PENS HIRE MIKE LANGE TO ANNOUNCE RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY
The Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday reached an agreement with Mike Lange as their radio play-by-play broadcaster for the 2006-07 season.
Lange has called Penguins games on either radio or television for 30 years, having started with the club as its radio play-by-play voice in 1974-75. He received the Foster Hewitt Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
Joining Lange as color analyst will be Phil Bourque, a two-time Stanley Cup champion as a Penguins player, who will enter his third season in the radio booth. The Penguins soon will announce their radio affiliate for 2006-07.
"I'm excited, and this radio opportunity brings me back to my roots," said Lange, known for his trademark sayings, such as "Look Out Loretta" and "Buy Sam A Drink And Get His Dog One, Too!" "I'm really looking forward to working alongside Bourquey and calling the play for what should be a very exciting young team."
"We are delighted that Mike will bring his unique style and extensive experience to the Penguins' radio booth," said Tom McMillan, the club's vice president of communications. "As he has said, this brings him back to his roots. For much of his early career with the Penguins, he did radio play-by-play, and then for a number of years his calls were simulcast on both radio and television. We know he's very comfortable on the radio side."
As previously announced, Paul Steigerwald moves to the television booth this season, handling the play-by-play duties on FSN Pittsburgh, the team's television broadcast partner. Steigerwald will be joined by color analyst Bob Errey, another two-time Stanley Cup champion as a Penguins player.
"We are very excited about both of our broadcast teams," McMillan said. "Paul Steigerwald will a do a tremendous job on the TV side. FSN Pittsburgh is a great business partner and supporter of the Penguins, and their staff is working on some innovations that will enhance the TV broadcasts for our fans in 2006-07. And we know our radio broadcasts will be strong with Mike Lange in the booth."