The Dallas Stars have made some tweaks to their television and radio broadcast crews for the 2014-15 season, including the addition of former Stars player Stu Barnes to the Stars Live panel.
Barnes will join former Stars players Brent Severyn and Craig Ludwing on the panel for Fox Sports Southwest, which will be hosted by Josh Bogorad. Bogorad was part of the pre-game, intermission and post-game radio crew last season. Ali Lucia will remain part of the broadcast as an ice-level reporter, and she will also continue to do video work for the Stars' website.
Bogorad is being replaced on the radio side by Owen Newkirk, who spent the past two seasons with the Texas Stars as the play-by-play man and director of broadcasting and media relations. He will team up with Bruce LeVine on 1310 AM and 96.7 FM the Ticket.
The main in-game broadcast duo of Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh remains thankfully intact after both men agreed to contract extensions at the end of last season. This will be their 19th season together, and they will continue to simulcast to both radio and television audiences.
The full press release is below:
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.