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Play-by-play on a day with the Devils' radio voice

by Staff
Matt Loughlin is in his third season as the radio voice of the New Jersey Devils, where he works with game analyst Sherry Ross. The pair can be heard on the club's flagship radio station, WFAN-660 AM. He also hosts podcasts featured on the Devils' Web site.

Ever wonder what the play-by-play voice for a three-time Stanley Cup champion does during a day? Loughlin provided an inside look at his Saturday, the day of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, on the busiest day on the NHL calendar.

Early Saturday morning -- Getting ready for the back half of a home-and-home. My wife's away so I have to play Mr. Mom, too.

Before the kids get up, I'll check the Web, look at highlights from around the League -- of course -- and update my stats from Friday's game. I'll also jot down some postgame quotes from Friday's game.

9 a.m. -- Get my son Conor to cross-country practice.

9:30 a.m.-- Get my son Liam to basketball practice.

10 a.m. --Pick Conor up from cross-country practice. Liam will go to a friend's house after hoops.

11 a.m.-- Meet MSG-Plus analyst Chico Resch for the drive to Philadelphia, where we'll spend the next 90 minutes to 2 hours talking about Friday's game and what's in store for today, get old Flyers and Devils stories from Chico, and bounce some storylines off each other.

1 p.m. -- Enter the Wachovia Center. First I check in at the radio broadcast booth with engineer Tom Keegan, then review the set-up, confirm hallway headset placement for the postgame interview, log in to my computer and check for NHL news updates if any. Then I check with the studio to make sure they've downloaded plays of the week for us to use during one of the intermissions.

1:30 p.m. -- Check in with Conor and Liam. Liam is 10, so he'll stay with his friend until I come home. Conor is 16 and can be on his own. I just need to know the game plan for the rest of the day.

1:45 p.m.-- Grab a cup of coffee and head downstairs to the Devils' dressing room. I'll record Brent Sutter's pre-game Q-and-A and get the latest on Jamie Langenbrunner, who was hurt in Friday's game. I'll speak with Jamie and/or his replacement in the lineup if he can't go, and I'll get some more sound (possibly Zach Parise, who has 10 points through the first 7 games).

2:30 p.m.-- Review with my partner, Sherry Ross, the main points of the pregame show, the sound we'll use, find out if there's a particular point or two she wants to raise, find out who her intermission guest is. I'll also talk to the Flyers' announcers to get latest news from their side.

2:45 p.m.-- I grab a quick bite to eat in the press room, say hello to some friends I haven't seen since last season and get the latest scoops -- gossip time.

3:15 p.m. -- Upstairs to watch warm-ups, confirm line combinations defense pairings and the starting goalie.

3:30 p.m. -- Check in with the control room, find out who's on duty, who will be doing the sports news updates during intermissions and review the game format.

3:50 p.m. -- We're on the air with Devils game night.

6:20 p.m. -- The game's over, which means it's time for the recap on the postgame show.

7 p.m.-- Sign off the air.

7:15 p.m.-- Back in the car with Chico.

7:45 p.m.-- Stop at the Burger King in Bellmawr, which has become a tradition after games in Philadelphia. I'll get a vegetarian burger and fries, while Chico gets salad and fries, and either a sandwich or chili. We review the game on the ride home and have some laughs.

9 p.m. -- Home. Time with the kids and time to relax. The next game isn't until Wednesday.

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