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The following is a chronological history of all local broadcasters of the Buffalo Sabres. Since 1997, radio and television broadcast production has been largely consolidated into the Sabres Hockey Network unit.

Television Edit

2010s Edit

Year Channel Play-by-play Color commentators Rinkside reporter Studio host Studio analyst
2016–17 MSG Western New York Rick Jeanneret Rob RayMartin Biron Brian Duff
Dan Dunleavy
Brad May
2015–16 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Duff Brad May
2014–15 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Duff Brad May
2013–14 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Duff Brad May Mike Robitaille
2012-13 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Duff Mike Robitaille
2011–12 MSG (A team) Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Rob Ray Kevin Sylvester Mike Robitaille
MSG (B team) Kevin Sylvester Danny Gare Brian Duff Brian Duff Danny Gare
2010–11 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Rob Ray Kevin Sylvester Mike Robitaille

Note: The "A" team covers all home games and approximately 1/3 of away games. The "B" team covers the remaining 2/3 of the away games. Games against the Rangers, Devils or Islanders feature their studio hosts instead of the Sabres'.

2000s Edit

Year Channel Play-by-play Color commentators Rinkside reporter Studio host Studio analyst
2009–10 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Rob Ray Kevin Sylvester Mike Robitaille
2008–09 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Rob Ray Kevin Sylvester Mike Robitaille
2007–08 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Denis Potvin Rob Ray Kevin Sylvester Mike Robitaille
2006–07 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Rob Ray Kevin Sylvester Mike Robitaille
2005–06 MSG Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Rob Ray Kevin Sylvester Mike Robitaille
2004–05 No broadcasts due to collapse of Empire, sale of WNSA, and 2004–05 NHL lockout
2003–04 Empire Sports Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Rob Ray Josh Mora Mike Robitaille
2002–03 Empire Sports Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Danny Gare Brian Blessing Mike Robitaille
2001–02 Empire Sports Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Danny Gare Brian Blessing Mike Robitaille
2000–01 Empire Sports Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Danny Gare Brian Blessing Mike Robitaille

1990s Edit

Year Channel Play-by-play Color commentators Rinkside reporter Studio host Studio analyst
1999–00 Empire Sports Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Danny Gare Brian Blessing Mike Robitaille
1998–99 Empire Sports Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Danny Gare Brian Blessing Mike Robitaille
1997–98 Empire Sports Network Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Danny Gare Brian Blessing Mike Robitaille
1996–97 Empire Sports Network and WIVB-TV Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Dennis Williams Brian Blessing Mike Robitaille
1995–96 Empire Sports Network and WUTV Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Barry Buetel Barry Buetel Mike Robitaille
1994–95 Empire Sports Network and WUTV John Gurtler Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille (Empire Only)
1993–94 Empire Sports Network and WUTV John Gurtler Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille (Empire Only)
1992–93 Empire Sports Network John Gurtler Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille
WUTV John Gurtler Jim Lorentz Brenda Brenon and Ted Darling
1991–92 Empire Sports Network Jim Lorentz (October–November)

Ted Darling (December)

John Gurtler (January–May)

Jim Lorentz and Mike Robitaille Mike Robitaille
WUTV Jim Lorentz (October–November)

Ted Darling (December)

John Gurtler (January–May)

Jim Lorentz and Mike Robitaille Brenda Brenon
1990–91 SportsChannel New York Ted Darling Mike Robitaille John Gurtler Jim Lorentz
WUTV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz John Gurtler

1980s Edit

Year Channel Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host Studio analyst
1989–90 SportsChannel New York Ted Darling Mike Robitaille John Gurtler Danny Gare
WBNY Ted Darling John Gurtler Mike Robitaille
1988–89 WBNY Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore Scott Oake
1987–88 WBNY Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore Scott Oake
1986–87 WGRZ-TV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore Scott Oake
1985–86 WGRZ-TV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore
1984–85 WGRZ-TV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore
1983–84 WGRZ-TV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore
1982–83 WGR-TV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore
1981–82 WGR-TV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore
1980–81 WGR-TV Ted Darling Jim Lorentz Ed Kilgore

