WNYT’s Onorato lands full time gig on 104.5 “The Team”

WNYT Sports reporter and weekend anchor Chris Onorato has landed himself a permanent gig on WTMM’s Big Board Sports with Rodger Wyland. 

Onorato, an Ithica College graduate, will take over the role of co-host/producer on the show which airs weekdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the local ESPN radio affiliate.

“I’m incredibly excited for this opportunity to join the No. 1 sports talk radio station in the market and a show that has already experienced so much success,” Onorato told Ken Schott of the Daily Gazette. “I have had the benefit of learning from two of the best to come through this market in Rodger and my predecessor at NewsChannel 13, Andrew Catalon. Working with Rodger on a daily basis in radio should be a seamless transition because of our great relationship at WNYT and outside of work. I know one thing for sure; we’ll have a lot of fun bringing the Capital Region the best in morning sports radio.” 

“I have worked with Chris at WNYT for seven years, and the great relationship we have there will carry right over to 104.5 The Team,” said Wyland, who is the WNYT sports director. 

Onorato, who has filled in for/with Rodger in the past, will take the job made available by Zach Bye’s move to Denver. Bye’s last day is this Thursday, March 16 and Onorato will start one week later, on the 23rd. 

While he will continue his duties on WNYT, this could be the start of a “new beginning” for Onorato, as the new position has been a pipeline of success since the show started in July. Just eight months in, it’s now seen two producers/co-hosts land jobs in bigger markets up the chain.

Along with Bye, Brady Farkas, who was Rodger’s first right-hand man,  has moved on to bigger and better things as he’s the station manager at 101.3 (WCPV/FM), the ESPN Radio affiliate in Burlington, VT.  

[Daily Gazette]

-Dylan Rossiter – @ByDylanRossiterRossiter@518Sports.com


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