Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Steve Violetta announced Tuesday that the club will produce separate television and radio broadcasts of Nashville Predators National Hockey League games in 2006-07, ending the simulcast arrangement that the club had employed since its inaugural season of 1998-99.
Play-by-play announcer Pete Weber and color commentator Terry Crisp will return for their ninth season together calling the Predators action on FSN South, and the colorful duo will be the voices of Predators hockey on the club's radio network for all games that are not televised (or are televised exclusively by a national rightholder).
"Splitting our simulcast will create more insightful, entertaining and unique productions for both television and radio and allow us to create programming tailored to the strength of each medium," said Violetta. "We had our highest television ratings ever this past season on FSN South, and we'll see that trend continue with more visual analysis and explanation in each telecast.
"Pete and Terry are one of the NHL's most popular broadcast duos, and we know our fans are excited to know that they will be back calling the action for every Predators game," added Violetta.
FSN South will televise 55 Nashville Predators regular-season games this season. The telecasts will reach more than 2.5 million viewers across Tennessee, Kentucky and northern portions of Alabama and Mississippi. The television broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.
The Predators will announce specific radio broadcast plans later this week. A radio broadcast schedule will also be announced at a later date.