1970s Edit

Year Channel Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host
1979–80 WGR-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Ed Kilgore
1978–79 WGR-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Ed Kilgore
1977–78 WKBW-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1976–77 WKBW-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1975–76 WKBW-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1974–75 WKBW-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1973–74 WKBW-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1972–73 WKBW-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1971–72 WKBW-TV Ted Darling Pat Hannigan Rick Azar
1970–71 WKBW-TV Dave Hodge

Notes Edit

  • - Designates TV feed simulcast on radio

Radio Edit

2010s Edit

Year Flagship Play-by-play Color commentators Studio host
2015–16 WGR (A team) Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Koziol
WGR (B team) Dan Dunleavy
WGR (C team) Brian Duff Andrew Peters
2014–15 WGR Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Koziol
2013–14 WGR Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Koziol
2012–13 WGR Rick Jeanneret Rob Ray Brian Koziol
2011–12 WGR (A team) Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Brian Koziol
WGR (B team) Kevin Sylvester Danny Gare
2010–11 WGR Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Brian Koziol

2000s Edit

Year Station Play-by-play Color commentators Studio hosts
2009–10 WGR Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Brian Koziol (Postgame) and Mike Schopp, Chris Parker or Brian Koziol (Pregame)
2008–09 WGR Rick Jeanneret Garry Galley Brian Koziol (Postgame) and Mike Schopp, Chris Parker or Brian Koziol (Pregame)
2007–08 WGR Rick Jeanneret Denis Potvin Brian Koziol (Postgame) and Mike Schopp, Chris Parker or Brian Koziol (Pregame)
2006–07 WGR Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Brad Riter (Postgame) and Mike Schopp, Chris Parker or Brad Riter (Pregame)
2005–06 WGR Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Brad Riter (Postgame) and Mike Schopp, Chris Parker or Brad Riter (Pregame)
2004–05 No broadcasts due to collapse of Empire, sale of WNSA, and 2004-05 NHL lockout
2003–04 WNSA Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille
2002–03 WNSA Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille
2001–02 WNSA Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille
2000–01 WNSA Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille

1990s Edit

Year Station Play-by-play Color commentators Studio hosts
1999–2000 WHTT-FM Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Brian Blessing
1998–99 WHTT-FM Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Mark Jeanneret
1997–98 WHTT-FM Rick Jeanneret Jim Lorentz Mike Robitaille
1996–97 WHTT-FM Pete Weber Danny Gare Dave Miller
1995–96 WWKB-AM Pete Weber Danny Gare Dave Miller
1994–95 WGR Rick Jeanneret Larry Playfair Barry Buetel
1993–94 WGR Rick Jeanneret Larry Playfair Barry Buetel
1992–93 WGR Rick Jeanneret Larry Playfair Pete Weber
1991–92 WGR Rick Jeanneret Danny Gare Pete Weber
1990–91 WGR Rick Jeanneret Danny Gare Pete Weber

1980s Edit

Year Station Play-by-play Studio hosts
1989–90 WBEN Rick Jeanneret Pete Weber
1988–89 WBEN Rick Jeanneret Pete Weber
1987–88 WBEN Rick Jeanneret Pete Weber
1986–87 WBEN Rick Jeanneret Pete Weber
1985–86 WBEN Rick Jeanneret
1984–85 WBEN Rick Jeanneret
1983–84 WBEN Rick Jeanneret
1982–83 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1981–82 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1980–81 WGR Rick Jeanneret

1970s Edit

Year Station Play-by-play Studio hosts
1979–80 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1978–79 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1977–78 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1976–77 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1975–76 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1974–75 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1973–74 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1972–73 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1971–72 WGR Rick Jeanneret
1970–71 WGR Ted Darling Phil Soissons (home games)

Substitutes Edit

Play-by-Play Edit

  • Kevin Sylvester (2008–16)
  • Dan Dunleavy (2009–present)
  • Curt Keilback (2008–09)
  • Paul Hamilton (2008–09)
  • Jim Lorentz (1990-2007)
  • Mark Jeanneret (2010–11)

Color commentary Edit

  • Mike Robitaille (?-2014)
  • Andrew Peters (2016–present)
  • Martin Biron (2016–present)

See also Edit

  • List of current National Hockey League broadcasters