Behind the Broadcast: Calderone taking a big gamble
Sportscaster Joe Calderone certainly enjoyed his nearly nine-year stay at the Time Warner Cable news channel YNN,
But at age 37, the Broadalbin-Perth High School graduate is ready for a change and new challenge. What that challenge might be, Calderone doesn’t even know.
Calderone announced Wednesday that he is leaving YNN, effective May 25. He made the announcement on his Facebook page.
Calderone, known for his easy-going, humorous style, posted this on his Facebook page: “For most of my 28 years, OKAY!!!! 37 years! I’ve worked at only 2 places, the world famous Pizza Supreme in Broadalbin, and YNN; both places filled with amazing memories. . . . However, at one point, I had to leave the Pizza Shop, and now I’m leaving YNN. May 25th is my last day at the station after almost 9 years. It’s time for me to try and do something new.”
Shortly after Calderone posted that, I spoke with him about his decision to leave YNN.
“I love YNN,” Calderone said. “I love the people. Love Al Marlin [the former YNN general manager]. Al Marlin gave me my first crack. I can go down the list of people that have been so big for me in my career to this point that you could probably do another whole write-up on the people who helped me to get to this point.
“I’ve taken the advice of a friend of mine, Britt Godshalk, who used to be a reporter at YNN. I’ve been telling her for a while that, in my heart, it’s one of those things where you love somebody, but you’re not in love anymore. . . . I’ve been wanting to do other things for a while now, but because of the demands of the job, you never get that chance to work on that. Britt did it when she was at YNN. She [said], ‘If I’m going to try to find something, looking for a gig is almost like a full-time job.’ ”
So Calderone is going to take a chance and leave YNN without having another job in place. In this day and age, with some media companies either cutting personnel or not hiring, Calderone knows he’s taking a big risk.
“Anybody who walks away, especially in the economy today, where people would say, ‘You are crazy,’ ” Calderone said. “I’ve been talking about this for a long time. People say, ‘You’re nuts, and you’re out of your mind to do this.’ I’m like, ‘Listen, I have confidence in my abilities.’ If it doesn’t work the way I hope it does, I’m a roll-up-your-sleeves, get-dirty kind of a guy. If I’ve got to bar tend somewhere, I will.”
Earlier this year, Calderone was suspended for a few days when he accidentally made an obscene gesture on the air. He said the incident wasn’t a factor is his decision. He said he had been thinking about leaving for a while.
“If I’m ever going to try this, I’ve got to do it now,” Calderone said. “It probably doesn’t look too good, considering what happened a couple of months ago. But it has absolutely, positively nothing to do with it.”
Read joins FOX23
Kristian Read is the new sports director at FOX23 (WXXA). He will make his on-air debut Monday.
Read replaces Rich Becker, who resigned at the end of March to take position at Albany Med. Read comes to WXXA from Burlington, Vt., where he was sports director at FOX44.
If you’re not getting enough hockey with the Stanley Cup playoffs, then NBC Sports Network has more for you.
NBCSN will televise all of Team USA’s games in the World Hockey Championships from Helsinki, Finland, starting May 4 against France at 5:15 a.m.
All but two of the games will be shown live. NBCSN will televise at least one semifinal game and the gold-medal game, regardless of whether or not Team USA is playing in the contest.
Here is the schedule:
May 4 — vs. France, 5:15 a.m.
May 5 — vs. Canada (same-day tape), 10:30 p.m.
May 7 — Slovakia, 1:15 p.m.
May 10 — Belarus, 9:15 a.m.
May 11 — Kazakhstan, 9:15 a.m.
May 13 — Finland, 1:15 p.m.
May 17 — Quarterfinals, TBA
May 19 — Semifinals, TBA
May 20 — Bronze-Medal game, 9 a.m.; Gold-Medal game (same-day tape), 9 p.m.
“NFL Turning Point,” which
debuted last season on Versus (now NBC Sports Network), has been renewed for three more seasons, NBCSN announced Wednesday. The show utilizes NFL Films’ unprecedented access to examine the turning point of high-profile NFL games every week. Dan Patrick returns as host. . . .
Time Warner Cable Sports-3 and TWCS-3 HD will have the Stony Brook-UAlbany men’s lacrosse game tonight at 7. Also at 7 on TWCS-1, it’s a men’s lacrosse clash between Air Force and Hobart. . . .
TWCS-3 and TWCS-3 HD has a Suburban Council boys’ high school lacrosse match between Niskayuna and Shenendehowa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. . . .
Rounds 4-7 of the NFL draft will start at noon today on ESPN, ESPN HD, NFL Network and NFLN HD. . . .
FOX Sports (FOX23 and FOX23 HD) has the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 race tonight at 7. . . .
MLB Network and MLBN HD will televise 30 games between May 1 and June 2, the network announced Wednesday. The schedule kicks off with Philadelphia at Atlanta at 7 p.m. Tuesday. On Memorial Day, MLB Network will have a day-night double-header. Game 1 has St. Louis at Atlanta at 1 p.m. The night game is Seattle at Texas at 8. Any games involving the Mets and Yankees won’t be shown on MLB here because they will be on SNY or CW15 (Mets) and YES or MY4 (Yankees). . . .
ESPN and ESPN HD has the Tampa Bay-Texas Sunday night baseball game at 8 p.m.