St Louis Blues Radio Announcers and Broadcast

By Dipak BK / 26 September 2023 05:28 AM

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St Louis Blues radio announcers for the 2023-24 season are Chris Kerber and Joe Vitale. Kerber calls play by play action on WXOS (101 ESPN).

KMOX was the home station for the Blues' games before their move to 101 ESPN. WXOS 101.1 FM, launched in 2009 is a radio station owned and operated by Hubbard Radio in affiliation with ESPN Radio. 

The St. Louis franchise has aired their games on WXOS from the 2019/20 preseason following their 5-year agreement with Hubbard Station.

Chris Kerber has been the play-by-play man on Blues Radio games for the last 23 years since joining in 2000. He has partnered up with color commentator Joe Vitale since 2018.

Previously, Kerber was partnered up with Bernie Federrko, the former Blues number 24 as colour commentator from 2000 to 2018. 

Veteran sportscaster John Kelly is the play-by-play man with Jamie Rivers on color commentary as the Blues Television broadcast team of 2023.

Kelly was on the Blues broadcast team from the 1989/90 season till he left to join Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. He returned to the Blues after the 2004/05 NHL lockout. 

The St. Louis Blues games are televised on ESPN, TNT, ABC, ESPN+, and Hulu. Bally Sports is the local TV partner for the Blues.

St. Louis Blues Radio Broadcasters

Chris Kerber and Joe Vitale have been calling the Blues games together on the radio since 2018. Kerber teamed up with Kelly Chase previously. 

Kerber graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor's in Marketing. He has been the play-by-play caller on the St. Louis radio since 2000. 

Before joining the Blues Radio Team, Kerber did the play-by-play in the AHL for the Springfield Falcons for 4 years from 1996 - 2000 and in the ECHL for the Birmingham Bulls for 2 years from 1994-1996 before that.

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Joe Vitale began his broadcast career following his retirement as a player in 2017. He was drafted by the Penguins in the 2005 NHL Entry draft. 

Vitale made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 10, 2011. He also played for the Arizona Coyotes in his NHL career.

Joe was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 2016 but his concussion prevented him from playing a single game for the Wings. He ultimately bid adieu to his playing days in 2017.

St. Louis Blues Radio Broadcasters history

The first Radio Broadcast team to call hockey games for the St. Louis Blues consisted of Jack Buck and Gus Kyle in the 1967/68 NHL season.

Jack Buck left the Blues after a season. He was replaced for play-by-play by National Sports Media Association Hall of Famer Dan Kelly in 1968.

Gus Kyle did color commentary with Kelly from 1968 to 1975 and from 1975 to 1983. Noel Picard also teamed up with Kelly from 1973-1975.

Dan Kelly was the voice of the Blues for two decades from 1968 to 1989. He covered 16 Stanley Cup Finals, the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the 1987 Canada Cup during his illustrious career.

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On Feb 10, 1989, Kelly passed away from Lung Cancer. He received the 1989 Lester Patrick Trophy after his passing in recognition of his work.

Ken Wilson is another broadcaster who has called St. Louis games for 20 seasons. He worked for the Chicago Blackhawks before he joined the Blues broadcast team in 1984.

Wilson covered for Kelly when he was battling Cancer prior to his passing. Wilson did the play-by-play from 1989 to 1992 with Dan Kelly's son John Kelly and from 1992- to 1996 as the solo play-by-play man with Ron Jacober on Color Commentary. 

Ron Jacober did the play-by-play with Bernie Federko from 1996 to 1997 until Dan Patrick Kelly took over in 1997 staying with the Blues until 2000.

Federko played 13 seasons for the Blues in his NHL career. After his retirement, he stayed with the Blues Radio team from 1996 to 2000 as the color commentator.

St Louis Blues Radio Stations 

St. Louis Blues hockey radio since the 2019/20 season is WXOS (101 ESPN). KMOX was the Blues' Flagship station before their move to WXOS.

WXOS has been the Blues radio station since signing a four-year agreement in 2019 with Hubbard Radio. It has been renewed for 5 more years.

KMOX was the station used for broadcasting St. Louis games before they signed a new agreement with the ESPN affiliate station WXOS.

