Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network is a radio network operated by the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League that provides broadcasts for all the team's games. Mike Lange is the play-by-play announcer, while former Penguin Phil Bourque is the color commentator. Bob Grove hosts pre- and post-game shows, as well as intermission breaks. The flagship station since 2006 is WXDX-FM in Pittsburgh.[1]

Mike Lange began doing team radio broadcasts in 1974, and after not working for the team during the 1975–76 year, rejoined the network for the 1976–77 season. He provided play-by-play for radio as well as television when the team began simulcast broadcasts. When the two broadcasts separated in the mid-1990s, Lange worked exclusively on television for FSN Pittsburgh. In 2006, FSN did not renew Lange's contract, and he rejoined the radio network.[2]

Paul Steigerwald worked with the team network from 1980 to 1999. He began with the team in 1980 performing interviews during intermissions. In 1984 he joined Lange as color analyst. When Lange moved to the television broadcast, Steigerwald became the play-by-play announcer. In 2006, Steigerwald replaced Lange at FSN, while Lange replaced Steigerwald on the radio network.[3] Former Penguins Bob Errey served as color commentator following his retirement from playing in 1999.[4] In 2003 when television broadcaster and former player Ed Olczyk became the team's head coach, Errey moved to television. Another former Penguin, Phil Bourque replaced Errey.[5]

In October 2009 the team launched "Pittsburgh Penguins Radio" with WXDX-FM at 105.9 HD2. The station was the first exclusive HD station offered by an NHL team,[6] and only the second among major league teams of any sport ("All Rams Radio" on KLOU-HD2 being the first however being disbanded in 2009). During the first season, content included "Penguins Live" with Steve Mears, a former New York Islanders play-by-play announcer, and Tom Grimm, a former WXDX host; a two-hour sumulcast of XM Radio's "NHL Live"; and a one-hour show with WXDX host Mark Madden. The six hours of content was looped continuously, and the station also broadcasts all games. In addition to being available via an HD receiver, the station is also available at the Penguins website.[6][7]

Affiliate stations[edit]

Call sign Radio frequency Branding Market State
WXDX-FM 105.9 FM The X Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
WBGG 970 AM Fox Sports Radio 970 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
WXDX-FM HD2 105.9 FM HD2 Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
WBVP 1230 AM Beaver County's Hometown Station Beaver Falls Pennsylvania
WMBA 1460 AM Beaver County's Hometown Station Ambridge Pennsylvania
WMBS 590 AM Your Local Station, 590 AM Uniontown Pennsylvania
WKGE 850 AM The Edge Johnstown Pennsylvania
WWGE 1400 AM The Edge Loretto Pennsylvania
WKNB 104.3 FM Kinzu Country Warren Pennsylvania
WISR 680 AM Butler's Hometown Station Butler Pennsylvania
WDSN 106.5 FM Sunny 106.5 Dubois Pennsylvania
WQMU 92.5 FM U 92.5, your music, your station Indiana Pennsylvania
WLYC 1050 AM ESPN Radio Williamsport Williamsport Pennsylvania
WKQL 103.3 FM Classic Hits Punxsutawney Pennsylvania
WKQW 1120 AM Wildcatter Country Venango Pennsylvania
WWCH 1300 AM Your hometown station Clarion Pennsylvania
WJST 1280 AM Fox Sports Radio New Castle Pennsylvania
WMGW 1490 AM The Allegheny NewsTalkSports Network Meadville Pennsylvania
WTIV 1230 AM The Allegheny NewsTalkSports Network Titusville Pennsylvania
WFRA 1450 AM The Allegheny NewsTalkSports Network Franklin Pennsylvania
WQWK 1450 AM ESPN Radio 1450 State College Pennsylvania
WLSW 103.9 FM Music Power 104 Connellsville Pennsylvania
WFBG 1290 AM Big News, Big Talk Altoona Pennsylvania
WLLF 96.7 FM ESPN Radio 96.7 Sharon Pennsylvania
WTBO 1450 AM Fox Sports Radio 1450 Cumberland Maryland
WFRB 560 AM Talk Radio 560 Frostburg Maryland
WMSG 1050 AM Where the Pens Sound Great Oakland Maryland
WCDK 106.3 FM 106.3 The River Cadiz/Steubenville Ohio
WKKX 1600 AM The Valley's Watchdawg AM 1600 Wheeling West Virginia
WOBG-FM 105.7 FM Big Rock Clarksburg West Virginia
WVNT 1230 AM Valley's News Talk Station Parkersburg West Virginia
WMMN 920 AM Fox Sports Radio Fairmont West Virginia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Media Affiliates". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Shelly (27 July 2007). "Lange signs 1-year Penguins radio deal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Smizik, Bob (30 June 2009). "Cow-kicked: FSN fires Lange as Penguins' TV voice". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bob Errey". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Gretz, Adam (7 July 2009). "FanHouse Chats With 2-Time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Bourque". NHL Fanhouse. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Mickle, Tripp (2 October 2009). "WXDX-FM launches Pittsburgh Penguins HD radio channel". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Pittsburgh Penguins to Launch HD Radio Channel Oct. 1". Pittsburgh Penguins. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009.