Chirps: The Flyers are Changing Up Their Broadcasts Next Season

Kyle Scott - July 9, 2014

Bundy and JJ at Chickie's and Pete's, photo via Chickie's and Pete's

Bundy and JJ at Chickie’s and Pete’s, photo via Chickie’s and Pete’s

I’m hearing from several folks that Chris Therien and Steve Coates will essentially switch roles next season: Therien to TV, Coatsey back to radio. It’s unclear whether those respective roles will remain exactly the same – with Therien moving between the benches for TV and Coatsey up to the radio booth – but it sounds like that’s the plan right now.

Apparently this has been discussed for some time, perhaps as far back as this winter. Coatsey is a lovable figure, but elicits a mostly neutral reaction from fans with regard to his presence on the broadcast (I do enjoy him rolling his eyes at John Boruk, though). Therien, however, has been really good on the radio, with memorable outbursts about Sidney Crosby and, um, Pat Sajak. Having him between the benches, if that is in fact the plan, will make for some good TV.

We’ll let you know when this becomes official.


  • CS July 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Also hearing from folks that Tom McCarthy will take over for JJ

  • RON SHELLY July 9, 2014 at 10:59 am


  • DaGreatGazoo July 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

    If this happens, how are they gonna fit Bundy between the benches?

  • Mr. Miyagi July 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Therien is a total homer, but pretty funny. And yes, I’m pretty sure Coatsey is a drunk. It’s a hockey broadcast, not Hamlet. What do you want?

    • steve July 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      how is bundy a homer? i have heard him tear apart players on this team when they make bad plays or under perform…

  • Wheres the Snozz ? July 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Al ” I was at Rouge watching the girls do yoga in Rittenhouse Square”.

    Rhea ” Al, Clarkie is doing yoga in Pre-K”.

    Occasional WIP Listener- ” Click”

    • Jon Marks' big breasted fiance July 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Rhea believes that people care about her and her son. We don’t. Stop losing husbands and shut the hell up.

      • The Growing Mudshark Problem in the Philly area July 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Did she divorce the latest one yet ?

        Also did I hear brace saying he’s moving out of manyunk?

        • Jon Marks' big breasted fiance July 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

          The rumor going around is that they have been separated for the past six months. Supposedly he couldn’t take her smoking and being the bars everynight.

          • johnmatrix. July 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

            i have no idea if this is correct, but she sure does talk about bars and booze a lot! on time she felt the need to mention 3 times that she had to drive across the border to jersey to get booze on a sunday morning because all the state stores were closed here.

    • where is Chirp July 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

      haha I heard that and was smh listening to it

  • Bill Clement July 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Great! Another reason to not listen to the Flyers horrible radio team. A play-by-play announcer that sounds like a screeching 4 year old girl when a goal is scored. And a drunk, inarticulate hoser doing color.

    Good times!

    • where is Chirp July 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

      can’t stand the annoying commerical on 97.5 with that flyers announcer screaming who scoressss.

    • steve July 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      best play by play broadcasters in the league. just because you flip burgers doesn’t me you can project your failures on more successful people

  • Al McGuire July 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

    TY, Bill Clement!! I thought it was just me. Worst home run call in mlb, gone goodbye. Get him off phillies radio.

    • Kyle Laskowski July 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Yeah, was talking about Tim Saunders on the radio, not Jim Jackson you derelict.

  • Bring Back Tony Bruno July 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    97.5’s 10-12 show with Mayes and Nick Kayal is brutal.

    Nick Kayal saying Nick Foles is better than Andrew Luck is a disgrace,and proves why this idiot should go back to being a producer instead doing his own show.

    Tony Bruno is surely missed.

    • Lil Jonny Marks July 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Mining the suburbs and Lehigh Valley for cheap labor get you Kayal, Brace, Mayes, Marks, et al.

  • Bob July 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    yeah bundy is what 6’5″ and about 280 lbs at this point, they’re not going to be able to fit the visiting team guy in the box with him!
    I do like his opinions though, not afraid to say what he thinks….and I hate Saunders, his goal call is like nails on a chalkboard, makes you fall off your chair when a goal is scored…and I hate even more that JJ is invading the Phillies Radio broadcast….stick with hockey….

  • Bobby Taylor July 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    No Comcast broadcaster can really say what they think- unless it’s about the visiting team. (see: Jones, Keith)

  • petes tax July 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    The flyers announcers definitely cater to the flyers fans, which I guess they have to, but this is gonna be bad. Clement is good, but therian is soooo whiny when any call goes against the flyers, and saunders goal call is lame and way to over the top. at least hes not as bad as the Panthers announcer whos gotta throw some corny movie quote in on every goal call. And coates is just annoying. I dont know how they can do better, but they cant do much worse.

  • chuick July 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    they will have to butter therein’s hips to get him in the box between the benches.

  • Harry testes July 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Coatsey can move from flask to a 1.75L on the radio. # hiccup

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