Thurman Munson

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Hey everyone…Spazman in the house again.

August 2nd is a sad day for myself, for millions of New York Yankees fans, and for lovers of baseball as we honor the memory of Thurman Munson.

Thurman was a loyal family man. He loved his wife and kids so much that he wanted to spend every available moment that he could with them.

So he bought himself a plane so that he could fly home to Ohio to be with his family whenever he had time off from being the Captain of the greatest sports franchise in history.

While Thurman was practicing touch-and-go landings his plane crashed, and Thurman was gone forever.

He was fiercely loyal. He was born in Ohio, and he died in Ohio. He was the leader and the soul of the New York Yankees. He was tough. He was gruff. He was Thurman.

Thurman was not only my favorite Yankee, he was also my favorite baseball player. Loved everything about him. Never took a second off while suited up in the famous pinstripes.

I was 16 when it happened, and it feels like it was yesterday.

August 2, 1979 will always be remembered in my household.

 

Back On The Air – Football

Hey spotters…Spazman in the house.

So, where were you on the night of March 4th? Do you recall? It was just before the bottom dropped out and the whole virus pandemic hysteria consumed our lives.

I remember. The place was Honeoye Falls-Lime High School sitting courtside calling a girls high school sectionals basketball game between Pembroke and Red Jacket for our friends at FingerLakes1.

Pembroke handled Red Jacket, but little did I know that it would be the last game broadcast on Chosen Spot Radio for the foreseeable future due to cancelations by local, regional, and state politicians in light of the pandemic.

Our lives were turned upside down shortly thereafter, and Chosen Spot Radio has not been at a court, a diamond, or a field since that night.

Until this Saturday when we take a road trip down to South Apalachin and cover the semi-pro football matchup between the Charlotte Colonials and the Broome County Stallions.

South Apalachin is about a two hour drive south, and sits less than two miles away from the Pennsylvania border.

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These two teams played each other last season at Charlotte High School with the Stallions holding on for the two point win.

With pandemic uncertainties and the need to be “fluid”…finding and scheduling games has nearly been a full time proposition for Colonials owner/Head Coach Carlo Olivares.

“I told y’all I would do everything I can to get you games and try to make the best decision for the team as a whole!”

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Semi-pro sports is a different animal as it is without the rigors of having your entire season thrown into turmoil, but props must be given to the Colonials players who have come together to carpool to games by any means necessary.

As the Colonials work to gain the cohesiveness and chemistry that is necessary for victory, leaders like Coach Budda Biggs have been chiming in to exact a measure of togetherness, “Shout out to the guys that stayed humble, played team ball, and understood what was going on. And to all the guys who showed up to practice yesterday we are one step closer to getting better”

The Stallions have also been putting in work to prepare and had this to say to their loyal peeps, “We are still working hard, individually conditioning and preparing to cause mayhem once we are able to step onto that field….we have not forgotten about you”

Pre-Game festivities will begin at 4:45 from Stephens Memorial Park with myself on the call. Kickoff is slated for 5PM.

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Rise-N-Grind Podcast Radio!

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Downtown Funkytown – Rise-N-Grind Podcast Radio is LIVE online at chosenspotradio.com on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-10AM, and On Demand 24/7.

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Tune in for a GREAT mix of tunes combined with random fun, no politics, special guests on the Mightea Boba Buzzline, laughs, and general mayhem with The Spazman.

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Oh yeah…NO COMMERCIALS!!!

On Tuesdays, Spazman throws down double shots of your favorite tunes from your favorite musicians. Hey, fill it up twice (it is five o’clock somewhere).

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Tune in, snap your neck, bang your head, laugh a little, and enjoy life with the official Podcast Radio of awesomeness, and aliens everywhere!

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Sheriff Henderson – Celebratory Parade Protocol!

Sheriff Henderson

To the Residents of Ontario County,

In recent days, my Office has received numerous requests to provide Sheriff’s Deputy escorts for informal, civilian motorcades organized for various celebratory purposes.

