Frank Wolf - CEO

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 Prince - President

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.

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Once Tom moved to the WNY Area.  He became heavily involved in the Baseball community.   He was the Director of Baseball for the Orchard Park Little League and has been a part of the Orchard Park Little League Board of Directors for over 10 years.   Tom also created and ran the Southtowns Travel Baseball League for over 12 years for the WNY area.   This league helped support our youth from 8U-16U Baseball players.   Tom has also been a Baseball coach in the WNY Community for 14 years.   He has also coached Football and Basketball at the youth levels also that represented various teams in WNY.
Tom started covering WNY HS Baseball with WGRZ-TV.   He was running the WNY HS Baseball site on WGRZ.com.   Then Tom took his talents to WNY Athletics.  Tom now covers all sports for each season.  You have seen him do Play by play ,Color commentary, and post game interviews.   You will also see him do interviews on Social media with WNY Coaches and athletes.
Tom has started the Colpoys/Barrows Cup which recognizes the WNY HS Player of the Year.   He is also responsible for the WNY Senior High School All Star for Baseball which hosts 75 players from WNY In 1 game.

Russ Battaglia - Production Mgr

Russ is the production manager at WNY Athletics. In addition to his camera work, he also
supports on-location audio setup and computer tech.

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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.

Matt O'Rourke

WNYAthletics Wrestling Coverage

Josh Pohlman

Josh Pohlman started with WNY Athletics in January of 2018 when he was a freshman at Canisius College.

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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.

Stu Boyar - Broadcast Team

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.

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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.

Jacob Fyock - On-Air Talent/Producer/Freelance Writer

Jacob Fyock works for the Western New York Athletics broadcast department; he handles play-by-play and producer duties while also covering games, writing recaps and features on our website. Jacob has spent his entire life in Buffalo, New York with most of it growing up in North Collins. After graduating high school, he attended SUNY Buffalo State in 2014 and received his bachelors’ degree in journalism in May of 2018. During his time in college, he worked for 91.3 FM WBNY, Buffalo State’s radio station and produced a sports show called “The Buffalo Blitz.” In addition, he also starting his play-by-play career, broadcasting Buffalo State sports over the radio. In February of 2018, he was hired by Audacy and became an overnight producer for News Radio 930 WBEN. He spent a year there and made his way to Western New York Athletics in January of 2019. Just like much of our staff members, Jacob has had a love for sports since he was little and wants to make a career in sports journalism/broadcasting.


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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 - Freelance Writer

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 - Broadcast Team

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.

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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.

Sean Kilmartin - Videographer

WNY Athletics Cameraman/Technical Assistant

Associated with Media Arts, Sean is a cameraman who knows his equipment. 

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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.

Norm Rodriguez - Broadcast Team

Play-By-Play Broadcaster

Prior to joining WNY Athletics in February 2019, Norm provided commentary for JCC Jayhawks ....

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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.

Anthony Fiorello - Freelance Writer

Tony’s work has appeared in multiple publications, including Buffalo Hockey Central,....

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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.

Dave Ricci - Freelance Writer
Dave has been with WNYAthletics since the very start as part of the journalism career that began in 1988.
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During his time in the business, Dave has covered sports, entertainment, community, business and general news assignments.
Dave's time is sports journalism has seen him cover the NHL,  MLB, NBA, NWHL, Minor League Baseball, college, high school and youth athletics.
Locally, Dave's work has been seen in the Buffalo News, Niagara Gazette, Sun Papers and Tonawanda News.
Nationally, Dave has written for The Hockey News, Baseball America, MLB.com, Boston Globe, Tampa Tribune and Associated Press.

Mark Johnson - Broadcast Team

1979 Graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield HS

1983 Graduate of Medaille College, B.S. in
Communications Media

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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
WNYAthletics.com PxP

Joe Kraus - Broadcast Team

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.....

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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 - Freelance Writer

Mike Straw has spent the last decade covering the sports scene in WNY.

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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.

Jon Simon - Broadcast Team

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.

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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

Francis Boeck is a born-and-raised Western New Yorker and an avid follower of high school sports.

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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.

Timothy Mroczek - Broadcast Team
Graduate of Lockport Senior High School, University at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College.
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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 Gorski - Freelance Writer

Adam has been covering Western New York high school sports and contributing to WNYAthletics since 2016.

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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.

Dan Lalama - Broadcast Team

John Carubba - Broadcast Team

A native of Buffalo, New York, has called each one of the Big 4 Sports at High School and Collegiate Levels, including Independent Leagues. *Announced television and radio play-by-play of High Point Panthers University Baseball and various other sports including basketball for ESPN +, High Point Panthers Athletics and the HPU Radio Network along with other regional sports teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region and Southern USA as part of the Big South Conference on ESPN +.  Attended High Point University in High Point, NC as a Sport and Communication/Sports Media Major. *Has been mentored by various local professionals, such as; Kevin Sylvester, former Play-by-Play Announcer and In-Studio Host for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and current PGA Tour Radio Play-By-Play Man, also Paul Peck, Radio Voice of the University of Buffalo Bulls also was the main Sports Anchor at WIVB-TV for close to 30 years, also have been mentored by John Paul “JP” Piccillo, Radio DJ at WGRF 97 Rock Buffalo, DJ David Gick “DJ Jickster”, Carl Russo Radio DJ, all at 97 Rock in Buffalo a part of Cumulus Media of Buffalo.  Has also worked color commentary on ESPN + soccer coverage. Announced games for Super Sunday, the Hockey Tournament, including the 2019-2020 Large Schools Hockey HS Division Championship from KeyBank Center, the home of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, also as part of the WNY Athletics Broadcast Team.

*Was on the call for the 2019-2020 Division 1 High School Hockey Semifinal Playoffs at Harbor Center in Downtown Buffalo for WNY Athletics

*Additionally, has done numerous commercial spots for WGRF 96.9 FM 97 Rock, WEDG 103.3 THE EDGE, WHTT 104.1 FM Buffalo’s Classic Hits & WHLD 1270 AM Sports Radio The Fan.

*Has gone on-air in support of Make-A-Wish of WNY and the Food Bank of WNY.

*Has appeared multiple times on 97 Rock’s Breakfast with The Beatles Sunday Morning Program alongside longtime DJ John Piccillo, “JP”, of 97 Rock.

*Other mentors include Michael Madden & David Brody of Sportscasters’ Mentoring Group (SMG), Larry Gifford who used to be Sports Director at ESPN Seattle, Rob Buska, amongst others.

*Mentored by SMG (Sportscasters Mentoring Group) Calabasas, CA                                       2010-2012

*Mentored by Sylvester-Peck Media (Kevin Sylvester, Paul Peck) involving calling live games at various venues, sports updates, sports writing, interviews, seminars.  2013-2017

*Mentored on the art of sports writing by Bob DiCesare, the former Deputy Sports Editor for the Buffalo News, 2011-2017



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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.

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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.