It’s not every day that you see a state-of-the-art broadcasting studio located inside of a sporting goods store. But that’s exactly what Danny Picard has at Beantown Athletics at 132 Granite Ave. in Dorchester. The shop offers screenprinting and skate sharpening, sells T-shirts and other apparel, and now serves as the official headquarters of “The Danny Picard Show.” Twice a week Picard records new episodes in the shop, interviewing some of the biggest names in pro sports, including hockey star Jack Eichel, ex-Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, former Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty, and former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham. Brandon Wahlberg (of “Wahlburgers” fame)has been on the show, and Red Sox president Sam Kennedy has been in Picard’s studio multiple times.
Picard, 34, started broadcasting his show over the Web more than a decade ago, while he was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The Southie native has since established himself as not only a podcasting pioneer, but also as a reputable, knowledgable, up-and-coming media personality in Boston’s sports world. When he’s not interviewing guests at his studio at Beantown Athletics, Picard is a sports columnist for the Boston Metro and NBC Boston, and he hosts his own weekend radio show on WEEI-FM.
Picard said when the owners of Beantown Athletics first floated the idea of building a studio inside the store, he didn’t hesitate. “Alright, let’s do it!” he said. Picard’s studio opened for business inside Beantown Athletics in January 2015.
“It seemed like a good fit for them and for me,” said Picard. “This is right in the heart of the city. I think it’s a perfect fit.”
Picard’s podcast is available on iTunes and Google Play, and he puts out new episodes on Mondays and Fridays.