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Airing It Out-Files From Leahy's Broadcast Booth

Airing It Out-Files From Leahy's Broadcast Booth

By John Leahy
In my over quarter of a century in the world of sports broadcasting, I've seen a lot of things and met a lot of people. This podcast touches on my love of sports, broadcasting, and the fascinating people I've met along the way. I've got great stories to tell and new adventures to discover. I'll also touch on my love of music and maybe play a few tunes for you along the way. You are always welcome in my broadcast booth, the door is always open, come on in!
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Hockey East Preview 2021-22
This episode features Merrimack radio analyst Mike Machnik as take a look at the upcoming 2021-22 Hockey East and college hockey season.
57:13
September 22, 2021
Harry Lorayne Replay
This week I am replaying the chat I had with 95 year old memory expert Harry Lorayne. Check it out if you missed it the first time around!
56:42
September 15, 2021
Chatting with John Hennessy
This episode features former NHL, AHL and college hockey PxP voice John Hennessy.
48:28
September 8, 2021
A visit with the voice of Penn State, Steve Jones.
In this episode, I visit with my good friend, the voice of Penn State football and basketball, and State College Spikes baseball, Steve Jones.
56:09
September 1, 2021
Broadcasting Tales with Ken Cail
In this episode, I share broadcasting tales with longtime colleague and Hall of Fame New Hampshire sportscaster Ken Cail.
56:41
August 25, 2021
Baseball Broadcasting with Curt Smith
Noted baseball historian, author, and baseball broadcasting expert Curt Smith joins me to discuss baseball broadcasting.
52:11
August 18, 2021
2021 NFL Preview
Join me as I preview the 2021 NFL season with statistician Eric Shulman and local high school football coach Brian Kelley.
01:01:15
August 11, 2021
A visit with Chaz Scoggins
This week’s episode features noted writer, researcher, official scorer, radio personality and musician Chaz Scoggins.
51:23
August 4, 2021
Feeling Good With Coach Michelle Kuei
This episode features success coach Michelle Kuei, in which we examine how we can feel better about ourselves by looking at self-talk and confidence.
46:01
July 28, 2021
Talking hockey with Chris Cuthbert
Our episode this week features the voice of the NHL in Canada, the great Chris Cuthbert.
47:27
July 21, 2021
Having A Whale of A Time with Chuck Kaiton
In this episode I chat with the legendary longtime voice of the Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes Chuck Kaiton.
52:42
July 14, 2021
Talking hockey with Dan Rusanowsky
Joining me for this episode is the longtime voice of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and best selling author, Dan Rusanowsky.
54:46
July 7, 2021
A visit with Nick Lopardo
In this episode I chat with the first boss I ever had in professional baseball, Nick Lopardo, former owner of the North Shore Spirit of the Can-Am League.
53:35
June 30, 2021
A discussion with memory expert Harry Lorayne, my mentor.
Think your memory inevitably declines with age? Listen to this fascinating chat with world renowned memory expert Harry Lorayne and think again! 24 visits on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
56:14
June 23, 2021
WWE Talk With Mike Murphy and Jason (Jay-Dawg)Arsenault
A look at the WWE with a resident panel of experts from the state of New Hampshire.
01:02:21
June 16, 2021
Talking College Hockey with Dave Starman
Joining me this week is hockey analyst Dave Starman from ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NHL Network and Westwood One Radio.
48:10
June 9, 2021
Talking College Hockey with Bob Ahlfeld
This week’s episode features the former longtime radio voice of Clarkson hockey, Bob Ahlfeld.
49:09
June 2, 2021
A Visit With Matt Martucci
This week’s episode features the voice of St. Joseph’s Men’s Basketball and a former colleague Matt Martucci.
53:30
May 26, 2021
A Conversation with Mike Logan
In this episode I chat with the longtime voice of Providence College Men’s hockey, Mike Logan.
