Charlie Voelker is the co-host of The Drive every weekday afternoon from 3 pm to 7pm. Charlie has been a part of the Capital Region Sports scene for over the last 25 years. In 1996 he joined Big Board Sports host and NewsChannel 13 sports director, Rodger Wyland in the UAlbany broadcast booth for football and basketball. Charlie spent 6 years in minor league baseball, then spent the next 17 years as the Associate Athletic Director for the University at Albany before retiring from that position in 2020. Charlie and his wife Kim live in Albany County with his son Andrew.
Can A-Rod Sneak By Cooperstown’s PED Roadblock?
The final tally of the Baseball Writers Association of America's National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot will come out next Tuesday. On that list is a 'who's who' of Major League Baseball records and accomplishments. The MVP, CY Young and other awards owned by the list of ballot members could sink a ship. However, many of the names that own much of that prestigious hardware are in danger of their time on the Hall of Fame ballot expiring with induction.
UAlbany Great Danes to Open Season Against the Georgia Bulldogs
Stillwater native and UAlbany Baseball head coach Jon Mueller announced the Great Danes' 2022 season schedule. The 48-game slate features 18 games at Varsity Field and 30 games on the road. In typical Coach Mueller fashion, UAlbany will open with one of the toughest baseball programs in the country, the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia plays in collegiate baseball's #1 conference the SEC.
Could Troubled Deshaun Watson Be New York Giants Next QB?
As the New York Giants run through their candidates for the next general manager of the organization over the next few days, a not too distant eye can be kept on potential head coaching candidates. With each potential name, comes the speculation of what changes will be made based on the relationships of the individual that Big Blue hires. One of those candidates for the head coaching position brings with him the possibility of a major stir within one of the most buttoned up organizations.
Shen, CBA & Saratoga Heat Up The Road on Friday 518 Hoops
It was a typical mid-January Friday night in Capital Region high school basketball. Single digit windchills were dropping to negative numbers, road teams kept the buses running. However, that didn't deter some road warriors from dropping the heat on this Friday night in Section 2 hoops. 38 match-ups on the schedule in boys basketball and another 29 on the girls basketball slate.
What Ten Former New York Giants Highlight this Year’s NFL Playoffs?
Of the contestants involved in the six games this weekend, in addition to the two top teams that earned byes, none of the 14 NFL playoff participants are the New York Giants. No surprise at this point to Big Blue fans, many who went into the season with so much hope only to have it evaporate week by week. The root of the problem general manager Dave Gettleman and his young unproven Coach Joe Judge were sent packing a few days ago. However, some former Giants players are still enjoying the excitement of the postseason tournament.
Upstate New York Gets Another Chance to ‘Come On Down!’
ome game shows are more fun to watch at home than others. Great game shows can elicit the yelling of answers in excitement, even though you know that the contestants can't hear you. For young and old, 'The Price Is Right' has always been one of those game shows. Bob Barker and Drew Carey made you feel like you were part of the 'studio audience.' Now, Upstate New York, you have 2 chances to 'Come on down!'
Strawberry Tells ‘The Drive’ About His Favorite New York Teammate
On Thursday afternoon, former New York Mets and New York Yankees all-star Darryl Strawberry jumped on The Drive with Charlie & Dan. Strawberry just wrote a new book, "Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life." Darryl is now an ordained minister and has written several best selling books about his struggles with fame and addiction. He has been open and honest about his struggles in the past and he was definitely that way on The Drive.
Berne-Knox, Tamarac & Stillwater Heat Up Wednesday Hoops
It was a cold Wednesday night in the Capital Region but some high school basketball teams brought their own heat to the Section II scoreboard. There were 10 match-ups in boys basketball on the schedule and 14 more for the girls. A big congratulations goes out to Tom Galvin the girls basketball coach at Bishop Maginn. Tom won his 400th game as a head coach on Tuesday with their decisive win over Loudonville Christian.
Colorado Wildfires Compel Unique Save By UAlbany Goalie
Sophia Chen has been a staple for the UAlbany women’s soccer team. She first came to the university in 2017, starting three games as a freshman goalkeeper. Four years and over 30 games played later, Sophia led the women’s soccer squad and was a team captain in 2021 her graduate season. Chen is a native of Louisville, Colorado, the scene of one of the most devastating fires in the state's history. Following her December graduation from UAlbany, Sophia was back home when tragedy struck her home town.
Albany, Shaker & CBA Net Wins on a Frosty 518 Hoops Tuesday
It was a busy schedule for Section II high school basketball on Tuesday evening. Sub-zero windchills cancelled school in some districts and challenged even the bravest of road teams. 27 games were on the slate for boys basketball and 22 for the girls.
Are There Keys for Success in the New York Jets 2022 Schedule?
The 2022 NFL schedules were released on Monday. This is the time of year where New York Jets fans have a ton of time on their hands trying to find some nugget of optimism to grasp onto. Rationalizing the progress within a four win season is just another day at the office for an old grizzled Gang Green fanatic. What secrets lie within this year's NFL schedule? After 11 years, will this finally be the year that the Jets make the playoffs?
Who Would Win If Siena & UAlbany Played This Year?
The Albany Cup is returning and it should be. Siena College and the University at Albany officially announced the return of the premier Capital Region men's basketball series at a joint press conference Tuesday at 677 Prime in downtown Albany. Both athletic directors have confirmed for months on The Drive with Charlie & Dan that they were working towards an agreement. The three-year deal tips off at the newly renamed MVP Arena next season.