|Panthers radio play-by-play man Randy Moller
With the season starting tomorrow, floridapanthers.com thought they would sit down with radio play-by-play man Randy Moller to get his take on the up-coming season and what fans can expect as far as coverage of the Florida Panthers. Enjoy.The season starts tomorrow, how excited are you for another season?
I'm really excited. I think Dale Tallon and Mike Santos and all the scouts have done a great job. It started at the end of the year with the hiring of Dale Tallon and he's made up his team off the ice with a successful draft and the draft picks we picked. Our team is going to be young again but I think another exciting season. I look for a big year from Michael Frolik. Stephen Weiss
continues to improve and is a leader on this team and of course the great goaltending of Tomas Vokoun. Young players like Frolik, Dmitry Kulkov plus the new members. I'm looking forward to seeing how they will mesh in to the lineup. Steve Bernier, Marty Reasoner, Mike Weaver
. Some of these players are going to play a key role if the Panthers have success this year.Another reason you have to be excited about the season is getting back to your famous goal calls. Can fans expect the same this year?
Yes. We're going to continue on with the goal calls and this is where the Panther fans can really be involved. We're going to open it up. You can email your suggestion by logging on to floridapanthers.com/goalcalls
. The reason I've always done the goal calls is it's for the fans. The Panther fans enjoy it and I'll continue to do it. I hope the Panthers score lots of goals so we can have a lot of fun while listening to Panthers games on WQAM. Have your first goal call picked out yet?
No. Not yet. I won't do it until the day of the game. I'll be ready to go for the first game of the season in Edmonton on October 10th. Of course I'm very excited about the home opener against Tampa Bay on the 16th.Excited about returning to WQAM?
We're very excited about going back to WQAM, the original home of Florida Panthers hockey on the radio.
We are so excited about having over and above, the most shoulder programming we've ever had on radio with Joe Rose and Side Rosenberg and of course our Panthers Insider, Weekend Edition plus all kinds of other stuff that Panther fans are going to get a good Panther hockey fix on WQAM.What will the Saturday Insider look like this year?
It's going to be very similar to previous years. Kevin Rogers, who's going to be my host during the Panthers broadcasts during all season long will help co-host. We have a lot of games where we are on the road on Saturdays for the first month and a half so Kevin will be hosting back at WQAM studios. I will join him and you can expect all kinds of excellent guests from the NHL, broadcasters, Panther players and management.I know we share radio space with Miami Hurricanes football, what will happen with the show on Saturdays?
The show will move around throughout the months of October and November. There will be different times that it airs during that time. You can look on floridapanthers.com and get the times. We'll know five, six days in advance, of when it will be on. A lot of them will be in the morning and some will be right before the games, especially from six to seven. So the Panthers fans know and can tune in and get all of the information on what's going on with the Panthers even before the game.Going back to WQAM, there's a lot more Panthers talk as far as shows. Saw at least four, five dedicated shows. How nice is that for fans to have that dedication?
It's different than what's been in the last couple of years. Of course you've got some great personalities on WQAM. They're huge hockey fans. Joe Rose, Sid Rosenberg's one of the most knowledgeable South Florida media personalities about the NHL. Steve White and Kevin Rogers too. I'm really looking forward to working with those guys. Our Panthers players and management and coaches will be on with those guys a lot. Looking at FS Florida, as VP of Broadcasting, you have to be pretty happy that all of the games are being broadcast in High Definition this season.
Absolutely. All 72 games are scheduled to be broadcasted in high definition. It's something we've worked together on a partnership to insure that Panthers fans get the highest quality coverage of all the games that will be televised this year. Steve "Goldie" Goldstein and Billy Lindsay will be back once again calling the action. Craig Minervini, Frank Forte and Allison Williams are back as well. We've got a veteran team and the Panther fans can expect the great continued coverage of Panthers hockey on Fox Sports Florida.
The shoulder programming is going to be a lot of fun as well. The pre-season special is coming up on October 2nd, starting at 11:30am with multiple replays up until the Panthers start their season in Edmonton on October 10th as well as Inside The Panthers, that monthly magazine show that takes you inside the Panthers organization.What are some of the themes for this year?
Some of the programs; the first one is going to be on how the rookies fared at Panthers Rookie Camp. The second one should be a Bill Torrey tribute. We're going to cover Bill Torrey and his long and illustrious career, including his career as part of the Florida Panthers since Day 1. You'll see other shows that will feature Dale Tallon, the making of the Ice Dancer calendar shoot as well as Giving Back; Panthers in the Community. The Panthers are very active in the community and you can look forward to seeing as the Panthers have made an impact in South Florida through their foundation and community development.Moving on. You're also in charge of the Alumni Association, what's going on there this year?
We're excited to add to our alumni full time. With Gord Murphy coming back as one of the original Panthers and now an assistant coach, he's joined our Alumni group. Brian Skrudland as well. He won't be full time but he'll be around South Florida. And Serge Payer, a name from the past. Serge played a number of games for the Panthers a number of years ago and he has settled and put down roots in Weston so he's going to be a part of our initiatives.
The thing that we do all the time with the Florida Panthers alumni is we give back to youth hockey. Twice a year we give grants and scholarships to youth hockey players here in South Florida that help offset the expense for these young kids to be able to enjoy the game of hockey. It is very expensive and we're happy to give out some funds in order to keep that going. We also work with FSHL, the Florida Scholastic Hockey League and we sponsor their all-star game as well as their finals that are held here in South Florida.