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.
Our daughter Megan is a great mom, devoted wife, and hard worker.
That's one of many reasons my wife Nancy and I love her.
Unfortunately, she also gets what we all call "brain (rhymes with hearts)".
We occasionally...check that....many times...have to remind her (re remind her, or re-re-remind her,) of certain things. Nothing critical, just lapses in memory.
She'd tell you she gets it from me...I can't remember the last time she's said that.
So last night, Nancy and I took Chris (and Zach) to soccer practice for Chris. Afterward, they came to our place until Meg got out of work.
Like most young boys, the clothes start coming off the moment they get inside, fortunately this time, all they took off were cleats and sandals.
So Mom shows up, gets the boys and everything else (including the cleats/sandals, an important fact), and goes home.
A few minutes later, she calls to see if the cleats/sandals are there; she remembered picking them up from the house and bringing them to her car, after that it's a blur.
At this point, I'm in for the evening, and I've changed to usual nightwear; a pair of shorts, my slippers, and a bathrobe.
So, while wearing this outfit, I take the flashlights and look all over the yard and street...nothing.
Meg says MAYBE they were on TOP of her car and they fell off, but she'll keep looking.
I get a bug in me and decide to get in my car and drive around looking for them; in my shorts, slippers, and bathrobe.
I had no intention of getting out of the car since I thought it was a wasted effort, more than likely they're gone; but as a loving dad/grandpa I wanted to do something.
We live in the Rotterdam/Schenectady area, right off of Broadway, a heavily traveled road, even at night (which it now was).
I drive around my street, trying to remember where Meg drove her car on the ride home, and like the good Boy Scout I was I followed the trail.
Nothing on my street, OK, just for giggles, let's try Broadway.
So I'm traveling in the direction of the bottom of Broadway hill when all of a sudden, I spot something that LOOKS like footwear.
I stop the car, get out, and go look; it's a cleat and a sandal (one each) that belongs to the boys!
They landed directly in front of a packed bar; inside I heard a guy yell to everyone "Hey, look at THAT (rhymes with truckin') guy!", obviously refering to me.
Still in my shorts, slippers, and bathrobe.
On a very busy Broadway street.
At my age, I don't care what people say, so back in the car to try to find the matching footwear.
About 50 feet down, I spot what looks to be another set of footwear.
Again, I park the car, and this time I have to walk FARTHER to get them, right in front of a busy gas station on one side of the street, and a hopping house party on the other side.
In my shorts, slippers, and bathroom.
SUCCESS! I found them both.
I drive right to Meg's house to give the boys the cleats and sandals, I park the car, and say hello to the old woman next door.
In my shorts, slippers, and bathrobe.
I hand the stuff to Meg and she says to Chris "You were right, they WERE on top of the car."
I think I freaked her out when I told her where I found them. I didn't give her details as written above, she's reading this fresh just like you are.
Like I said, Megan is a fantastic person, we are both so proud of her, but at times she'd lose her head if it wasn't attached.
So as a precaution, for Christmas, Nancy and I want to have GPS devices put on Chris and Zach.
If Meg can't find them ONSTAR can.