BACK IN THE BOX! Returned last season as the host of "the Penalty Box", the post game call in show for Rochester Americans broadcasts on Sports 1280 WHTK, as well as studio host for game broadcasts and intermission updates. Looking forward to starting a second straight season this upcoming year.
Weekend morning newscaster on WHAM.
Sometime fill in host for Bob Matthews or John DiTullio, as well as hosting call-in shows during Yankees and Red Wings rain delays.
Graduated from West Irondequoit high school (in 1984) where I was the sports director at the student run radio station, WIRQ, as well as the "voice of the Indians" football and basketball radio broadcasts.
Graduated with a B.A. degree from Florida Southern College (in1988). Announced FSC basketball games on local cable TV. Also announced local high school football games on local cable TV.
Have worked for WBBF-AM, WPXY-AM, Sportsradio 990, and then moved on to Clear Channel in 1997, where I have worked for WHAM and WHTK since as a board operator, producer, newscaster, traffic reporter, weatherman and sports host, as well as all-around good guy.
I am also psyched to be back on the air hosting "the Penalty Box", the post game call in show for the Rochester Americans radio broadcasts on 107--3 FM and 1280 AM.
I recently also started reading newscasts on Newsradio 1180, WHAM. It is a good opportunity for me, although I never saw myself as a "news guy". I am still enjoying the opportunity.
There are very few things that excite the typical red blooded American male more than two hot chicks ripping into each other. That happened over the weekend in London when US women's soccer goalie and sometime media ho...ho...Hope Solo took to Twitter to lambaste former US Olmpic star Brandi Chastain for comments the latter made while announcing the US 3-0 win over Columbia.
I didn't see the game, or hear the broadcast, or even hear about what comments Chastain may have made about the womens team, but I am guessing they were not about poor mascara application or how high the girls were pulling up their socks. Whatever it was, it sure riled up Solo.
Solo said on twitter that Chastain needs to "get more educated", and also that "the game has changed in the last ten years". Chastain refused to get drawn into the twitter fray, saying that she has a job to do and she needs to be "honest and objective".
Girls, girls, girls....settle down. Decide it in the mud pit ok? No, seriously, Solo needs to get a thicker skin. You can't get all hot and bothered every time an announcer says something you don't like. Play in the games, but stop watching them afterwards. If you do, then resist the temptation to get on twitter and put your foot in your mouth. It will just make you look bad.
Speaking of looking bad, Michael Phelps is another US Olympian who needs to put his big boy pants on.
Phelps barely qualified to get into the 400 individual medley final, nosing into the final qualifying spot by tenths of a second. Then, he failed to medal in the event, finishing 4th, while teammate Ryan Lochte won gold.
Phelps said "It was a crappy race" after getting out of the pool and drying his speedos. Well maybe it was for you Mike, but not so much for your teammate Lochte. How about giving him some love instead of acting like a crybaby whiner sore loser.
I hope Phelps can redeem himself in the pool in his other events, because if he doesn't, I think he is going to tarnish his golden image terribly.
This is a guy who was at the top of the swimming world after 2008, after winning eight gold medals and setting a standard so high, it may never be topped. He was treated like a rock star, and enjoyed the spoils of such monumental victory. He was on the cover of Wheaties boxes, Sports Illustrated and raked in a ton of cash in endorsements. Good on you Michael Phelps! He deserved it, but after a couple of years, when he decided to get back into competetive training for 2012, it seems he didn't give it his all.
He admitted that he didn't train as hard this time. Some of his quotes heading into the London games bothered me. He basically said, and I am paraphrasing here, that he had accomplised all his goals in swimming and he was coming into this games for fun, and that any success he has in London will be "gravy".
If that is his mentality, I question whether he should even be on the team. Perhaps a younger, hungrier American swimmer should have been chosen instead. It's that "entitled"mentality of Phelps that bothers me. I understand you are perhaps the best swimmer ever, but if your head and heart is not fully in it, you should have just taken your gold medals and swam off into the sunset.
Like I said though, it IS only one race, and there are many more left to go in the pool in London. Phelps could easily atone for this one performance and make me look bad. If he doesn't though, this has the potential to go real bad if he continues this sore loser act. If Phelps is going to lose, at least he better learn to lose with class and dignity quickly. We don't need any more examples of the term "ugly American".