Meet Sal Maiorana

I’m a native of Buffalo, and can recall watching my first Bills game in the fall of 1968. This, of course, gives me license to be the well-known curmudgeon that I am because, let’s face it, I’ve seen a whole lot more bad than good in my days following the Bills.


I graduated from Buffalo State College, class of 1984, with a degree in journalism, and I’ve been in the business ever since.

My career actually began as a stringer for the Associated Press while I was in college, during which I also served as the sports editor for The Record at Buff State. I entered the daily newspaper business as a sports writer for the Corning Leader in 1985 before joining the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in November 1986.


I've done a little bit of everything at the paper, but my career has been defined by being the primary beat writer covering the Buffalo Bills for more than three decades. My first four years on the beat, they went to the Super Bowl, which I’m pretty sure qualifies me as the first, and still only, NFL beat writer in history to begin his beat career with four straight trips to the Big Game. Of course, no team has ever gone four years in a row, thus my confidence that I’m right about this.


I was humbled to be a 2009 inductee into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame which honors Rochester’s most decorated athletes, coaches, administrators, teams, and media personalities. Three times I’ve been named Rochester Press-Radio Club Sports Writer of the Year, I’ve been recognized once by the American Legion as Rochester's Sports Writer of the Year, and have won numerous New York State Publishers' Association and Gannett News Service citations for my work.


I am a regular guest on several iHeart Media radio programs in Rochester including the Bob Matthews Show and the DiTullio and Moran Show, and I also am part of the podcast The Mourning After with Matthews and Pauly Gugliemo that is available at iHeart.


My freelance work has appeared in several publications and online web sites including The Sporting News, Golf World, Golf Week, USGA Journal, USA Today, PGA Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine,, CBS Sportsline, and Pro Sports Exchange.

You can also find my sports history stories on my website,

Lastly, I’ve somehow found time to author 22 books, most recently 1968 - Amid the Crucible of War, Revolt and Tragedy, Sports Helped Soothe America's Psyche; and When Buffalo Stood Atop the Sports World.


I live out in the quiet little haven of Gananda with my wife, Christine, our three children, Taylor, Holden, and Caroline, and my best buddy, our dog, who just so happens to be named Buddy.

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