While I encourage our citizens to find enjoyment in ways that are in compliance with the State’s social distancing rules, I feel it would not be appropriate to devote County resources, made even more scarce by the unprecedented budgetary constraints we find ourselves in, to escort private parades that are organized to celebrate a recognized holiday or event, or is otherwise issued a permit by a locality.

Should you decide to participate in an informal automobile procession, please remember that you must obey all the rules of the road and abide by the social distancing measures imposed by the State. Be safe and be well.

Sheriff Kevin Henderson

Cuomo To Allow Limited Visitation!

ALBANY, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that visitors are now allowed in hospitals and group homes across the state.

He clarified that facilities can allow visitors under their discretion. Those who wish to visit a loved one at a hospital or group home are to follow state guidelines, including wearing PPE, limited time during visits and subjection to temperature checks.

Group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will be allowed to accept visitors beginning Friday, providing they adhere to state guidance and certify compliance to OPWDD prior to commencing visitation.

This development does not include nursing homes, the Governor’s Office confirms, as the state Department of Health continues to review all nursing home situations.

During one of his press briefings this week, Cuomo highlighted how the infection rate has gone down from the worst infection rate to one of the best in the country.

“New Yorkers have done an incredible job in working to beat back this virus, and we must continue to remain smart so we don’t erase the progress we’ve made.”

In addition, the Governor mentioned that New York has now conducted over 3-million coronavirus tests.

Some Youth Sports Get The Green Light!

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has given some youth sports the green light to resume sports on July 6th for regions that are already in Phase Three.

The regions that will enter into Phase Three on Tuesday are Finger Lakes, North Country, Central NY, Mohawk Valley, and Southern Tier.

The sports that can resume play are baseball, softball, crew, field hockey, cross country, and gymnastics.

One of the rules that will be in place for prospective attendees is that only two spectators per player can spectate.

At this juncture there are far more questions than there are answers, and we are doing our utmost to obtain those answers.

How does an organization police and enforce two spectators per player? Does an organization have to submit statistics to NYS documenting compliance? Who is responsible within that organization to track numbers?

Is the target date of July 6th a steadfast or fluid date, meaning can it change at any moment? Is July 6th the date to resume practices, or can games resume on July 6th, and at what point can teams gather to practice if the date of July 6th is when games resume? Does holding practices fall under the auspices of the rule allowing gatherings up to 25 people, and how are we defining “gatherings”.

How does field hockey obtain the designation of being “low risk” when sports like lacrosse does not? Who made the determinations as to which sports are low risk? What formula was used in making said determinations?

At this point nothing has been said as relates to scholastic sports. Adult rec leagues will also be able to begin on July 6th.

We will continue to update you as we obtain answers or information.

Stay fluid.

 

 

 

Victor Tabs New Girls Hoops Coach

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Longtime Victor Central Schools PhysEd teacher and coach Frank Clark has been given the reins to the Victor Blue Devils girls varsity basketball team.

Coach Clark will be replacing former HC Blake Smith who resigned his position to spend more time with his young family.

Victor finished last season at 12-11 and their season ended with a 60-48 Class AA sectionals loss to Bishop-Kearney.

BK then went on to defeat Penfield 54-44 to win the Section V Class AA sectionals title and finish their 2019-20 campaign which was shortened by COVID19 at 20-3.

Read more at the VCS website here.

Upcoming Fall Season – Football

We have been in contact with Section V Football Chairperson Mr. Scott Barker (Pittsford Athletic Director) to set up an interview to discuss the upcoming Fall 2020 Football Season.

Mr. Barker emailed us back promptly with the following response:

“At this time I really don’t have any answers about the Fall, and all we would be doing is speculating.”

While we recognize the frustration of not knowing, such is the nature of the beast as we wait to receive word from the powers that be in NYS.

