“Behind The ECHL Mics”
Mark Thompson, Reading Royals


Mark Thompson is in his fifth year as the “Voice of the Royals” on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL,” and on The Royals Radio Network. Games and the weekly one-hour coach’s show are broadcast live on True Oldies WRAW-AM 1340 in Reading and on WLAN-AM 1390 Timeless Classics in Lancaster, Pa. “Rinkside With the Royals” is a 30-minute pregame show broadcast live from the Sovereign Center before each Saturday home game on Y102 Rock Hits in Reading.

Thompson was selected as part of the broadcast team for 2009 ECHL All-Star Game and is in his 13th season as a professional hockey broadcaster having worked in the ECHL for Toledo, in the United Hockey League for Winston-Salem and Saginaw and in the Western Professional Hockey League for Arkansas.

Before beginning his broadcasting career, he worked as a trial lawyer in Memphis, Tenn. and as a teacher in Los Angeles.

Former ECHL broadcasters working in the National Hockey League include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob McElligott and John Michael of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rob Simpson, who is a producer/host for The NHL Network.

Former ECHL broadcasters working in the American Hockey League include Brendan Burke in Peoria, Josh Fisher in Texas, Mike Kelly in Springfield, Eric Lindquist in Worcester, Pete Michaud in Norfolk, Mike O’Brien in Lowell, Joe O’Donnell in Houston, Jason Shaver in Chicago, Dan Weiss in San Antonio and Grady Whittenburg in Binghamton.