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Phil Esposito - Radio Analyst
NHL Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito returns for his 13th 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.
Phil and his wife, Bridget, reside in Tampa.
Dave Mishkin - Play-by-Play Announcer
David Mishkin brings his energetic style back for a 11th year as radio play-by-play announcer for all games on Am 620 WDAE and WHNZ-AM 1250.
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, Mishkin maintained a variety of roles outside of broadcasting, including media and public relations and also hockey operations. While with the Hershey organization, Mishkin also 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. In addition to broadcasting games, Mishkin is a regular contributor to tampabaylightning.com, where fans can read his weekly column, “Mishkin's Moments”. In 2004, Mishkin began his “Score With Reading” program, in which he visits Hillsborough County Elementary Schools and reads a story called “The Magic Hockey Stick”. To date, he has read to over 20,000 children.
A 1991 Yale graduate, Mishkin broke into professional hockey as play-by-play broadcaster for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL
David and his wife, Dulcie, reside in Brandon with their son, Eli, and daughter, Madeleine.
Matt Sammon - Manager of Radio Programming
This is Matt Sammon's 11th season with the Lightning and his fifth as Manager of Radio Programming. The 2012-13 season will also mark his seventh 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 graduating 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.
Matt and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Lutz with their son, Patrick Liam.