In 2014 Jimmy McKay ventured to the NEXT conference in Charlotte, NC as a 1st year PT student, and loved it! It was in a particular session about training tactical athletes that impacted him, “The presentation was fascinating but, I only understood about a third of what the presenter was saying. It was over my head, but the parts I did understand made me want to know more.” So he kept his mouth shut & nodded along like everyone else.
Later that night at a PT happy hour Jimmy spotted the presenter standing at the bar. “I was two beers deep and figured, “What the hell?”. He was really excited that I wanted to know more, and very conscious of the fact that I was a first year student. He didn’t talk like he did during the presentation, he talked to me like we were just two people talking PT over a beer.”
These were the kinds of conversations that he loved hearing. Real, candid, intelligent conversations about PT.
Before coming to PT school Jimmy was a rock radio DJ. Interviewing bands like Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Shinedown, Staind, Ozzy Osbourne, Bush, Breaking Benjamin & Foo Fighters prepared Jimmy to be comfortable holding a microphone and a conversation.
At that PT happy hour event, he couldn’t help but turn on that little part of his brain that still had some “radio” left in it. He thought, “What if we could talk to the leading minds in PT, in a relaxed and conversational format? What if we could talk to them like we were sharing a pint of beer with them?”
Apparently we can. After the first month of episodes this 100% student run podcast had more than 10,000 downloads and have interviewed some of the top minds in Physical Therapy with many more to come.
As of June 2017 PT Pintcast has been heard in 120 different countries and downloaded more than 575,000 times.
The "Voice" at PT Pintcast
Jimmy is a recent graduate of the Marymount University DPT program. He is a pediatric physical therapist at Good Beginnings in Falls Church, VA. He brings more than twelve years of experience as a radio broadcaster to the show. He was the Program Director & Afternoon Drive host on the 50,000 watt Rock Radio Station, 97.9X (WBSX-FM).
The PT Pintcast combines his love for physical therapy, broadcasting & beer.
He is the 2015 winner of the Richard E. Erhard Orthopedic Residency scholarship from the Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy. The award is given yearly to a PT student that, “demonstrates exemplary vision, leadership and grit in the field of Physical Therapy.”
He has been an invited media member by the American Physical Therapy Association to all three major conferences (CSM, NSC & NEXT), been an invited presenter at the National Student Conclave and the NEXT conference.
He has been named the host of the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s fundraising gala in 2017 & asked to lead the “Founders Interview”, at the APTA Private Practice Section, invite only conference, Graham Sessions 2017.
Jimmy is a 2-time Ironman triathlon finisher (Madison, Lake Placid), mountaineer & scuba diver. In his spare time he volunteers his time as a marathon coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training in Washington D.C., as well as coaching the “The Holy Mackerels” youth swim team in Arlington VA.
Favorite beer: Guiness