by Patrick Hoffman on 02/25/09 at 11:00 PM ET
Almost every Friday or Saturday on Kukla’s Korner, our very own Alanah will post an advertisement for the Inside Hockey Radio Show, which can be heard on XM NHL Home Ice, Team 990, and AM 1120 in Boston.
Since their ad is constantly on our site and because I am a big fan, I figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to interview the host of the show, James Murphy. Murphy is a hockey journalist and his musings can be read on NHL.com, InsideHockey.com, NESN.com and Le Magazine and heard on XM Home Ice, Team 990 and AM 1120.
Read below to learn more about a great hockey personality!
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
JM: Well,growing up I would go to the old Boston Garden with my grandfather who had season tickets. The Boston Garden was my second home basically as a teenager! I grew up playing but wasn’t good at all and hung up the skates during high school. I was a goalie by the way and always cheered hard for the goalie as I found it to be one of the most courageous and cerebral positions in sports.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team? How about your favorite player?
JM: Well, since I grew up going to Bruins games at the Garden, the Bruins were definitely my favorite, but a close second was the Red Wings. Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, Andy Moog and Steve Yzerman were my favorite players.
PH: How did you get into being a hockey writer?
JM: I always had a passion for the game and when I realized at a young age I didn’t have a profitable future as a player, I set my eyes on being an announcer. While at UMass-Amherst, I became one for the hockey team there and also became a beat writer for the team and a columnist. I graduated from UMass in 2000 with a Journalism degree. From there, I went to Long Island to be a part-time Media Relations staff member. My goal was to network and find some work in the business. I freelanced for Newsday and News12.com for a bit, but after my grandfather passed, I moved home to be with my grandmother who helped raised me. Luckily, I stumbled into a freelance gig with the Boston Metro covering the Bruins and the rest is history. I splintered out into other outlets, eventually radio and now TV and have covered the Bruins, NHL and NCAA hockey for over seven years.
PH: What outlets have you written/are writing for?
JM: I currently write for NHL.com, NESN.com, Insidehockey.com, and Hockey Le Magazine (a Montreal based French magazine that translates my words to French). I’ve also written for The Hockey News, The Hockey Magazine, the Boston Metro and CNC Newspapers.
PH: You’re not just a writer. Tell us what hockey radio shows you are involved with and why you enjoy being a part of them.
JM: During the 2005-06 season, I started up a radio show. That show became the Inside Hockey Radio Show with Insidehockey.com Editor in Chief Kevein Greenstein as my co-host. We were broadcast locally in Boston on 1510 The Zone. During that season, I got back in touch with former Bruins enforcer PJ Stock who was and still hosts “The Stock Exchange” on the Team 990 in Montreal. PJ was very good to me and brought me on his show quite often. As we geared up for the following season, Kevin got XM NHL Home Ice to syndicate our show and then we were picked up by the Team 990 as well. That show did well in our first season, but thanks to the tough economy, we became the FASTHockey Show for a period of time, and now we’re back as the Inside Hockey Radio Show on Team 990 and NHL Home Ice and AM 1120 in Boston. My current co-host is Todd Carroll.
Despite not making too much money in radio, it has led to other gigs for me and if anything I’ve been lucky enough to work with great people such as Kevin, Brian Malone, Ian Moran, Todd, PJ, Mitch Melnick, Tony Marinaro, Sean Campbell, Conor McKenna, Billy Lanni, Dave Cullinane and the list goes on!
Saturdays 2-4 pm ET during the NHL season, when our show is on, is probably my favorite time of the week!
PH: Now for some actual hockey talk. What team (s) have surprised you the most? Which teams have been disappointments?
JM: Well, I can’t say I didn’t think the Bruins would be better, but I never imagined this good! I’m also surprised with the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets. As for disappointments, the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers have to be in there. Maybe the Coyotes because I had them making the playoffs.
PH: Look into your crystal ball: Which two teams will we be seeing in the Stanley Cup Finals?
JM: I picked the Habs and Wings and that could, happen but probably won’t. So if you’re giving me a second chance, I’ll say the Flames and Bruins.
PH: Any words of wisdom for readers on Kukla’s Korner?
JM: Enjoy every day and every day that you get to play, talk and watch hockey! Game on!
Thanks again, James!
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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.
Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.
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