Willy Daunic, TV Play-by-Play Announcer
Willy Daunic (Twitter: @WillyD1025) begins his first season as the Predators television play-by-play broadcaster on game broadcasts on FOX Sports Tennessee, after spending the last two seasons in the radio play-by-play role. Prior to joining the game broadcasts, Daunic, who has worked with the Predators since the team’s inception in 1998, hosted pregame, intermission and postgame radio shows.
In addition to his work with the Predators, Daunic has been hosting an afternoon sports talk show in Nashville since 1993 and joined the Predators’ flagship station, 102.5 The Game when it became an all sports station in 2011. He also co-hosted Fox-17’s “The Game,” a 30-minute sports magazine show on Sunday nights, from 2007-15.
Daunic has performed a wide variety of play-by-play and color duties on both radio and television in Nashville, including Vanderbilt University (football, baseball and basketball), Belmont University basketball, Nashville Sounds, TSSAA (Tennessee) State Championship games (football, baseball and basketball) and more.
A 1993 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in history, Daunic attended Vanderbilt on a basketball scholarship and lettered in both basketball and baseball. Following his college career, Daunic was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th round of the 1993 MLB Draft and played two seasons of minor league baseball.
Daunic lives in Nashville with his wife Erin, his daughter Evans (13) and son Mahoney (10).
Stu Grimson, TV Color Analyst
Stu Grimson (Twitter: @asgrimson) enters his second season as the color analyst for the Preds television broadcasts on FOX Sports in 2015-16, a role he first took on in 2014-15 after working the past six seasons as a color analyst on the Predators Radio Network. In addition to his broadcast work, Grimson is a regular contributor to NashvillePredators.com and serves as the President of the Nashville Predators Alumni Association and as the President of the Nashville Jr. Predators.
Grimson, who played in 30 games with the Predators during the 2001-02 season, posted 17 goals, 22 assists and 2113 penalty minutes in 729 career games with Calgary, Chicago, Anaheim, Detroit, Hartford, Carolina, Los Angeles and Nashville from 1987-2003.
After retiring from the NHL following the 2002-03 season, Grimson returned to school, finished his undergraduate degree and earned a law degree from the University of Memphis in December of 2005. The Kamloops, B.C., native then went to work as a labor lawyer for the NHLPA for two years before returning to Nashville to work as a defense attorney with Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, PLLC.
Stu resides in Brentwood. He has three daughters, Erin, Hannah and Jayne and a son, Kristjan.
Terry Crisp, Studio Analyst
Entering his 18th year with the Predators, Terry Crisp provides analysis on the Predators during the club’s television broadcasts. He regularly contributes insight to the Predators’ website and has worked as a studio analyst for Canada’s TSN during the 2000, 2002 and 2003 IIHF World Championships. Crisp also hosts his own radio show, Extra Crispy, on the Predators flagship radio station, 102.5 The Game.
From the franchise’s first season in 1998 until 2013-14, Crisp worked alongside Pete Weber, forming one of the most well-known broadcast duos in the League. A part of the Predators’ Emmy-winning broadcasts in 2003, 2008 and 2010, Crisp served as a color analyst for FOX Sports during the 1998-99 season and during the 1998 and 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, and has served in a similar capacity for TSN in past years.
Crisp posted 201 points (67g-134a) in 536 games during his 11 seasons in the NHL as a player for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. He won three Stanley Cup Championships, two as a player with the Flyers (1974 and 1975) and one as a coach with Calgary (1989), and he is one of only 14 people to have won the Cup as both player and head coach. The Parry Sound, Ont., native has a unique perspective on expansion teams: he was a player with the inaugural editions of the St. Louis Blues in 1967 and the New York Islanders in 1972.
Crisp was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning from the franchise's inception in 1992 through October 1997, coaching 391 games. He held the record for most games coached by an expansion franchise’s first coach until Barry Trotz, then with the Nashville Predators, broke the mark in 2003. In the 2004 NHL Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning defeated the Flames – the team he coached to the Cup in 1989. Crisp also served as the assistant coach of the silver medal-winning Canadian team at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France.
