"Coming up this week on The Home Team with Paul Porter we check in on the Tampa Bay Rays and their weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.  We'll hear from Joe Maddon and several Rays players.  We'll also look back at the Bucs OTA's and hear from head coach Lovie Smith.  Plus we update our NBA and NHL contests and let you know who is still in the running.  We also have some great giveaways including tickets to the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League


"How I see it:  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be improved this year, although it won't take much to improve on a 4-12 record.  The Bucs have added some key pieces on both sides of the ball and have a quarterback in Josh Mckown who should be better than what they had last year.  New coach Lovie Smith should provide an upgrade in game situations which should translate into a few more years.  While I don't see them making the playoffs, I do see their record improving and reaching the five hundred mark at 8-8.



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Paul ‘Pipes’ Porter is the arena voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm, Orlando Magic and the ‘Press Box’ voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Home Team is a two hour Sports Talk program with an emphasis on listeners’ phone calls, special guests and informative news items.  Paul is a veteran of the broadcast industry with 37 years of on-air experience.  The Home Team is heard exclusively on Talk Radio 860  WGUL from 11AM to 1PM every Saturday.

Paul Porter is a familiar voice who exhorts cheer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and is a local celebrity of sorts. Radio listeners call in to chat with him about their favorite local teams and often stop by to say hello at sporting venues all over Tampa Bay. Paul’s also known as the PA voice for the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers & the Tampa Bay Storm.

Porter was the former play-by-play and public address announcer in his native Cleveland for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1980-84, Porter settled in Tampa in 1985 after being hired by the Tampa Bay Thrillers of the Continental Basketball League.

Paul is one of  Central Florida’s busiest announcers and has hosted the 2-hour Sports Talk Radio Program “The Home Team” every Saturday for the last seventeen years.  In addition, Paul spends the winter season announcing games between Tampa and Orlando.

Both Paul and the entire team at Salem/Tampa are thrilled to have him as the official announcer for Talk Radio 860 AM WGUL’s weekday “Sports Minute” and the live broadcast of “The Home Team” that airs between 11:00am – 1:00pm every Saturday.