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.
This is a follow up to a conversation I was having with Chuck Custer on the air Sunday while filling in for Joe Gallagher on WGY.
We were discussing the rally in downtown Albany the day before that he and Kelly Lynch attended.
This was the NYS version of the "Guns Across America" gathering held in state capitals around the country.
Besides being among (a guestimate here) the largest attended of all the rallies, Chuck brought up a great point:
People who own guns/support the Second Amendment do not fit the stereotype one would make about "gun owners," based on many people he and Kelly saw/spoke with.
Not every gun owner is a redneck.
Not every gun owner lives in a trailer.
Not every gun owner is toothless.
Not every gun owner is illiterate.
Not every gun owner chews Red Man (gee, is it not PC to even say the name of the product?).
My main point: the days of thinking an individual is by what they believe/do are over.
Here's another example: bikers.
I learned this myself over the years up north when Americade rolled through Lake George every summer.
Not every biker is a Hell's Angel.
Not every biker packs a piece.
Not every biker is a doper.
Not every biker is filthy.
Any and every stereotype is NOT as perceived.
All that said, I still to this day believe this country has become WAY WAY WAY too PC. It seems we all have to walk on eggshells hoping we don't say anything to offend someone, or that we're not offended by every/any word someone says to us.
America has to grow a thicker skin.
America has to toughen up.
America needs to man up and grow a pair.
And yes I'm sure someone was offended by that last one, but frankly, I don't care.
Let's think before we speak, and think before we preceive, but for goodness sake we're not perfect so deal with it and move on.
With this being written on Martin Luther King Day, it brings on even more meaning.
Finally, one last stereotype...all fat people are jolly.
On behalf of the fat people, I can personally say I love laughing my (rather large) backside off...
even/especially if a joke is a little "inappropriate."