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.
UAlbany Great Danes to Open Season Against the Georgia Bulldogs
Stillwater native and UAlbany Baseball head coach Jon Mueller announced the Great Danes' 2022 season schedule. The 48-game slate features 18 games at Varsity Field and 30 games on the road. In typical Coach Mueller fashion, UAlbany will open with one of the toughest baseball programs in the country, the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia plays in collegiate baseball's #1 conference the SEC.
Could Troubled Deshaun Watson Be New York Giants Next QB?
As the New York Giants run through their candidates for the next general manager of the organization over the next few days, a not too distant eye can be kept on potential head coaching candidates. With each potential name, comes the speculation of what changes will be made based on the relationships of the individual that Big Blue hires. One of those candidates for the head coaching position brings with him the possibility of a major stir within one of the most buttoned up organizations.
Shen, CBA & Saratoga Heat Up The Road on Friday 518 Hoops
It was a typical mid-January Friday night in Capital Region high school basketball. Single digit windchills were dropping to negative numbers, road teams kept the buses running. However, that didn't deter some road warriors from dropping the heat on this Friday night in Section 2 hoops. 38 match-ups on the schedule in boys basketball and another 29 on the girls basketball slate.
What Ten Former New York Giants Highlight this Year’s NFL Playoffs?
Of the contestants involved in the six games this weekend, in addition to the two top teams that earned byes, none of the 14 NFL playoff participants are the New York Giants. No surprise at this point to Big Blue fans, many who went into the season with so much hope only to have it evaporate week by week. The root of the problem general manager Dave Gettleman and his young unproven Coach Joe Judge were sent packing a few days ago. However, some former Giants players are still enjoying the excitement of the postseason tournament.
Upstate New York Gets Another Chance to ‘Come On Down!’
ome game shows are more fun to watch at home than others. Great game shows can elicit the yelling of answers in excitement, even though you know that the contestants can't hear you. For young and old, 'The Price Is Right' has always been one of those game shows. Bob Barker and Drew Carey made you feel like you were part of the 'studio audience.' Now, Upstate New York, you have 2 chances to 'Come on down!'
Strawberry Tells ‘The Drive’ About His Favorite New York Teammate
On Thursday afternoon, former New York Mets and New York Yankees all-star Darryl Strawberry jumped on The Drive with Charlie & Dan. Strawberry just wrote a new book, "Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life." Darryl is now an ordained minister and has written several best selling books about his struggles with fame and addiction. He has been open and honest about his struggles in the past and he was definitely that way on The Drive.
Berne-Knox, Tamarac & Stillwater Heat Up Wednesday Hoops
It was a cold Wednesday night in the Capital Region but some high school basketball teams brought their own heat to the Section II scoreboard. There were 10 match-ups in boys basketball on the schedule and 14 more for the girls. A big congratulations goes out to Tom Galvin the girls basketball coach at Bishop Maginn. Tom won his 400th game as a head coach on Tuesday with their decisive win over Loudonville Christian.
Colorado Wildfires Compel Unique Save By UAlbany Goalie
Sophia Chen has been a staple for the UAlbany women’s soccer team. She first came to the university in 2017, starting three games as a freshman goalkeeper. Four years and over 30 games played later, Sophia led the women’s soccer squad and was a team captain in 2021 her graduate season. Chen is a native of Louisville, Colorado, the scene of one of the most devastating fires in the state's history. Following her December graduation from UAlbany, Sophia was back home when tragedy struck her home town.
Albany, Shaker & CBA Net Wins on a Frosty 518 Hoops Tuesday
It was a busy schedule for Section II high school basketball on Tuesday evening. Sub-zero windchills cancelled school in some districts and challenged even the bravest of road teams. 27 games were on the slate for boys basketball and 22 for the girls.
Are There Keys for Success in the New York Jets 2022 Schedule?
