Read came to Albany in November of 2001 after more than a decade in Tampa-St. Petersburg, where he was the co-host of the "Shepherd and Shepherd" morning show on WWRM-FM.
He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism, and has worked in such diverse places as Gallipolis, Ohio, Huntington, W. Va, and Toledo, where he spent seven years as an award-winning street reporter and anchor.
Read has continued to help the station win awards during his time with WGY, including several from the Associated Press and New York State Broadcasters Association for spot news coverage of the Ethan Allen tragedy in 2005, and a National Edward R. Murrow award for anchoring the station's coverage of the "Stellamare" capsizing in 2003.
In his spare time, Read can often be found in the workout room of the YMCA. In the summer, he plays baseball with the Capital District Men's Senior Baseball League. He and his wife, Lorie, live in Clifton Park, along with a really neat cat, 'Toga, and a bird, "Dusty." Read is trying to teach Dusty how to tweet "Buckeye Battle Cry," but no luck yet.