John joins WGY after ten years on Capital Region television. He has been a news and sports reporter and anchor for both the NBC and ABC affiliates in Albany, as well as Lansing, MI, Utica, NY, Kingston, NY and Fredericksburg, VA. He began his career at CNBC working for Dick Cavett, Phil Donahue & Vladimir Pozner and Geraldo Rivera.
Mike Patrick is one of the "seasoned" Broadcasting vets in the WGY Newsroom (some people prefer the term "grizzled"). Mike grew up in the Capital District and is a Shaker High graduate (Go Blue Bison). He has worked for a number of stations in his career, not only locally but in Ohio, Indiana, Vermont and right over the border in Pittsfield, MA. Mike AKA "Popsie" is the proud grandfather of three boys, Chris, Brandon, and Zach.
Diane's voice will be familiar to many WGY listeners, as she's been working in local radio for over 25 years. (She started working overnights when she was just 17, egad!) Her career had her working as a disc jockey in a number of formats, including: adult contemporary, country, and oldies. Many will also remember her from a series of Upstate Ford commercials she did with Ernie Tetrault, and the For Sale by Owner television show. Diane got her first news job as the co-host of a local morning show, and she became hooked on life in a newsroom. The one thing that will pull her away is her family…Diane is married, and has two children.
Read Shepherd, a native of Tiffin, Ohio, is entering his 10th year with News-Talk WGY. 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.
Tom Rigatti joined the WGY News team in July 2010. Tom has worked as a radio journalist and sportscaster for nearly 20 years, getting his start in the business at WNBF in his hometown of Binghamton, NY after graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island in 1991. From there, Tom spent two years as News Director at WLEA in New York's Southern Tier, then worked for 9 years in Wilmington, De for 9 years before moving to the Capital Region in 2005. Tom has won several industry awards for his broadcast journalism work from organizations like the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.
George Morris joined the WGY News Team in September 2011. This is his first job in radio after graduating from Marist College with a degree in sports communication. Prior to that, he worked with his campus radio station, WMAR and interned with Clear Channel in Poughkeepsie. As a lifelong Capital Region resident, he is excited to work in an area that is very important to him. He’s a sports junkie and a diehard New York Jets fan. When not at the station, George enjoys taking in local sporting events, reading and spending time with friends.
Recently my wife Nancy and I had to watch two of our grandsons, Chris and Zach, for a weekend.
It is ALWAYS difficult to come up with something to do that (A) won't turn our home into Fred Sanford's; (B) won't affect our (ha ha) retirement money; and (C) won't kill us.
On a whim we thought about taking them to Zoom Flume, the water park in the Catskills.
This is not a professional endorsement, I just wanna say how much fun it was.
And boy WAS it ever!
We've never been there before, so it was a new experience for us as well.
The sun was shining, no clouds in the sky, and very hot, perfect for a day around water rides.
Let me preface with the fact that my days on rides at theme parks are well behind me, if they were ever there to begin with. I can do Hoffman's Playland, since it's (overall) somewhat tame rides (say, when compared to The Great Escape or any other theme park with "monster" rides). Even if the merry go round is spinning too fast I get a funny feeling in my stomach.
So, when we go to Zoom Flume, even though we were all wearing bathing suits, I was hoping to have limited time on rides; a little swimming, watch the kids, and just have fun, stuff like that.
My grandsons had other ideas.
"Popsie go on this ride with me."
"Popsie go down the tube with me."
"Popsie ride the raft with me."
"Popsie go down the slide with me."
"Popsie why does your face look so funny?"
Well we didn't go on ALL of the rides, but darn near all of them.
By the time we got to our hotal room that night (and for 3-4 days afterward), I looked and felt like one of the zombies from "The Walking Dead".
What was I thinking?
How did I think at 56 (and closer to 57), I can run around a place like this like I was still 21?
Because my grandsons wanted me to, and they had fun with me doing it.
That's why yesterday afternoon, I stood in our backyard while the boys decided they wanted to soak me with the hose and buckets of water.
I'm such a sucker, and wouldn't have it any other way.