Announcers

Mets On-Air Talent

Kevin Burkhardt
Burkhardt joined SNY in 2007, and is the network’s Mets field reporter. Burkhardt also is the play-by-play announcer for several Mets Spring Training games. During the off-season, he serves as the host of “Mets Hot Stove”, and contributes to other SNY programs including hosting “SNY Spotlight” and filing news reports for the network’s “Geico SportsNite” show. Prior to joining SNY, Burkhardt had been with WFAN since 2003 - emerging as one of the station's rising stars - covering all sports. He served as its Jets Beat Reporter, hosted talk shows on the weekend, and provided 20/20 updates throughout the week. Burkhardt has also made appearances on SportsNet New York as a guest and analyst on the network's "Daily News Live" and "Jets Extra Point" programs. He also appeared regularly on CN8's nightly show "Out of Bounds" in Philadelphia. Kevin previously reported for Time Warner Cable and worked as an afternoon sports anchor at WCBS-AM 880 Radio.

A South Jersey native, Burkhardt currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Rachel, and son, Logan.

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Gary Cohen
Cohen, a Queens, NY native, is SportsNet New York's play-by-play announcer for all SNY-produced Mets telecasts. In addition, Cohen also contributes to SNY's Mets pre-and post-game shows, Mets Hot Stove and to www.sny.tv. Prior to joining SNY, Cohen was a member of the Mets' radio team for 17 seasons. Previously he has done play-by-play on major league baseball broadcasts for CBS Radio from 1991-1997, and for ESPN Radio since 1998. Cohen has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the NCAA Basketball Tournament for CBS Radio and Westwood One from 1991-2003, and has been the radio voice for Seton Hall University basketball since 2003, as well as the radio voice of St. John's University basketball from 1995-2002. Cohen has also done play-by-play for Rangers games, as well as served as the men's and women's hockey play-by-play announcer at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics for CBS Radio.

Before coming to the Mets, Cohen broadcast minor league baseball for the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) of the International League (1987-1988), the Durham Bulls of the Class-A Carolina League (1986) and Spartanburg Spinners (A) of the South Atlantic League (1983-1984).

A graduate of Columbia University, Cohen resides in Connecticut with his wife Lynn, their children Trevor, Kira, Jess, Jaclyn and Zach and their dogs Wryly, Cubby, and Angie.

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Ron Darling
Ron Darling joined SNY in 2006 and is the network's Mets game and studio analyst - working more than 100 Mets telecasts each year. In addition to his game analyst work, Darling also contributes to SNY's Mets pre- and post-game shows, Mets Hot Stove, Daily News Live and to www.sny.tv. Darling won an Emmy Award for best "Sports Analyst" in his first season with SNY and again in 2011.

Prior to joining SNY, Darling served as the color commentator for the Washington Nationals on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) for the 2005 season, where he called 150 games. Prior to working at MASN, Ron served as an on-air analyst for Fox Sports Net, as well as appeared on The Best Damn Sports Show Period, the National Sports Report, CSTV and Baseball Today.

Darling spent nine seasons as a starting pitcher for the New York Mets and was a key member of their 1986 World Championship and 1988 Division Champion teams. He also has the distinction of being the first Mets pitcher to be awarded the Gold Glove Award. After a short stint with the Montreal Expos, the All-Star pitcher finished his career spending five seasons with the Oakland Athletics.

In addition to his work on SNY, Darling is on the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Research Institute and for Habitat for Humanity (New York City).

Darling was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Yale University where he was a two-time All-American - leading the Bulldogs to two Ivy League titles. He currently resides with his family in Brooklyn.

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Keith Hernandez
Keith Hernandez joined SNY in 2006 and is the network's Mets game analyst - working over 100 telecasts each season. Hernandez also contributes to SNY's Mets pre- and post game shows and to www.sny.tv. Prior to joining SNY, Hernandez served as a Mets game analyst for MSG Networks since 2001. In addition to his role on Mets telecasts at MSG, Hernandez also served as a baseball analyst for the network's Major League Baseball post-season playoff coverage, including the Subway World Series between the Yankees and Mets. Hernandez has won two Emmy Awards for best sports analyst for his work on SNY in 2009 and 2012.

