2005-09-09 / Sports

Aceto Spotlights High School Sports Athletes

By Elio Velez

It’s almost the start of a new period at school. The classroom is starting to buzz with activity. The teacher then enters the classroom. A hush surrounds the students as the bell rings. It’s Thursday at 5 p.m. and class is about to begin. It’s time for New York City to take out their pencils, pens and notebooks.

Vinny Aceto, host of “On The Sidelines” on Radio NYC 91.5 FM, is at the blackboard and on the air.

For 16 years, the Brooklyn born and Abraham Lincoln High School graduate has entertained and informed radio listeners every week about the high school student/athlete.

The show gives a glimpse into the life of any player who participates in sports throughout the five boroughs. News, commentary, interviews, player spotlights and much more are crammed into an hour that can enlighten, entertain and teach the listener. And through it all is the man behind the microphone whose love of the show and high school sports that keeps Vinny Aceto on the air.

“In 1989, Alex Best (the host of “Sportsdesk Live”, the predecessor to “On The Sidelines”) was looking for help,” Aceto, who at the time was game night supervisor, press box announcer and statistician for the New York Rangers says. “I wasn’t going to get paid for it but I said yes.”

The partnership began and Aceto reported his first football game which was the semifinals between Sheepshead Bay and Lincoln, his alma mater in 1991. The show was extended from a half hour to an hour a few years later and in 1996, Best left and handed the solo reins to Aceto.

Aceto cherishes the memories every day from the chats with coaches, athletes, and broadcasting high school baseball, football and basketball championships. Game breaking performers such as Lincoln’s Stephon Marbury, the consecutive championships delivered by Tottenville pitcher Jason Marquis at Shea and Yankee Stadiums and broadcasting the annual PSAL football title game from Midwood Field are just a few of the many memories Aceto remembers.

There is no doubt in his mind that the excitement and fun of broadcasting “On The Sidelines” is still there.

“I think about the show all the time. Every week, I say how I can make this show better. I love the passion the kids have and the coaches, who are so accommodating. Until the fire burns out and it’s not burning out anytime soon, they’re going to have to physically remove me from my chair” Aceto says with a laugh.

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