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Harvard Cup radio broadcasts in danger

This season is supposed to be the 10th anniversary season of Harvard Cup football games being broadcast weekly on the radio.

But not if they can't get enough sponsorship. 

Rich Kozak, who has been a driving force behind not only the radio broadcasts but the Harvard Cup Hall of Fame, says if he can't get sponsors to support the games he just won't be able to do them. Kozak is the Harvard Cup's biggest fan, and he works tirelessly (some would say insane-ly) out of his love for the league and its players.

However, there are costs involved in any radio operation that need to be covered. Several Buffalo companies have gotten involved in past years -- here's hoping someone steps up to support one of the very special things in Western New York high school sports.

Of course, the accessibility to games is excellent for friends and family near and far (the games are also broadcast on the Internet), but my favorite effect of the broadcasts comes during postgame interviews. You have to see the look on players faces after they've just won a big game at All High Stadium and they're being interviewed live on the radio. It's great stuff.  

The broadcasts are big-league quality, genuinely entertaining and very well done by a team led by Kozak, former Grover Cleveland coach and Hall of Famer Art Serotte and Roger Weiss. They've got stats, they've got opinions, they've even got a sideline reporter in John Pluto.

You can access broadcasts of the games via the National High School Broadcast Network (find New York and then search by the month -- there are also several state playoff games located there). 

Potential sponsors can reach Kozak by leaving a message at 627-5467 or emailing

---Keith McShea


Harvard Cup | High school football | Radio
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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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