Hernandez's Major League Baseball career began in 1974 with the St. Louis Cardinals where he quickly rose to the upper echelon in the League. In 1979, his .344 batting average led the majors and he shared National League MVP honors with Willie Stargell. He joined the New York Mets in 1983 and was instrumental in turning the team around, becoming a cornerstone of the 1986 World Series Championship squad. In addition to being named the first captain in Mets history, Hernandez earned a record 11 consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1978-1988 as a first baseman, batted over .300 in six different seasons, and finished with a lifetime .296 batting average and a career on-base percentage of .384. His career spanned 17 seasons, ending in 1990 with the Cleveland Indians.

Hernandez was born in San Francisco, Calif. Keith currently resides in Jupiter, Fla.

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Bob Ojeda
Bob Ojeda joins SNY as the lead studio analyst for the network's Mets pre and post game shows. Ojeda brings a professional baseball career -- spanning over 15 seasons -- to SNY. Ojeda pitched for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He was a starting pitcher for the 1986 World Champion Mets, and went 18-5 that season. Ojeda has also worked as a pitching coach in the Mets minor league system for the Brooklyn Cyclones from 2001-2002 and for the team's Binghamton affiliate in 2003. Ojeda currently resides in New Jersey with his family.

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Jets On-Air Talent

Joe Klecko

Joe Klecko joined SNY in 2010, and serves as an analyst on the network's exclusive Jets coverage. Klecko appears on a variety of SNY's Jets shows - including the critically acclaimed Jets Post Game Live! -- as well as Daily News Live and Geico SportsNite.

Klecko was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round (144th overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft. A key member of the Jets' defensive line, Klecko helped form one of the top defensive lines in all of the NFL - known as the "New York Sack Exchange." They combined for 66 sacks in 1981 - including a league-leading 20.5 by Klecko - to lead the Jets to their first playoff game since 1969. Klecko was honored with his first All-Pro selection, and was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).

On December 26, 2004, during a halftime ceremony, the Jets honored Klecko by retiring his #73 jersey. Klecko became just the third New York Jet to have his number retired, joining Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath and Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard. On August 16, 2010, during halftime of the New York Giants-Jets preseason game at the New Meadowlands Stadium, he was inducted into the Jets' Ring of Honor. Klecko currently resides in New Jersey with his family.



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Ray Lucas
Ray Lucas joined SNY in 2006, and serves as the network's studio-based NFL analyst. Lucas appears on a number of SNY's exclusive Jets shows, including "Jets Post Game Live!", "Jets Extra Point", "Jets Nation" and SNY's Jets Draft show. Lucas also contributes to the network's website, www.sny.tv, as well as SNY's news shows, "Daily News Live" and "SportsNite". In 2010, Lucas won an Emmy Award for best sports analyst

Prior to joining SNY, Lucas spent several years as a quarterback in the NFL, playing for the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Ravens. Known for his athleticism and versatility, Lucas not only played QB, but also WR and special teams. Lucas led Gang Green to a 6-3 record as a starter after replacing the injured Vinny Testaverde at QB.

Lucas originally signed with New England as a free agent in 1996, after going un-drafted out of Rutgers University, where he played for three seasons, from 1992-95. After leaving the Jets in 2000, Lucas played in 17 games over two seasons for the Miami Dolphins before finishing up his career with Baltimore. Born August 6, 1972, Lucas is a native of Harrison, N.J.

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UConn On-Air Talent



Eric Frede
Eric Frede joined SNY in 2013 as the network's play-by-play announcer for the eight-time national champion UConn Huskies women's basketball program. Frede - a two-time New England Emmy Award-winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting - is in his 25th year of broadcasting collegiate and professional sports.

Through the years he's provided play by play for Big East women's and men's basketball - including UConn games - plus games in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Atlantic 10, America East, and Ivy League. He also calls football, baseball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse games for a variety of conferences.

At the professional level, he's called Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution games; he's also served as studio host for Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox telecasts. In 2003 he began work as the field reporter for select Red Sox telecasts on NESN, a role he had full time for the 2004 World Series season and the following year in 2005.

Eric grew up in Danbury, and is a graduate of Ithaca College. He and his wife Beth are the parents of two sons, Ben and Sam.

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Meghan Culmo

Prior to joining SNY, Meghan Culmo has been a color analyst on radio and television all over the country for more than a decade. She has appeared on Connecticut Public Television, ESPN, MSG and Lifetime Television, among others. While at CPTV, she hosted "The Geno Auriemma Show", which she has done for the past 15 years. Meg's playing career featured several historic milestones, including the first ever BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Championships. She was a 1,000-point scorer and All BIG EAST performer -- as well as Captain her senior year. Meg earned Most Outstanding Player at the 1991 BIG EAST Championships as the Huskies claimed the title. Her resume also includes being a member of the coaching staff that helped guide the Huskies to their first of seven NCAA National Championships.