Once we are able to schedule and interview you will all be the first to know.

The Weather Planner w/Paige J

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The Weather Planner w/Paige J is a new daily feature that can be heard on our online station every M-F morning LIVE at 8AM, and then On Demand on our Facebook page!

Paige J is better known as Paige Jansen, a Class Of 2017 graduate of Midlakes High School where she received the President’s Award for Educational Achievement.

“Aspiring Meteorologist” Paige will be a Senior in the Fall at SUNY Oswego where she has been named to the Dean’s List in a meteorology program that is widely recognized as being one of the best that NYS has to offer.

Paige provided a daily weather segment for the now defunct radio program Rise-N-Grind, that was very popular with listeners.

We are blessed to have her enthusiasm, knowledge, and professionalism as part of our team.

Paige did an interview with our own Spazman on his morning radio show that can be found here. She gives some insight into her background, and what inspired her to get into meteorology.

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Behind The Mic: Lancers – Bobcats – Braves

Spazman Reporting:

We kicked things off in my capacity as “The Voice Of The Lancers” last week with my first show behind the mic at the Dome Arena in Henrietta.

The Lancers got beat soundly by Utica City, but for me it was a great time.

It is an utter pleasure to work with such professionals. I wear a headset that has Jill Rizzo talking to me and telling me what is coming up next, and when to fire on certain things in the script or to describe what is happening for the fans in attendance.

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I sit between the two teams and can hear the banter as well as the coaches/players chirping at the refs.

The next night saw me back at the Dome Arena with the Lancers, but this time I donned the red suit and did the Santa thing for the entire night. Famed local voice Rocky Perrotta handled the PA/Emcee duties while I worked the crowd, the players, and had a jovial good time.

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There is ringside seating at Lancers games, and I pulled the old “tap on the shoulder and run” routine on what seemed like a hundred unsuspecting fans. If there was a buck to be had for every time I heard, ” Oh Santa” while walking away I would be rich!

I love indoor soccer. It is fast-paced, it is gritty, and it is fun to watch. The Lancers will struggle for a bit as they acclimate themselves to playing in the top division of the MASL, but once they start to gel they will start to be in games.

The Lancers do it right folks. It isn’t just a game, it is a party…and they feed you after the game FOR FREE in the VIP Lounge. Lisa and I had the stuffed shells, meatballs, sausage…and cupcakes that were to die for!

The Bryant & Stratton Women Bobcats played a home game at Pinnacle last Sunday, and to say that the trip there was treacherous would be an understatement. They hosted Point Park out of Pennsylvania and I was concerned about the Pioneers and driving. But they rode up the night before the storm and stayed in a local hotel so traveling was not a hassle for them.

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For the second game in a row the microphone and speaker system in place did not work and we utilized my good old Bose L1 Compact system to use for the PA work. I place the speaker under the tables in front of me and it sounds fantastic…especially with some good pump-up music blasting through it.

We return to the Pinnacle Complex tonight for a Men’s/Women’s doubleheader as the Bobcats host Cayuga Community College.

Anyone who says that the game is not as exciting because it is Junior College is wrong, and I invite them to join us tonight to find out for themselves. It is still college-level basketball that is fast and aggro.

The first Winter season broadcast on Chosen Spot Radio is in the books. Canandaigua hockey dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to Churchville-Chili on Tuesday.

I was able to go directly from 3/4 basketball practice that I coach at Red Jacket to the game at Canandaigua Greater Civic Center. The game went into overtime but it did not take the Saints long to hit the game winner.

Although the loss was a bummer it was awesome being back on the red line calling the action. Hockey does not give me much of an opportunity to take a break as the action is non-stop…and I love it. Called almost every game last season and without sounding like a braggart the improvement was evident every game.

There it folks…thanks for stopping by and checking it out. I will see you in some gym, on some field, near some court…and always BEHIND THE MIC.

God bless.

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