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Q & A With Radio Host Nick Mendola

Before the Sabres and Flyers series started, we had a chance to sit down with Nick Mendola, host of Middays with Nick Mendola on WECK 1230.

Q. Lets start with a little bit about yourself. What is your background?

I'm a huge Buffalo sports supporter, well huge Buffalo supporter, period. I started ice skating when I was very young and always wanted to play for the Sabres. When that dream died, I wanted to find a way to stay connected to sports. I wanted to be the sports columnist at The Buffalo News, but sports radio is working out fine.

Q. With the Sabres starting here on Thursday, what are your feelings on this team and how far can they make it in the playoffs?

As long as Crosby doesn't come back, this team can beat anyone because of Ryan Miller. Realistically, the Pens, Caps and Bruins scare me but not enough to doubt the Sabres chances. The East is a weak mess.

Q. What is going to be the biggest key to the Sabres beating the Flyers?

Ryan Miller and Tim Connolly. The Sabres need some semblance of center play to go with their dynamite goaltender.

Q. What is the biggest weakness in this team heading into the playoffs?

Offensive depth, especially at center. If they can get to the second round and get Derek Roy back, all bets are off.

Q. Your show has recently moved from late nights to midday, has that changed anything that you do?

Yeah, my younger brother has to watch my 5-month-old son. I think I'm a better fit for the afternoon because I can connect with people working their 9-to-5. I also get to feel a part of the workplace and spend more time building the show and my side business, FC Buffalo.

Q. How does your show differentiate itself from the other giants in the Buffalo talk radio scene?

We're local and we haven't called ourselves "all sports" or "all news." We won't force a discussion on the Bills quarterback just to appease people, but we also don't have to pretend we understand the funny money involved in the WNY budget. It allows us to be a little bit of everything to everyone... which I think is really cool.

Q. How is WECK doing things differently?

You'll have to listen to find out, and I sure hope you do. Local radio for local and national folks. Let's go, Buffalo.

Big thanks to Nick for answering our questions and check out Nick's show from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday on WECK 1230 AM.