Brad Smith

Substitute Host/Reporter

Brad Smith won the Cortland County (NY) spelling bee as a seventh grader from Homer High, in a championship broadcast live on local radio. Brad’s been trying to relive the “magnificent” (winning word) moment ever since.

Brad’s search for winning words took him to radio work in Geneseo, Geneva, Dansville, Warsaw, Syracuse and Rochester.

His work as a television newsroom manager brought him to to Austin, Texas, where he occasionally rode the elevator with Lady Bird Johnson at the TV station she and LBJ used to own.

Need further proof he can’t hold a job?  Brad’s is on a very short list of those who have worked in every TV newsroom in Rochester.

Brad hopes to talk to you soon when another host or reporter needs a day off. Thanks for listening!

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Pittsford native and retired soccer star Abby Wambach faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Police say that late Saturday night, one of their sergeants stopped a vehicle after observing the driver fail to stop for a red light.

The sergeant talked with the 35 year old Wambach, and saw signs she was under the influence of alcohol.


If you like to keep up with the falcon family nesting atop the Times Square building in downtown Rochester, here's a sign of spring.

Not one, but two eggs spotted by falcon-watchers reporting on the rfalconcam blog.

Mama Beauty laid the first egg Wednesday night, and the second early Saturday morning.

We'll let you know if there are any others.

Live camera feed

This is National Boys and Girls Club Week and the celebration peaks on Thursday at 500 Genesee Street in Rochester.

Executive Director Dwayne Mahoney told WXXI the club is near the end of two years of renovations, adding 10,000 sq. ft. of space, and renovating another 18,000 to create more room for programming for kids.

"We added an arts studio, dance studio, recording studio, also an additional computer lab."

The current computer lab houses an accelerated reading program. One new room is tablet room with ipads.

white house photo

Nancy Reagan was not a regular visitor to Rochester, according to what WXXI News has turned up Sunday.

She may have accompanied husband Ronald for a campaign stop on November 1, 1984. President Reagan spoke at 3 pm at the then Rochester War Memorial on a blitz from Boston to Rochester to Minnesota.

Nancy Reagan did appreciate the Strong Museum. UPI reported in 1983 that the museum provided 12-hundred antique dolls and dollhouse furniture to decorate the tree in the Blue Room of the White House using an "old-fashioned" theme.

At a special Saturday morning meeting of the Brockport Village Board, the date for a referendum on dissolution of the village was set.

Members of the Board as a group also announced their opposition to dissolution, citing improvements in village government since the last such vote in 2010.

TWCN/Scott Barstow

A mother from Rochester and her 13-month old child were seriously injured in an early morning crash Saturday in Henrietta.

Monroe County Sheriffs deputies say the mother was charged with vehicular assault and DWI.

Just before 3 am, a deputy on patrol found a car crashed into a pole on West Henrietta Road at Commerce Drive.

Inside were 26-year old Evelyn Gilchrist and her baby.


New York State Police in Waterloo tell WXXI that Angela M. Wheeler, 37, of Seneca Falls, and Michael A. Brewer, 39, of Interlaken, were charged with abusing two children.

Troopers and Seneca County Child Protective Services investigated a report of two children being subjected to physical abuse, and improper care while in their custody.

Police allege that Wheeler and Brewer subjected the children to physical abuse to include choking, as well as other forms of excessive punishment.


A firefighter from East Avon was injured at a fire early Saturday in the Livingston County town of Lima.

Seven volunteer fire departments responded, along with sheriff's deputies and three ambulance companies.

The sheriff tells WXXI the 9-1-1 call came just before 1 am for an address on Poplar Hill Road.

The injured firefighter was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with what were described by deputies as second degree burns.

City of Rochester

It could be the only one of its kind in the country and Saturday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren recognized the volunteers celebrating the Edgerton Model Train display’s 65th anniversary.

"I like when it moves." Five year old Abram King has his own layout in his bedroom. WXXI found Abram, his mom and kid brother enjoying the Fall season layout, one of four in the basement of the Edgerton Recreation Center on Backus Street.

The anniversary provided the city a chance to thank volunteers and donors who spend hours cleaning, restoring and improving the displays.

Chris Lillis World Cup Trophy

World Cup Freestyle Aerialist Chris Lillis remembers practicing hundreds of backflips before his coach at Bristol Mt. allowed him to try it on skis.

"There's nothing cooler than doing a backflip for the first time, especially at 9 years old."

On Saturday, Lillis reminisced about his training, joining the next generation of skiers at Bristol Mountain. He was there nine years ago under ski team coach Johnny Kroetz.