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Jason Bristol

Josh Mora

Mike Robitaille

Bob Trimble

Jason Bristol [ top ]
Anchor/Reporter -
Empire Sports Report
Empire Sports Report Saturdays and Sundays 6:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Jason Bristol has been added to the Empire Sports Network staff recently to anchor the weekend editions of "Empire Sports Report". He will also serve as a reporter for the network during the week.

Bristol came to Empire Sports from WSTM-TV in Syracuse where he held similar duties as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter.

His career began as a weekend sports anchor at WDTV in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Six months later he moved back to Central New York to work as a sports reporter at WTVH. Bristol then joined WSTM in March 1998.

Bristol graduated from SUNY-Oswego and was actively involved in the campus television and radio stations, as well as his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Jason loves minor league baseball and has written numerous articles on the subject. His stories have appeared in Tuff Stuff, Baseball Card News and Card News.

He's also a big college basketball and football fan. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting baseball cards, running and of course, playing sports.

Josh Mora
Josh Mora
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Anchor - Empire Sports Report
Empire Sports Report weekdays 6:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Josh Mora joined the Empire Sports Network staff in early 1998 to launch the weekend edition of the "Empire Sports Report."  In early 2001, he earned a promotion to become the anchor for the weeknight edition of the show.  Mora was no stranger to Western New York television audiences though, having arrived at Empire Sports after a stint with WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. Mora capably occupied the role of anchor/reporter for the NBC affiliate for two years prior to being pried away by Empire Sports Network.

Mora has been one of the more versatile members of the Empire Sports Network staff, from interviewing professional athletes, coaches, front office members and newsmakers during the Stanley Cup Finals, to debating controversial issues in high school athletics, to hosting Empire Sports' issue and research oriented show, "Taking Aim".  Mora also has taken to the road for college football and basketball, filing live reports from Miami during the Syracuse Orangemen's week at the 1999 FedEx Orange Bowl and the Syracuse basketball team's run through the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Tournaments.  Before moving to his current position of weeknight anchor of the "Empire Sports Report", Mora hosted "Inside the Orange," with coaches Jim Boeheim and Paul Pasqualoni.  The program debuted in late August 1999.

Mora has been nominated for New York State Emmy Awards for his work in the category of Outstanding Sports News Coverage.  Mora's story of Elmira Notre Dame High School star Joel Stephens' battle with cancer was noticed statewide as a major contribution to the network.  He has won the praise of his peers and critics as one of the most talented writers and reporters in Western New York.  Mora has combined his knowledge of sports and his excellence as a journalist to lead the regional sports network's on-air team.

Mora came to Buffalo from Elmira, New York, where he served for two years as sports anchor/reporter at the most dominant NBC affiliate in the nation, WETM-TV, and covered the Southern Tier's major sporting events, including the PGA's B.C. Open, the LPGA's Corning Classic, and NASCAR's Bud at the Glen and Lysol 200.  Prior to arriving in the Empire State, Mora worked as a sports reporter/producer at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida, and at radio stations in Lake Worth, Florida and in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Josh is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was an English major, and played center for the Lord Jeffs hockey team which won the ECAC North-South championship in his senior year.  He is an active sports enthusiast who enjoys playing golf, running and working out, as well as occasionally continuing his hockey endeavors.

Mora lives in Western New York with his wife Allison, and their daughter Charlotte.

Mike Robitaille [ top ]
Hockey Hotline

Mike Robitaille's name is synonymous with professional hockey in Western New York.  Robitaille is widely known as the animated co-host of Empire Sports Network's "Hockey Hotline", which follows every televised Buffalo Sabres game.  He has occupied the co-host position since the program's inception, adding insight, analysis, and commentary on the team's performance and the state of the National Hockey League.  His ability to generate personality through his objective comments on all hockey matters has garnered Robitaille the respect of fans throughout the regional sports network's viewing audience.

Before landing his current position with Empire Sports, Robitaille worked as the main analyst for Buffalo Sabres games on radio and television from 1982-1991. 

Robitaille was one of the hardest hitting defensemen in the NHL in his 10 years as a player for the New York Rangers (1969-1971), Detroit Red Wings (1971), Buffalo Sabres (1971-1974), and Vancouver Canucks (1975).  Only a select few players of his generation were able to master the classic hip check, and Robitaille was the best of the bunch.

Robitaille was named best defenseman in the CHL during the 1969-70 season, helping the Omaha franchise win the CHL Championship that same season.  Robitaille has the unique distinction of having won two championships in the same year, having been apart of the Buffalo Bison's AHL Championship team in 1969-70 as well.

A successful businessman away from the rink, Robitaille was General Manager of Fort Erie Race Track and Casino from 1994-1999, overseeing the day-to-day operations and growth of one of Canada's most renowned horse racing facilities.

Currently the President of Robitaille Real Estate Center, Mike enjoys golf and spending free time with his wife Isabel and their two daughters, Amique and Sarah.

Bob Trimble
Bob Trimble [ top ]
Reporter - Empire Sports Network

Empire Sports Network reporter Bob Trimble came to Western New York in November 1998. Originally hired to host "Fan TV Night Time" during weeknight evenings, he was later promoted to the afternoon version of the program joining Jim Brinson.

Trimble also teamed with Brinson as the color analyst for the Buffalo Destroyers Arena Football League broadcasts on both Empire Sports and 107.7 WNSA. He served in that capacity along with host and sideline reporter duties for the Destroyers from their inaugural season in 1999 until they relocated to Columbus in 2004.

Additionally, he has traveled extensively to cover the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and the Syracuse University football team. Trimble has also worked as a sideline reporter for selected Bills home games for the FOX network since 1999.

Trimble came to Empire Sports from WKBD-TV in Detroit where he was the station's assistant sports director serving as anchor and reporter beginning in 1991. While in the Motor City, he also spent time as a studio host and reporter for prime-time specials featuring the Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Trimble was WKBD's primary reporter for both of the Red Wings' Stanley Cup titles in the 1990s as well as the University of Michigan's NCAA Final Four trips to Minneapolis and New Orleans in the early '90s with the "Fab Five". He also covered the Tigers in spring training at the team's home base in Lakeland, Florida.

Prior to his stint in Detroit, Trimble worked at television stations in both Grand Rapids, Michigan and Lansing, Michigan as well as Toledo, Ohio. He was also a sports talk show host on powerful WJR Radio in Detroit.

The Monaca, Pennsylvania native is a graduate of Ohio University and in 2004 was elected to the Center High School Hall of Fame. He is an avid collector of sports memorabilia and also enjoys playing golf and softball. Trimble resides in the Buffalo area with his wife Kim and his three sons, Ryan, Brandon and Jordan.

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