Jay Puskar

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Born and raised in Erie, Jay is a proud alum of Saint Boniface School (’94), Seneca High School (’98), and Mercyhurst College (’02). During his years in high school, Jay was active in a variety of things including basketball, track and field teams, and writing for the school paper.

Academically, he was named to the National Honor Society and was selected Class Speaker by his peers at the graduation commencement.

Following high school, Jay attended Mercyhurst College as a journalism/communications major.

In his sophomore year, he became a radio color analyst for the school’s radio station calling football and basketball games. Then in Jay’s junior and senior years, he became the play-by-play announcer at WMCE for football, basketball, and hockey.

Besides radio, Jay got his TV start working for Image Sports as a color commentator for high school and college games. In the spring of his senior year, Jay interned at Erie’s NBC affiliate.  

Starting first as a part-time news photographer, in 2003 Jay promoted to weekend sports reporter/anchor for 10 years. He was then named to the week night sports desks and held that role for two years.

Throughout his 13 years in local sports coverage, Jay has reported on everything in local sports ranging from high school events to Erie’s minor league franchises.

While the best thrills are showcasing the local athletes and programs, Jay has also had memorable assignments at the national level.  While he has worked his share of regular season games in the NFL, NHL, and MLB, Jay has also reported from four Super Bowls, the 2007 U.S. Open, 2012 Kentucky Derby, and 2012 Belmont Stakes.

In the fall of 2016 and 2017, Jay returned to WMCE as their radio play-by-play caller for Lakers football. The next year, Jay became an adjunct professor at Mercyhurst University teaching Intro to Sports Journalism in the spring.  By the fall, he joined WPSE 1450 AM as their radio broadcaster for high school football and basketball games. Highlighted by broadcasting the 2018 PIAA State Football Championship game between Cathedral Prep and Imhotep Charter.

If you have a score to report or have a great idea for a local sports story, contact Jay at jpuskar@wjettv.com

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