Puck The Media Radio, Ep. 3: Sticks, stones and headshots

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On this week's Puck The Media Radio, we discuss the history of Hockey Night, headshots and (of course) the lockout.

Welcome to another new episode of Puck the Media Radio. We'll be taking off next week for Thanksgiving, but returning on Dec. 3 for four straight weeks of shows.

As always, we record at the radio studio on the campus of Caldwell College. The show is commerical-free, save for a brief message from the school. Special thanks to Nick Amabile for his technical assistance.

Today's show is a bit of a grab bag, as we discuss a beloved TV institution, headshots in the NHL, and hockey in a post-Thrashers Georgia. Plus, you can win a prize just by listening attentively! Here are some highlights of today's show:

At 4:20, author Michael McKinley is on the show. He authored HNIC: 60 Years, a beautiful retrospective of the beloved Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tradition, Hockey Night in Canada. You can win a free copy of the book at the end of the show. Just listen for the song that plays me off at the end of our broadcast, name it, and e-mail me with the correct answer and your address to stevemlepore@gmail.com. The first person to be correct wins their own free copy. McKinley is an incredible wealth of hockey knowledge, and brings some fantastic stories from the entire history of HNIC. (UPDATE: The contest has been won and is over, but please continue listening!)

At 23:50, we get a visit from one of hockey's most outspoken voices on concussions and fighting in the game, Adam Proteau of The Hockey News. We discuss headshots and the level of optimism from the Canadian media during the lockout. His book, Fighting the Good Fight: Why On Ice Violence is Killing Hockey, is a good read and still available.

At 42:30, my pal Joe Yerdon, of the all-encompassing Pro Hockey Talk, joins the show. I'll level with you, dear reader/listener: There is very little narrative focus to my conversation with Joe, but that's part of what makes it so entertaining.

Thank you for taking the time to listen. Any questions, comments, or complaints? Feel free to throw them in the comment section, contact me on Twitter, or send me an e-mail at stevemlepore@gmail.com, and remember to e-mail me for your chance to win our contest. Happy Thanksgiving!

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