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Kara Wolters

Prior to joining SNY, Kara Wolters spent six seasons as the color commentator for the UConn women's basketball team on their flagship station WTIC-1080 AM. Her basketball career includes playing four years under Coach Geno Auriemma -- earning an NCAA Championship in 1995 where she helped her team post a 35-0 record. Kara went on to become one of only seven players in the world to achieve the elusive championship "set" -- NCAA championship (1995), the WNBA championship (1999) and an Olympic gold medal (2000). Kara also won a gold medal for the USA Jones Cup Team (1996); won a gold medal for the USA World University Games Team (1997), and a silver medal in 1995. She played on the US National Team in 1997-98 and 1999-2000. She also earned a European championship with her pro team in Schio, Italy. In 1998 she began Kara Kares, a foundation to fund brain tumor research, in honor of her sister, Katie, who passed away as the result of a brain tumor in 2004.



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SNY's News and Entertainment Team

Gary Apple
Gary Apple brings more than 20 years of experience to SNY's news team, where he currently serves as an anchor on the network's critically acclaimed sports news program GEICO SportsNite. Gary also hosts the network's college basketball pre-game, half-time and post-game shows - including for the eight-time national champion UConn Women's basketball program. Prior to joining SNY, Apple worked at NBA TV as a studio host, and also as a studio host and anchor for MSG Network's studio show, SportsDesk. Prior to that, Apple spent more than seven years on WCBS-TV in NY, where his work was praised as the best sportscast in 2003 by the New York State Broadcasters Association. Additionally at CBS-2, Apple hosted "Sports Rap Live," and served as sideline reporter for New York Jets preseason NFL football. Also while at CBS, Apple served as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports NASDAQ College Football and the College World Series, as well as studio host for CBS Sports Desk. He also made numerous appearances on the CBS Early Show.

Apple has also been a studio host for WFAN Radio and the Outdoor Life Network, where he co-hosted Summer Sportszone. He also did play-by-play for The Football Network's coverage of Ivy League Football during the Fall of 2003. Prior to that, he was seen as a sportscaster on the award-winning KTLA-TV, Channel 5, in Los Angeles and throughout America on Prime Sports' Press Box. From 1990 through 1995, Apple was a sportscaster for Los Angeles TV station KTTV (FOX O&O). Before KTTV, Apple was the weekday sports anchor at KMOV-TV, the CBS station in St. Louis from 1986-1990. In 2010, Apple won an Emmy Award for hosting the SportsNite: Lebron James special

Apple's other credits include: reporting for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" and play-by-play for USA Network's college basketball and for University of Missouri basketball. He has also worked for WNYT-TV (NBC affiliate), Albany, NY and WTOC-TV (CBS affiliate), Savannah, GA. While at WTOC, Apple was lauded with an Associated Press Award for Best Sports Reporting.

A native of Troy, NY, Apple graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.

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Joe Benigno
Joe Benigno joined SNY in March of 2008 as a regular panelist on the network’s signature show –- "Daily News Live" –- which airs Monday-Friday from 5:00pm-5:30pm. Benigno, a.k.a. Joe from Saddle River, got his big break in radio in 1994, when he won WFAN's Fan Appreciation Day contest and was awarded a guest host spot on the station. He parlayed his one-shot spot into an overnight host job at a small station in Elizabeth, New Jersey before being offered a full-time spot on WFAN which he co-hosts with Evan Roberts during the 10am-1pm weekday timeslot in New York City. In 2004, he left his overnight host job and was moved to middays to co-host with Sid Rosenberg. After Rosenberg resigned from the station, he became the sole host of the midday show.

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Kerith Burke
Kerith Burke joined SNY in 2011 as an anchor and reporter for the network's GEICO SportsNite program. Kerith also serves as the sideline reporter for all UConn women's basketball games on SNY.


Prior to SNY, she worked for WTVD in Raleigh, N.C., where she covered one of the best rivalries in all of college basketball: North Carolina-Duke.


She also made stops in Boise, Idaho, and Pasco, Wash., after graduating with Honors from Washington State University.


Kerith is originally from south of Seattle, but growing up in an Army family took her around the country. She currently lives in Manhattan.

