Life & Lyrics: The Sports Edition

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Music has the power to heal, to move, to express feelings in unique and universal ways. Life & Lyrics with host Lisa Purcell casts a warm and personal light on the power of music. The interviews highlight a particular lyric or song, or perhaps a musician or band, that holds special meaning to each guest being interviewed.

In the latest edition of Life & Lyrics, Lisa covers all the major popular sports with interviews of local sports celebrities from basketball, baseball, hockey, and football. Life & Lyrics: The Sports Edition premieres Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.

Joe Hassett and Lisa Purcell In the first segment, Lisa Purcell visits with Providence Friars legend and NBA Champion with the Seattle Supersonics, Joe Hassett. As a radio commentator during Friars games for more than 25 years, Hassett’s reminiscences include playing against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. 

Chris Iannetta and Lisa Purcell In another segment, Lisa Purcell interviews Chris Iannetta, major league baseball catcher with the Colorado Rockies. A graduate of St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, Iannetta started his major league career with the Rockies, and is now back with that team. In his career, Chris has also played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Seattle Mariners, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Sara DeCosta-Hayes and Lisa Purcell The third segment features conversation with Olympian Sara DeCosta-Hayes. Sara, a Warwick native, attended Tollgate High School and played goalie for Tollgate – the only girl on the team. Sara won Gold in Nagano in 1998 as the goalie on the first women's ice hockey team to participate in the Olympic games. Team USA beat Canada in the final. Four years later, Sara won a silver medal with team USA in Salt Lake City in 2002. She is now a wife and mother of three children plus a hockey coach.

Lisa Purcell and Tedy BruschiLife & Lyrics: The Sports Edition also features an interview with Tedy Bruschi, three-time Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots Hall of Famer. The segment profiles Bruschi’s formation of his foundation, Tedy’s Team, following his stroke in 2005. Tedy's Team is dedicated to raising awareness of stroke. Every year, Tedy hand-selects a small group of runners, from a pool of thousands of applicants, to represent the foundation in the Boston Marathon.

After the premiere on June 22, Life & Lyrics: The Sports Edition encores Saturday, June 23 at noon and 11 p.m., and Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m.

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