From Parma to Powerplays
Those of you who belong to a certain vintage will remember broadcaster James Richardson sitting in an Italian cafe, a cappuccino next to him while he was collecting the stories of Italian football as part of the cover of Channel 4. in the 90's.
He is currently creating a cozy atmosphere in Bratislava at the World Championships by organizing 'The Totally Ice Hockey Show', the latest podcast offer from UK-based Muddy Knees Media, in partnership with IIHF .
Richardson, who also presents The Totally Football Show and previously hosted The Guardian's "Football Weekly," admits he has stepped out of his comfort zone in his professional career.
"I look a lot at hockey, but in my career I have never been able to talk about it professionally, so it can be pretty obvious over the days," he said. -he declares.
"That being said, it's still a comfort zone to the extent that everyone here is so immersed in hockey and the championship that there are so many skills, but it's all quite different that I'm so involved in this project.
"Actually, I played hockey a bit, I have to watch it desperately on TV and watch it on TV, and my son is a very good player, so I see everything I can .
"But I am in all terms and jargon, but I am surrounded by many there are experts here so I let them talk as much as possible. "
Richardson and his assortment of guests can be heard every night once the play of the day ends while they finally get to grips with what happened in Bratislava and Kosice.
And, as James explains, he wants to bring much of the experience of Slovakia to the show.
He added, "We want to bring the maximum potential and flavor to the championship and, as the days go by, we will find out what works best for generating so much excitement. as we can.
"We want to put in perspective, to encourage people to relive their own enthusiasm and to try to dissipate noise and colors, which, I appreciate, is difficult on an audio platform.
"So every day, once the final matches are over, we will recap the day's stories and big talking points, as well as a glimpse of the next day and people to watch."
– IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 13, 2019
James may be based in Bratislava, but he is keeping a close eye on the events in Kosice, especially in the British camp, where Pete Russell's men are competing at this level for the first time in 25 years .
And he believes that if GB can do anything in his group games, it could help the growth of the sport in the country.
He said: "As for GB, it would be great to see them win this time, whether against the French or the Danes, or if they can create a surprise in another match, who knows .
"It would be fantastic to see them getting noticed in this competition at the highest level, but I say it with great trepidation, because it's a huge step forward for them to be part of this division.
"However, any success would be incredible for the sport. I'm in London, where ice hockey is still very popular, but I know it's developing elsewhere and it could really work. "
You can listen to the Totally Ice Hockey Show by downloading it to your mobile device by subscribing to your standard podcast platform or by visiting Audioboom.