By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 9, 2007
Is your contract up for renewal?
Chuck Kaiton just had has renewed his contract, continuing in full stride as the official play-by-play voice of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.
Yesterday, McClatchey Broadcastingsâ€™ WRBZ-AM, Sports Radio 850 The Buzz and WDNC-AM 620 The Bull, announced the renewal of their agreement with the play-by-play voice of the Carolina Hurricanes, Chuck Kaiton.
â€œFor the past six years, I have enjoyed my association with 850 The Buzz and now 620 The Bull as a means of trying to bring added interest to the triangle in the great game of hockey!" commented Chuck Kaiton.
Chuck Kaiton will be heard each weekday on game days at 6:10pm on The Chris Clark Show and weekday mornings, following games, with Adam Gold at 8:45am. Chuck Kaiton will also provide his sports commentary expertise at other various times on both WRBZ and WDNC.
Chuck Kaiton has been the franchiseâ€™s only play-by-play radio voice since the team joined the NHL in 1979, then known as the Hartford Whalers, also referred to on some sites as the New England Whalers (thanks Ralph).
An announcer with an illustrious past, The Hockey Hall of Fame named Chuck Kaiton as the 2004 winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, an award given annually to National Hockey League broadcasters who make outstanding contributions to their profession during their careers. Chuck Kaiton became the 26th NHL broadcaster to be recognized in this way since the Hockey Hall of Fame began acknowledging broadcasters in 1984.
In addition to his work with the team, Chuck Kaiton has served as the president of the NHL Broadcasters Association for the past 21 years (1986-2007). A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kaiton began his broadcasting career in 1969 announcing Wolverine sports. In 1975, he went on to cover the University of Wisconsin sports teams and was named Wisconsinâ€™s sportscaster of the year in 1979.
â€œChuck Kaiton is without a doubt the best voice in the NHL, rich with history and knowledge. Weâ€™ve had a long relationship with Chuck and Iâ€™m pleased it will continue,â€ commented Brian Maloney, WRBZ/WDNC General Manager.
Here's the YouTube Video of Chuck Kaiton announcing Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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