Steve Goldstein, the longtime television voice of the Florida Panthers, will be trading the ice for the gridiron later this summer as he will call Miami Dolphins preseason games on CBS-4 where he works as an anchor.
Goldstein, who has been with the Panthers in one capacity or another since 1995, will do play-by-play on the Dolphins’ broadcast alongside former Miami standouts Jason Taylor and Kim Bokamper.
But don’t worry Panthers fans: Goldie is not going anywhere.
”The only was I am leaving the Panthers is if they kick me out,” Goldstein said this weekend. “This works out great because preseason football is in August and NHL training camp doesn’t even start until September.
“It really lines up to be a great situation for me. As has been the case for the past 20 years, the Panthers were very supportive. They are really happy I got this job and I appreciate that. In no way does this interfere with the Panthers.”
This will be Goldstein’s first foray into being on the lead call for NFL football games although he has done a little bit of everything during a broadcast career which started at Syracuse University.
Goldstein called Syracuse football games for three years as a student.
”That was a long time ago,” Goldstein said with a laugh. “But, you know the old adage: If you can do hockey, you can do anything.”
In 2007, the Panthers moved Goldstein into the television booth after he spent two seasons as the team’s radio voice and he has also covered the Olympics and Stanley Cup Finals on radio.
This will not be Goldstein’s first experience with the Dolphins as he hosted pre- and postgame shows on the team’s radio network frome 1995-2004 and again from 2012-15.
“I am very excited to be working with Jason Taylor and Kim Bokamper, someone I have known for a long time and have worked with him before,” Goldstein said. “Doing the Dolphins broadcast, the NFL, is very exciting. I used to do radio for the team so it is nice to get back in there.
“It should really be fun, this is a good team and there will be a lot of eyes on the preseason. There’s a lot at stake. They have some good roster battles, everyone wants to see how Tua is doing. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Goldstein, Taylor and Bokamper will be doing two of the three exhibition games this August.
The first game will be Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. against the host Chicago Bears and the second will be Aug. 21 at 7 when the Atlanta Falcons come to Hard Rock Stadium. The third game, against the host Cincinnati Bengals, will be broadcast nationally by CBS.
After the preseason is over, Goldstein will get into hockey shape by returning to cover the US Open for ESPN and the Tennis Channel.