FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 6th, 2017
CSN PHILADELPHIA WELCOMES PHILLIES WALL OF FAMER JOHN KRUK TO THE BROADCAST BOOTH
Three-Time All-Star Joins Tom McCarthy, Ben Davis, Mike Schmidt and Gregg Murphy For Phillies Telecasts on the NBC Family of Networks
For the First Time – Phillies Games will be Available via Live Stream beginning with the 2017 Season
PHILADELPHIA- (February 6, 2017) – CSN Philadelphia announced today that John Kruk has joined the broadcast team of Tom McCarthy, Ben Davis, Mike Schmidt and Gregg Murphy for the 2017 season. Kruk, a three-time All Star for the Phillies, and a member of their Wall of Fame, will make his broadcast debut on Saturday, February 25.
Kruk, a three-time All-Star, retired in 1995 after a 10-year career, including six seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. After retiring from baseball, he moved on to broadcasting, working with Fox Sports Net in 2001 before joining CSN as a color analyst for Phillies broadcasts in 2003. He then spent 12 years as an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and Baseball Tonight. He also coached the Reading Phillies in 2001.
“I am looking forward to working with Tom, Mike, Ben and Gregg,” said Kruk. “Although I have played with three different organizations, the Phillies are family. I am excited to get started with this new chapter in my life.”
“John worked with us as a color analyst during the 2003 season, so we are thrilled to welcome him home as a member of our 2017 Phillies broadcast team alongside Tom, Ben, Mike and Gregg,” said CSN Philadelphia President Brian Monihan. “John’s popularity, combined with his invaluable insight from his years as an analyst on the national level, will undoubtedly enhance our Phillies coverage for the 2017 season and beyond.”
“The Phillies are very excited that John has agreed to join the CSN Philadelphia broadcasting team,” said Phillies Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising Sales Dave Buck. “John has been part of the Phillies family for almost three decades, both in and out of uniform. His great sense of humor, love of the game and knowledge of the Phillies and our fan base make for a winning combination to fill this role.”
All 162 Phillies games will air on the NBC family of networks with 142 airing on CSN, 12 on NBC10 and eight on TCN, with five simulcasts on Telemundo62. During the 2017 MLB season, CSN and TCN will also begin live steaming Philadelphia Phillies games – along with game-day shows Phillies Pregame Live and Phillies Postgame Live – on CSNPhilly.com and via the NBC Sports app.
The live-streaming service will be available at no additional cost to authenticated CSN Philadelphia and TCN Philadelphia subscribers. Authenticated subscribers will have the ability to access Phillies games when traveling outside of their region, provided they are within the U.S. The service is provided as an added value, and is available to all video distributors of CSN Philadelphia and TCN Philadelphia. The NBC Sports app is powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
CSN Philadelphia, part of NBC Sports Group, provides award-winning sports news, analysis, live game coverage and original programming to nearly three million viewers in the Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Together with TCN, CSN Philadelphia presents more than 500 live game broadcasts annually, featuring the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies, MLS’s Philadelphia Union, NCAA and high school events, plus extensive coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles. The network’s news and original programming teams have been distinguished with numerous Emmys and Edward R. Murrow Awards, and handle sports coverage for Philadelphia’s NBC10 affiliate WCAU-TV. CSNPhilly.com provides fans with comprehensive digital coverage of Philly’s hometown teams with highlights, original stories from a team of “Insiders,” and up-to-the minute breaking news. Follow CSN on Twitter at @CSNPhilly
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