December 4, 2023


This chance — the possibility to do a hockey present the best way they need, with an emphasis on humor and personalities — is one they’ve mentioned for a very long time.

DJ Bean (left) and Pete Blackburn host “What Chaos!” on AllCity Community.

On Wednesday, AllCity Community, an upstart digital sports activities media operation that had initially centered on establishing dwell streaming programming in a handful of native markets, introduced a lineup of nationwide reveals that includes some acquainted names.

Its NBA program shall be led by ESPN analyst Tim Legler. Its NFL model will highlight NFL Community analyst Brian Baldinger. However its NHL present, that includes a pair of pals with Boston bona fides who’ve a historical past of taking their work however not themselves critically, is probably the most intriguing.

Titled “What Chaos!” the present is hosted by Pete Blackburn and DJ Bean. New episodes, typically 45 minutes to an hour lengthy, will stream on YouTube from their Somerville set Monday by way of Thursday every week, and likewise can be found in podcast type. Their first episode checked in because the No. 2-rated hockey podcast on Apple Podcasts, behind solely Barstool’s vastly common “Spittin’ Chiclets.”

Blackburn, a Waltham native who has greater than 137,000 followers on X/Twitter, was one of many first hockey media personalities to understand and maximize the ability of social media. Bean’s social media following is smaller (he has 28,800 X/Twitter followers), however the Belmont native is well-known within the Boston market from his time at and NBC Sports activities Boston.

Blackburn and Bean, who turned nice pals initially by way of social media greater than a decade in the past, share comparable sensibilities. They recognize the quirky angles, have deep information of popular culture, and search the humorous facet in nearly every part.

They’ve labored collectively earlier than, first on WEEI’s weekend hockey program, after which with the favored ongoing podcast “Pay attention To Brunch,” which options dialog about music, films, and anything that involves thoughts in a given second.

However this chance — the possibility to do a hockey present the best way they need, with an emphasis on humor and personalities — is one they’ve mentioned for a very long time.

“I wish to do one thing that’s extra indicative to who I’m, on Twitter and in actual life,” stated Blackburn. “The extra conventional media stuff that I’ve executed is beautiful, however I believe that that is extra my velocity and offers me and DJ an opportunity to unfold our wings and be bizarre and have the perfect time with it.”

Mentioned Bean: “It’s a present that Pete and I had been planning ceaselessly simply given, A) that we love hockey and one another and every part, and B) wished to dispel that concept that hockey gamers don’t have a lot persona.”

The primary episode, that includes Bruins captain Brad Marchand, delivers on the humor and persona entrance. Marchand was completely sport, which gained’t shock his native followers however might stun followers in different markets who understand him as some kind of soiled, rotten hockey scoundrel.

“The primary interview with Marchand, we simply come out of the gate with brief jokes. He performs alongside. Quite a lot of these individuals will play alongside,” stated Bean. “As we speak to groups, we’ll ship alongside stuff we’ve executed and say, ‘You inform us. Who’s going to [goof] round with us?’ They’ve guys who they know are humorous and have all these different pursuits, and we might help present who they are surely.”

Final week, Blackburn and Bean have been in Chicago to speak to rookie sensation Connor Bedard, amongst different Blackhawks. Their mission shortly turned apparent.

“We confirmed [former Bruin and current Blackhawk] Nick Foligno a clip of Marchand, and he was like, ‘Sure, do that.’ He advised us that we wouldn’t be capable of make Connor Bedard giggle,” stated Bean. “After we interviewed him, all we might take into consideration was, ‘This episode is about how we have to make Connor Bedard giggle.

“Spoiler alert,” added Bean, deadpan. “We did. Hardest factor we’ve ever executed in our lives.”

Tuning out

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