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June 28, 2013

Longtime radio personality retires

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“That was unbelievable,” he said. “It really does tell you something about this community.”

WELL WISHES

Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernard Bassett was, at times, a target of Drake’s.

While Bassett wished Drake well in his retirement, he admits he didn’t always like what he heard.

“I think sometimes he just misrepresented some things,” Bassett said.

“It’s great to spur discussion, but I didn’t agree with him a lot. But it never really bothered me that much because I didn’t always listen.”

Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said he had no problem with Drake.

“His political insights, commentaries and sports announcing have been appreciated by many and will certainly be missed,” Kasprzak said.

“I wish Ducky well in a very well-deserved retirement.”

STILL DOING HOCKEY

While Drake has drawn attention for “Is It Just Me?,” he is perhaps best known as voice of Plattsburgh State Cardinal hockey for the past 39 years.

He will do one more year behind the mike in the 2013-14 season to make it an even 40 years.

“I still enjoy it, but it is becoming more of a job than fun,” he said.

“Those long bus road trips can be tiring.”

Cardinal Coach Bob Emery can’t say enough good things about Drake.

“He’s been very loyal to our hockey program for almost 40 years. He’s generated a lot of interest, and he’s been very loyal to me,” Emery said.

“I am not looking forward to the day he is no longer on the bus with us.”

Emery said Drake has built up a following not just among Cardinal fans, but with fans from Division III programs around the country.

“Many people speak very highly of him, and no matter where we go, the opposing coaches all know who he is and ask about him,” he said.

“I congratulate him on his retirement and wish him all the best.”

In retirement, Drake, an avid Boston Red Sox fan, might visit a few major-league ballparks, but other than that, he plans on doing not much of anything.

“I won’t be getting up at 3:30 a.m. every day anymore, and I am not going to do anything that I don’t want to do.”

Email Joe LoTemplio: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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