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.
I'll start by paraphrasing WWE Superstar The Miz;
I've been reading recent stories about the NFL actually discussing changing the day and time of Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium, depending on what the weather may be in the days leading up to the game!
In my opinion, the thought that there's even discussion about this shows how dumb and out of touch the NFL is.
To begin with, before the decision was made, you would think SOMEONE (at least Roger Goodell) would have researched weather history for that place and that time of year.
Second, while this is the first time an open roof cold weather game has been played for a Super Bowl, does anyone remember "the good old days"?
You know, before retractable roofs and football teams that played where it never snowed?
I grew up watching games like that, heck when I was younger the kids in my neighborhood played lots of versions of "The Ice Bowl".
With tongue firmly in cheek, if the Good Lord wanted football to be played under a roof, he would have created the roof before he created the football.
(I'm still a fan of the leather helmet too but that's just me.)
Can you just imagine the cluster (sounds like truck) if the changes were made at the last minute?
What about all of those who bought tickets and couldn't make it to a changed day/time/venue?
What about the Networks?
What about the sponsors?
What about all of the businesses in the surrounding area?
This is just another (I think) big stumbling block for the NFL in general and Goodell in particular.
Kinds makes the CFL and Arena Football look pretty good.
Not to mention the XFL.
Baseball season can't come soon enough!