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 -- NHL.com 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.