Back in June, Crossing Broad first reported that the Philadelphia Flyers were going to switch things up in their broadcasts. Former Flyer Chris Therien was to move from his spot as a color analyst on 97.5 The Fanatic to inside the glass for NBC Universal (really Comcast SportsNet, but owned by NBC etc. etc.). He’ll be swapping roles with Steve Coates, who will be taking the color spot alongside Tim Saunders in the radio booth.
Coates spent 16 years in television with the Philadelphia Flyers. He started out in radio for six years prior to his stint in television. Coates is a very good analyst and a great presence in any broadcast, and it will be fun listening to both he and Tim Saunders this season and seasons to come.
Therien has been beloved by fans because of how he holds nothing back. Having Chris Therien between the bench should provide for some very entertaining television. A former player, Therien should be able to offer great insight from a players perspective and really enhance each broadcast. He will join play-by-play man Jim Jackson and Bill Clement/Keith Jones taking turns at the color spot.
Here are a few quotes from the Flyers press release:
“Chris and Steve have both been a vital part of the Flyers broadcast team for many years,” said Flyers COO Shawn Tilger. “Our fans greatly enjoy their personalities and their insight on the game. We’re confident that both of them will excel in their new roles and enhance both our radio and television broadcasts.”
“I’m extremely honored to be joining the CSN television crew,” Therien said. “I’m very grateful to the Flyers and CSN for this opportunity. I know I have some very big shoes to fill and will do my best to bring the little details of the game home to the fans.”
“I’m very excited to be working with Tim Saunders again and to be continuing my career with the Flyers,” Coates said. “We’re going to have a lot of fun together and hopefully bring a very entertaining broadcast to Flyers fans every night.”
You’ll be able to see Chris Therien 70 times this year, as Comcast SportsNet will air 61 Flyers games, with the remaining 9 on The Comcast Network (dumb). The other 12 games are nationally televised games on either NBC or NBCSN.
97.5 The Fanatic will be the flagship station for all Flyers games once again this season. They will air 60 regular season games. Sister-station 93.3 WMMR will play host to the remaining 22 games.