50:34
May 19, 2021
A Chat with Aaron Todd
A visit with Aaron Todd, assistant AD of marketing and communications at St. Lawrence University. We discuss his background, St. Lawrence and ECAC hockey.
50:28
May 12, 2021
A Conversation With UConn radio voice Bob Joyce
In this episode I chat with the radio voice of UConn men’s hockey, women’s basketball and UConn football Bob Joyce.
53:28
May 5, 2021
A Conversation With Bob Ellis
In this episode, I chat with long time UMass Lowell hockey radio voice Bob Ellis, as we chat about his background, college hockey, and some baseball talk as well.
01:22:07
April 28, 2021
Talking College Hockey with Brock Hines
In this episode I visit with longtime friend and colleague Brock Hines, the radio analyst of UMass hockey as we revisit their title and other topics.
46:12
April 21, 2021
Frozen Four Edition with Mike Machnik
Talking College Hockey with Mike Machnik as we preview the Frozen Four.
42:41
April 7, 2021
A conversation with Tom Calhoun
This episode features the longtime PA voice of the St.Louis Blues, Tom Calhoun.
50:56
March 31, 2021
Talking Sports Broadcasting with STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik
A discussion with the CEO of the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA), Jon Chelesnik. Great stuff here about the broadcasting industry! 
51:49
March 24, 2021
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
On this episode, I celebrate Ireland with some Irish music, homemade of course.
51:54
March 17, 2021
A visit with Maura Sheridan
In this episode I chat with the voice of Vermont men’s hockey, the first female play by play announcer in the history of Hockey East, Maura Sheridan.
43:24
March 10, 2021
Baseball Chat With Dave McKay
This episode features a chat with the longtime President of the Yawkey League of Boston, as we discuss amateur baseball.
48:08
March 3, 2021
Reflections on Mike Emrick
In this episode, I reflect back on the career of Doc Emrick, drawing parallels to my own broadcasting journey.
48:00
February 24, 2021
Talking Baseball With Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
In this episode of the podcast I visit with the voice of the Lansing Lugnuts baseball club and author of the Baseball and Football Thesaurus, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler.
48:03
February 17, 2021
Talking Baseball with Tim Calderwood
In this episode, I chat with longtime Frontier League broadcaster and current voice of the Schaumburg Boomers, Tim Calderwood.
53:37
February 10, 2021
Talking Hockey with Paul Stewart
Former NHL referee and player Paul Stewart joins me this week as we talk hockey and promote his book, Ya Wanna Go?
01:00:32
February 3, 2021
Women In Sportscasting (Part 2) with Sonny Watrous
In this episode I visit with Sonny Watrous, the color commentator for Providence hockey on NESN.
40:42
January 28, 2021
Women In Broadcasting with Natalie Noury
In the first of a two part series on Women In Broadcasting, I visited with UNH NESN sideline reporter Natalie Noury, in which we discussed sideline reporting, women in the industry, and more.
44:53
January 20, 2021
Talking College Hockey with Jon Shields
In this episode I chat with the radio voice of University of Maine radio play by play voice Jon Shields.
43:46
January 13, 2021
Talking College Hockey with Rob Rudnick
In this episode, I chat with the long time radio voice of the Northeastern men’s hockey team, the venerable Rob Rudnick.
40:02
January 6, 2021
Merry Christmas!
Some holiday music to help celebrate Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
54:49
December 23, 2020
My Top 25 Moments in Broadcasting
With my 25th anniversary of broadcasting coming up next week, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and give you my top 25 favorite moments of my career.
50:27
December 16, 2020
Mitochondrial Disease with Michael Goldberg
In his very special episode, I sit down and chat with my high school friend Michael Goldberg who is battling Mitochondrial Disease.
53:42
December 9, 2020
Podcast Replay- Memory Techniques For Play By Play
One of my favorite techniques- memory. In this episode I share my favorite tips and tricks that I use to remember things during my play by play broadcasts.
