Everything I could find online spoke highly of his work as a broadcaster. Here's some praise from Mark McGuire of the Albany Times-Union:
Newkirk is a rising talent as a broadcaster. It would surprise no one who has ever heard him if he some day makes it to the NHL, calling one of the most difficult sports to provide play-by-play. Simply, the guy is good, both behind the mic and behind the scenes.And of course, thanks to the miracles of Google, I was able to find his TV demo reel.
Furthermore, I believe this is a pretty good sample of Newkirk calling an early season game from his time in Adirondack.
Here's the press release:
The Texas Stars announced on Friday that Owen Newkirk has joined the organization
in the role of radio play-by-play announcer and Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations.
A native of Blue Hill, Maine, Newkirk has a wealth of experience in the American Hockey League, most
recently serving as a color commentator for the Binghamton Senators (2010-2012). Previously he was
the play-by-play voice and Director of Public Relations for the Adirondack Phantoms (2009-2010) and the
Albany River Rats (2007-2009). Entering his tenth season of calling professional hockey, Newkirk, 31,
was part of Binghamton's run to the 2011 Calder Cup Championship and was a member of the AHL Live
broadcast team that called the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic in Worcester, Mass. Prior to his time in the
AHL, he was Director of Broadcasting for the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals for four seasons (2003-2007). In
addition to his hockey experience, Newkirk has also broadcast for the Albany Firebirds (af2 – 2007-2009)
and Berkshire Black Bears (independent baseball – 2003).
Newkirk is a graduate of Haverford College.