TAMPA BAY – Hockey fans throughout central Florida can now hear Tampa Bay Lightning games loud and clear on Cox Media Group's ESPN 580 Orlando (WDBO-AM), as Lightning Radio returns after a two-year absence. ESPN 580 will air select 2013-14 regular season broadcasts over the airwaves, while all 82 games will air online at ESPNOrlando.com and through the TuneIn Radio app.
The station's coverage of Lightning hockey begins September 18 with the Lightning's preseason opener against the St. Louis Blues from the Amway Center in Orlando at 7 p.m. ESPN 580 will not only broadcast that game, they will also broadcast live from Amway Center from 4-6:30 p.m. Beginning September 9, ESPN 580 listeners can win exclusive VIP fan experiences to the game, while sister stations K 92.3 and Power 95.3 will also feature contests for tickets to the game.
"We're thrilled to not only be back in Orlando, but to also be associated with the great people at ESPN 580", Lightning Director of Broadcasting and Programming Matt Sammon said. "With a signal covering the I-4 corridor and I-95 from Daytona Beach to Palm Bay, plus all regular season games streamed online, our fans across the state are always close to the exciting action of Lightning hockey."
"In addition to hearing the Orlando Magic, FSU football, the NFL, and the most comprehensive profile of college football games on radio, central Floridians will now also hear select Lightning games, loud and clear on ESPN 580", program director Drew Anderssen said. Afternoon host Scott Anez adds, "It's all part of our plan to bring the Orlando sports fan the very best in major league sports at ESPN 580. The NHL has a passionate fan base in Orlando, and we are thrilled to have the Tampa Bay Lightning on board."
A complete schedule of all play-by-play offerings are at ESPNOrlando.com as well.