The 2022 NFL schedules were released on Monday. This is the time of year where New York Jets fans have a ton of time on their hands trying to find some nugget of optimism to grasp onto. Rationalizing the progress within a four win season is just another day at the office for an old grizzled Gang Green fanatic. What secrets lie within this year's NFL schedule? After 11 years, will this finally be the year that the Jets make the playoffs?
Who Would Win If Siena & UAlbany Played This Year?
The Albany Cup is returning and it should be. Siena College and the University at Albany officially announced the return of the premier Capital Region men's basketball series at a joint press conference Tuesday at 677 Prime in downtown Albany. Both athletic directors have confirmed for months on The Drive with Charlie & Dan that they were working towards an agreement. The three-year deal tips off at the newly renamed MVP Arena next season.
UAlbany & Siena Set to Announce Series
The Great Danes and the Saints haven't met in men's basketball since 2017, when UAlbany won a thriller 74-69 at the former Times Union Center. The year prior, a sellout crowd shook the SEFCU Arena as the two teams matched up on the UAlbany campus for the first time since the 1970's. Now, after a four year hiatus, the match up is back.
3 Takeaways From the 2021 New York Jets Season
When your team goes 4-13 and you haven't gone to the playoffs in more than a decade, you try to find the positives. The Jets did not have a good season but there were definite improvements. Yesterday's battle with the Buffalo Bills followed a down to the wire loss at the hands of Tom Brady. Plenty of teams have lost in the last 2 minutes to that guy. There is an undeniable fight in this Jets team. Now, will it last?
New York Yankees Make Historical Hire
The New York Yankees, the most storied franchise in Major League Baseball, quietly made history again. This weekend, the Yankees announced their organizational charts for their coaching staff. For the first time in major league or minor league history for any team, a woman will be the Tampa Tarpons manager in 2022.
Friday Night 518 Hoop Victories for Tamarac, Cohoes, Shen & More
It was a busy schedule in Section II Friday night with 34 games on the schedule for boys basketball and another 29 match ups for the girls. A big shout out to everyone new that has included us in your score distributions this week. We greatly appreciate it.
What Record Fish Was Caught in Capital Region Waters in 2021?
There are 45 different fish species classified for state records with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Some of them, like the 69 pound 15 ounce Muskie that Arthur Lawton caught on the St. Lawrence River on September 22, 1957 or the 46 pound 2 ounce Northern Pike that Peter Dubuc caught in the Great Sacandaga Lake on September 15, 1940 may never be broken.
Did Another Star Athlete Give New York Fans a ‘Thumbing?’
Last night, the Madison Garden Crowd was giving it to their home team, as New York came out and played a sluggish first half. Boston led by as many as 25 and the boo birds were targeting Knicks star forward Julius Randle. Then, in the 4th quarter, with New York in the midst of an amazing comeback, Randle made that familiar 'thumb down' gesture towards the fans. Uh, oh...What are these athletes thinking? Like, New Yorkers are going to stop when you do that to them? You'll get a finger right back and it won't be the thumb!
Hudson River Seal from Maine Calls Upstate Lighthouse Home
Harbor seals can be spotted, especially in the spring time, as far north as the City of Albany. Seals generally live in saltwater. Tell that to 'Harbor Seal #246.' When you hear his journey, you'll think he deserves a better name.
High School Hoops Heat Up a Capital Region Wednesday Night
Section II boys basketball played a light schedule with 8 games on Wednesday night but the girls had 15 match ups on the court. There were strong performances for both the girls and boys last night. However, there were only a few close games played in the Capital Region on Wednesday.
Will This Be the New York Yankees 2022 Pitching Rotation?
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has a ton of time to think about his pitching rotation these days. One problem is, he doesn't know who is doing well coming off of injuries and who is not. Nor does he know who general manager Brian Cashman will be able to add via trade or free agency. As the players are locked out of team facilities, communication between organizational staff and their players is supposed to be non-existent. From everything that I can gather, that is true. So, let's give the manager some help and design a realistic starting five to take the Bombers back to the World Series.
