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Rich Funke says goodbye

Posted at: 12/21/2012 5:34 PM
Updated at: 12/21/2012 7:36 PM
By: Rich Funke

 

 

Some words from our Rich Funke on the night of his last broadcast at News10NBC

First, I want to thank the all those high school athletes for allowing us to cover their games and share their un-varnished joy. Thanks to all who coach and officiate too. Without you, we'd have no games to cover and no way to teach those special lessons that come through sports competition. And kids, don't forget to thank your parents for getting you to the rink on time.

Thanks to the Redwings and Amerks for a great seat to watch two of the greatest minor league franchises in the America. I was there for three Governor's Cups and three Calder Cups which including the thrill of televising one championship from Sherbrooke in 1987'.

I also want to thank the old Rochester Lancers for the chance to call a championship against Pele and the cosmos at Giants stadium in 1977. Thanks too, to the Flash and the Rhinos for keeping pro soccer alive.

The Knighthawks allowed me to be their first radio play by play man. Thanks for giving lacrosse fans 3 championships and the chance to see the very best in the world at their sport.

I missed Les Harison's Royals, But I saw Mauro's Zeniths and the Rod's Razorsharks win plenty of basketball championships.

I want to thank our colleges, each with their own, national championship caliber programs. We're fortunate to have so many options for student-athletes who want to stay home and play the games they love.

I've enjoyed my time with our Olympic athletes From Abby to Kim to Cathy. Their determination made covering and watching the summer and winter games that much exciting.

I want to thank the Bills for the chance to cover 4 AFC Championships. Those Super Bowls didn't work out the way we hoped, but I wouldn't trade the experience and neither would the players.

I wouldn’t trade those losses to Indiana and Kentucky in the final four either. It made beating Kansas for the national title, that much sweeter for Jim Boeheim and all of us who covered the Syracuse orange.

How can I ever thank Oak Hill and Locust Hill which have made us a major golf town and those volunteers who run it so smoothly and raise millions for charity.

I want to thank our viewers for their passion about the sports they love. May we always keep it in perspective. Sports are supposed to be fun, competitive, playing by the rules, and learning to win and lose with class is what matters most.

I want to thank all the law enforcement personnel, firefighters and political leaders we've worked with through the years. They are often in the middle of "bad news" and rarely get credit for the hard work and positive things they do each day.

To Golisano Children's hospital and Camp Good Days, to Special Olympics and Ronald McDonald House. To the MDA, Gilda's Club and the press radio club, Thank you for reminding me that we have a responsibility in the media not only to cover things as they are...but to try to make them "better".

And finally, to every engineer, reporter, photographer, producer and co anchor I've ever worked with, thanks, I could never have done it without you. I've loved every minute, except maybe this one.

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