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Dave Mishkin
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DAVID MISHKIN

RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER

David Mishkin brings his energetic style back for a sixth year as radio play-by-play announcer for all games on WDAE AM 620.

Prior to joining the Lightning, Mishkin spent eight seasons as the television and radio voice of the AHL’s Hershey Bears. While with the Bears’ organization, Mishkin maintained a variety of roles outside of broadcasting, handling the team's media and public relations requirements and also serving as Manager of Hockey Operations. In those roles he was responsible for overseeing the club's Season Ticket Sales Manager, Group Sales Manager and Team Operations Coordinator, while acting as the primary liaison between the team and their flagship radio station. While with the Hershey organization, Mishkin served for three years as the play-by-play broadcaster and media relations director for the company's soccer team in the A-League, the Hershey Wildcats.

A 1991 Yale graduate, Mishkin broke into professional hockey as play-by-play broadcaster for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. While a student at Yale he also worked in the University’s Sports Information Office for the 1990-91 academic school year and served as Sports Director for the school radio station, WYBC, from 1988-91.

David and his wife, Dulcie, reside in Tampa with their son, Eli.
 
 
 
 
Phil Esposito
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PHIL ESPOSITO
RADIO ANALYST

NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito returns for his eighth year as radio analyst for Lightning home games.

A Lightning founder and the team's General Manager during its first seven seasons, Esposito joined the Lightning radio team during the 1999-00 season. Prior to joining the Lightning broadcast team, he worked as a television analyst for FOX television in Los Angeles and UPN 38 WSBK-TV in Boston. Esposito has also served as a broadcast analyst for the New York Rangers on MSG Network, and was the Rangers' Vice President & General Manager from 1986-88.

Esposito’s spectacular 18-year playing career was highlighted by two Stanley Cup Championships with the Boston Bruins, in 1970 and 1972. Originally a member of the Chicago Blackhawks (1963-67), Esposito was the central figure in one of hockey’s biggest trades when he was sent to Boston in 1967. During the next eight seasons, he virtually rewrote the NHL record books. He became the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season (1969-70) and, two seasons later, set single season standards of 76 goals and 152 points, which stood until Wayne Gretzky eclipsed those marks a decade later. His 717 career goals place him fourth on the all-time list, and his 1,590 points are eighth all-time.
 
 


 
 
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Matt Sammon
MANAGER OF RADIO PROGRAMMING

This is Matt Sammon's seventh season with the Lightning and his first as manager of radio programming. The 2008-09 season will also mark his third on the air as game day host of the Lightning Radio Network.

A native of Fairport, New York, Sammon grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is a long-time supporter of the Lightning. After graduation from Armwood High School in Tampa, he earned his B.A. in Communications at the University of Alabama. During a seven-year stint at WDAE-AM in Tampa, he was the station's executive producer and a weekend talk show host before being named game day host of the Lightning Radio Network prior to the 2006-07 season. He was also a weekend disc jockey at WTBT-FM, WSSR-FM and WMTX-FM while at WDAE. He is currently part-time instructor at the CSB School of Broadcasting in Tampa.

Matt and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Lutz.