Bill Flynn '76

  • Bill Flynn, a 1976 Rush-Henrietta graduate, has been a member of the media for 35 years in local radio.

    Mr. Flynn began his radio career in 1975 with Rush-Henrietta’s WRHR-FM, followed by Rochester’s WSAY, WRTK, WXXI, and WHAM. He has created more than 1,300 short radio features. He served as an Associated Press national correspondent from 1987 to 2002.

    In 2001, Mr. Flynn moved to 1180 WHAM, where he anchors the overnight news. In 2003, he produced a documentary titled, “When We Saved the Amerks.” The piece, which features the 1972-73 Rochester Americans hockey team, was accepted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Another documentary, “Sounds of Silver,” about Rochester’s Silver Stadium, was accepted into the library at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Mr. Flynn’s work as a writer and reporter has earned him impressive awards, and he continues to gain recognition for his efforts. He has four Edward R. Murrow Awards, 11 New York State Associated Press awards, and an award from the New York State Broadcaster’s Association to his credit. In 2010, he was honored with induction into Rochester’s Frontier Field Walk of Fame.

    An accomplished local sports commentator and sports memorabilia collector, Mr. Flynn has maintained a presence on the Rochester sports scene, reporting on the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup tournaments, as well as the LPGA tour. Some of his most prized sports memorabilia, such as the “Reserved for Working Press” sign at the former Holleder Memorial Stadium in Rochester, reflect his dual passion for media and sports.

    Mr. Flynn serves as webmaster for the website, contributing and maintaining historical materials. He also operates the scoreboard and keeps statistics for the Rochester RazorSharks basketball team.

    He and his wife, Cathy, have two children and live in Henrietta. It is our pleasure to welcome Bill Flynn to the Alumni Council Hall of Fame.