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 2/19/18The podcast of the February 19th edition of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is available for download. We replayed the special show that paid tribute to the late Wayne Fuller, the radio play-by-play man of the Rochester Lancers, the voice of Batavia sports both on radio and as a PA announcer and the first co-host of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass.  The show was a rebroadcast of the Saturday, February 10 Kick This - The Soccer Sam Show from WHTK, as Joe and Andrew were paying our respects to Wayne at the time of the show's broadcast

Joe, Andrew and Michael Lewis welcomed our special guests: Rochester Lancers owner Charlie Schiano, NY State Senator Rich Funke, the owner of WBTA radio in Batavia where Wayne worked for 50 years, Dan Fischer and the current voice of the Rochester Lancers new incarnations, Joe Guiliano. 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.



 Interview with US Soccer Presidential Candidate Steve Gans - January 15, 2018 Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 1/15/2018On January 15, 2018, we were joined by one of the candidates for President of US Soccer, Steve Gans, who discussed:


  • The reasons why he is running and the fact that he was the first to declare as a candidate back in May of 2017.
  • The qualifications and experience he has in the soccer and business worlds that make him a strong candidate for the position, including taking about his plans for the youth, adult amateur and professional soccer landscape and the manner in which he would want the next US Men's National Team coach to be selected.
  • How he sees his role in helping to bring the 2026 World Cup to the US
  • The published information on how the election will be run in February (as far as is known at the time) and the need for outside oversight of the proceedings
  • The reports that other candidates may form a pact to combine their efforts in gaining the US Soccer Presidency
  • His ties to soccer in Upstate New York
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