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.
5 Key New York Yankees To Watch This Spring
The New York Yankees are once again faced with a Spring Training full of questions. The hot-topic: did general manager Brian Cashman do enough to fortify the Bronx Bombers to get by the World Champion Houston Astros.
Major League Baseball Would Be Fun Again…With 15 New Owners
New York Mets fans are thrilled with their owner Steve Cohen. The lifetime fan of the Amazin's paid a record $2.4 billion for the team in 2020. Cohen hasn't stopped investing in his investment. That's what smart money people do. Some Major League Baseball owners are trying to make rules that would prevent owners like Steve Cohen from making such investments. In fan interest, MLB should politely tell those owners: sell their teams!
What Happens To Closing College Campus In Upstate New York?
When a college shutters its doors, the impact is felt well beyond the students, faculty, staff and alumni. Small surrounding towns and villages are often devastated, as the life blood of their local economy shuts its doors. Throughout the United States small liberal arts colleges are struggling to stay alive. One upstate New York village is trying to get ahead of a potential problem from their college closing.
LeBron Has The Most Points. Now Is He The Best Ever?
On a night where he needed 36 points to pass NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as the league's All-Time leading scorer, LeBron James netted 38 points and added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Tuesday night, on a signature fadeaway jumper with 10.9 seconds left in the 3rd quarter of the Los Angelas Lakers 133-130 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron became the NBA scoring king.
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.
Why Do The New York Knicks Stink At Madison Square Garden?
Why are the New York Knicks in a two-year funk at one of the most historic basketball venues in the world, Madison Square Garden, their home court? OK, before you say, 'because the team stinks' hang on a minute. The Knicks are really good on the road.
The Silver Fox! New York Mets Skipper Named MLB’s Best Looking?
New York Mets manager Buck Showalter, despite not winning a World Series, has had a pretty good year. First, after being spurned by a canceled spring training appearance, Showalter gets to meet pop-star Shakira. (Who would have thought that would be a big deal for the the Mets skipper but it was.) Then, Buck's team rattles off 101 regular season wins, leading to Showalter being named National League Manager of the Year for the fourth time in his career. But the biggest and maybe most surprising honor of all came out this week. Buck appears to be the best looking manager in Major League Baseball. No, I'm not kidding.
Who’s At Fault For New York Jets Failure At Quarterback?
The New York Jets maintain the longest absence from post season in the NFL. However, at the start of the season, no one realistically thought that the Gang Green would go from a 4-win team in 2021 to a playoff franchise in '22. Expectations were: anything under 7-wins this year would be a failure for general manager, Joe Douglas and head coach, Robert Saleh. Wins weren't the area of failure this year. The quarterback position in its entirety takes that award. Someone in the Jets organization is to blame.
Add Some Holiday Baseball Fun With A Quick Trip To Cooperstown
Finding "holiday week" activities that the entire family will enjoy can be a drag sometimes. Outdoor fun is often curtailed by tough-to-plan-for weather conditions, while other options are either too far away or too expensive. Capital Region baseball fans have a gem in their own backyard and the week between Christmas and New Year's is the perfect time to take advantage.
Former Syracuse Player & NBA Trainer Arrested
Rob McClanaghan always seemed like a go-getter. He was a walk-on for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and later took his learned skills to becoming a trainer for some of the NBA’s biggest stars. Now McClanaghan is being accused of a horrific crime that allegedly occurred at a Boston hotel last week.