Turn Off The Radio

Like anyone else who has to commute an hour to their workplace the tunes we listen to on our ride in are essential, especially in the morning. But let’s not forget the mixed anxious feelings, plus relief the ride home entails either.

Yes, the one when you feel like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, as he attempts to sing Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin.”

Perhaps some can deal with what they hear over the radio as nothing more than background noise. Or, there’s always itunes, which is more in our control – but that gets old after having the same routine for a few months, no?

I, for one, couldn’t stand listening to another Justin Bieber song, so I began making the effort in listening more to sports talk radio.

I know, you’re probably thinking – Kyle, you’re one of the biggest ‘sports guys’ around and you’re just figuring this out now? 

No…

From time-to-time I would listen into WFAN (New York’s biggest sports station), but I could never gain enough interest from it. While hockey is big in the Northeast — football and baseball take the lay of the land in the City That Never Sleeps.

Yet, after consistently tuning into Boomer & Carton, Steve Somers etc. I learned quickly — I like this. And, it’s something new each day — for the most part. I enjoyed the discussions, monologues and annoying caller’s questions plus comments.

I enjoyed it so much, it led me to the idea to start listening to Canada’s own sports talk radio via SportsNet. Yes, at the office and at home — I now typically have SportsNet streaming from my laptop…

Hockey Central At Noon aired from Toronto everyday — Canadians talking in depth about the NHL isn’t even my second language, it’s my first.

Sure, I now know more about the Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors now than I do about my New York Mets and company, but oh well.

And like any other passionate Pr guy — one word, one idea led to another…and I was of course inspired.

Inspired to start my own NHL podcast via About.com Sports, as I cover the NHL for the company.

So turn off the radio, because it’s that bad. FM radio that is…

And, hockey fan or not, check out my first NHL podcasthttps://soundcloud.com/nhl_podcast_mckenna

Thank you all, and enjoy your weekend full of hockey, ay….

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