46:18
December 2, 2020
Thanksgiving 2020 with Lori-Ann Leahy
In this episode, I invite my wife back on the podcast and we discuss Thanksgiving, football, and much more in an episode of gratitude.
56:15
November 26, 2020
A visit with Michael Lehr
In this episode, I visit with Michael Lehr, radio voice of Vermont men’s hockey and Aberdeen Ironbirds baseball.
48:53
November 18, 2020
A chat with Allan Lessels, UNH Insider
This episode features UNH sports insider Allan Lessels. We talk college sports , the pandemic, among other things.
47:11
November 11, 2020
Travis, 4 things, and Hockey East talk.
A mixed bag this week- a tribute to Travis Roy, 4 things you might not know about me, and some Hockey East talk.
32:04
November 4, 2020
Talking Sports with Jay-Dawg
In this episode we visit with one of New Hampshire’s most entertaining radio personalities- Jason (Jay Dawg) Arsenault, direct from the studios of WTPL in Concord, NH.
04:58:58
October 28, 2020
Talking TV Sports with Arlen Showstack
In this episode we explore the TV side of broadcasting with TV producer and director Arlen Showstack.
51:55
October 21, 2020
Switching Gears
In this episode, I provide an update on my broadcasting, then we transition into song for a change of pace.
53:16
October 14, 2020
Talking College Hockey with Mike McMahon
In this episode we chat with college hockey writer Mike McMahon on a variety of college hockey topics.
52:53
October 7, 2020
A Visit With Joe Putnam
In this packed episode, I chat with my good friend and colleague Joe Putnam, radio voice of the State College Spikes, short season affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
51:03
September 23, 2020
A conversation with Pete Webster
We talk college hockey in this episode with the color analyst of UNH hockey, Pete Webster.
46:45
September 16, 2020
Life On the Road (Part 2)
I continue my discussion of sports life on the road with professional sports bus driver Dominic Ciolino, longtime bus driver of the Lowell Spinners, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and much more.
53:01
September 9, 2020
Bus Stories From The Road
Every broadcaster at the minor league and college level has experienced bus and travel issues on the road. In this episode I share some of my favorite stories from my time on the road.
36:56
September 2, 2020
A look at spotting boards
One of the broadcasters most important tools for preparation, the spotting board is vital to success. In this episode, I talk about my approaches to creating them.
38:53
August 26, 2020
A conversation with Tim Poszgai
In this latest episode I visit with the voice of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, short season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
43:04
August 18, 2020
A Conversation With Eric Shulman
In this episode I visit with Eric Shulman, correspondent of Hockey USA, TV statistician and former radio color analyst of Merrimack hockey.
52:60
July 29, 2020
The 100 Greatest Play By Play Announcers of All Time
In this episode I reveal my choices of the greatest 100 play by play announcers of all time.
53:05
July 22, 2020
Greatest Hockey Players By Uniform Number
I continue my discussion of greatest players by number, this time with hockey players.
48:03
July 15, 2020
The Greatest Baseball Players By Uniform Number
In this unique episode, I’ll give you my thoughts on the greatest baseball players by uniform number. Highly open to debate, I encourage your feedback by sending me a message!
43:60
July 8, 2020
Talking Baseball With Gershon Rabinowitz
In this episode I visit with Baseball Prospects Journal writer Gershon Rabinowitz as we talk some baseball.
42:19
July 1, 2020
A Chat With Ian Beauchesne
In this episode we chat with Merrimack men’s hockey PA announcer Ian Beauchesne.
39:18
June 24, 2020
A Chat with Ian Beauchesne
A chat with Merrimack hockey PA announcer Ian Beauchesne.
39:18
June 24, 2020
My Bucket List
A quick chat about what I’d still like to achieve and what I’ll be working on in the time ahead.
31:34
June 17, 2020
Talking college hockey with Mike Machnik
In this episode I chat with my radio analyst at Merrimack, Mike Machnik, as we check in on college hockey.
