reporter for home games during the 2013-14 season. 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. He currently serves as President of the Nashville Predators Alumni Association and as President of the Nashville Jr. Predators.
A beloved member of the Predators broadcast team since the beginning, Terry Crisp will continue to be a part of home telecasts on FOX Sports Tennessee, offering insight and analysis to fans from his unique view as one of 14 people who have won the Stanley Cup as both player and coach. Crisp, who will co-host the pregame and postgame shows with Mark Howard, will anchor special features and appear behind-the-scenes on Predators Snapshot. Additionally, Crisp will serve as an ambassador of the Predators organization, representing the team at corporate, community and Predators Foundation events. Howard will continue in his role as anchor, with new co-host Crisp, of the Predators pregame, intermission and postgame reports.
Joining Weber, Grimson, Crisp and Howard as part of the FOX Sports Tennessee team will be Lyndsay Rowley, who is working in a new role as 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. As the rink-side reporter, Rowley will help bring Predators fans closer to the action with interviews, special features and more.
Willy Daunic, who took over radio play-by-play duties on a temporary basis in the midst of the 2013-14 season, will join the Predators staff full time as the radio play-by-play voice on the Predators Radio Network and flagship station 102.5 The Game. Daunic has worked 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 The Game’s popular “Sports Night.” Moving forward, Darren McFarland will continue in his position as host of the Predators Radio Network pregame, intermission and postgame shows.
Brent Peterson will join Daunic and McFarland on the Predators Radio Network, serving as a color analyst for select games during the 2014-15 season. Peterson has been a member of the Predators hockey operations staff for 16 years, working behind the bench as a member of the coaching staff from 1998-2011 and most recently as the Predators hockey operations advisor. In 2007, Peterson founded Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (PFP), an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s Disease and helping fund critical research and educational and support groups. During the course of the season, Daunic and McFarland will be joined by other special guests in the color analyst role including various Predators alumni and sports personalities.
Both veteran and new members of the Predators broadcast staff will also contribute unique content to the Web at www.nashvillepredators.com and on the team’s social media channels (Twitter: @PredsNHL, Facebook: Nashville Predators Hockey Team). A full line-up of Predators programming for the 2014-15 season will soon be available on www.nashvillepredators.com.
About the Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League’s 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 16 years since. The team is led by the only general manager in franchise history, David Poile, new head coach and Stanley Cup-winner Peter Laviolette, and is anchored by three-time Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber, two-time Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne, and a blend of rising young talent and experienced veterans.
About FOX Sports South
The FOX Sports regional networks serving the Southeast – FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports Carolinas and SportSouth – collectively reach more than 13 million cable and satellite households in seven states across the Southeast. They are the television home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta Hawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Hounds, Memphis Grizzlies, Nashville Predators, Cincinnati Reds, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, Conference USA, Southeastern Conference, and Big 12 Conference. Combined, the four networks produce more than 750 live local events and televise more than 1400 live local events each year. For more information, please visit FOXSportsSouth.com, FOXSportsTennessee.com, and FOXSportsCarolinas.com.
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