All posts by Bill Pucko

Bill Pucko has spent over three decades as a broadcast journalist working in television, radio and print. He was the featured sportscaster on Rochester’s YYN and WHEC-TV, awarded the Rochester Press and Radio Club’s Sportscaster of the Year Award three times and inducted onto the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2006. Bill is a co-founder of Classy Wolf Media, a television and video production company currently syndicating two weekly sports programs, The High School Sports Beat and The Press Box, on WHAM-TV and FOX Rochester.

Pete Seeger and the Buffalo Bills

September 11, 2021 Name dropping.  I was talking to Rochester Music Hall of Famer John Dady last week and he told me of the time he met one of his idols... folk music legend Pete Seeger... and actually got to play with him.  One of the real thrills of John's life.  I asked him when ...

The Sycamore Legacy

September 4, 2021 So Bishop Sycamore scammed its way onto ESPN to play football and be humiliated on national television.  To what end is unclear.  But the school itself doesn't hold classes.  Doesn't have an actual location, although there is a post office box in Columbus, Ohio.  But plays in a league based in Texas.  ...

Tales of Futility

August 28, 2021 As the Baltimore Orioles zero in on an all-time record for baseball futility, having lost 19 games in a row as of Tuesday, this becomes a good time to take a look at the teams they are chasing. 1960 Jay Publishing 5 x 7 Color Team Photo, Philadelphia Phillies In 1960, Philadelphia ...

A True Field of Dreams

August 21, 2021 Baseball celebrated the anniversary of the film Field of Dreams last week and played a real game in Dyersville.  The circle is complete.   This pop-up baseball field in Iowa hosted the White Sox and Yankees August 16, 2021.  MLB Advanced Media I generally enjoyed the mystical sports themed fantasy.  For those half dozen ...

For Always Being There

Daniel Brito and the life-saving efforts of Monroe Ambulance EMT's August 14, 2021 Daniel Brito is a 23-year-old infielder in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system.  The last time we saw Daniel, he was at Frontier Field... collapsing into the arms of Rochester Red Wings manager Matt LeCroy.   The scene at Frontier Field on July 31st, ...

Coping…

July 31, 2021 Do you ever wonder what it's like to be the GOAT?  You know.  Greatest Of All Time.  Since there's probably only a handful of such people presently on earth... maybe that's a bit out of reach.  How about being good at something.  How about competent at something? I used to be competent ...

Second Hand Celebrations

July 24, 2021 Dateline Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The Deer District.  Party central. The celebration following the Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA Championship Tuesday night reminded me of one of the reasons I got into sportscasting in the first place.   Bill Pucko, center, in a promotional ad for 'R News Sports', with John DiTullio and Mike Hedeen - ...

Remembering Danielle…

July 17, 2021 Rochester doesn't have a lot to call its own in a sports sense.  If you live here, chances are you are a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Syracuse basketball.  An hour either side of us.  But we do take pride in our people.  It's what we do best. Danielle Downey was a ...

Pete Gets Caught in the Middle

July 10, 2021 Fairport's own Pete DuPré is a 98-year-old veteran of World War II.  He worked in a hospital treating those injured in the Battle of the Bulge.  Essentially the last stand for Hitler in 1945.  DuPré graduated from Edison Tech in 1942.  Likes Johann Strauss waltzes.  Lives by the words, "Don't let the ...

It Takes Time…

Using the Olympic podium to stage a protest is certainly nothing new.  But the jury is still out on its effectiveness.  It takes time for sure.  U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise gloved hands skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze ...