Justin B. Bradford (Founder/Host of Penalty Box Radio/Editor-in-Chief/Co-host of “Southern Hostility”) Justin was born in Michigan, but moved to Tennessee when he was seven. Hockey is in his blood. After originating in Cell Block 303, Justin headed over to the press box to cover the Nashville Predators for Penalty Box Radio. He also plays rec-league hockey for the Mighty Drunks at Ford Ice Center. Currently, Justin has a book on the history of the Nashville Predators titled Nashville Predators: The Making of Smashville. An award-winning reporter, in 2013, he received the Silver Medal in the Best Sports Reporter Category for The Tennessean‘s Toast of Music City reader’s poll. In 2014 & 2015, Justin was voted as the Best Sports Reporter in Nashville. In 2014, PenaltyBoxRadio.com received the silver medal as Best Blog in Nashville. In 2015, the website received the award for Best Sports Blog in Music City. He has been a featured guest on “NHL Tonight” on NHL Network, “Inside Sports Sunday” on WSMV-TV, “All Things Considered” on NPR, “Road to the Cup” on WKRN-TV, “Sportsline” on NewsChannel 5+, “Predators Playoffs Today” on ESPN 102.5 The Game, TSN 1290 Winnipeg, Sportsnet 590 The Fan – Toronto, Sportsnet 650 Vancouver, TSN 1260 Edmonton, WGR Sports Radio 550 – Buffalo, 590 The Fan – St. Louis and featured in The Ringer, Saturday Down South and The Tennessean. Credentialed by the Nashville Predators, the NHL (Draft & All Star Game), WCHA, CHL and USA Hockey.
Follow Justin on Twitter: @justinbbradford
In memoriam of Big Ben (Founder/Co-host of Penalty Box Radio) – In 1972 a crack commando unit was sentenced by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. They promptly escaped to the Los Angeles underground where they survived as soldiers of fortune. Around this time two people met on the top floor of the Empire State Building. It was a night of wild romance. Those people went on to a prosperous and happy life with lots of kids. Meanwhile 12 years later 2 people who had nothing to do with this, came together. And Big Ben was formed…
Today Big Ben is a proud father. A humangously big Predators fan. He is also a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, The Philadelphia Phillies, Puppies and Hugs. In his free time, Big Ben is a volunteer firefighter and he is the president of the Joe Dubin fan club. Ladies, Big Ben is taken, but you can still admire his artwork on the megatron at games.
To donate to Firehouse Hockey or his son Jake’s future fund, click here.
Glynne Blackwell (Co-host of Penalty Box Radio) – Glynne was born and raised in a small river town in Mississippi. Contrary to popular belief, she actually wore shoes and enjoyed running water and electricity. She also did not have chickens running aimlessly in her front yard, nor was she raised by a pack of wild cats. Well, some argue that the latter might be true….
She’s a lover of hockey nights at the arena, laughing hysterically, big city skylines, dancing at Tin Roof on any given Saturday night, lattes, making crazy memories, chasing her dreams and hugs. “I’m five foot 2, I wanna dance with you. I’m sophisticated fun. I eat filet mignon and I’m nice and young, best believe I’m number one…”
Follow Glynne on Twitter: @rebeccaglynne
Cutler Klein (Co-managing editor/College hockey play-by-play/Nashville Predators correspondent/Co-Host of “The Road to Nashville”) – Cutler hails from a strange, faraway land known as “New York.” His family ties to Nashville led him to embrace the city, and its sports teams. Now, he gets to follow all of them full-time, as he is a student at Vanderbilt University, pursuing a degree in Communication Studies.Outside of Penalty Box Radio, Cutler covers the entire NHL and global hockey for TodaysSlapshot.com, OnTheFlyHockey.com, IceNationUK.com, and PuckFeed.com. He also hosts Global Puck Talk, a weekly global hockey podcast. He’s interviewed some big names in the hockey world, including Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Steve Griggs, Arizona Coyotes announcer Matt McConnell, and Predators announcer Pete Weber. Cutler also covers some knockoff of football called “rugby” for RugbyToday.com.Before he joined Penalty Box Radio, he covered the Predators on Predlines.com and managed FangFaction.com.