One of the first broadcast channels for the Blues ice hockey games was KMOX Radio. The franchise partnered with them from 1967 to 1985. 

In 1985 when KXOK won the bid for Blues' Radio Broadcast rights they switched over from KMOS. However, after complaints from fans and its failure to keep up a competitive edge in the market, KXOK backed out of their contract and the Blues switched back to KMOX.

KMOX held the broadcast rights till 2000 but the Blues left to join the KRTS after KMOS started prioritizing the St. Louis Cardinals of the MLB over the Blues.

The Blues returned to KMOX before the 2006/07 season after the St. Louis Cardinals purchased a controlling interest in the KRTS. The Blues stayed with the KMOX until they reached a new agreement with their current flagship station WXOS in 2019.

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Given below is a full list of Radio Stations other than their flagship station where fans can find St. Louis Blues games aired in the Missouri Area.

  •    KGIR 1220 AM  - Cape Girardeau
  •    KYRO AM 1280  - Moscow Mills
  •    KDBB 104.3 FM  - Park Hills
  •    KBDZ 93.1 FM  - Perryville
  •    KSMO - 1340 AM  - Salem
  •    KTUI 102.1 FM  - Sullivan
  •    KSLQ 104.5 FM  - Washington
  •    KWMO 1350 AM  - Washington

St Louis Blues Radio Online Streaming 

St Louis Blues Radio online streaming is available at the 101 ESPN website. It is also available on the Blues App on Android and IOS. 

All the Blues broadcast on WXOS 101.1 FM can also be found on the 101 ESPN website. For fans outside of the coverage area looking to tune in to Blues games, a suitable alternative other than the 101 ESPN site is downloading the Blues App.

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Apple users can find a live stream of the games on the TuneIn Radio App as well. The App will notify you of all of the Blues Games and provide a live audio stream of the games broadcast on the Radio Networks. 

Donny Fandango and Jamie Rivers have fans looking to get all they can about Blues with the Last Minute Blues Podcast. Let's Go Blues Radio - St. Louis Blues Hockey Podcast and Locked on Blues are other podcasts available for fans who can't get enough of the Blues. 

St Louis Blues TV Schedule

St Louis Blues games will be televised by their local TV partner Bally Sports. The national broadcasters are ESPN, ABC, TNT, ESPN+, and HULU.

The Blues will play against the Dallas Stars in the first game of the new season on October 12 at the American Airlines Center. The match will be broadcast live on Bally Sports and Bally Sports+. 

The first home game of the 2023/24 season to be played against the Krakens at the Enterprise Center is available on the Bally Sports Network.

Tickets for the upcoming season are available and all of the Blues games will be broadcast on Bally Sports and Bally Sports+. Apart from that, the national TV schedule of the Blues is given below.

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Games Broadcast exclusively on TNT

  • Blues at Colorado Avalanche | Nov. 1 2023 | 8:30 PM CT
  • Blues at Edmonton Oilers | Feb. 28, 2024 | 7:30 PM CT
  • Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings | March 13 2024 | 6:30 PM CT
  • Blues vs. Seattle Kraken | April 14 2024 | 12:00 PM CT  
  • Blues at Dallas Stars | April 17 2024 | 8:30 PMCT 

Games Broadcast exclusively on ESPN

  • Blues vs. Detroit Red Wings | Dec. 12, 2023 | 6:30 PM CT
  • Blues vs. Toronto Maple Leafs | Feb. 19, 2024 | 12:00 PM CT
  • Blues at New Jersey Devils | March 7, 2024 | 6:00 PM CT

Games Broadcast exclusively on ABC

  • Blues at Buffalo Sabres | Feb. 10, 2024 | 12:00 PM CT
  • Blues at. Detroit Red Wings | Feb. 24, 2024 | 11:00 PM CT
  • Blues vs. Minnesota Wild | March 2, 2024 | 2:00 PM CT

Games Broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ and HULU

  • Blues at Philadelphia Flyers | March 4, 2024 | 6:30 PM CT
  • Blues at Nashville Predators | April 4, 2024 | 7:00 PM CT