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.
New York Baseball Legend’s Son Commits To Maryland Football
When your dad was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1984 and the NL Cy Young Award winner in 1985, on his way to a 16-year MLB career, well, people may expect you to play baseball in college. However, this hurler's offspring excels at a different pastime. He harasses quarterbacks and does it quite well.
New York’s Groundhog Success Challenging Punxsutawney Phil
Meteorology is not an easy science. Being a TV weatherperson comes with the acceptance that you are going to be wrong a lot and people are going to criticize you. However, when you are the weather predicting Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, expectations may be a little lighter. That was until now.
New York Yankees Icon Confesses To The Legend Of ‘Golden Thong’
Baseball is a game full of superstitious players. From pre-game meals, musical choices and parking spots to the unapparent choice of undergarments, hitting streaks, scoreless innings and batting slumps have made Major League ballplayers do some pretty weird things to keep or change their luck. Just ask a New York Yankees legend and Hall of Famer.
Iceberg Stands Between Polar Bear Extension & New York Mets
A few weeks back, the New York Mets and first baseman Pete Alonso agreed to a 1-year $14.5 million contract to avoid salary arbitration. Alonso, coming off of a 40 HR and 131 RBI season in 2022, is still under team control until after the 2024 campaign. Mets fans would love to see 'Polar Bear Pete' make his home in Queens for the rest of his career. However, the Amazin's may encounter some icy waters before a contract like that gets done.
Aaron Rodgers Green With Love For New York Jets New OC
The Aaron Rodgers rumors were swirling around the New York Jets long before they hired Nathaniel Hackett as their new Offensive Coordinator. Hackett was Rodgers' OC in Green Bay in 2020 and 2021, when the 39 year-old quarterback won back to back MVP awards. What does the Packers' legend think of the Jets new play caller?
Why Have 10 Whales Washed Up On New York Beaches Since December?
A 35-foot humpback whale, weighing about 32 tons, washed ashore on a New York beach on Monday. The massive mammal was discovered in the early morning hours along Lido Beach, on the southern shores of Nassau County. Along with the sadness of one of these giants of the ocean dying, is the concern that this is the 10th such beaching on Long Island in 2 months.
YES! New York Yankees To Stream Direct To Fans In 2023
Those that have to toggle from one streaming service to the next to follow their favorite New York sports teams, cannot wait for more networks to provide Direct-To-Customer streams, known as DTC's. That means you don't have to subscribe to cable or any other streaming provider in order to watch your favorite team's games. Yankees fans, your day is coming!
Dreams & Hard Work Put Upstate New York Native In Super Bowl LVII
"This is something you dream about your whole life," is how Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Nick Sirianni opened his post-NFC Championship game press conference. That dream began playing in Sirianni's head many years ago in a small town in Upstate New York.
“Fire Breathing Demon” Dog Up For Adoption In Upstate New York
We all deserve a second chance, right? Well, when it comes to animal shelters, most find multiple reasons that people would want to adopt one of their many deserving animals. Sometimes they can't. This story is a perfect reason why you should believe the fine people who work so hard in these shelters to find these animals new homes.
The Voice Of College Hoops’ Final Four Passes Away At 82
Two years into his young broadcasting career, former college basketball player Billy Packer became the voice of the March Madness and the Final Four in 1974 for CBS. Packer's voice became synonymous with the NCAA's crown jewel for the next 35 years.
New York Rangers Fans Face James Dolan “Booze Ban” At MSG
James Dolan always seems to have a beef with someone. Now the owner of Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks is in the midst of a fight with the New York State Liquor Authority and Blue Shirt fans may get their beers knocked out of their hands in the melee.
Section 2 Slaps CBA Football For Recruiting Violation
Christian Brothers Academy in Albany won its second consecutive Section 2 Class AA football title in November. The Brothers reached the state semifinals but were defeated by Newburgh Free Academy 25-20. Rumblings of recruiting violations usually surround successful programs. Some of it is sour grapes. Some of it is legitimate.