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On game day today, thinking back on our trip to Pittsburgh a year ago for Hockey Diaries: Winter Classic 2011 and probably our favorite made-for-radio quote about skating outdoors, from then-Penguin forward Michael Rupp.
MEDIACHAMELEON: “Can you describe to someone on the radio what it feels like to skate outside, what are the sensations that are different to you? What would you say?”
RUPP: “Did you ever go swimming in the nude? It’s kind of similar to that, I guess. It’s (laughs) it just feels, I don’t know, it feels… you just, it’s just… it’s freeing experience. Like you’re just in there, and you got the air around you, you can see it, it just… it’s a pretty cool feeling. I guess that’s a bad example, but it’s what I got.”
For the Winter Classic this year, we wanted to add a new type of voice to Hockey Diaries. We wanted to hear from players and coaches, from event staff and ice-crew… but we also wanted to hear from the fans. Not just anonymous fan vox, not just the sounds of victory or defeat. Instead we wanted to know who those fans were, what made them tick, what made them drive long distances, and sleep on sofas, and spend big money to put themselves in a cold yellow seat at Heinz Field for a hockey game in the rain. What was that like, exactly? And when you listen to these stories all together, when do the lines between them — my team vs. your team, my lockerroom vs. your stadium seat, my win vs. your loss — when do those lines start to get blurred by a collective sense of the moment? Our hour-long radio documentary will air on NHL Home Ice starting March 28 — watch this space for air times and channels. And coming up soon, introductions to the five fans who (along with Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner) kept audio diaries for us on their journey. Until then: what it’s like without the fans…
We’re trying something new for NHL Radio this year: a documentary about the Winter Classic that will incorporate fan diaries as well as player diaries. This way, we’re hoping to capture a rich picture of the Classic experience from both sides of the glass. After we put out the call for diarykeepers a few weeks back, we received a huge number of intriguing responses from Caps and Pens fans far and wide. You all offered up a wide range of great stories and ideas for us to choose from. We’re still in the process of finalizing plans with diarykeepers this week. More coming soon on how things are shaping up, and who’s on board. Also, for you NPR fans out there, we’re working on a short Winter Classic feature to air as a preview on the morning of the game, on the national NPR show Weekend Edition. You can find your local NPR station here; the piece will also be archived afterwards on NPR’s site. More details when we have them, here and on twitter (@mediachameleon).
Hockeydiaries is fleecing-up and heading to the Winter Classic once again this season (check out our 2010 Winter Classic documentary and slide show from Fenway). This time, we’re looking for a few good fans to help tell the story along with the players, coaches, ice crew, media and hockey operations czars. We’d like to find one Penguins fan and one Capitals fan who are making the odyssey to Heinz Field on January 1. If you’re interested in keeping an audio diary of your Winter Classic experience, drop us a line and tell us about yourself. How did you get tickets? Who are you going with? How are you getting there? What would make you a good diary-keeper? What makes you a good fan? What’s your story? We’re looking forward to hearing from you.