Frank co-founded WNYAthletics back in 2016. He was named to Buffalo Business First’s 40-Under-40 Class of 2014. Wolf is an NHL accredited media member and owns several small businesses in WNY.
Tom graduated from Cornwall High School in NY. He was a Track and field athlete in High School competing as a High Jumper and 400 meter runner.
Russ Battaglia is the production manager at WNY Athletics. In addition to his camera work, he also
supports on-location audio setup and computer tech.
Born in Buffalo, NY, Russ is a graduate from Canisius College. After working at The Advertising Center,
where he helped produce The WNY Home Show, he opened Superior Video Productions. Initially
focusing on weddings, Superior Video also focuses on music videos and sports. Russ joined the WNY
Athletics team in 2019 and provides Live Streaming which highlights many of Western New York’s
exciting sporting events and athletes.
Russ and his wife Marie have raised two daughters, Sarah and Emily and along with many pets, are
happy to call Buffalo their home.
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Josh Pohlman started with WNY Athletics in January of 2018 when he was a freshman at Canisius College.
He graduated from West Seneca West High School in June of 2017. One month later, his former football coach, Mike Vastola reached out and asked him to produce a season long video documentary (Blue Steel). He has since done a variety of video and graphic work for WNY Athletics including filming, editing, and producing two seasons of the Western New York High School Football Weekly Show with Frank Wolf and the late Dick Gallagher. In 2019, Josh started an internship with the Buffalo Bills in their media department for the 2019-20 season. He is currently a senior at Canisius College where he still majors in journalism and communication studies.
I grew up in Rochester New York. Attended MCC & then Syracuse University. I began my broadcast career as a “go-for” at WAXC radio in Rochester.WHEC-TV in Rochester before coming to Buffalo.
I had 2 part time stints. One before I went to Erie in 1978 & one before coming to Buffalo in 1985. From there I went to WSEE-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania & I came to Buffalo in February 1985. I spent 35 years at WGRZ-TV. Buffalo has been home ever since. I have covered just about anything you can think of & now I am enjoying being part of wnyathletics.
Justin, a graduate from Lockport High School in 2012, has been with WNY Athletics since
Justin does the play by play for boys and girls hockey. Justin also works the
camera and produces the live stream for football, soccer, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and
Justin Graduated from SUNY Buffalo State where he worked for the radio station 91.3fm WBNY,
where he was the producer and hosted a sports talk show “Neutral Ice” and was the voice of
Buffalo State Men’s and Women’s hockey teams. Justin also helped start up and played for the
Buffalo State Men’s Club Hockey team.
Mike Pidanick has been with WNY Athletics since it’s inception in 2016. He also contributes to the Lancaster-Depew Sun and previous wrote for Community Papers of Western New Work and Niagara Frontier Publications.
Jeremy Becker is a freelance color commentator and producer for Western New York Athletics, he was involved in High School bowling when he was in High School.
He graduated from Jamestown High School in 2016. Since then Jeremy has been working in the broadcast field as a producer, color commentator, and Public Address announcer. He loves to bowl and in the summertime, enjoys going out and hitting the links, in winter he enjoys working for the Jamestown Rebels hockey team.
WNY Athletics Cameraman/Technical Assistant
Associated with Media Arts, Sean is a cameraman who knows his equipment.
Sean has an associate degree in Media Arts for filming & photography from Jamestown Community College. While attending JCC, Sean made videos and took photos of college events. He was given his first camera at the age of 13 and attempts to make videos and take photos any time he gets a chance.
Prior to joining WNY Athletics in February 2019, Norm provided commentary for JCC Jayhawks ....
College Sports in the NJCAA, the Jamestown Jackals Minor League basketball team in The Basketball League and the then Jamestown Jammers baseball team in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Norm has also worked in the Sports Department for WNY News Now in Jamestown, NY. Norm began his broadcasting career in 2012 and is well known for his extensive knowledge in football and basketball.
Tony’s work has appeared in multiple publications, including Buffalo Hockey Central,....
WNY Hockey Report, the Tonawanda News, the Niagara Gazette, Community Papers of Western New York, Sports and Leisure Magazine and our sister website, From the 300 Level. He graduated from Buffalo State College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism.
1979 Graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield HS
1983 Graduate of Medaille College, B.S. in
1982 Buffalo Sabres Media Assistant
1983 WEBR News
1984 - UNLV Lady Rebals Basketball Color
man KUNV 91.5
1986-87 USAF Germany Hawn Hawks Football P.A. announcer
1989-2011 All Around Sound mobile DJ
2015-Present Lancaster Legends Football/Basketball PxP WXRL 1300/95.5
Kraus has served as a play-by-play commentator for their Section VI Football postseason coverage and the 2019 NYSPHSAA Division I Hockey Championships at.....
HarborCenter on Mixlr.com plus YouTube Live streaming of the Monsignor Martin Boys Basketball Manhattan Cup and Woj Cup Finals from Canisius College in March 2020. Kraus was on hand for play-by-play duties when the WNYAthletics crew provided coverage of the 2019 Section VI and Far West Regionals for Girls Lacrosse in Williamsville and the Boys Lacrosse State Semifinals in Cicero, NY for the national NFHS Network.
Mike Straw has spent the last decade covering the sports scene in WNY.
Though he originally covered the NHL, Mike started covering high school sports back in 2012. After spending time with various local newspapers, Mike joined WNY Athletics in 2018, primarily covering high school football and hockey.
A native of Amherst, NY and a Sweet Home High School Alum, Jon Simon has been a
contributor to WNY Athletics since 2018, covering sports such as basketball, football
and hockey, on both the written and broadcast side.
Jon has called and/or covered a number of big events around Western New York
over the last couple of seasons, including the sectional and state playoffs for boys
and girls basketball, boys and girls hockey, and football.
Since graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in journalism in
2018, Jon has also gotten experience working around collegiate and professional
sports. Jon has covered the University at Buffalo football and men’s basketball teams
for WGR 550AM over the last two years, while also working as a producer for the
stations radio programs, and has interned for both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo
Sabres media relations departments.
Francis Boeck is a born-and-raised Western New Yorker and an avid follower of high school sports.
He grew up in the Town of Tonawanda and graduated from Kenmore East High School in 2016. He has been with WNY Athletics since its inception performing a number of duties including writing and editing stories for the website along with producing and hosting audio/video broadcasts. Francis graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a degree in journalism in May of 2020. While there, he severed as the Sports Editor of the student-run online newspaper, The Record, for two years before taking over as Executive Editor. Francis’ work has also appeared in the Niagara Gazette and The Buffalo News.
Graduate of Lockport Senior High School, University at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College.
Played and coached football for 15 years. Color commentator for Lancaster Legends football and basketball broadcasts. Passionate fan of youth and high school sports. Owner/Operator of sports memorabilia business. Have a deep rooted love for radio.
Adam has been covering Western New York high school sports and contributing to WNYAthletics since 2016.
He is currently a junior at Canisius College studying journalism. You can also find his work in the local Sun publications as well as The Canisius Griffin, where he is the sports layout editor.