Terry and his wife, Sheila, reside in Nashville. The Crisp’s have three children – sons Tony and Jeff, and daughter Caley, and nine grandchildren.
Mark Howard, Studio Analyst
Mark Howard enters his seventh season as a studio analyst for all Predators’ home games on FOX Sports Tennessee in 2015-16. Howard works alongside Willy Daunic, Stu Grimson and Terry Crisp in providing information to Preds fans during games, assisting with player and coach interviews during pre and postgame coverage as well as intermissions.
Howard hosts the award-winning Wakeup Zone on WGFX, 104.5 The Zone which airs weekdays from 6-10 a.m. He also does a radio pre- and postgame show for Titans Radio and has worked as a television host of TSSAA for the State High School football and basketball championships since 2004.
Prior to hosting The Wakeup Zone, Howard was a sports anchor at WTVF-TV (CBS) in Nashville and worked for 103.3 WKDF doing morning sports from 1997-2002. The West Hartford, Conn., native who also worked in television in Evansville, Ind., from 1983-86, has called action for Triple-A baseball in Wichita and Evansville, and college hockey at Cornell. He graduated from Ithaca College in upstate New York in 1980 with a degree in history and political science.
Mark has a 12-year-old son Jack.
Lyndsay Rowley, Rinkside Reporter
Lyndsay Rowley enters her second season as the Rinkside Reporter for all Predators’ home games and select away games on FOX Sports Tennessee. Rowley works with the rest of the Predators broadcast crew to bring fans closer to the action through interviews, special features and more.
Prior to joining the Predators broadcast team, Rowley spent time with the Rockland Boulders, an independent professional baseball team in Pomona, N.Y., working as a field correspondent for all live television broadcasts. In addition to her work with the Boulders, Rowley spent time with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) as an in-house television host and has been on the sidelines of college football, baseball and volleyball games for various broadcasters.
In 2012, Rowley covered the Columbus Blue Jackets for Columbus’ NBC affiliate while also covering Ohio State football, basketball and baseball games and the USA Swimming 2012 Grand Prix.
A native of New Albany, Ohio, Rowley received her Bachelor’s degree in communications at High Point University in High Point, N.C., where she was a four-year member of the Division I varsity volleyball team. Rowley earned her MBA from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.
Rowley enjoys sports, writing and traveling in her spare time.
Pete Weber, Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
The “Voice of the Predators” Pete Weber (Twitter: @petewebersports) begins his 18th season as part of the Nashville Predators broadcast crew and his first working as the team’s primary radio play-by-play announcer in 2015-16. In the last 17 seasons, Weber has missed just two games and has called nearly 1,200 regular season and playoff games for the club.
His insights are called upon by local sportstalk radio and television, and his writing is regularly featured on the team’s website. In January 2015, Weber won his third Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year award, as voted by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.
Pete has served the last seven seasons as an “insider” on Sirius/XM’s NHL Network Radio, and has served as co-host of Slapshot Radio since the fall of 2009.
In addition to his roles with the team, Weber served as co-host of SportsNight from 2003 through 2005, filled in as host on ESPN Radio, called two Music City Bowl games and helped out on Nashville Sounds baseball broadcasts. He also produced and hosted two podcasts: “This Week in the Minor (baseball) Leagues” and the syndicated “Southern Pro Football.”
Weber’s hockey experience includes three seasons (1978-81) as analyst on the Los Angeles Kings radio and telecasts, two seasons (1995-97) of radio play-by-play for the Buffalo Sabres and coverage of the U.S. hockey team at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, along with duties as host for Buffalo’s cable and radio coverage. At the college level, he called games for his alma mater (University of Notre Dame) from 1974 to 1976, and the University at Buffalo from 1976 through 1978.
Outside of hockey, Weber spent 15 seasons in Triple AAA baseball with Albuquerque, Rochester and Buffalo, where he was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. He served one season as TV play-by-play for the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and was part of the broadcast team for each of the Buffalo Bills’ four Super Bowl appearances.
