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.
Buck Could Be The 2024 New York Yankees ‘Don Zimmer’
You will get little argument from anyone that Buck Showalter knows the game of baseball inside-and-out. At 67, Showalter could easily get another thankless MLB managerial job, dependent on over-paid players, under the microscope of social media's thirst for coaches' blood. Sounds fun?
Cause Revealed In Lake Placid Plane Crash That Killed Ex-NFL Star
The National Transportation Safety Board held a press conference on Tuesday, revealing their initial findings in the investigation of the plane crash that killed Super Bowl champion tight end, Russ Francis and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden.
Daboll, Not Jones, Is To Blame For New York Giants’ Regression
No Big Blue fan is going to sugarcoat it. New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones made some terrible mistakes on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. But, what should really worry the fanbase is head coach Brian Daboll.
New York Mets Have To Show Patience For ‘Sustainable’ Winner
David Stearns took over the New York Mets on Monday, as their new president of baseball operations. Besides being force-fed general manager Billy Eppler by owner Steve Cohen, it appears that Stearns will have free rein.
Former NFL Star Dies In Upstate New York Plane Crash
A former NFL star, who had taken up residency near Lake Placid, died on Saturday from injuries suffered in a plane crash. The accident occurred near the runway at the famous winter olympic village's small airport.
Miami vs. Buffalo Is A Story Of Hot And Cold
As we like to say on 'The Drive with Charlie & Dan', the shiny penny gets all of the attention. The Dolphins are fun. They play in Miami, a city where the weather is hot and the people can be flashy. Things that flash get attention.
104.5 The Team’s ‘Intern Mike’ Locks In Week 4 ‘Hot Picks’
It is time for 'Intern Mike' Giarraputo's 'Hot Picks' for Week 4 of the NFL season. Okay, we gave 'Intern Mike' a critical evaluation of his picks from last week on 'The Drive with Charlie & Dan.' However, he still has a winning record and is poised for a big week.
Will Critics ‘Billieve’ When The Buffalo Bills Squish The Fish?
The 2023 Miami Dolphins are very good. Any NFL team that can put 70 points on an opposing defense, is something to be reckoned with. However, the Dolphins have their toughest test of the young season on Sunday, the perennial AFC East champion, Buffalo Bills, who some critics seem to forget these days.
Bears Broke Into 9 Homes In This Upstate New York Town
Nine break-ins in any town are going to cause alarm. When black bears are the culprits, that may be a bit more concerning. However, when your town sports a 'Bear Task Force', you probably have some level of expectation for this type of invasion.
Small Game Hunting In New York Begins On Sunday – Wear Orange
Sunday is the start of Small Game hunting season in New York State. Some portions of the state will offer youth and veteran opportunities to get out there on Saturday. The biggest thing to remember as hunting season begins is: safety.
Cooperstown Legend Dies At 86
Brooks Robinson was considered one of the greatest third baseman to have ever played the game of baseball. The Arkansas native became a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1983 and never stopped coming to Cooperstown.
Judge’s Input Key To Fixing New York Yankees
New York Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman is going to have a busy off-season. Never has the baseball executive's leadership of the storied franchise been more in question. Are the Bronx Bombers stale? Is their organizational strategy antiquated? Does the front office need help fixing this team?