YNN’s Calderone leaving station

Courtesy of the Schenectady Gazette

YNN sportscaster Joe Calderone is leaving the Time Warner Cable news channel, he announced on his Facebook page. His last day is May 25.

The 37-year-old Calderone, a Broadalbin-Perth High School graduate, has been with YNN since October 2003, a year after the station started. At one time, he was YNN’s sports director after Damian Andrew left.

In his typical humors style, Calerdone posted this on his Facebook page: “For most of my 28 years, OKAY!!!! 37 years! I’ve worked at only 2 places, the world famous Pizza Supreme in Broadalbin and YNN both places filled with amazing memories…however at one point I had to leave the Pizza Shop and now I’m leaving YNN. May 25th is my last day at the station after almost 9 years it’s time for me to try and do something new.”

Earlier this year, Calderone was suspended for a few days when he accidentally made an obscene gesture on the air. He said the incident wasn’t a factor is his decision. He said he has been thinking about leaving for a while.

“If I’m ever going to try this, I’ve got to do it now,” Calderone said. “It probably doesn’t look too good, considering what happened a couple of months ago. But it has absolutely, positively nothing to do with it.”

Calderone is the second Capital Region sportscaster to leave his job. Rich Becker left FOX23 (WXXA) last month.

Read more at the Schenectady Gazette where this story was originally published.