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.
“Thank You” Can Be A Lifesaver For Some New York Veterans
There are over 18 million veterans of United States military service living today. These are men and women that dedicated portions of their lives to "serving" our country, maintaining the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans, no matter what political party you align with. Yet, according to uso.org, over the last 21 years, four times as many military members died from suicide, then from combat wounds in Iraq and Afghanistan or any other military operation combined.
OUCH! Deepwater Jellyfish Sting Hundreds On New York Beaches
It has not been an easy summer swimming on the white sandy beaches of Long Island this year. Six people were bitten by sharks in a little more than a two-week span. The painful swimming experience continued on Sunday at Jones Beach State Park and Robert Moses State Park, thanks to a marine organism called a Pelagia Noctiluca.
Shark Sightings Continue To Close Multiple New York Beaches
In an unprecedented time of shark attacks along the south shore beaches of Long Island, the New York State Parks Department, along with other town parks are being forced to close their beaches during their prime season. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers head to Jones Beach and the surrounding areas to soak in the summer sun. However, with a real-life "Jaws" situation going on, Thursday more beaches were closed due to multiple shark sightings.
UPDATE: 4th Shark Attack Hits Surfer On New York Beach
According to reports, a surfer was attacked by a shark Wednesday morning. The attack happened off the same beach that a lifeguard was attacked by a shark a little more than a week ago. The attack happened at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, New York and was confirmed by a parks official.
New Freshwater Fishing Rules For New York State
New York is a big state. Therefore fisheries near Buffalo likely face different challenges than those in Westchester. The Empire State prides itself in regulations but sometimes has to simplify those rules in order to accommodate such a large area of different terrain. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation made some of those adaptations on Tuesday.
Head Caddie From Posh New York Country Club Killed By Assistant
When a murder happens, it is big unwanted news and it usually takes time for the details for the details to trickle out. When the alleged crime involves two employees at an exclusive country club in the Hamptons, the details can take a little longer. When the alleged killer was caused the death of his boss, the details become more intricate.
Flores Has New York Giants & NFL In Racial Lawsuit Crosshairs
Tuesday afternoon, Brian Flores filed a class action lawsuit in the Southern District of New York, that includes the New York Giants, the NFL and all 32 teams. It even includes allegations that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered Flores $100,000 PER LOSS! The bombshell lawsuit claims that the Giants interviewed Brian Flores for their head coaching position, even though they had already decided to go with Brian Daboll. The class-action suit claims that Flores' interview with Big Blue was a “sham.”
Indy 500 Legend Al Unser, Sr. Passes Away at 82
The Indianapolis 500 has long been considered the Super Bowl of auto racing. When we were kids, my friends and I would race our bikes around the block endlessly. Some would claim to be Mario Andretti, I would always choose Al Unser Sr. He was a winner and always seemed like a great guy. Thursday night, Al Unser, Sr., the 4 time Indy 500 champ, passed away.
Upstate Baseball Pioneer Finally Gets Nod Into The Hall of Fame
Yesterday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which happily resides just over an hour from the center of the Capital Region, announced six new players that will be added to the Hall in 2022. Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva were elected by the Golden Days Era Committee, and Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil were chosen by the Early Baseball Era Committee according to mlb.com. The class will be part of the July 24th induction ceremony in Cooperstown next year.