As we previously speculated in an earlier post when Pierre McGuire made his move, NBC is adding more of their own full-time broadcasters. The latest to make the move is Phoenix Coyotes broadcaster Dave Strader. Strader first joined NBC during their days of having regional games and has since filled in for Mike Emrick on a couple of occasions. When Versus joined the NBC Sports Group, he took on a more active role, becoming their number 2 play by play man, replacing Joe Beninati.
Strader is a familiar voice to hockey fans after getting his NHL start with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980’s and then moving to ESPN as Tom Mees’ successor. After ESPN, he was with the Florida Panthers for two seasons. He leaves the Coyotes and FS Arizona after four seasons as their play by play voice.
This is a great move by NBC to make their broadcasts more professional. A long pet peeve of mine has been the rotating wheel of personalities on Versus, and it appears that the wheel is finally slowing down. I for one applaud this move and Strader is one of the best in the business.
The Coyotes are already looking to fill the post. Even with all the uncertainty that the franchise has, I have to believe that people will be lining up for a shot at the job. For those interested, apply within – National Hockey League Jobs