Follow Cutler on Twitter: @CutlerKlein.
Michael Gallagher (Co-managing editor/Host of “The Road to Nashville”) – Michael was born and raised in New York until the age of 15. That’s New York state, not New York City; yes there is a difference. Sports up north predominantly consisted of football, baseball and basketball. However, after moving down south, a friend took Michael to his first NHL game. On the night of that Predators shootout win over the St. Louis Blues, in which David Legwand scored the game-winner, a new hockey fan was born. Since that day, he was hooked. Hockey surpassed the mighty NFL and quickly became Michael’s favorite sport. While finishing up his graduate degree at MTSU, Michael got his first taste of covering the Preds while interning at the Nashville Post under David Boclair. He has been covering the team ever since and is proud to provide coverage to the most loyal fanbase in the NHL.
Zachary Bryan (College Hockey Play-By-Play) – Zach has spent the majority of his life in the Nashville area after attending the University of Mississippi. He is a lifelong Vanderbilt fan and often had to be told by his Rebel band instructors, “I don’t want to see you cheering for Vandy.” Zachary is a member of the NSSA (National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association) and fluent in the languages of hockey, football, baseball, and surprisingly cricket. Over his career in broadcasting he has announced football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and guest hosted various radio programs. Zach is also the play-by-play voice of the University of Alabama in Huntsville Chargers hockey team.
Follow Zach on Twitter: @therealzb
Patten Fuqua (College hockey play-by-play/Game Producer/ Scout, College hockey writer) – In 2010, Nashville Scene named Patten one of the Best Community Role Models for the City of Nashville…for some reason. A graduate of Belmont with a double major in journalism and broadcasting, Patten utilizes neither of those skills as he tries to put Penalty Box Radio on the map as a destination for live hockey broadcasting. In former lives, Patten has covered the the NHL Draft, the AHL All Star Classic and over 100 Predators games. A former season ticket holder in the Cellblock, Patten now spends whatever spare time he as working as a Scout Intern with the International Scouting Service while trying very hard to remember not to heckle the children. Patten enjoys bicycling, cooking, gingers and his cat, Lexie.
Follow Patten on Twitter: @auquf
Cameron Gumpy (Host of “Southern Hostility”) – Cameron fell in love with hockey while playing inline hockey for 6 years throughout elementary school. After high school and a short stint playing Ska Punk Trombone, Cameron Gumpy studied improv & stand up comedy for years at the Sacramento Comedy Spot in Sacramento, California. When moving to Nashville became a possibility in April 2011, Cameron followed the Predators during their first playoff series victory. Since moving to Nashville, Cameron has become a Predators season ticket holder and currently studies improv at West Coast Comedy in Marathon Village.
Ben Freeman (Producer of “Southern Hostility”) – Ben Freeman is a writer and musician from Nashville, TN. Originally from Virginia, he’s the founder of Red Goat Records. He’s a diehard Nashville Predators fan and an award winning BBQ cook.
Kyle Hancock (Host of “Music City Gold”) – Kyle has been a native of Tennessee all his life, being born in Cookeville and now residing in Murfreesboro. He started his Preds journey by going to a few games here and there during the years, but after watching a playoff games against Chicago in 2015 he finally took the dive and became a season ticket holder. Kyle recently started becoming active in the hockey community as well, recently working the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference as a score/stats keeper. When not doing his day job as an IT guy, he is busy consuming all things Preds and hockey related.
Matt Bain (Co-host of “Music City Gold”) – Matt enjoys bringing some comic relief to the podcast and also an outsider’s perspective to the team. By day he works in surgery and by night he enjoys playing board games with his wife.
Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattBain31
Daniel Mangrum (Co-host of “Music City Gold”) – Daniel’s love for the Preds all started during their inaugural season at the age of 5. When he’s not working as an analyst, he enjoys geeking out and playing drums.
George Matarangas (Host of “Between the Fangs”) – George was born in San Jose, California where he grew to love hockey. He has been an editor for the Predlines hockey blog as well as written for multiple sites about different teams. On top of writing, George has worked as a scout and analyst in the OHL. It’s George’s personal mission to destigmatize advanced analytics and make them accessible for all fans.
Follow George on Twitter: @GeorgeM1019
Michael Wade – (Host of “Between the Fangs”) – Michael is a proud Nashville native, and loves its unique hockey culture. He is the co-host of Between the Fangs podcast, which focuses primarily on analytics in the NHL. After a brief tenure in Chicago for school, Michael is back home and ready to tell the hockey world what Nashville is all about. His specific interests are in analytics, in-depth player profiles, and chirping people at open hockey. Feel free to reach out to him – he never shies away from an argument.
Follow Michael on Twitter: @WadeM117
Matt Best (Host of “Coast to Coast”) – Matt is a Canadian that proudly resides in the hockey mecca that is known as Toronto. The poutine doesn’t cloud his judgement as he’s been venturing from arena to arena appreciating other teams that aren’t necessarily blue and white (and have won a cup since ’67). After graduating from the College of Sports Media, Matt has seen his work published on The Fake Hockey, the FNTSY Sports Network, SportsGrid as well as Coach Esser. Matt now works at TSN as a story editor. He was also employed by Hockey Canada during the 2015 World Juniors where it wasn’t frowned upon to scream Big Willy when Sweden played. If you need Matt, send him a Tweet. His igloo has wifi, eh.
Follow Matt on Twitter: @BESTofMATT
Christian Marin (Co-host of “Coast to Coast”) – Christian Marin was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, a city located about 20 minutes outside of Toronto. Although he grew up watching the Toronto Maple Leafs on a nightly basis – in a time long before you could stream any game you wanted – he’s actually been a Dallas Stars fan his entire life.
Christian worked as a beat reporter for the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2009-10 season while attending Mohawk College’s Broadcast Journalism program. Following graduation, he started his own site called Pros Give Back and worked with and interviewed players such as P.K. Subban, Steven Stamkos, Tyler Seguin and Cory Schneider. He went back to school in 2013 and attended the College of Sports Media, where he graduated from in 2015 with a diploma in Radio and Television Sports Broadcasting.
Since 2015, Christian has worked as a writer for TSN’s BarDown.com and has worked events such as the NHL Combine and has interviewed players such as Auston Matthews, Max Domi, Wayne Simmonds, and Patrik Laine.
Follow Christian on Twitter: @xianmarin
Nick Andrade (Co-host of “Coast to Coast) – Nick was born in Toronto and raised in the home of Rick Nash and lovable Super Bad star Michael Cera, Brampton, Ontario. Sports has always been a part of Nick’s life with his family always invested in sport, it took hold at a young age. After graduating the College of Sports Media in 2015, Nick has gone on to work for Sportsnet and TSN. At Sportsnet, Nick has produced NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL content for television broadcast for the last two years. At TSN, Nick contributes and manages digital content to TSN.ca. Nick is not shy to voice his opinions and can often be seen pacing around and waving his arms widely when he has a particularly hot take. Hockey has always been near and dear to his heart and he loves to talk about all things hockey. Seriously, send him a tweet and ask him, he’s obsessed.
Follow Nick on Twitter: @nickandrade89
Matthew Harding (Host of “In the Corners”) – Matthew has been a hockey fan since he was eight years old and covering minor league hockey since 2012. Currently, he serves as the managing editor for TheSinBin.net, a website dedicated to covering minor league hockey. When he’s not at the rink or tracking down a story, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Shaylon, and storm chasing.