Sunday, March 6, 2011

Podcast: Voices of Hockey - Ron Weber

This Journeys into Hockey guest is Ron Weber, the former longtime play-by-play voice of the Capitals, who last Fall received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. We speak with him about the honor and of his career.
Weber broadcasted the first Capitals game and every one after that until his retirement on April 13, 1997 — a total of 1,939 games.

When the Washington Capitals joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1974, Baltimore Clippers play-by-play announcer Ron Weber was hired to be the voice of the NHL’s newest franchise. The Lock Haven, Pennsylvania native called every one of the team’s record-breaking 67 defeats that year. Over the next 23 years Weber never missed a regular season or playoff broadcast, talking Capitals fans through 1,936 consecutive games.


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