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!
Airing It Out-Files From Leahy's Broadcast BoothSep 20, 2023
Jimmy Buffett Tribute
A musical tribute to the great Jimmy Buffett, who we lost on September 1st. I hope you enjoy the music.
Sep 20, 202301:39:07
2023-24 Men’s Hockey East Preview
A look at the upcoming 2023-24 Hockey East season with Mike Machnik and Ian Beauchesne.
Sep 13, 202301:11:24
NHL Broadcasting Stories With Chuck Kaiton
Re-joining me this week is the longtime legendary play by play voice of the Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes, Chuck Kaiton. This episode touches on the Foster Hewitt award, memories of recently departed play by play voice Rick Jeannette of the Buffalo Sabres, and Chuck's perspective on some of the classic NHL broadcasters that he has worked with.
Sep 06, 202354:05
A Visit With Dan Rusanowsky
San Jose Sharks broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky joins me this week as we talk about his winning the Foster Hewitt Award and several other topics.
Aug 30, 202352:38
2023 NFL Preview Part 2- The NFC
This week, we finish up our 2023 NFL preview with a look at the NFC. Thanks to my special guests Ken Cail, Mike Murphy and Jason (Jay-Dawg) Arsenault.
Aug 23, 202348:22
2023 NFL Preview- Part 1- The AFC
It’s that time of year again- football season is here! This week, I kick off a two part series in which we preview the 2023 NFL season with my special guests, Ken Cail, Mike Murphy, and Jason (Jay Dawg) Arsenault. This week’s episode , Part 1, previews the AFC. The NFC will be explored next week.
Aug 16, 202346:47
Sideline Confidential- A Novel By Brooke Bentley
We welcome on to the podcast this week author Brooke Bentley, who is releasing her novel, Sideline Confidential on August 15th. This episode explores Brooke's background and a close look at her new book. Brooke also worked for the NFL's Houston Texans as a media personality and is the niece of country music star Dierks Bentley. Check out brookebentley.com for details and pre-ordering information.
Aug 09, 202344:58
Minor League Baseball Memories with Jeremy Lechan and Lauren Maldonado
This week it’s a trip down memory lane as I visit with the former broadcaster and athletic trainer of the Worcester Tornadoes minor league baseball club. We explore some great stories of life in minor league baseball.
Aug 02, 202354:06
A discussion with the first blind broadcaster in the history of professional baseball, Don Wardlow.
Jul 26, 202344:09
A Visit With Anne Montgomery
This episode features former sportscaster, author, sports official, and teacher Anne Montgomery. Joining me from Arizona, we discussed her fascinating career.
Jul 19, 202351:06
Philadelphia Flyers talk with Lou Nolan
The public address voice of the Philadelphia Flyers, Lou Nolan, joins me this week. As the PA voice of the Flyers for over 50;years, Lou has great stories to share. Enjoy this very special episode!
Jul 12, 202347:22
Talking Broadcasting with Phil Giubileo
This week on the podcast, I’m joined by the voice of Quinnipiac men’s and women’s hockey, Phil Giubileo. We touch on his background and Quinnipiac’s 2023 men’s national title.
Jul 05, 202347:46
A Visit with Mark Majewski
This episode features the creative director of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden, and former sports information director at Northeastern and Boston College, Mark Majewski. A former colleague of mine, Mark and I talked about his fascinating career as well as our time together in Hockey East, with a discussion of the Beanpot as well.
Jun 28, 202354:20
Paul McCartney-A Tribute
This week, in honor of Paul McCartney’s 81st birthday, I played some songs of his on the uke. Happy Birthday Sir Paul!
Jun 21, 202359:34
Talking College Hockey with Bruce Ciskie
This week I am joined by the radio voice of the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men’s hockey team, Bruce Ciskie. Some wonderful college hockey conversation .
Jun 14, 202341:23
Taking A Look Back at the Can-Am League with Jeremy Lechan
This week, a throwback episode in which I reminisce about my time in the Can Am League of professional baseball with my good friend and former colleague Jeremy Lechan, who served as the radio voice of the Worcester Tornadoes.
Jun 07, 202351:56
2023 NBA and NHL Finals Preview with Ken Cail and Jason (Jay Dawg) Arsenault
In this episode we look ahead to the 2023 NBA and NHL finals with New Hampshire radio and sports personalities Ken Cail and Jason (Jay Dawg) Arsenault. They offer their analysis and predictions.
May 31, 202348:11
Visiting with NESN’s Bill Titus
Joining me this week is TV sports freelancer and NESN camera operator Bill Titus. Bill is a longtime friend and colleague who has been in the industry for nearly four decades. Bill has amazing stories to tell and it was wonderful having him on. I hope you enjoy the episode!