A regional Emmy award winner (2003, 2008, and 2010), Pete is on the Board of Governors for the Mid-South’s chapter for the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. In addition, he is on the advisory board for the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
A native of Galesburg, Ill., Pete holds two degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Claudia, reside in Nashville.
Brent Peterson, Radio Color Analyst
A Nashville Predator since Day One, Brent Peterson enters his second season as color analyst on the Predators’ radio broadcasts. After spending his first 13 seasons with the franchise as a member of the team’s coaching staff, Peterson spent 2011-14 as Hockey Operations Advisor, working closely with General Manager David Poile and the coaching staff in all matters involving the team, in addition to being active in the community and in sponsorship and business operations.
A tireless worker in the community, Peterson established the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (PFP) in 2007 to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease. Since 2011, PFP has joined forces with the Nashville Predators to hold Petey’s Preds Party – a fun night of live entertainment, dinner and an extensive silent auction – and the Nashville Predators/Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic at Vanderbilt Legends Club. In its first three years of existence, the combination Party and Golf Classic have raised more than $200,000 which was split between Parkinson’s research and the Predators Foundation. Donations to PFP fund critical research to aid in the fight against the disease as well as educational and support groups.
During the 2011-12 season, Peterson brought his battle with Parkinson’s into the public eye – including in-depth coverage of his Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS) – in an effort to create awareness and cultivate donations to the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s. Since the DBS, Peterson is happy, healthy and has seen a dramatic reduction of his Parkinson’s symptoms.
In his time behind the Predators bench as both associate coach (2003-11) and assistant coach (1998-2003), Peterson worked closely with the penalty-killing unit that has finished among the top 12 in the NHL in 10-of-12 seasons, and a defensive corps that gave up the second-fewest goals in his final season behind the bench (2010-11). He helped the club to Stanley Cup Playoff berths in six of his last seven seasons behind the bench.
Peterson joined the Predators after serving as head coach of the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) for seven seasons, posting a 201-138-20 mark. During the 1997-98 season, the Winterhawks were a league-best 53-14-5 and captured the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup. He recorded 40-or-more victories on four occasions and helped develop NHL first-round picks Adam Deadmarsh (1993), Jason Wiemer (1994), Brenden Morrow (1997) and Marian Hossa (1997).
Prior to joining Portland, the Calgary, Alta., native spent two seasons (1989-91) as an assistant coach with the Hartford Whalers (NHL) following his retirement as a player. The former first-round pick of Detroit (1978) played 11 NHL seasons from 1978-89 with Detroit, Buffalo, Vancouver and Hartford. He appeared in 620 NHL games, collecting 213 points (72g-141a) and 484 penalty minutes. Peterson was known as one of the NHL’s top defensive forwards and penalty killers.
Brent and his wife, Tami, reside in Franklin, Tenn. They have three children: Ryan, Brad and Kristin, and one grandchild – Jacob.
Chris Mason, Radio Color Analyst
Chris Mason, who played 135 games for the Nashville Predators over the course of seven seasons with the club, will join the Nashville Predators Radio Network as a color commentator for select games during the 2015-16 season.
Mason first joined the Predators on Oct. 5, 1998 when he was acquired via trade from the Anaheim Ducks. He went on to spend seven of the next eight seasons with the organization, splitting time between the Preds and the Milwaukee Admirals, the team’s IHL/AHL affiliate. After four seasons away from the Preds, Mason returned to Nashville as a free agent on July 1, 2012 and played 11 games for the team during the 2012-13 season. Throughout his career wearing Predators Gold, the Red Deer, Alta., native recorded 58 wins, a 2.61 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. On April 15, 2006, he became the ninth goalie in NHL history to scoring a goal.
Mason returns to Music City following two seasons playing in Europe – one with the Italia A League’s Ritten-Renon and one with the German League’s Augsburg Panthers.
He resides in Franklin with his wife, Courtney, and two daughters – Avery and Quinn.