51:29
June 10, 2020
A Chat with Mike (The Sarge) Riley
A visit with Mike (The Sarge) Riley from 98.5 The Sports Hub, and a PA announcer from all around the New England Sports scene.
39:46
June 3, 2020
Play By Play and the Importance of Description
In this episode, I discuss the importance of description as it relates to play by play. What it is and how to improve it.
40:29
May 27, 2020
Behind the Scenes With Board Opping
In this episode I’ll take you behind the scenes and show how I produce and board op our games.
36:05
May 20, 2020
A Visit with Bernie Corbett
In this episode we visit with the venerable voice of Boston University hockey, Bernie Corbett.
53:19
May 14, 2020
Play By Play and Storytelling
In this episode we dive in to more play by play techniques and the importance of storytelling. I explore techniques of the STAA play by play pyramid and resources to help improve your baseball storytelling power.
46:08
May 6, 2020
TOP 10- BASEBALL EDITION
In this episode I discuss my top 10 as it relates to baseball- my top 10 favorite games, my top 10 ballparks, and even my top 10 eating establishments on the road!
49:38
April 29, 2020
Top 10- Hockey Edition
In this episode I reveal my Top 10 lists for hockey- my top 10 favorite games I’ve called, my top 10 arenas, and my top 10 players.
42:24
April 22, 2020
A conversation with Bob Socci
In this episode I am joined by the voice of the 6 time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, Bob Socci.
45:58
April 15, 2020
Part 2, the conclusion, with UMASS’ Brock Hines.
The closing moments of my chat with UMass’ Brock Hines.
04:00
April 8, 2020
Brock Hines UMass color analyst (Part 1)
In this episode I chat with Brock Hines, the venerable color analyst for the UMass men’s hockey team.
47:39
April 8, 2020
Mike Murphy Part 2
Part 2 of my discussion with UNH play by play voice Mike Murphy.
24:36
April 1, 2020
Mike Murphy Part 1
The first of a two part interview with UNH play by play voice Mike Murphy .
34:51
April 1, 2020
Broadcasters Libraries- Great Books To Read
Every broadcaster should have great industry books to read. Here are my favorites.
42:40
March 21, 2020
Hockey Play By Play with Ken Cail
The legendary Ken Cail joins me to talk hockey play by play.
54:20
March 11, 2020
Some thoughts on interviewing techniques.
In this episode I share my thoughts on interviewing- the lost skill of broadcasting.
30:35
March 5, 2020
Radio vs. TV with Mike Logan
In this episode we distinguish between radio and TV sportscasting with the radio voice of Providence College men’s hockey, Mike Logan.
34:08
February 22, 2020
Cool and Funny Stories From 25 Years in the Booth
Broadcasting is about communication. Part of it is conversation. Here are a few of my favorite stories from a quarter century of calling games.
24:07
February 14, 2020
How To Approach Criticism
Sharing my thoughts and tips on handling criticism- what it is, why it’s useful, how to take it and how to give it.
20:46
February 7, 2020
The Wind Beneath This Sportscaster’s Wings
In this episode we explore how the life of a sportscaster affects the spouses we’re with. Joining m is my very special guest, my wife Lori-Ann Leahy.
42:49
January 30, 2020
Memory Techniques in Sports Broadcasting
In this episode, I explore the ways I go about memorizing rosters, introducing a tried and true system.
37:50
January 24, 2020
Game Prep
How I go about preparing for games on and off site.
20:00
January 15, 2020
My Broadcast Travels
A look at the venues and places I’ve been to in broadcasting.
59:32
January 8, 2020
An Introduction- Welcome to the Broadcasting Life of John Leahy
In this introductory episode, I’ll introduce myself and explore what this podcast is about and what we’ll be covering. You’ll learn about my background and history and the topics we’ll cover. It is by no means an exhaustive list!
20:01
January 1, 2020