Bill Lindsay and Steve Goldstein have known each other for more than a decade and they've spent the past two seasons traveling North America doing Panthers games on radio and television. But for the first time this season, the two will work together as the Panthers television broadcasters on Fox Sports Florida.
Goldstein, the team’s play-by-play voice on Fox Sports the past two seasons, will be joined this year by Lindsay, who will go from the team’s radio booth to television analyst.
“We’ve known each other for probably 12 years or more,” Goldstein said. “We’re friends, going to movies and restaurants on the road and working out together. So I think we’re going to have a lot of fun and it will be a great broadcast.”
Goldstein is no stranger to sports fans in South Florida, where he’s worked on local radio and hosted the Miccosukee Sports Rap on Fox Sports. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Goldstein also served as the hockey radio host at the 1998 Olympics in Japan and producer at the 1994 Olympics in Norway.
Lindsay, a 14-year NHL veteran, played 506 games with the Panthers, scoring 165 points and 67 goals, none bigger than his series-clinching goal against the Bruins in Game 5 of the 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
“Goldie and I are great friends and I really think we’ll have a great broadcast,” said Lindsay, who did between period updates the past two years with Fox Sports Florida’s Preview Host and Rinkside Reporter Craig Minervini.
“Obviously, it’s going to be a little different doing the television broadcasts. On radio, the play-by-play has to tell everything and he has a lot more to do. On television, I think it will be more split between the play-by-play host and the color guy.”
Goldstein and Lindsay spent part of the summer watching tapes of games, going over old broadcasts, and doing mock broadcasts. “It was a lot of fun,” Goldstein said. “We’re really looking forward to a great season…in the booth and on the ice.”