Bisons Radio Network
In 2009, Buffalo Bisons baseball returns to WWKB "A New Voice" 1520 AM. With over 50,000 watts of broadcasting power, WWKB will serve as the flagship station for the Bisons Radio Network. Just turn the dial to 1520 AM and hear all 144 Bisons' home and road games, all Bisons' post season games, the annual Triple-A All-Star Game and the Triple-A Championship Game, "The Bricktown Showdown." Game broadcasts will begin with a pre game show starting 20 minutes before every game.
In 2009, the Bisons Radio Network will also include WGR Sportsradio 550 AM and Newsradio 930 AM WBEN. WBEN will broadcast all 22 Sunday Bisons games during the 2009 season. WGR will feature a Bisons "Game of the Week" at the conclusion of the 2009 NHL season.
And no matter where you are in the country, you can catch a free broadcast of all Bisons games right here at Bisons.com. Just click on Audio in the menu on the left of this page or under the "Multimedia" pull-down menu at the top of this screen.
Ben Wagner -The "Voice of the Bisons"
Ben Wagner returns for his third season as the "Voice of the Bisons" on the Bisons BaseballNetwork in 2009. He will anchor all 144 Bisons games as well as pre-game and post-game coverage and much of the viewer content on Bisons.com.
Ben joined the Bisons in 2007 after spending three seasons in New Jersey with the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. He served as the play-by-play voice from 2004-2006, and broadcast Lakewood's South Atlantic League Championship during his final year. Along with his broadcasting duties, he coordinated all media and public relations and represented his team in the community through numerous speaking engagements and appearances.
During the Bisons' off-season, Ben broadcasts college football and basketball on Time Warner Cable SportsNet while also providing commentary for the University at Buffalo women's basketball program. In the 2006 off-season, he served as the play-by-play voice for the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore men's and women's basketball teams.
The Hoosier native began his broadcasting career in November 1997 working on-air for WAWC-FM in Syracuse, IN. There, he made his play-by-play debut for local football and basketball teams. While attending Indiana State University, Wagner worked for WISU-FM as the "Voice of Indiana State Baseball and Women's Basketball" and sports director for three years. While attending college, he began working as an analyst for ISU football games for the Sycamore Radio Network (WTWO) as well as a high school sports announcer for Crossroads Communications.
Wagner was recently recognized by the Indiana State University Alumni Association with the G.O.L.D. Award (Graduates of the Last Decade), which recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who have excelled early in their professional careers. As an undergraduate, Wagner was given the Outstanding Service Award to ISU Athletics in March 2003. He graduated from ISU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film.
He resides in Lancaster with his wife, Megan and dog, Sammy.
Duke McGuire -Color Analyst
Duke McGuire will handle the Bisons' color analysis for the Buffalo Bisons in 2009.
McGuire has been with the Bisons in various capacities for nearly 30 years. McGuire first covered the Herd with International Cable in 1980 and worked alongside Pete Weber on the Cable Sports Network from 1983-84. He also covered games for WKBW-TV from 1986-87. During the 1988-90 seasons, Duke filled in for radio broadcasts on WGR55 before joining the Empire Sports Network in 1991. He served as public address announcer for the Bisons from 1981-1995. Aside from his broadcasting duties, he has been involved with the Bisons youth baseball program for nearly thee decades.
After graduating from high school he was drafted three times. The New York Mets selected him in 1970 while Pittsburgh selected him in January of 1972 and finally he was selected and signed by Detroit in June 1972. McGuire played for then-manager Jim Leyland at Clinton in the Midwest League during the 1973 season. A few seasons later, McGuire was named MVP of the 1978 Niagara Falls Pirates, for whom he served as player-manager.
An attendance officer at Amherst High School, McGuire has also coached football, basketball and baseball at Amherst, Williamsville South, Canisius and the former Bishop Neumann High School. A native of Snyder, N.Y. he lives with his wife, Mary, and their daughters, Shannon Lee and Casey Marie.
Joel Godett -Radio Broadcaster
Joel Godett has joined the Bisons Radio Network team in 2009 to provide great play-by-play and color commentary at various Bisons games this season..
Godett joins the Bisons broadcast team from the Salem Avalanche, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros, where he spent the 2008 season as a Broadcasting and Media Relations assistant. In 2007, he made his baseball debut with the Cape Cod League's Orleans Cardinals.
Originally from New Jersey, Godett graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. While at Syracuse, Godett worked for the renowned WAER-FM as well as WJPZ-FM and Orange All-Access. He broadcast experience includes everything from SU basketball to professional indoor football and Orange field hockey. He was on the mic when Syracuse beat Johns Hopkins for its 10th lacrosse national championship in 2008.
Godett's radio work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation and the Syracuse Press Club.