Interview: Jake Hahn
Technical Producer for Sirius XM’s NHL Network
T.H.A : What got you started in broadcasting? Inspirations?
JH : Growing up in Canada watching HNIC on Saturday nights was a ritual and what I looked forward to the most every week from a very young age. Seeing guys like Ron MacLean cover hockey for a living and really enjoying what they do was something I wanted for myself.
T.H.A : Is it something you knew you always wanted to do?
JH : Not exactly, I played a lot of sports growing up and there’s nothing I enjoy more than that so I figured I would do something involving sports. However I wasn’t sure exactly what that would be. I decided to get into sports broadcasting not because I want my name and face out there but so that I could get up every day and love my job.
T.H.A : When you decided to get into broadcasting did you have full support from your parents?
JH : I couldn’t have had more support from my family. Even though it’s a tough industry to crack into, they know I’m very passionate about it and have done everything they can to help me along the way so far.
T. H. A : Describe one of your most memorable moments in broadcasting.
JH : For me a broadcasting moment that I could watch over and over again, and I think any Blue Jays fan will agree with me, is Tom Cheek’s call of Joe Carter’s walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. I’m a little biased when it comes to this but Cheek was a legend and that call shows his true talent as a broadcaster.
T.H.A : Do you see radio broadcasting as a dying art? Explain.
JH : I honestly don’t think it is. Obliviously we live in a world of instant information with Twitter but people still spend a lot of time in their cars listening to the radio. There’s definitely still a market for it and I can’t speak for everyone but I’d personally rather listen to talk radio over the music that plays these days.
T.H.A : If you had to scrap with a player what player would you drop the mitts with?
JH : That’s a tough one. I’d have to pick someone where I have a nice reach advantage so there’s no way they can hit me. Probably Nathan Gerbe or Tyler Ennis but I’m sure they’d still find a way to get the win.
T.H.A : What was the first hockey game that you ever attended?
JH : I would have been so young for it that I can’t even remember the exact game. I grew up going to countless games at Maple Leaf Gardens and now the Air Canada Centre. The most memorable game for me was the last game at the Gardens. The history that had happened in that building and memories that I had made in a short time there are unforgettable.
T.H.A : Who do you think will win the Stanley Cup this year?
JH : Whichever team is healthy come playoff time and gets stellar goaltending will have a great chance. The San Jose Sharks look like they’ll be a very tough team to beat and I think this could be the year they remove the monkey from their back when it comes to winning in the postseason. However, I won’t pick the Sharks due to the amount of contending teams in the Western Conference and their inconsistency in the playoffs. I’ll go with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is a team far too talented to only win one Stanley Cup in this era and with Sidney Crosby back to his unbelievable form he can carry this team to another Cup. The oblivious question mark is Fleury in net but I believe he has the skill to answer the critics.
T.H.A : Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions.
JH : It was my pleasure. I look forward to doing it again.