Since its inception in the summer of 2005 in what would eventually become our “downtown Etobicoke studios,” A Foot In The Crease – The Toronto Hockey Podcast has become a fixture of the hockey podcasting scene. Evolving greatly from the early days of Season One when podcasting itself was still in its infancy, AFITC has now spanned five seasons encompassing two hundred and eighteen episodes.
Originally intended to be a twenty to thirty minute talk show, hosts Dave McCarthy and Jeff Hume soon realized that they had much more to say than what would fit within that time frame. As a result, by the end of Season One, after starting with Episode One running just shy of twenty nine minutes, the show had developed into an approximately hour long program where it continues at in Season Six.
Today, AFITC is among Toronto’s most listened-to hockey podcast presentations. With a strong focus on the Toronto Maple Leafs, AFITC covers the latest news from the hockey world with an entertaining, sometimes comedic and always opinionated spin.
Remember one thing though, the show is not the engine that drives the Maple Leafs’ bandwagon; it is about the truth and the facts as we see it. No cheerleading from us, unless it is deserved of course, or to set up a joke at the expense of the Ottawa Senators.
Over the past five seasons, the show has attracted a strong line up of guests including such media heavyweights like James Duthie, Michael Landsberg, Bob McKenzie, Damien Cox and Andy Frost along with the likes of current, up and coming and former NHL players including Matt Stajan, Wade Belak, Brendan Smith, Louie Caporusso, Nick D’Agostino, Jeff Brown and Cam Stewart.
Returning for Season Six are segments the Redline Report and Rigamarole. On The Bubble though has been retired and renamed Back Checking, though the segment will still contain a similar style of content from years past.
The Redline Report includes Leaf Notes, covering the latest news on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Quick Hits, which on touches on news and some of the biggest stories from around the rest of the National Hockey League.
Back Checking brings the word of our listeners onto the show when we feature great contributions we receive via email, Facebook and Twitter. Also returning in Back Checking is the Junior Hockey Report and the infamous Gong Banger with his Troubling Fact of the Week.
Rigamarole wraps the show each week with one final look at a controversial topic from the world of hockey.
So sit back and enjoy all the latest going on around the hockey world from our perspective. We’re happy to have you along for the ride!
AFITC airs weekly online at www.afootinthecrease.com. Recorded most often on Sundays, new episodes are usually available on Monday morning.
Dave McCarthy is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program (Class of ’08) at Ryerson University. After realizing midway through high school that his playing ability was not quite where it needed to be to make it to the NHL, Dave decided to get into broadcasting instead; it was the closest thing he could find to playing that was not actually playing.
In addition to AFITC, Dave has built his resume with an involvement in a variety of other areas within the sports media world. He has had articles published in “Leafs Nation – The Official Game Day Program of the Toronto Maple Leafs,” covered Junior A hockey, the American Hockey League and baseball for Rogers TV in Toronto and interned at “Off The Record with Michael Landsberg” in 2006.
Through various encounters apart from AFITC, Dave has interviewed the likes of some of the biggest names in hockey including College Hockey Inc. Executive Director and former NHLPA boss Paul Kelly, University of Michigan Wolverines’ Head Coach Red Berenson and many more.
Currently, Dave is the Director of Game Day Operations / Broadcast & Print Media for the St. Michael’s Buzzers Junior A Hockey Club (http://www.stmichaelsbuzzers.com/) and writes a regular hockey column for t.o.night newspaper (http://tonightnewspaper.com/).
A beauty…(bio forthcoming)