Thursday, October 8th is not only the date of the Lightning’s 2015-16 season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s also the one-year anniversary of Lightning Power Play, the team’s 24/7 station.
Some of you may be wondering … What? The Lightning has a 24/7 station? It’s true. And after listening to it once, you’ll be hooked.
First things first. How does one access it? There are two ways to get it – and both take less than a minute. On a computer, it’s at TBLPowerplay.com. On a smartphone or tablet, download the IHeart Radio app. Then search for Lightning Power Play. (The IHeart App will then keep it as one of your favorites).
I confess that last year, even though I knew about the launch, I didn’t download the app right away. I was caught up in the day-to-day routine of the season. But about halfway through the 2014-15 season, I did download it. And I’ve been a devoted listener ever since.
The game day coverage is sensational. I’d often put the station on when driving to Amalie Arena for a game – the in-depth interviews with players were great. It was sound I hadn’t heard before. And I’d been at the morning skate!
I wasn’t just tuning in on game days. On the morning after a game, Lightning Power Play re-airs the broadcast from the previous evening. Listening back helped me assess how a broadcast sounded.
Lightning Power Play is web-based, so fans can listen anywhere in the world. I’d put it on when the team was on the road last year.
Naturally, the game broadcasts are on Lightning Power Play. And I’ve already mentioned the “Next Day Replay”. But there are a variety of additional shows throughout the day and night.
Opening Faceoff: Steve Duemig from 620 WDAE hosts. This show airs one hour before home game broadcasts. Steve analyzes that night’s game, interviews a player and is joined by Bobby “The Chief” Taylor.
Big Rig’s Blue Line: “Big Rig” Ron Michaels from 98 Rock hosts. It airs one hour before road game broadcasts. Big Rig mixes hockey and music talk.
Lightning Power Play Live: Our new game day radio host Greg Linnelli hosts. This airs Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (unless there’s a game conflict). On most game days, his show will lead into Opening Faceoff or Big Rig’s Blue Line. Greg will speak to guests who bring a national perspective.
Pregame Warm-Up: Matt Sammon hosts. It airs before all game broadcasts, leading into Lightning Power Play Live. Matt chats with broadcasters from both teams and re-airs Jon Cooper’s morning press conference.
Game Broadcasts and Next-Day Replay: As referenced earlier. All game broadcasts can be heard on Lightning Power Play. Then, the broadcast re-airs from midnight until noon the next day.
The following shows air throughout the week, not necessarily on game days.
Power Play Podcast: Matt Sammon hosts. In-depth conversations with Lightning players, coaches and staff.
Lightning Hockey Night: This hour-long show airs live on 620 WDAE and Lightning Power Play on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM with Rick Peckham and Bobby “The Chief” Taylor.
Bolt Prospects Podcast: Chad Schnarr of the website Bolt Prospects hosts. Bolt Prospects is a tremendous site for fans interested in learning about (and following the progress of) Lightning prospects. Chad produces his own podcast, which not only airs on the Bolt Prospects website, but also on Lightning Power Play.
Game Mizconduct: Dory and CT host. Two female hockey fans provide their own unique perspective on the Lightning. Dory and CT make a great team and they have a lot of fun on the air.
Mishkin’s Musings and Extra Shift: From yours truly. New this year, I’ll be providing an audio version of my two written columns for tampabaylightning.com. Mishkin’s Musings is a column that runs every week or so. Extra Shift appears after every game and is posted no later than the morning after a game. The audio version will also air on the morning after a game.
WDAE Interviews: Fans can hear rebroadcasts of Lightning interviews conducted on 620 WDAE.
Also, Lightning Power Play plans on providing live streaming of select Syracuse Crunch games as well as replays from the Lightning High School League games.
Fans interested in scheduling on a specific day can keep up-to-day by following @tblpowerplay on Twitter.