Despite COVID, A Busy Tuesday in Capital Region High School Hoops
With some NBA teams playing with playing with abbreviated rosters in limited capacity arenas, Section II high school student-athletes are doing the same thing. Tuesday night was no exception in the Capital Region. There were 27 scheduled match-ups in boys hoops and another 14 for the girls.
How COVID Hits Upstate New York High School & College Hoop Games
Each day, we watch the NBA and NHL shuffle another season of games. Canadian franchises are now playing in front of empty arenas. How will these stoppages effect the high schools and colleges in upstate New York? Will the expected surge of positive COVID 19 test results shut down games to fans or even worse cancel games?
5 Resolutions for Woody Johnson’s New York Jets in 2022
2022 is a big year for Woody Johnson and the New York Jets. Gang Green owns the NFL's longest playoff drought, tying a franchise record of 11 straight seasons. Notice the word 'tying.' Losing is nothing new to this New York Jets organization. However, there may be a Super Bowl before you know it, if Mr. Johnson & Johnson applies the correct bandage. Here are 5 resolutions for Woody in order to resurrect his flailing NFL franchise in 2022.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for New York Giants Owners
Sunday was a disaster for the New York Giants. The 29-3 loss to a directionless Chicago Bears team, playing without their prized quarterback Justin Fields, was nothing less than a complete embarrassment. The Mara and Tisch families had to be hanging their heads in frustration. 2021 has been one stumble after the next for the storied New York National Football League franchise. Here are 5 resolutions that the Giants owners have to abide by to turn this ship around.
Atlanta Falcons Player Takes Back Buffalo ‘Wing’ Diss Before Loss
Davis ran the ball 8 times for 42 yards and a touchdown. 5 yards per carry and he got into the end zone? That's a pretty good day, except when your team loses and begins to fade once again from the playoff picture. The Bills beat the Falcons 29-15 and Atlanta dropped to 7-9. Along with the loss, Davis had to eat some, well, fine tasting crow this weekend.
My Ten New York Sports Predictions for 2022
It has been a bad decade in New York sports. The New York Giants Super Bowl victory in 2011 is the last major championship in the Big Apple. I say that all changes in 2022! Let's look into our 104.5 The Team crystal ball and see what happens in the New Year!
Top 10 New York Sports Stories of 2021
New York sports in 2021 was fully of drama, progress, disappointment and another year of zero 'Big 4' championships. However, it's always a good year in Big Apple sports. That's because there is always something fun to talk about. There are enough major sports soap operas to interest a few cities, nonetheless one. This year was no different. I'm not going to spoil the ending but you know that somehow COVID 19 will find its way on to our list.
Could This Be the New York Yankees Opening Day Line-up?
When Opening Day will take place, may be a bigger question than even the New York Yankees questionable Opening Day line-up. Let's have some fun and give general manager Brian Cashman a little help, while providing manager Aaron Boone with a winning line-up. Remember, we have to be realistic with our wish-list additions!
Will COVID Outbreak Force Syracuse to Forfeit ACC Games?
Jim Boeheim and his Syracuse Orange have struggled out of the gate this year. Losses to Colgate, VCU and Georgetown certainly have not been highlights on their road to a 5-5 record to start the season. A legitimate COVID outbreak has forced the program to be put 'on pause' since December 11th. With their 2nd game of ACC schedule just ahead, the Orange were in danger of possibly forfeiting conference games. Syracuse defeated Florida State 63-60 in Tallahassee on December 4th in there only ACC match-up so far.
UAlbany Hoops Heads Into Holiday Break by Slamming Lehigh
UAlbany, who has won 3 out of their last 4 games, raced out to 24-7 lead over the Mountain Hawks and never looked back. Dre Perry led the Great Danes scoring attack with 18 points, while blocking 3 shots and snatching 2 steals on the defensive side. Freshman Justin Neely was a monster on the glass, grabbing 14 boards while adding 11 points of his own.