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Chris Carlin
Chris Carlin joined SNY in March of 2008. Carlin is host of SNY's Mets pre and post game shows, where he is joined by Mets studio analyst Bob Ojeda. Carlin is also a co-host of Loud Mouths with Adam Schein, as well as a co-host of Beer Money -- the network's popular New York sports trivia show. In addition to his SNY duties, Carlin is the voice of the Rutgers Men's football and basketball teams. Prior to joining SNY, Carlin spent 13 years at WFAN where he held a variety of positions, including being a sportscaster for the Boomer & Carton Morning Show, hosting the New York Giants' pre- and post-game coverage, as well as calling Giants pre-season games. Carlin currently lives with his wife in New Jersey.

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Jeané Coakley

Coakley joined SNY in 2010 as an anchor and sports reporter contributing to SNY's sports and entertainment news shows, including SportsNite, Daily News Live and Loud Mouths. She also serves as SNY's lead New York Jets beat reporter. Prior to joining SNY, Coakley worked at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana since 2006. While at WISH-TV, she covered all sports including the Colts, Pacers, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, Big Ten football and basketball as well as the Indianapolis Tennis Championship featuring Andy Roddick and James Blake. Coakley won an Emmy Award in 2010 for her coverage of the Jets.

Coakley has also won two Associated Press awards. A New York state native, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She currently resides in Manhattan.



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Brian Custer
Brian Custer joined SNY in 2006 and is a host on GEICO SportsNite -- one of the network's signature shows. Custer also serves as the host of SNY's New York Jets programming, including the critically acclaimed Jets Post Game Live. While at SNY, Custer received an Emmy Award for his work on the network's riveting documentary Baseball in Africa: A Diamond in the Rough. Prior to joining SNY, Custer worked at CBS-11 in Dallas for eight years where he served as a sports anchor. Prior to that, he worked at the ABC affiliate WSYX-TV for two years, where he also served as a sports anchor. Custer began his radio and television career in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he spent a year and a half at 610 WTVN radio. Custer, a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduate of Hampton University, currently resides in the Tri-State area. Custer is a two-time Emmy winner.

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Steve Gelbs
Steve Gelbs joined SNY in 2013 as an anchor and sports reporter contributing to the network's sports and entertainment news shows. Prior to joining SNY, Steve spent a year and a half at MSG Network, as well as four years at MSG Varsity in New York. On the TV side at MSG Network, Steve served as a host of the "MSG 150" during Knicks and Rangers telecasts, as well as a host for the network's College Basketball coverage. On MSG Radio Network, Steve handled the pre-game, post-game and intermission reports for Rangers Broadcasts - which aired on ESPN Radio in New York.

In his four years at MSG Varsity, Steve was utilized in a number of different capacities. He was an anchor, host, feature & sideline reporter, play-by-play announcer and color commentator. While at MSG Varsity, Steve was nominated for 4 New York Emmys, including "Sports Anchor of the Year" in 2012.

Steve graduated Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2009, with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. He won the Syracuse Press Club Award for "Best Radio Sports Feature," in 2009.

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Marc Malusis
Marc "Moose" Malusis joined SNY as a contributor to the network’s Geico SportsNite show in March of 2008. Malusis is also an on-air personality at WFAN where he hosts three overnight shows per week at the station and also serves as a 20-20 anchor and station reporter. Prior to his current role, Marc worked on the popular afternoon drive show, Mike and the Mad Dog, for 6 years and served as their producer up until January 2007.

In addition to WFAN, Marc is an update anchor on Sirius Satellite Radio’s NFL channel and has appeared on such television outlets as CN8 (The Comcast Network) and WNBC-TV to discuss and debate various topics in sports.

Marc hails from Blauvelt, New York and attended Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Speech Communications in 1998. That summer, he interned at WFAN before going on to work at WLIR/WRCR in Rockland County in a variety of capacities. He was the news and sports director and hosted his own sports talk show on weekends. He returned to WFAN in August 2000, as a part-time producer/board operator before becoming a permanent fixture on the Mike and the Mad Dog program in 2001. He was promoted to an on-air position at WFAN at the beginning of 2007.

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Sweeny Murti
Sweeny Murti joined SNY in 2008 and serves as the network’s Yankees beat reporter. In addition to SNY, Murti has worked at WFAN since 1991.

While an undergrad at Penn State, Murti interned at the FAN. After earning a degree in Communications, Sweeny was rehired by WFAN in 1993 where he worked as a producer. Then, after a one year stint at WIP in Philadelphia, Sweeny returned to WFAN as a 20-20 sports anchor in 1998. He became WFAN's Yankees beat reporter in 2001.

