Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Radio

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Welcome to the website for Soccer Is A Kick In The Grass, North America's longest running soccer radio show, now in its 24th year on the air!  The show airs live Mondays at 6:30 pm ET on 92.1 FM and 1040 AM WYSL in the Rochester, NY area and via the Internet on our website and at www.wysl1040.com.

On each show, hosts Joe "Red Card" Sirianni, Andrew Battisti, Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com and "Mr. Zero" Dick Howard discuss the world of soccer, from the Rochester Rhinos to MLS to the world's game and welcome both local and national guests to the airwaves.  Click the microphone to hear the live streaming of the show!

 Podcast of Latest Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Show Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 3/19/18The podcast of the March 19th edition of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is available for download. Our special guest was former Rochester Rhinos head coach and the current manager of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Bob Lilley.  Bob discussed the strength of the USL this season, the Rhinos players that are now members of the Riverhounds and their opening match against host Nashville on Saturday, where they are expecting over 20K fans to attend.

Dick Howard and Michael Lewis gave their thoughts on the success of the NY Red Bulls and Toronto FC in the Champions League and the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of the original NASL taking place in Dallas this October, plus the conference call held by US, Canada and Mexican soccer about the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. 

Joe and Andrew gave the latest news and opinions on the dispute between the Rochester Rhinos owners and the City of Rochester regarding the stadium lease at the start of the show.

Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 Frank Caricchio 1939-2018 Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass interview with Frank CaricchioOn March 10, 2018, one of the pioneers of soccer in Rochester, 2017 Lancers Wall of Famer Frank Caricchio, passed away at age 78 after a long a corageous battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Born in Pignataro Maggiore, Italy, Frank came to the US at age 14 and attended Charlotte High School, where he competed in soccer, wrestling and track and field.  He broke many school soccer scoring records and was named all Monroe County in soccer for 3 straight seasons. 

Frank joined the Italian American Sport Club as a defender after high school and captained the IASC to the National Amateur Challenge Cup in 1963 and a runner-up finish in 1966.  He scored the game-tying goal late in regulation time against Patchogue in the 1966 Eastern Amateur Cup finals, which the IASC went on to win 4-1. Frank was the frist captain of the Rochester Lancers in the American Soccer League that was made up of many players from that great IASC amateur side.   

After his playing career, Frank started the boys’ soccer program at Mother of Sorrows in Greece and also led the Greece Thunder girls travel team to 5 state championships, all while working full time at Kodak.  After retiring from Kodak, he coached the Greece Athena High School girls’ soccer team to 4 league championships and a 34-match unbeaten streak and was named All Greater Rochester Girls High School Coach of the Year in 1996.

Frank was a member of the IASC for over 50 years, where he held an honorary board position.  He is survived by his wife, Anne Marie, their 6 grandchildren born to their late daughter Lisa (Neil) Cook and their great-grandchild.

On the July 3, 2017 show, we interviewed Frank prior to his induction into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!


 Wayne Fuller 1947-2018 Minimize


Wayne Fuller Interview 12/26/2017

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the Rochester soccer community and the city of Batavia lost one of the giants of broadcasting and announcing, Wayne Fuller. 



Wayne was one of the the longest serving members of the Upstate New York radio airwaves.  A graduate of Batavia High School and the State University of New York At Albany.  Began his radio career at Batavia’s WBTA-AM radio in 1967 and worked there for most of his life, along with stints at WHAM, WROC, WAXC and WYSL radio in Rochester . 

 Wayne became the radio play-by-play voice of the Rochester Lancers in 1975 and called nearly 200 matches for the team both at Holleder Stadium and in legendary sports venues such as the Rose Bowl, the Astrodome and Giants Stadium, including “Lancermania” during the Lancers’ memorable 1977 NASL playoff run.  He became the Director of Public Relations for the Lancers for the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

In his native Batavia, Wayne was the voice of the city's baseball team, high school sports and was on the radio for over 50 years.  Wayne was the voice of Batavia baseball for 25 years from 1984-2009, as PA announcer, radio broadcaster and official scorer. Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium press box is named after him, the “Wayne H. Fuller Press Box”. Also, served as PA announcer for the Lancers, Rochester Flash, Rochester Red Wings and the Rochester Americans.  Called radio play-by-play for the MISL Buffalo Blizzard, Rochester Ravens women soccer and numerous local college and high school sports.   Wayne was active in the high school basketball and baseball programs for Batavia High School and worked for many years in the intercity bus business for New York Trailways in downtown Rochester.  Wayne was also the first co-host of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass with Charlie Schiano in 1994.

On December 26, 2017, Joe and Andrew conducted the final radio interview with Wayne as part of our year end show  Click the soccer ball above to hear the interview.




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