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Dave has also worked for Westwood One/Metro Networks providing traffic updates for KNX 1070 News Radio and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. Prior to his current position he spent several years working as the rinkside reporter for the Kings radio broadcast and the post-game video journalist for the team's website. At the age of 16, Dave started his radio career in his hometown of Ishpeming, Michigan. He attended Hofstra University on Long Island where he majored in communications and played hockey for four years. He served as team captain during his senior season and was selected as a first-team All-Star twice. Dave also went on to coach at Hofstra following his playing career. Dave's first full-time radio job came as the engineer for the morning show on 770 WABC in New York City. He also engineered for Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Following a stint producing talk-radio programs in Providence, Rhode Island, Dave took his talents west to Los Angeles where he showcased his comedic ability as the morning show co-host on the Comedy World Radio Network.
Since landing in Southern California, Dave has covered three Stanley Cup Finals, several NHL Entry Drafts and has been featured as a hockey analyst on numerous radio and international television programs. He also is the host of the popular hockey podcast, “In the Crease”, on ESPNLA.com.
Ever wonder who's playing "GO KINGS GO!" on the organ? Or who the DJ is that's playing the music before the puck drops? Curious about who triggers the goal horn when the Kings score? It’s all done by Dieter Ruehle. He’s located above Section 317 at STAPLES Center.
The 2011-2012 season is Dieter's 16th with the Kings, and his 22nd consecutive NHL season. Ruehle’s first NHL season (and first Kings season) was in 1989-1990.
A native of Los Angeles, Ruehle began his music training at the age of nine by taking classical piano lessons. By the age of 15, Ruehle got his first gig as organist at The Forum when he was hired by the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League for the 1984-’85 season. After five years of working Lazers games (on the Hammond X-66 organ) Ruehle, then 20 years old, was hired in the summer of 1989 to be the Kings organist.
After 3 seasons with the Kings (and working other events at The Forum such as Team Tennis, Volleyball and the Great Western Freeze-out annual college hockey tournament), Dieter moved to the Bay Area in 1992 and was hired by the San Jose Sharks. For five seasons, Ruehle was the organist for the Sharks (’92-’93 thru ’96-’97). Then he worked the ’97-’98 season for the Phoenix Coyotes. After 6 years away, Ruehle returned to Los Angeles and the Kings for the 1998-’99 season, which was the Kings final season at The Forum. After the opening of STAPLES Center, Ruehle was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, Sparks (WNBA) and Avengers (AFL). He’s also worked boxing and tennis events at STAPLES Center. Ruehle’s currently in his 11th season with the Lakers.
Dieter's work with the Kings and Lakers has led to other opportunities outside of STAPLES Center. He’s worked at four Olympics (three Winter Olympics and one Summer Olympics). He was Music Director for Basketball at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. He worked as Music Director for Ice Hockey at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics, 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. His Olympic experience in Vancouver included playing the organ and recorded music at the classic Men’s Gold Medal game featuring USA vs. Canada.
Ruehle’s also performed at four NBA All-Star Games and two NHL All-Star games. He worked NBA All-Star games in 2004 (LA), 2005 (Denver), 2007 (Las Vegas) and 2011(LA). He also worked two NHL All-Star games, in 1997 (San Jose) and 2002 (LA). He’s also worked several NBA events in Europe and Asia, including Lakers pre-season games in London and Barcelona in October 2010.
Dieter’s been the Music Director at the US Open Tennis Championships in New York since 2006, where he runs all of the music at Ashe Stadium during this prestigious summer event.
Dieter also performed the organ music on the popular EA Sports video games NHL ‘94, NHL ‘95, and NHL ’96.
After being right in the middle of the LA KINGS epic run to The Stanley Cup Jay Flats is proud and excited to return for the 2012-2013 season.
This will be his 4th season working with the Kings as the In-Arena and Live Event Host.
You've seen Jay host The Roster Challenge during timeouts, raise money for charity at the watch parties, hype up the crowds outside Staples Center during the playoffs and give away thousands of prizes from hats and t-shirts to team signed or game used jerseys and merchandise.
"One of my favorite things about the job is being able to help raise money for The Kings Care Foundation and CHLA."
Earlier this year Jay began working for the LA GALAXY on the field at Home Depot Center.
His sports background began when he traveled as an announcer for the world famous HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS and upon his return to LA he wanted to continue mixing sports and entertainment. Shortly after his return from touring he auditioned for the Kings Ice Crew in 2008 and became a member.
When he's not rewarding rowdy Kings fans with prizes you can see Jay performing stand-up comedy all over Los Angeles and working as an audience warm-up comedian for TV shows like 'Dancing with the Stars', 'American Idol', 'America's Got Talent' and more.