Tarkowski back for 45th season as RFA public address announcer


Ray Tarkowski will be back doing the public address announcing at the Rome Free Academy football games this season. This will be his 45th consecutive year at the microphone announcing for the Rome City School District. He gives me goosebumps when the team storms the field as Ray proclaims “The Black Knights of Rome Free Academy.”

Did you know Ray was inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame a few years ago?

Did you know Ray’s brother-in-law is RFA coaching legend Tom Myslinski Sr.? 

Did you know back in the day Ray coached in the Federal Little League and Fran Allison basketball?

Did you know Ray was also the RFA basketball announcer for Coach Buddy Evans?

Ray spent his career working in the Oneida County DA’s office as an attorney.

My favorite all time PA announcers from our area:

Dave DeRuby was known in Rome as the “Voice of the Kennedy Arena.” He passed away in 2010 and every time I go to the Arena I can hear his voice.

Carl Eilenberg was the voice of the Carrier Dome in Syracuse for three decades. He also was the toastmaster for countless banquets over the years. He also did sports games announcing in Rome so many times from Little League to Rome Catholic High football.

Jim Moran was the voice of Vernon Downs for over 50 years. I can still here his voice for the beginning of every race, “Here they come!”

Ed O’Brien has been announcing games for all sports for many years. He is a man who just gives back to our community for most of his life.

Geek of the week: Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. Did you know he actually gave assistant coach Zach Smith a raise, months after he became aware of the domestic violence incident with his wife? Terrible!

Pick of the week: West Virginia 35, Tennessee 21. Will Grier shows the country that he is a possible Heisman Trophy quarterback.

Food of the week: My four sons were home last week and their first stop is a pizza from Tony’s. This has been going on since high school in the 90s.

RFA boys varsity soccer coach Chad Reese told me last week that he is very excited about this year’s team. Let’s get out to watch them play at home on Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. against Cazenovia. 

My message to our RFA sports teams this fall season: The cheers of athletic contests soon pass away, but the friendships of your teammates will live forever.


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