In addition to his duties at WFAN, Murti has worked for the Yes Network, WCBS-TV Channel 2 New York and WIP Sportsradio in Philadelphia. He also traveled to Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 to cover the Summer Olympics for Westwood One Radio.

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Adam Schein
Adam Schein joined SNY in 2006 and co-hosts Loud Mouths with Chris Carlin - which airs Monday-Friday from 6:00pm-6:30pm. Schein also has appeared on Daily News Live, GEICO SportsNite, the network's website -- www.sny.tv -- and as an analyst on Comcast's nationwide NFL Draft Preview show, The Draft House.

In addition to working at SNY, Schein has been with Sirius NFL Radio since it launched in August of 2004. He hosts the Afternoon Blitz with Solomon Wilcots on Sirius NFL Radio from 3-7 pm ET, and during the football season, Schein hosts the Sirius NFL Tailgate Show from 9-noon ET every Sunday. Schein also anchors the NFL Draft live on Sirius NFL Radio every spring. In addition to writing football columns for foxsports.com, Schein interviews John Madden every week during the NFL season for "The Madden Report" on Verizon Wireless.

From 2001-2006, Schein was a regular sports talk show host on WFAN Radio in New York City, and hosted nationwide on Fox Sports Radio from 2002-2004. Prior to that, he did the afternoon drive show on WHEN radio in Syracuse from 1999-2002. During this time, he also did regular commentary for WTVH-5, the CBS affiliate in Syracuse.

Schein appeared regularly on Fox Sports Net from 2004-2006, on both I,Max and Totally Football.

Schein graduated Syracuse University's Newhouse school of Public Communications in 1999 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He won the John Bayliss Award for Excellence in College Radio Journalism in 1998 and 1999. A native New Yorker, Schein currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, Katie.

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Jonas Schwartz
Jonas Schwartz joined SNY in 2009 as the host of the network’s Daily News Live show. In addition, Jonas will serve as an anchor/reporter for the network. Prior to SNY, Jonas had worked at WNBC since 2005 where he served as sports anchor for “Weekend Today in New York” and host of “Press Box” airing Sunday mornings on NBC’s Universal Sports Channel. Jonas also substituted during various WNBC newscasts throughout the week. During his tenure, he has covered sporting events ranging from Spring Training to the NYC Marathon to Giants training camp. Before joining NBC4, Schwartz was sports director and main sports anchor for Sinclair Broadcasting's News Central where he anchored sports for 16 markets throughout the country including Baltimore, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Prior to that, he was an anchor/reporter/executive producer for KSTU-Fox 13 in Salt Lake City for 2 1/2 years. While in Utah, Schwartz broke stories on the Utah Jazz and the Brigham Young University football team and covered the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has garnered several awards including the Society of Professional Journalists' “Sports Story of the Year” in 2001. Schwartz’s broadcasting career began at Hobart College where he was a play-by-play announcer for all sporting teams and hosted a call-in radio show. Subsequently, he attended Newhouse School at Syracuse University where he received his masters degree in broadcast journalism. His first professional job in broadcasting was weekend sports anchor at KIDK-TV in Pocatello, Idaho. Schwartz is originally from Rockland County and is now living in Manhattan.

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Michelle Yu
Michelle Yu joined SNY in 2009 as an anchor/reporter for the network. Prior to joining SNY, Michelle was a sports reporter at NY1 News.

Michelle began her sports journalism career in print, writing for Gannett Newspaper's 'The Journal News and Sports Illustrated For Kids magazine. In 2003, Michelle made the transition from print to television when she joined College Sports Television. She has also spent time as a sports reporter on Time Warner Cable's 'Sportstime' show in New Jersey. A Bronx native, Michelle co-authored her first novel China Dolls in 2007, and her second novel Young, Restless and Broke will be published in 2009. Michelle graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in communications and currently lives in Manhattan.

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Mets On-Air Talent
Kevin Burkhardt
Gary Cohen
Ron Darling
Keith Hernandez
Bob Ojeda

Jets On-Air Talent
Joe Klecko
Ray Lucas

UConn On-Air Talent
Eric Frede
Meghan Culmo
Kara Wolters

SNY's Sports News Team
Gary Apple
Kerith Burke
Joe Benigno
Chris Carlin
Jeané Coakley
Brian Custer
Steve Gelbs
Marc Malusis
Sweeny Murti
Adam Schein
Jonas Schwartz
Michelle Yu