The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that John Wiedeman has joined the radio broadcast team as the play-by-play announcer. Wiedeman joins color analyst Troy Murray to complete the new radio broadcast team for the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks hockey season.
"The Blackhawks are extremely happy to welcome John Wiedeman to Chicago as the new radio play-by-play voice of Blackhawk hockey," said Blackhawks Executive Director of Communications, Broadcasting, & Community Outreach Jim De Maria. "John's enthusiastic call of the game is one that I'm sure Blackhawk fans are going to enjoy. Along with Troy Murray, we feel we have a broadcast team that will bring all the excitement of Blackhawks hockey to our radio listeners."
"I'm ecstatic but truly humbled about being chosen as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks," said Wiedeman. "This is a distinct honor and a privilege, but it's also the realization of a dream I've had well before I started in this business. In a sense it's a return home for me as I've been a big fan of the Blackhawks organization for well over three decades. I still have many vivid and fond memories of supporting the great Blackhawks teams as a spectator at old Chicago Stadium, while rubbing elbows with Blackhawks fans in all areas of that unforgettable building.
"The past 15 years may have taken me away from Chicago, but a big part of my heart never left the Windy City and I had always hoped that one day, I could somehow return as the voice of the team. That day has arrived and I now look forward to the responsibility of giving Blackhawk fans worldwide a level of excitement, passion and entertainment over the airwaves that they've yet to experience, but one that I hope they'll appreciate and enjoy."
Wiedeman, 49, joins the Blackhawks after having been the radio voice of the New York Islanders for the past five seasons (2001-02 through 2005-06). He also has prior NHL experience having been the substitute radio broadcaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000-01, the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1997-98, and the radio voice of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1996-97 when the Flyers went to the Stanley Cup Finals.
A graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Wiedeman began his career as a sports reporter at WCSJ radio in Chicago in 1990 and covered Blackhawk games. After two years at the station, he moved on to become the Director of Broadcasting, Public and Media Relations for the Muskegon Fury in the Colonial League while also calling their games on radio from 1992-94. From 1994-96, he took on the same duties with the Worcester Ice Cats in the American Hockey League before moving on to the Philadelphia Flyers as their radio announcer in the 1996-97 season.
Wiedeman worked as the Broadcast Director, Public and Media Relations and play-by-play radio voice of the Cincinnati Cyclones in the International Hockey League from 1997-2001 while also serving as the substitute radio play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning (1997-98) and Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-01).