The Dallas and Texas Stars have announced their TV and radio broadcasting teams for the upcoming season.
First and foremost let's get this out of the way - Ralph and Razor aren't going anywhere. Ralph Strangis and Daryl "Razor" Reaugh both agreed to contract extensions at the end of last year and will return for their 19th season.
The Stars Live crew on Fox Sports Southwest gets the first shakeup. Josh Bogorad will take over as host and Stu Barnes will join former Stars teammates and Stars Insider veterans Brent Severyn and Craig Ludwig. Ali Lucia, last years Stars Live host, moves to ice-level and takes the reigns from Andy Moog and Marty Turco.
Owen Newkirk will take Josh Bogorad's place alongside Bruce LeVine on Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket. Newkirk has spent the previous two seasons with the Texas Stars serving as play by play announcer and director of broadcasting and media relations. Brien Rea will take over for Newkirk in Cedar Park.
(A little note on Owen Newkirk - all of you up in the metroplex are in for a treat. Newkirk is a fantastic play by play man and quickly became the voice of the Texas Stars. We're sad to see him go, but excited he's getting recognition with the big club.)
Here are both the Dallas and Texas Stars press releases:
Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites, in conjunction with FOX Sports Southwest and Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket, announced the television and radio broadcasting crew for the upcoming 2014-15 Dallas Stars season. Owen Newkirk has been hired as a pre-game, intermission and post-game radio co-host alongside Bruce LeVine on Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket. Josh Bogorad will now serve as the host of “Stars Live” on FOX Sports Southwest for each game and will be joined on a panel that includes Brent Severyn, Craig Ludwig and Stu Barnes. Ali Lucia will serve as an ice-level reporter on FOX Sports Southwest for each home game. She will also retain her role as a reporter for DallasStars.com, providing in-depth interviews with players and front-office personnel.
Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer, Ralph Strangis, and Color Analyst, Daryl Reaugh, now in their 19th season together, will continue in their respective roles.
“FOX Sports Southwest and The Ticket are wonderful partners and their excellence in broadcasting attracts the best talent in the industry,” said Lites. “The crew we have will provide a new level of depth for our broadcasts and our fans will be more entertained and better informed than ever before.”
Newkirk joins the Dallas Stars after spending the previous seven seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL), most recently as the director of broadcasting and media relations for Dallas’ AHL development affiliate, the Texas Stars (2012-2014). The native of Blue Hill, Maine has also served as color commentator for the Binghamton Senators (2010-2012), as well as play-by-play and director of public relations for both the Adirondack Phantoms (2009-2010) and the Albany River Rats (2007-2009).
Now entering his 12th season of broadcasting professional hockey, Newkirk, 33, was part of Binghamton's run to the 2011 Calder Cup Championship and was a member of the AHL Live broadcast team that called the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Prior to his time in the AHL, he was director of broadcasting for the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals for four seasons (2003-2007). In addition to his hockey experience, Newkirk has also broadcast for the Albany Firebirds (Arena Football2 – 2007-2009) and Berkshire Black Bears (independent baseball – 2003).
Newkirk is a 2002 graduate of Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The 2014 Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Brien Rea will join the organization as the team’s play-by-play announcer and Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations.
The 31-year-old Rea (RAY) is a veteran broadcaster who arrives in Cedar Park after spending the past year as an executive producer and afternoon-drive sports host in his hometown of St. Louis. Prior to that, he worked in the Central Hockey League for six years, serving as a two-time broadcaster of the league’s All-Star Game. In 2013, he was honored as the CHL’s “Best Broadcaster” and also earned the CHL’s “New Media Franchise of the Year” award as a member of the Denver Cutthroats.
A 2005 graduate of Lake Forest College in Chicago, the Stars’ new play-by-play voice has called more than 400 hockey games in his career. He is returning to Central Texas, where his career in broadcasting hockey began in 2007 in Austin. He also worked for CHL teams in Odessa, Texas, and Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Before settling into hockey, Rea’s career stretched into college basketball, minor-league baseball and arena football. He also spent time working for WGN Television.
Rea replaces Owen Newkirk, who served in the same role for the Stars for the past two seasons. Newkirk departs for the Dallas Stars organization, where he will join their broadcast team as co-host for the pre-game, intermission and post-game radio shows.
The Texas Stars are preparing to defend their 2014 Calder Cup championship as the 2014-15 season rapidly approaches. Texas Stars season ticket packages for the 2014-15 season are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.