ESPN Ithaca 107.1FM/1160AM (WPIE) continues expansive coverage of local, regional, national and international sports including the play-by-play coverage for the New York Yankees, Syracuse Orange basketball & football, and approximately 75 local high school games per year. Simply put, ESPN Ithaca is the Lead Dog.
In addition to being the exclusive play-by-play provider of Section IV athletics in Ithaca, ESPN Ithaca’s team of reporters works diligently to establish relationships with local sports teams and report more than just the final score. From live in-game updates via social media, in-depth halftime shows and exclusive interviews with coaches and athletes, ESPN Ithaca has you covered.
We host Night of Champions, our annual awards dinner in June, celebrating nearly 60 of the area’s best varsity athletes and coaches. The event not only recognizes outstanding individual achievement, we partner with local businesses to provide $3,000 in scholarship awards to our top male and female athletes and two coaches picks. Another $4,000 in contributions is made to an assortment of area booster clubs through our “Fueling Excellence” program. Visions Federal Credit Union and Guthrie are integral partners in the entire evening including the scholarship monies.
We also feature our afternoon show Between the Lines, a fast-paced daily sports talk show that airs from 5-6 PM. The show features special guests from around the area, discusses local sports stories, and provides perspective on games and events. ESPN Ithaca’s reporters produce daily SportsCenter Updates and All Access reports hourly throughout the day.
Meet ESPN Ithaca
Todd Mallinson – General Manager
Originally from Massachusetts, Todd received his BA in Communications from Curry College in Milton, MA. During his career in media and advertising sales management, Todd has lead operations in Pittsfield, MA, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA and since 1997 in the Finger Lakes Region. In 2010, he and his wife and business partner Tina Mallinson assumed ownership of ESPN Ithaca-WPIE and acquired Tompkins Weekly in 2016 renaming the company Vizella Media that same year. “We love it here. The diversity, the beauty, the tastes; we live in an area that people come to vacation in, how good is that?”, says Todd. He enjoys running, tennis, and golf along with time with family and friends on Cayuga Lake. Todd is a member of Tompkins Chamber of Commerce for which he has served as long-time board member, he is also a member of Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce where he has also served as a board member. Todd also serves on the American Cancer Society’s Coaches & Community v. Cancer Game Changing Gala Committee.
Nick Karski – Operations Manager/Host of Between the Lines/Play-by-Play
An Elmira native and Ithaca College alum, Nick is a six-time New York State Broadcasters Association Award winner at ESPN Ithaca. You can hear him every weekday on “Between the Lines” from 5-6pm as he breaks down everything local and everything fun about sports. He is a play-by-play voice of Section IV athletics and hosts Gameday, a fast-paced hour of local college and high school football talk. He also anchors SportsCenter Updates and All Access reports. In some of his spare time, Nick enjoys watching his beloved Buffalo Bills, roots for the New York Yankees and has been to more concerts than he can count.
Ryan Gineo – Play-by-Play/Reporter
Originally from Connecticut, Ryan received a BA in journalism from Hofstra University in 2022 and is currently the lead play-by-play broadcaster and reporter for ESPN Ithaca. During his time at Hofstra, Ryan was a member of the sports department at WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University, where he was a play-by-play broadcaster for multiple Hofstra sports and was involved in New York Islanders broadcasts. He also contributes to Tompkins Weekly, keeping readers up to date of the local collegiate and high school happenings in the area. When he’s not working, Ryan is either watching any soccer game or listening to a wide range of music.
Liam Kelleher – Business Development Manager
Recently relocated to Ithaca from Binghamton, Liam provides digital insights and recommendations for successful marketing campaigns custom to the client’s needs. He utilizes accurate campaign reporting to ensure that the marketing goals are reached. Prior to coming to Vizella Media, Liam was an Account manager with Townsquare Media in their development department; he took on many roles from sales support and community outreach to voiceover work and commercial script writing. A Cazenovia College alum with a BA in Communications, Liam also excelled in athletics as a defence player on the Wildcats lacrosse team.
Liam is also very comfortable around the microphone providing commentary for broadcasts of select play-by-play. When Liam is not working, he spends time with his son and fiancée, finding new bicycle trails in the woods and always making time to stop for ice cream.