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Tampa Bay Lightning Radio Announcers and Broadcast Team

By / 16 July 2023 04:59 AM

 Lightning radio partners Phil Esposito and Dave Mishkin handling the calls during Lightning game in 2004
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Tampa Bay Lightning radio announcers are Dave Mishkin, Phil Esposito, and Greg Linnelli. 

They form an integral part of a broadcasting team, providing passionate and knowledgeable play-by-play coverage of the Lightning games to fans across the airwaves. 

The radio broadcasting is exclusively carried by their very own "Lightning Radio" outlet with WHPT as their flagship radio station. The games used to be relayed on WFLA until it was replaced at the start of the 2022-23 season.

Similarly, the majority of Bolts' games during the season are also broadcasted locally via TV on Bally Sports Sun. 

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Tampa Bay Lightning Radio Broadcasters

Tampa Bay Lightning radio broadcasters are Dave Mishkin, Phil Esposito, and Greg Linnelli. 

Dave Mishkin - Play-by-play Announcer

Phil Esposito (right) with his friend
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Dave Mishkin has been the radio play-by-play broadcaster on the Lightning's new flagship radio station 102.5 The Bone. He has been with the franchise since the beginning of the 2002-03 season.

Prior to joining the Bolts, Dave spent eight seasons as the television and radio voice of the AHL's Hershey Bears. During his stint with the Bears, he also maintained a variety of roles aside from broadcasting including media relation director for the organization's soccer team. The Hershey Wildcats. 

A 1991 Yale graduate, Mishkin broke into professional hockey as a play-by-play broadcaster for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. He initially started as a broadcaster for the school radio station, WYBC in 1989. 

Phil Esposito - Color Commentator

Dave Mishkin (left) alongside John Walton
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NHL Hall of Famer and Lightning founder Phil Esposito is the color commentator for Lightning Radio. He also serves as the VP of corporate relations for the team. 

A Lightning founder and team's general manager during its first seven seasons, Esposito joined the Lightning radio team during the 1999-00 season. Currently, he only calls home games on WHPT, alongside Dave Mishkin, and is replaced by Bobby Taylor for away games. 

Prior to his stint in the Lightning broadcasting team, he worked as a TV analyst for FOX television and UPN 36 WSBK-TV in Boston. Elliot also served as a broadcasting analyst for the New York Rangers on MSG Network. 

A former professional hockey legend, Esposito's spectacular 18-year playing career was highlighted by two Stanley Cup Championships with Boston Bruins and 10 NHL All-Star Game appearances. 

Greg Linnelli - Game Day Host

Greg Linnelli on the studio during the Lightning 2014-15 season Playoffs
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Greg Linnelli is the pregame and intermission gameday host for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is in his 8th season with Lightning Radio. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Linnelli arrived in Tampa Bay in 2012 after working in various sports talk TV and radio positions in Pittsburgh for eight years.

Following his graduation from Duquesne University in 2003, Linnelli served as a play-by-play announcer and studio host for the University of Pittsburgh.

 He hosted Pirates and Steelers pre and post-game on local radio stations and his morning shows on Fox Sports 970. After moving to Tampa, Linnelli worked as a host and sports update anchor for 98.7 The Fan sports radio, before joining the Bolts.

Tampa Bay Lightning Radio Station

102.5 The Bone is Tampa Bay's real raw radio
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Tampa Bay Lightning radio broadcast is aired on their new flagship radio outlet WHPT also known as "102.5 The Bone". 

In addition to owning an exclusive radio station, Lightning also has access to several other stations covering multiple states in the US.

Some of the radio stations along with their call signs are respective frequencies are as follows:

Station NameRadio Frequency
102.5 The Bone (WHPT)102.5 FM
95.3 WDAE95.3 FM
News Radio WFLA970 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning radio games are also relayed by News Radio WFLA. It is broadcasted by iHeartRadio and mostly contains news related to sports, traffic, and weather. 

Similarly, 95.3 WDAE is Tampa Bay's Sports Radio predominantly covering sports-related news. It is one of the oldest radio stations in Florida and is also owned by iHeartMedia. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Radio Online Stream

All of Tampa Bay Lightning radio online stream are broadcasted via Lightning Radio station. It is the 24/7 audio home of the NHL franchise. 

Individuals who want to catch all of the Lightning games live can download the 102.5 The Bone: Real Raw Radio app. It is available on Apple and Google Play.

Additionally, Lightning Radio 24/7 also offers additional insights on the NHL and helps you stay up to date on all of Bolts' news. It can be streamed online via the TuneIn app available on all devices. 

Lightning Radio also features podcasts such as The Block Party, hosted by Braydon Coburn and Grey Wolf, with new episodes airing every Monday. The podcast is available on various platforms such as Spotify, iHeart, and Apple Podcasts and has a collection of 141 episodes. 

Furthermore, the fans can also join Dave Mishkin and Greg Linnelli on weekdays at 12:00 pm ET for Lightning Power Lunch where they discuss everything going on with the Bolts and take a look around the NHL on Lightning Radio On-Demand. The recording of this podcast is accessible on Apple Podcast and Spotify.

Tampa Bay Lightning TV Broadcast

Tampa Bay Lightning TV broadcast will be exclusively covered on Bally Sports Sun. However, some of the games will also be publicized on ESPN and TNT. 

Tampa Bay Lightning TV broadcasters are Dave Randorf, Brian Engblom, and Bobby Taylor. Dave serves as the play-by-play announcer while Brian and Bobby are TV analysts. 

Tampa Bay Lightning broadcasting team from the left - Paul Kennedy, Dave Randorf, and Brian Engblom
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The broadcasting team for the Lightning on Bally Sports Sun consists of the following members:

  • Dave Randorft - Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Brian Engblom - Color Analyst
  • Bobby Taylor - TV Analyst
  • Paul Kennedy - Host and In-Game Reporter
  • Dave Andreychuk - Pre, Post-Game, and Intermission Analyst

The Lightning has already announced the schedule for the 2023-24 season and will open up the 2023-24 regular season with a matchup against the New York Rangers in an away game on Tuesday, October 11. The game will be broadcasted exclusively on ESPN at 7:30 pm. 

Erik Cernak warming up before the game
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Have a look at the broadcast schedule to catch all of the Bolts' action this upcoming season. 

  • Tue, Oct 11; 7:30 pm - at New York Rangers (ESPN, ESPN+)
  • Fri, Oct 14; 7:00 pm - at Columbus Blue Jackets (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Sat, Oct 15; 7:00 pm - at Pittsburgh Penguins (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Tue, Oct 18; 7:30 pm - vs Philadelphia Flyers (ESPN, ESPN+)
  • Fri, Oct 21; 7:30 pm - at Florida Panthers (ESPN+/Hulu)
  • Sat, Oct 22; 7:00 pm - New York Islanders (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Tue, Oct 25; 10:30 pm - at Los Angeles Kings (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Wed, Oct 26; 10:00 pm - at Anaheim Ducks (TNT)
  • Sat, Oct 29; 4:30 pm - at San Jose Sharks (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Tue, Nov 1; 7:00 pm - vs Ottawa Senators (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Thu, Nov 3; 7:00 pm - vs Carolina Hurricanes (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Sat, Nov 5; 7:00 pm - vs Buffalo Sabres (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Tue, Nov 5; 7:30 pm - vs Edmonton Oilers (TNT)
  • Fri, Nov 11; 7:00 pm - at Washington Capitals (Bally Sports Sun)
  • Sun, Nov 13; 7:00 pm - vs Washington Capitals (ESPN)