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Team President Kerry Bubolz Provides Update On Search For Broadcasters

He spoke about what the team will look for in TV and radio broadcast talent.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Las Vegas isn't like other NHL cities.

As we learned on Tuesday, neither will its broadcasts.

This morning, the team announced a partnership with ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain, which becomes the official local television partner of the team. This came after Lotus Broadcasting became the team's official radio partner in April.

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Through the Golden Knights' partnership with Lotus, all of the team's games will be broadcast on 98.9 FM/1340AM throughout the region, with occasional games being broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 1460 AM.

With the team's broadcast partnerships now in place, the next stage in developing the team's broadcasts will be deciding on broadcasters.

Team president Kerry Bubolz shared some insight on where the process is at in terms of hiring both the Golden Knights' TV and radio broadcast teams.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Landmark deal, landmark location. Team president Kerry Bubolz sets the stage from atop @LVStratosphere as ROOT SPORTS becomes our TV partner


 "We've been so focused on getting to this point today first, but now we're going to start a process," Bubolz said. "I can tell you that we have several hundred names already who have 'applied' for this role. We're going to go through the process, listen to all the tapes and we're going to get focused on not only what we have to do from a TV perspective. But also from a radio perspective. We have to find a radio voice as well. We're working on that.

"It's a similar process, even though you're talking about an audio vs. more of a video. Since so many of the talents cross over both mediums, we're going to start the start the search at the same time here."

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The way this talent will differ from other teams' broadcasts is based on what the job description will require.

ROOT SPORTS produces Pittsburgh Penguins broadcasts, for example. However, in an established hockey community like Pittsburgh, Penguins broadcasts are mainly tasked with covering the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Kerry Bubolz has more on why the Golden Knights are going with ROOT Sports as a TV partner.


Ditto for other established teams' broadcasts around the league.

In Las Vegas, the difference is that the broadcasters that are hired will also be asked to selling the sport of hockey to new fans in the area.

In short, Bubolz expects the Golden Knights broadcasters to be ambassadors that can not only appeal to the area's established hockey fans, but also get new fans acclimated to the nuances of the sport.

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"If there's guys that are candidates, I would say to them if they're just interested in coming in and doing the 82 games during the year and going home at night, then we're probably not interested," Bubolz said. What we're looking for, in addition to great talent to present the Vegas Golden Knights, is we're looking for an ambassador to help us tell this great story.

"Get out in the youth community, in the business community and be a representative of the Vegas Golden Knights and help tell our story.

"We're going to collaborate with ROOT SPORTS. They have a lot of relationships in the sports community, as well as the hockey community. In addition to that, we've had a lot of people just reach out on their own to say, you know, I want to throw my name in there.

"I think people will find that once we get through this process, they're going to be very excited about the team we're going to select."

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