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.
Every generation says the same thing;
"What's the matter with these kids nowadays? They're so lazy, I could work circles around them"
Face it, our parents said the same thing about us, and for the most part, due to their help, we've become them, and that's a big plus.
While I (and others) think the current generation is more...procrastinized...than previous generations, eventually most of them will turn into fine upstanding citizens and become us.
I was taught to have a strong work ethic, and I'm proud that I put everything into my job.
That all said, I know of one man who could put pretty much all of us to shame.
His name is Italo, and he's my landlord (and no, I'm not writing this to suck up to him).
He lives next store to us and keeps an eye on the entire neighborhood.
Italo is in his early 70's, he retired a few years back after earning a living working with his hands.
If you were to see him though, you'd think he was a man (at least) half his age, based on his never ending stream of energy.
For someone who doesn't have to "work", Italo rarely knows the meaning of the word "rest".
You should see him on winter storm days, that's when Superman takes over.
It's not unusual to see him with his snow plow doing his driveway and sidewalk by 5 AM, even if it's still snowing.
Than he'll turn to my place before I have a chance to get out there.
Then down one side of the street to his daughter's place.
Then down the other end of the street to his son's place.
Then across the street to help the pretty lady who "doesn't have a man to do the work" (not my words), who gives him an occasional kiss.
As he would say in his fractured English, "that'sa nice."
(Italo came to this country in the mid 60's from "the old country", he's a welcome throwback to another age)
But he's not done, there's a couple of elderly folks on the block that get his assistance.
And after a short break he starts the routine all over again.
Put a lawn mower in his hands and it's the same thing.
When we moved in over 5 years ago, the deal was I would take care of the mowing and shoveling, as agreed upon.
However, I never get a chance! He's on it before I even start to think about it.
I say to him often "Italo, that's my job remember?"
"Thata OK, I likea doing it, and you worka hard ata you job."
If there's "heavy duty" work to be done, everyone in the neighborhood comes to Italo asking for his help.
For two days beforehand, his tools are gathered together, his work boots are laced up, and there's fresh tobacco for his pipe.
If/when he does relax, his favorite time is Summer, when he sits on his back yard patio, watching TV and drinking wine.
And oh my, does he likea the wine.
When he's not working, he's walking up and down the street, most times with just his pipe chatting (gossiping) with the neighbors, or walking his son's monster dog Frankie.
As in Sinatra.
If you are the type to make resolutions, perhaps it should be one like I make, to make sure as active as he is when I hit his age.