Pete Weber, Play-by-Play Announcer
"Voice of the Predators" Pete Weber (Twitter: @PeteWeberSports) enters his 15th season as the team’s primary play-by-play announcer in 2012-13. His insight into the team and the game of hockey is a regular feature in local sports talk radio and television, and he also consistently contributes to the Predators’ website and team publications. In January 2012, Weber was named the Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Pete is slated to be a “Western Conference Insider” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "NHL Home Ice" shows (XM 204) once again in 2012-13, and is slated to join “Slapshot Radio” as a co-host this season. In addition to his duties with the team, Weber co-hosted SportsNight (a popular local sportstalk radio program) from July 2003 until August 2005 and has filled in as a program host for ESPN Radio. He has also called the Music City Bowl and done games for the Triple-A baseball Nashville Sounds' broadcasts, in addition to producing and hosting weekly podcasts: "This Week in the Minor Leagues" and the syndicated “Southern Pro Football.”
Weber spent two seasons (1995-97) as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Sabres, three seasons (1978-81) as the color analyst for the Los Angeles Kings and also served as host of "Hockey Night with the Buffalo Sabres" from 1990-93. Along with his 23 seasons of NHL experience, Weber has served as a play-by-play voice in baseball (Buffalo Bisons, 1983-95), basketball (Seattle SuperSonics, 1981-82) and football (University of Buffalo, 1992). He has called the hockey action for the University of Notre Dame (1974-76) and the University at Buffalo (1976-78) and was part of the Buffalo Bills' broadcast team during their four Super Bowl seasons (1990-93).
Weber was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. He has won Mid-South Regional Emmys for his work on Predators’ broadcasts in 2003, 2008 and 2010. He also sits on the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Nashville/Mid-South Chapter’s Board of Governors.
The Galesburg, Ill., native is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Weber and his wife, Claudia, reside in Nashville.
Terry Crisp, Color Analyst
Entering his 16th year with the Predators, Terry Crisp provides the color commentary on the club’s television broadcasts and helps comprise one of the most well-known broadcast duos in the League. He contributes insight to the Predators’ website and worked as a studio analyst for Canada’s TSN during the 2000, 2002 and 2003 IIHF World Championships. Crisp also hosts his own radio show, Extra Crispy, on the Predators flagship radio station 102.5 The Game.
A part of the Predators’ Emmy-winning broadcasts in 2003, 2008 and 2010, Crisp served as a color analyst for FOX Sports during the 1998-99 season and during the 1998 and 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, and has served in a similar capacity for TSN in past years.
Crisp posted 201 points (67g-134a) in 536 games during his 11 seasons in the NHL as a player for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. He has won three Stanley Cup Championships, two as a player with the Flyers (1974 and 1975) and one as a coach with Calgary (1989), and he is one of only 14 people to have won the Cup as both player and head coach. The Parry Sound, Ont., native has a unique perspective on expansion teams: he was a player with the inaugural editions of the St. Louis Blues in 1967 and the New York Islanders in 1972.
Crisp was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning from the franchise’s inception in 1992 through October 1997, coaching 391 games. He held the record for most games coached by an expansion franchise’s first coach until Nashville Head Coach BarryTrotz broke the mark in 2003. In the 2004 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, the Lightning defeated the Flames – the team he coached to the Cup in 1989. Crisp also served as the assistant coach of the silver medal-winning Canadian team at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France.
Terry and his wife, Sheila, reside in Nashville. The Crisp’s have three children – sons Tony and Jeff, and daughter Caley.
Stu Grimson, Television Color Analyst
Stu Grimson (Twitter: @asgrimson) enters his sixth season as a color analyst on the Predators Radio Network. 2013-14 will be his second full-time season with the Predators broadcast team. Grimson currently serves as the President of the recently-formed Nashville Predators Alumni Association as well as President of the Nashville Jr. Predators.
Grimson, who played in 30 games with the Predators during the 2001-02 season, posted 17 goals, 22 assists and 2,113 penalty minutes in 729 career games with Calgary, Chicago, Anaheim, Detroit, Hartford, Carolina, Los Angeles and Nashville from 1987-2003. After retiring from the NHL following the 2002-03 season, Grimson returned to school, finished his undergraduate degree and earned a law degree from the University of Memphis in December of 2005. The Kamloops, B.C., native then went to work as a labor lawyer for the NHLPA for two years before returning to Nashville to work as a defense attorney with Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, PLLC.
Mark Howard, TV Host
Mark Howard (Twitter:@MHowardZone) enters his fifth season as a member of the broadcast crew for all Predators’ home games on FOX Sports Tennessee in 2012-13. Joining Pete Weber and Terry Crisp on the broadcast, Howard provides player and coach interviews during pre and post game coverage as well as intermissions.
Howard hosts the award-winning Wakeup Zone on WGFX, 104.5 The Zone which airs weekdays from 6-10 a.m. He also does a radio pre and postgame show for Titans Radio and has worked as a television host of TSSAA for the State High School football and basketball championships since 2004.
Prior to hosting The Wakeup Zone, Howard was a sports anchor at WTVF-TV (CBS) in Nashville and worked for 103.3 WKDF doing morning sports from 1997-2002. The West Hartford, Conn., native who also worked in television in Evansville, Ind., from 1983-86, has called action for Triple-A baseball in Wichita and Evansville, and college hockey at Cornell. He graduated from Ithaca College in upstate New York in 1980 with a degree in history and political science.
Mark has a 10-year-old son, Jack.