May 24, 202351:11
Podcast Replay- John R. Leahy Sr. (1938-2022)
With the first anniversary of my father’s passing this week, here is the tribute I did for him.
May 17, 202343:22
Gordon Lightfoot-A Tribute
This episode features my tribute to singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who passed away last week at the age of 84. His music was far reaching not only in Canada but all over the world. Here in this episode I highlight his career with six of his best known songs.
May 10, 202333:24
Vacations- A Welcome One, An Unexpected One, NHL and NBA playoffs
This week I take a look back at our wonderful Nashville excursion, the premature exit of the Boston Bruins from the NHL playoffs, and I take a look at the NHL and NBA playoffs.
May 03, 202342:47
A Sportscasting Visit with Kenny Albert
One of the most visible and in demand sportscasters of this generation, Kenny Albert, joins me as a guest this week on the podcast. The son of broadcasting great Marv Albert, Kenny is the only sportscaster today who covers all four of the major sports as a play by play broadcaster, working for multiple networks. We talk about his career and upbringing as well as his new book coming out this fall, “ A Mic For All Seasons.” As a production note, the first few seconds of the interview had a very brief connection issue which was quickly repaired and restored.
Apr 26, 202343:28
A Review of Game Misconduct with Jashvina Shah
Joining me this week is hockey writer Jashvina Shah, co-author of the book Game Misconduct- Hockey’s Toxic Culture and How to Fix it. We review her book and the author gives her perspectives on problems related to hockey’s culture and offers possible solutions on how to remedy them.
Apr 19, 202348:55
Classic NHL Arenas with Chuck Kaiton (Part 3)
The final installment in my three part series on classic NHL arenas as told by former NHL broadcaster Chuck Kaiton.
Apr 12, 202356:59
Remembering the New York Penn League with Tim Poszgai
Joining me in this episode is my former broadcast colleague in the New York Penn League of professional baseball, Tim Poszgai, formerly of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. In this episode, we take a look back at some memories we shared of the league, cities we’ve visited, and fun times. We’re sad that our time in the league is over, and it was fun looking back at our time there.
Apr 05, 202357:35
Rinkside with Laura Stickells
Joining me in the booth this week is NESN and ESPN+ rinkside reporter Laura Stickells. The California native discusses her early career and education, her professional career in Alaska, and her transition to Massachusetts to become one of the most visible reporters in New England today.
Mar 29, 202350:16
A visit With Kacey Bellamy
This episode features the story of Olympic gold medal ice hockey star Kacey Bellamy. Kacey won nine gold medals, played collegiately at UNH and also professionally.
Mar 22, 202344:20
St. Patrick’s Day- A Celebration
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love music- and in particular Irish music. This episode touches upon that love, as I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2023 with an hour’s worth of Irish music. Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day and the music!
Mar 15, 202350:38
Classic NHL Arenas with Chuck Kaiton (Part 2)
In part 2 of a three part series, I visited with former NHL broadcaster Chuck Kaiton as we discussed more NHL arenas as told from Chuck’s perspective.
Mar 08, 202358:33
BONUS EPISODE- Hockey East Playoff Preview 2023
In this bonus episode, I sat down with Merrimack broadcast analyst Mike Machnik and Merrimack PA announcer Ian Beauchesne to break down the 2022-23 Hockey East playoff tournament, which starts Wednesday night in Orono, ME, Providence, RI, and Chestnut Hill, MA.
Mar 05, 202350:52
A Conversation with Rob Kennedy
This week on the podcast I visited with Dartmouth men’s and women’s hockey broadcaster Rob Kennedy. We chatted about his broadcasting experiences,his dual career, and we also took a look ahead to the upcoming ECAC playoffs.
Mar 01, 202351:53
Talking Sportscasting with Kevin Gehl
This week I’m joined by Emmy award winning sportscaster Kevin Gehl from NESN. The San Francisco Bay Area native discusses his career and his rise in the industry.
Feb 22, 202352:21
A Chat with Shireen Saski of the CBS Sports Network
This episode features Shireen Saski of the CBS Sports Network, sideline reporter and wife of college hockey analyst Dave Starman. Shireen talks about her career, growing up in Detroit as a sports fan, and working with her husband as the only husband and wife tandem in all of sports. I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation!
Feb 15, 202347:56
A visit with author Kirk McKnight
This episode features award winning author Kirk McKnight, author of the books “Voices of Baseball” and “Voices of Hockey.” Kirk discusses his upcoming re-release of Voices of Baseball, due out in April. I highly recommend Kirk’s book for anyone interested in sports broadcasting.
