Hi Lima! My name is Matt Zygaj and I am the Sports Reporter at Your Hometown Lima Stations. I could not be more excited to be apart of an awesome sports team that provides this community with top notch sports coverage, and my goal is contribute as much as I can to make sure that we remain on top!
I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and I graduated from Ithaca College in May with a Bachelor's Degree in Television/Radio. Although WLIO is my first Sports Reporter job, my time at Ithaca prepared me more than enough for this opportunity. During my four years at IC I was an anchor, reporter and play-by-play broadcaster for ICTV, our college television station. I earned the opportunity to anchor numerous sports shows, report on many local sporting events throughout the area, and on top of that I was the play-by-play voice of Ithaca College Football for the past two years. Throughout my college career I also had the privilege to intern at some great places. In the Summer of 2016 I interned at MSG Networks in NYC. This was an awesome experience that opened my eyes to the professional world. In the Spring of 2017 I spent the semester in Los Angeles, interning at Loyola Marymount University. While there I covered all things Lions sports, and developed an appreciation for the amount of time and hard work that goes into in depth sports coverage. Finally, last summer I headed back to NYC to intern at HBO Sports. This experience was unique being that we focused mainly on pre-recorded content. It gave me a whole new appreciation for sports production, and helped me continue to learn numerous aspects of the business. All of these experiences have molded me into the journalist that I am today, and I am ready to bring my passion and knowledge to WLIO.
Being from Buffalo I am a huge Bills and Sabres fan. I know these two teams have had their fare share of struggles throughout the past few years, but I believe that we are heading in the right direction, and once we finally get a championship nobody will hear the end of me. With that being said I am a fan of all sports, and I love to talk about them. So if you see me around please say hi, and don't hesitate to talk to me about anything, especially my Bills and Sabres. Please follow me on Twitter @MattZygaj for Your News Now Sports coverage and feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any story ideas!