"It's A Hockey Night with Mike Lange"
Mike Lange is the radio play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Lange attended Sacramento State University where he earned his degree in broadcasting. He began his professional broadcasting career with the Phoenix Roadrunners and San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League. In 1974, Lange was hired by KDKA and the Pittsburgh Penguins and became the team’s radio play-by-play announcer. From that point on, he became one of the most well-known personalities in the Pittsburgh community. In addition to his work with the Penguins, Lange also broadcasted games with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the KBL Sports Network in 1986 and 1987 and handled radio/TV duties for the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League. After 23 years as the Penguins’ lead television broadcaster, Lange signed on as the radio play-by-play announcer in 2006. He holds that position today. Lange’s unique style and use of catch phrases after goals are scored are legendary in broadcast circles. Phrases such as, “Buy Sam a drink and get his dog one, too!” and “Scratch my back with a hacksaw!!!” are known by Penguins’ fans everywhere. In 2001, Lange was elected into the NHL Hall of Fame and received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his excellence in broadcasting. Lange is involved with numerous charities, particularly the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Pittsburgh Blues Festival. This event is FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.