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Biography

John Leahy is an award winning broadcaster with over two decades of experience on the air. Beginning in 1995 he began his coverage on local cable access in the town of Stoughton, MA, for the Stoughton Cable 9 Sports Network, broadcasting high school hockey, basketball and football for the network, covering high school sports from 1995-2005. In 2003 and 2004 he was the lead play by play announcer on the Comcast Television Network, broadcasting a multitude of sports including Yawkey League Baseball and professional wrestling, along with North Shore Spirit baseball.

In 2005 John was hired by the North Shore Spirit baseball club of the Can-Am League to be their lead play by play announcer for their radio broadcasts. He remained in that role for three years until the franchise folded in September of 2007. He then provided play by play for the Kalamazoo Kings baseball club of the Frontier League in Kalamazoo, MI, in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, followed by a stint in Florence, KY, as the voice of the Florence Freedom in 2010. In 2011 John joined the broadcasts of the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League, working part time in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 John was named the full time voice of the club and has called 2 Spinners games from historic Fenway Park.

John has also been the play by play voice of Merrimack College hockey, a member of Hockey East, since 2005. During the course of his play by play work there he also appeared on ESPNU as a rinkside reporter in a game against Maine. He also called an outdoor game against Providence on January 4, 2014 from Fenway Park, Merrimack's first appearance at the historic ballpark.

His resume, spanning his broadcasting career to date, and several demo reels, can be viewed at STAA/John Leahy/resume. For more information please visit John's LinkedIn page, which can be viewed here.

In 2014 John was inducted into the Wall of Fame at Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Needham campus.

In October of 2016 he received the Warner Fusselle Award from the New York Penn League, a broadcast award given annually to a radio personality who demonstrates broadcast excellence in the coverage of a team's games. John received this award for his work with the Lowell Spinners in their postseason run in the 2016 season.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Below you will find testimonials concerning the work of John Leahy throughout the course of his career.

"John strikes a great balance between being passionate about Merrimack College hockey and maintaining a high level of professionalism. He's prepared for every game and manages each broadcast very well. Additionally, he's always looking to improve and is willing to share his knowledge with other broadcasters. I would recommend John for any play by play position."

- Dan Hannigan, Radio Play by Play Voice, University of Maine hockey

 

"I've had the pleasure of working with John since the 2009-10 season calling NCAA Division I hockey broadcasts for Merrimack College. John takes his job very seriously and is a consummate professional. He is one of the most well-prepared broadcasters I have ever worked with, whether it involves studying up on game notes or having every piece of pertinent information at his fingertips on his laptop. John's position requires him to effectively produce the broadcast on site at the same time that he is calling the game, no small task as it includes cueing up and playing spots live or doing drop-ins, managing the Internet broadcast along with the connection to the station, and collaborating at home games with the crew at Pack Networks, who use our audio feed for the video simulcast. In addition, his style brings excitement to the game and broadcast, and he has a "great set of pipes". I also appreciate that as color analyst, he affords me the latitude and opportunity to do my job, and our styles seem to complement each other well. It is truly a team effort. I strongly recommend John to anyone fortunate enough to have the chance to work with him! "

- Mike Machnik, Radio Analyst, Merrimack College hockey

 

"I had the privilege of working with John over a two-year period while I was the Director of Media Relations at Merrimack College. During that time, John provided the College outstanding service as the radio voice of Warrior Hockey.
John is a radio personality, through and through. From his calm yet forceful voice to his thorough game preparation to his knowledge of the game to his professionalism, John was always top notch. He is a talented and valuable broadcaster.
More importantly, John is a wonderful human being. He is kind, generous, dedicated, hard-working, and loyal. I would recommend John to anyone seeking a veteran radio broadcaster in the sports industry. "

- Lisa Cascio, Public Relations Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and former Director of Media Relations at Merrimack College

 

"John is a consummate pro. In addition to his broadcasting skills, John pays great attention to detail. He is also humble and respectful -- the perfect representative for the schools and teams for which he broadcasts, both on the air and in the community."

- Jon Chelesnik, CEO, Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA)

 

"I have had the pleasure of working with John during the summer of 2011 as well as 2012 and 2013 when he was calling our games for 980 WCAP. Not only was John easy to work with, he was exceptionally prepared for each game, doing research on both teams and working with the coaching staffs to ensure he had each pronunciation correct.

Since I do not travel on every road trip, John's work was critical in ensuring my game notes and recaps were as spot on as possible. His ability to describe a play live ensured I did not miss a beat!"

- Jon Boswell, Assistant General Manager, Lowell Spinners

 

"John is a quality play-by-play broadcaster who brings a professional sound to our Lowell Spinners game coverage, as well as other sporting events he has called for the radio station. John has a comfortable, easy presence on the air that does justice to both the action on the field as well as the sponsors who deliver their messages during those broadcasts. I highly recommend him and hope to continue working with him in the future."

- Teddy Panos, Talk Show Host, WCAP radio (980 AM)

 

"John is a talented and hard-working broadcaster who represents his company with the perfect combination of ease and professionalism. It is an honor both to know him and to work beside him. "

- Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, Play By Play Voice, Lansing Lugnuts baseball, author of the Baseball Thesaurus.

 

" I had the pleasure of working in the same league with John Leahy during my first season of Can-Am League baseball back in the summer of 2007. John is the consummate professional both on and off the air. He's as prepared as a broadcaster can be and has a knack for making people feel welcome. John would be an excellent addition to any organization radio or TV broadcast team and he has earned the highest recommendation I can offer. A true pro! " 

- Matt Martucci, Westwood One Anchor, Radio Play-By-Play of St. Joseph's Basketball

 

"John is an outstanding broadcaster and an even better person. He truly loves his profession, and it shows in his broadcasts. John is meticulous in his game preparation and the epitome of professionalism, both on and off the air. It was a great pleasure to work with John, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will continue to be successful at whatever he does. "

- Jeremy Lechan, former play by play voice, Worcester Tornadoes Baseball, Holy Cross basketball

 

"My name is Arlen Showstack and I was a Producer and Director of Broadcast Sports for Comcast for well over a decade. During that time, I had the tremendous privilege of working with John Leahy as my play by play announcer for semi-pro Baseball, Hockey and Football. I can honestly say that in all my years covering Sports, John was the very best announcer that I’d ever had the opportunity to work with. He brought professionalism, dedication and an incredible wealth of knowledge to each production. John was always well prepared with large depth charts focused on the teams involved. He spent countless hours in the library doing research. Among his great work ethic, he possessed the epitome of a Broadcasters voice. When hearing one of John’s calls, you’d surely think you were listening to a live Red Sox or Bruins game. In addition to the above, John was extremely reliable and responsible. John’s heart was in all productions and he took great pride in his work and it showed.

Along with his work with me as a Sports Broadcaster with Comcast, John also did voice-overs for me for the prestigious Shattuck Awards, which is an annual corporate production awarding Boston City officials who had gone far and beyond their normal job titles. In fact, our coverage of the Shattuck Awards through Comcast had received 3 Necta Awards over the years, all of which included John’s voice-overs during all roll-in packages.
I often spoke of John as having the Golden Voice, and I truly mean it.
John is a talented, creative and extremely hard working individual who will be a great asset to anyone’s team, and I personally cannot wait to have the opportunity to work alongside him again."

- Arlen Showstack, Owner, ASPN Video Productions