Caps Radio 24/7, launched in April 2015, is the official audio channel of the Washington Capitals, featuring round-the-clock news updates, player interviews, and music selected by players, coaches, fans, and the team’s game entertainment staff. Caps Radio 24/7 is the online home of the Capitals Radio Network, airing all Capitals games as well as select Hershey Bears broadcasts. The station can be accessed, free of charge, via the Caps Mobile App radio button, located in the top right corner of the app’s home screen, as well as through TuneIn radio app, and anywhere online at www.capsradio247.com.
“Caps Talk” is a two-hour daily call-in show from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday on Caps Radio 24/7. Hosted by the “Voice of the Capitals” John Walton, the show will feature the latest news from the Washington Capitals, interviews with players and coaches, local and national media, as well as live phone calls from fans in a talk-show format.
“Caps Talk” features a toll-free number for fans to call the show. Fans in Washington and across the country can reach the show by calling 1-888-GO-CAPS-5. The number will also allow fans to leave message for the next day’s show if they choose. In addition to airing live from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, “Caps Talk” is rebroadcast from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and again from 2:00-4:00 a.m. for the channel’s international audience.
John Walton enters his fifth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Washington Capitals, and also serves as the team's Director of Broadcasting, overseeing the 12-station Washington Capitals Radio Network.
In addition to calling the play-by-play on the Capitals Radio Network, Walton has also provided the call of the action during the Stanley Cup playoffs for NBC Sports on NBCSN. His other national work for NBCSN has consisted of play-by-play for the network’s college hockey coverage, including the Hockey East championship in Boston.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Walton was the Senior Manager of Communications for Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, where he called the action for the Bears for nine seasons. He called his 1,000th AHL broadcast on Jan. 26, 2011 against Springfield at Giant Center.
Walton called three Calder Cup championship seasons for the Bears, in 2006, 2009 and 2010, and on several occasions called the play-by-play for Hershey’s postseason games on NHL Network and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. He also served in an on-air role, alongside Mike "Doc" Emrick and Comcast SportsNet’s Craig Laughlin, for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic, televised to a national audience.
In addition to hockey, Walton served as the public address announcer for the Cincinnati Reds from 1996-2002 at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field. He announced over 500 Major League Baseball games during his time in the Queen City, including the 1999 one-game playoff between the Reds and the New York Mets. During his time in Cincinnati, he was also the first play-by-play voice of the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks from 1997-2000 and also served as a sports anchor for WLW-AM 700 in Cincinnati.
Walton began his hockey play-by-play career at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was the Voice of the Redskins from 1994 - 1996, and also announced football and basketball at WRBI-FM 103.9 in Batesville, Indiana during that time. In addition to sports, Walton was also a disc jockey at 97 X, WOXY-FM in Oxford, a station recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine four times in the 1990's as one of the magazine's "15 Best Radio Stations".
Ken Sabourin returns to the Capitals' broadcast team for his 11th year providing insightful analysis for radio coverage of home games. Sabourin joined the team in 2002-03.
A player for five years in the NHL and a defenseman for Washington during the 1990-91 and ’91-92 campaigns, Sabourin retired from professional hockey following the 1998-99 season. In 74 games with Washington and Calgary, the native of Scarborough, Ontario, recorded two goals and eight assists, including five points in 28 games for the Capitals in 1990-91. In 47 games over his two seasons with Washington, Sabourin recorded one goal and four assists while registering 129 penalty minutes. While playing for Calgary in 1988-89, Sabourin appeared in one playoff game en route to the Flames’ Stanley Cup title.
Drafted by Calgary in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1984 Entry Draft, Sabourin continued his hockey involvement following his playing career by serving as an analyst for the Sunshine Network’s coverage of the now-defunct Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League. He remains active in area youth hockey and with the Capitals alumni group.
Julian Coltre is his first season with the Capitals in 2015-16, serving as the pregame, intermission and postgame host for the Capitals Radio Network. Coltre is also a news anchor and production assistant for Caps Radio 24/7.
Prior to his time in Washington, Coltre worked for two seasons for the New York Islanders as a color commentator and reporter. A graduate of Hofstra University, Coltre makes his home in Washington.