Feb 08, 202346:00
Talking Classic NHL Arenas with Chuck Kaiton
Joining.me this week is Chuck Kaiton, former radio voice of the Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes. Chuck explores some classic NHL arenas from a broadcaster’s perspective. A fascinating discussion, and a whole lot of fun. Enjoy!
Feb 01, 202355:28
Lowell Spinners Memories with Shawn Smith
For nearly a decade I was the radio voice of the Lowell Spinners, the short season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. During that time I had the great opportunity to work with general manager Shawn Smith. In this episode, we reflect back on some Lowell Spinners memories. We also touch on Shawn’s career and current new position with the Red Sox in Fort Myers, FL.
Jan 25, 202346:42
Talking broadcasting with Bridgette Proulx
This episode features NESN and ESPN+ broadcaster Bridgette Proulx. She is a rising star in the industry, and I hope you enjoy this informative conversation.
Jan 18, 202339:26
A Conversation with Joe Pott
In this episode, I caught up with friend and colleague Joe Pott, who I worked with in the Frontier League. Joe is now the director of broadcasting and communications at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Joe and I shared many great stories in this episode. I hope you enjoy it!
Jan 11, 202346:47
A Visit with Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
In this very special episode, I visit with good friend and colleague Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, a broadcaster, author, and baseball historian. We relived Jesse”s experience of being called up to the major leagues for the first time in full depth. We also talked about his books, the NHL Winter Classic, and Vin Scully. I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation!
Jan 04, 202347:31
Podcast Replay- A Tribute to Dad
To finish off 2022, here is the replay of my episode which paid tribute to my Dad. Originally published back in May, I shared my thoughts and paid tribute to my mentor, hero, and role model. Wishing all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2023!
Dec 29, 202245:44
2022 Year In Review
A look back at my personal year in review. The highs and lows of 2022. This is the first of two episodes this week, as I will also replay my “”Tribute to Dad” episode tomorrow. Happy New Year everyone, may it be a joyous, happy healthy 2023 for everyone!
Dec 28, 202236:54
Sounds of the Season- Merry Christmas 2022
Merry Christmas! In this episode, I break out the guitar, banjo and uke to play some Christmas music for you. It’s my annual Christmas episode. Always great fun, and I hope you like what you hear. Please share and subscribe for fresh new content every Wednesday!
Dec 21, 202256:11
Talking with Nate Bridges
In the broadcast booth this week I welcome in good friend and colleague Nate Bridges. Nate is a broadcaster who has done extensive work for UNH and is an avid golf enthusiast. He is a welcome guest to the podcast!
Dec 14, 202247:13
A Conversation with Hall of Fame High School Football Coach Greg Burke
I go back to my hometown for this episode-my hometown of Stoughton, MA. Featured this week is Massachusetts High School Hall of Fame coach Greg Burke, who just finished his final year in Stoughton after 32 years on the sidelines.
Dec 07, 202252:00
The Music of Nicole Knox Murphy
This week I travelled up to Candia NH to visit with singer and songwriter Nicole Knox Murphy. She performed several of her original songs and we finished it off with a Christmas song together. I hope you enjoy her great music!
Dec 01, 202201:03:11
Celebrating Thanksgiving with Ken Cail
Happy Thanksgiving! This week we celebrate this special holiday by visiting with good friend Ken Cail. A longtime New Hampshire sportscaster and former voice of the New Hampshire Monarchs as well as multiple time New Hampshire Sportscaster Of the Year, we examine the four F’s of Thanksgiving- family, food, football, and fun. Wherever you celebrate this year, I wish you all a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
Nov 23, 202250:23
PODCAST REPLAY With Hall of Fame NHL Broadcaster Chuck Kaiton
This episode is one of my most popular ones- and this week I am airing a replay of it. My guest was Chuck Kaiton, the longtime voice of the Hartford Whalers and the Carolina Hurricanes. We reminisced about Chuck’s time in Hartford and Raleigh, and discussed various elements of hockey broadcasting.
Nov 16, 202251:57
Catching Up with Coach Scott Borek
In this episode I caught up with Merrimack men’s head hockey coach Scott Borek. We discussed the team and it’s play thus far as well as touching on the untimely passing of assistant coach Josh Ciocco.
Nov 09, 202234:39
A Conversation with Andy Powers
In this episode, I caught up with Andy Powers, the radio color commentator of Boston College hockey. Listen as Andy shares his colorful background and career, thoughts on Boston College hockey and thoughts about the upcoming BC-Merrimack weekend.
Nov 02, 202246:45
Hockey Talk with Paul Stewart
Former NHL referee and player Paul Stewart joins me in this week’s episode as we discuss a wide range of topics, including classic arenas, fisticuffs from his playing days, fisticuffs from an official’s perspective, a special memorabilia exhibition , a special reunion and a special look back at a mutual old friend.
Oct 26, 202255:30