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 21st 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 bigapplesoccer.com and tropigol.com and "Mr. Zero" Dick Howard discuss the world of soccer, from the Rochester Rhinos and the Western New York Flash 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 9/28/2015The podcast of the September 28th edition of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is now available for download. We broadcasted live from The Beer Market at 1401 Mt. Hope Avenue in College Town on the Rhinos Playoff Pub Tour! Our special guests were Rhinos players Jonny Mendoza & Alex Dixon and the VP of the Rhinos, Dave Cieslinski.  The trio discussed the upcoming USL playoff match against New York Red Bulls II on Saturday at Sahlen's Stadium, this past regular season and the parity and improvement of play in the league.  

Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti gave the international report and talked about the unexpected success of smaller clubs in Serie A, the fall of Manchester City from the top of the EPL, Lionel Messi's injury, the latest matches in MLS and the continuing problems at FIFA with President Sepp Blatter.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 RIP "The Dean of Soccer" Alex Loj and Bruno Sniders Minimize


We are sad to say that the father of Rochester soccer journalism and one of the first dedicated soccer writers in the US, “the Dean of Soccer” Alex Loj passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014 after a long illness. Alex covered soccer for nearly 50 years in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper starting at age 16 and was the first reporter for the Rochester Lancers and to travel to cover the World Cup in 1970.  Also was on radio for over 20 years on “Kick This – The Soccer Sam Show” and “The Bob Matthews Show” and TV on "Talking Soccer".  Alex was was the director of public relations for the outdoor Rochester Lancers and the American Soccer League and was inducted into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame in 2013.

Alex came to the US in 1958 from Brazil and played soccer at Edison Tech High School (a 3-time All Scholastic selection) and for club sides Ukrainian-Americans, Kiev SC and Dnipro.  Alex was very active in the Rochester area Ukrainian community and Special Olympics. 

Click on Alex's picture to read an article written about him by Jeff DiVeronica, the current soccer writer for the D&C.

Bruno Sniders 


It is with a heavy heart that we report our friend and colleague, Bruno Sniders, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Bruno was the co-host and executive producer of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass in 2007 and 2008 and was a long time fixture in Rochester sports journalism going back to 1969, working at the Times-Union newspaper and continuing with the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper and WVOR radio. Bruno covered the Rochester Lancers for all of their 11 seasons in the NASL.

Bruno was inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2002 in the Media category and won the Rochester Press-Radio Club's Charlie Wagner Award for sports writing excellence in 1978.

Click Bruno's picture for an article on his passing in the D&C and click here to read a piece about Bruno written by his fellow sportswriter in Rochester, our own Michael Lewis on his Big Apple Soccer website. 


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