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Dave Mishkin brings his energetic style back for a 17th year as radio play-by-play announcer for all Lightning games on AM 970 WFLA.

In addition to broadcasting games, Mishkin is a regular contributor to , where fans can read his weekly column entitled "Mishkin's Musings" and get his post-game analysis with "The Extra Shift" following each game. He also posts regular Lightning updates on Twitter and can be found at @DaveMishkin.

Prior to joining the Lightning, Mishkin spent eight seasons as the television and radio voice of the AHL's Hershey Bears. While with the Bears, Mishkin maintained a variety of roles outside of broadcasting including media and public relations as well as hockey operations. During his time with the Hershey organization, Mishkin served for three years as the play-by-play broadcaster and media relations director for the company's soccer team in the A-League, the Hershey Wildcats.

A 1991 Yale graduate, Mishkin broke into professional hockey as play-by-play broadcaster for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. While a student at Yale he also worked in the University's Sports Information Office for the 1990-91 academic school year and served as Sports Director for the school radio station, WYBC, from 1989-91.

NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito returns for his 17th season as radio analyst for Lightning home games. Year-round he continues his role off the air as the Lightning's vice president of corporate relations, a position he was honored to accept on February 4, 2011.

A Lightning founder and the team's General Manager during its first seven seasons, Esposito joined the Lightning radio team during the 1999-00 season. Prior to joining the Lightning broadcast team, he worked as a television analyst for FOX television in Los Angeles and UPN 38 WSBK-TV in Boston. Esposito has also served as a broadcast analyst for the New York Rangers on MSG Network, and was the Rangers' Vice President & General Manager from 1986-88.

Esposito's spectacular 18-year playing career was highlighted by two Stanley Cup Championships with the Boston Bruins, in 1970 and 1972. Originally a member of the Chicago Blackhawks (1963-67), Esposito was the central figure in one of hockey's biggest trades when he was sent to Boston in 1967. During the next eight seasons, he virtually rewrote the NHL record books. He became the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season (1969-70) and, two seasons later, set single season standards of 76 goals and 152 points, which stood until Wayne Gretzky eclipsed those marks a decade later. His 717 career goals place him fourth on the all-time list, and his 1,590 points are eighth all-time.

Esposito was honored prior to a Lightning home game on December 31, 2011, with a bronze statue in his likeness which was unveiled on the Amalie Arena west plaza. 

This is Greg Linnelli's 2nd season as game day host of the Lightning Radio Network. It is also his 2nd season as the host of Lightning Power Play Live, the daily talk show on Lightning Power Play, the team's 24/7 online streaming station.

A native of Pennsylvania, Linnelli came to Tampa Bay in 2012 after working in various sports talk TV and radio positions in Pittsburgh for 8 years. Following his graduation from Duquesne University in 2003, Linnelli was a play-by-play announcer and studio host for the University of Pittsburgh. He also called Duquesne men's basketball games, and hosted Pirates and Steelers pre and post-game shows on local radio stations. Relocating to Tampa in 2012, Linnelli quickly joined the new 98.7 The Fan sports radio as a host and sports update anchor.

Greg resides in Lakeland with his wife, Annie, and daughter, Gianna.

This is Matt Sammon's 17th season with the Lightning organization, and his 6th season as the Director of Broadcasting/Programming for the organization. He was the game day host of Lightning broadcasts from 2006-2015.

A native of Fairport, New York, Sammon grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is a long-time supporter of the Lightning. After graduating from Armwood High School in Seffner, he earned his B.A. in Communications at the University of Alabama. During a seven-year stint at WDAE-AM in Tampa, he was the station's executive producer and a weekend talk show host before being named game day host of the Lightning Radio Network. He was also a weekend disc jockey at WTBT-FM, WSSR-FM and WMTX-FM while at WDAE.

Since assuming his managerial duties in 2008, Sammon has helped the Lightning Radio Network grow its statewide network terrestrial stations, while growing its online content via social media as well as the launch and exponential growth of the organization's 24/7 streaming radio channel Lightning Power Play, which debuted in October of 2014.