Lange fired as Penguins' TV announcer
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Mike Lange, the popular voice of the Penguins for 30 seasons, has been fired as the team's television announcer by FSN Pittsburgh.
He will be replaced by Paul Steigerwald, once Lange's color analyst and more recently the team's radio play-by-play announcer.
Lange has been offered Steigerwald's job as radio announcer by the Penguins.
"I don't look at this as replacing Mike Lange," said Steigerwald. "He's irreplaceable.
"An opportunity arose and I'm going to take advantage of it. It's a chance for me to expand my horizons in my career. With the uncertainty surrounding the franchise, it's never a bad idea to put yourself in the best possible position."
Lange acknowledged the report of his firing was "on the money,"' but declined comment, saying "I'm waiting for a call."
He did not indicate whether he would accept the job as play-by-play announcer on radio.
Steve Tello, vice president and general manager of FSN Pittsburgh, said, "Mike has done a tremendous job over the years. We had a contractural option. We have looked at Steigerwald for some time and believe he brings a different and fresh set of eyes to a new team."
First Published June 29, 2006 12:00 am