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Phil Esposito - Radio Color Commentator
NHL Hall-of-Famer and Lightning founder Phil Esposito returns for his 16th year as radio analyst for Lightning home games. He also serves the team as vice president of corporate relations.
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 record 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 fifth on the all-time list, and his 1,590 points are 10th all-time.
Phil and his wife, Bridget, reside in Tampa.
Dave Mishkin - Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
David Mishkin brings his energetic style back for a 14th year as radio play-by-play announcer for all Lightning games on AM 970 WFLA.
In addition to broadcasting games, Mishkin is a regular contributor to TampaBayLightning.com , where fans can read his weekly column entitled “Mishkin’s Musings” and get his post-game analysis with “The Extra Shift” following each game. 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 more than 35,000 children. He also posts regular Lightning updates on Twitter and can be found at @DaveMishkin.
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.
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 Brandon with their son, Eli, and daughter, Maddie.
Matt Sammon - Director of Broadcasting & Programming
This is Matt Sammon's 14th season with the Lightning and his eighth being in charge of radio and broadcast programming. The 2015-16 season will also mark his 10th on the air as game day host of the Lightning Radio Network. Sammon was instrumental in making Tampa Bay the first professional sports team to have their own iHeart Radio station, Lightning Power Play, which debuted in 2014 and featured 24-hour coverage.
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.