NHL Radio

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NHL Radio
Other names NHL Game of the Week[1]
Genre Sports
Running time 180 minutes or until game ends
Country  United States
Language(s) English
TV adaptations NHL on CBS
Creator(s) Westwood One
Recording studio The site of the games
Air dates since 1992-93
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Website http://www.westwoodone.com/stationfinder?programID=361

NHL Radio was the official national radio broadcaster of the National Hockey League, covering the All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Finals, both Conference Finals, selected early round playoff action, and the Winter Classic. The package was distributed by Westwood One[2] and premiered in the 1992-93 season. This arrangement lasted through the end of the 2007-08 season.[3]

NFL on Westwood One and NHL Radio's blackout rules[edit]

For all other weeks, within 75 miles of a team's stadium, only stations the team or its flagship station contracts with can carry those games, regardless if the team is home or away. Thus, any competing station that carries Westwood One broadcasts cannot air those games- for instance, any time the New York Jets are playing on Sunday or Monday nights, their games do not air on New York City's Westwood One affiliate, WFAN, but instead WABC and WEPN (the Jets' flagships) retain local exclusivity. (In the case of the Sunday doubleheaders, most stations can opt for an alternate national broadcast from the Sports USA Radio Network or, beginning in 2009, Compass Media Networks.) This rule applies to Toronto, Canada whenever the Buffalo Bills play nationally. (However, in the case of Toronto, the same station affiliates with both the Bills radio network and Westwood One, which means the only difference is which broadcast team the station uses). For a time, the rule applied to the Los Angeles market, but it was relaxed in 2008 and all national radio broadcasts are now available in that market on KLAC (Westwood One) and KFWB (Sports USA Radio).

A similar rule applied to Westwood One's NHL coverage, although the NHL's radius is much smaller, and in some markets (such as Rochester, New York), local broadcasts and national broadcasts have aired on competing stations.


Stanley Cup Finals commentating crews[edit]

Year Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
2008 Sam Rosen Bill Clement
2007 Sam Rosen Darren Eliot
2006 Sam Rosen Ed Olczyk
2005 Canceled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout.
2004 Sam Rosen Ed Olczyk
2003 Sam Rosen Ed Olczyk
2002 Sam Rosen Gary Green & Darren Eliot
2001 Sam Rosen Gary Green
2000 Sam Rosen Gary Green
1999 Sam Rosen Gary Green
1998 Sam Rosen Gary Green Sean Grande
1997 Sam Rosen Gary Green Doug Brown & Sean Grande
1996 Sam Rosen Gary Green Doug Brown & Sean Grande
1995 Kenny Albert Gary Green Doug Brown
1994 Kenny Albert Sherry Ross Doug Brown


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