Host DJ Jickster
Meet David Gick, better known as DJ Jickster. Dave has been a good friend of the Kelly family for more than 25 years. He has graciously donated his time and talent for more than 20 years, supporting Hunter’s Hope events. We are so thankful for Dave and his continued generosity. He works for 97 Rock, WGRF Buffalo, where he is an on-air personality and Promotions Director.
The Buffalo Bills selected Thurman Thomas with their first pick in the 1988 NFL Draft, and he played for the Buffalo Bills for 12 seasons. Thomas currently holds the all-time Buffalo Bills rushing record with 11,938 yards and the team record for yards from scrimmage with 16,279 over 12 years. He is also 4th overall in team scoring. Overall, Thomas finished 13 seasons with 12,074 rushing yards, 472 receptions for 4,458 yards, and 88 touchdowns. Thomas is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in total yards from scrimmage for four consecutive seasons. He is one of only six running backs to have over 400 receptions and 10,000 yards rushing.
Thomas currently lives in Buffalo with his wife, Patti, and three daughters, Olivia, Angelica, and Annika, and one son, Thurman III.
Thomas has his own TV show about the Bills, the Thurman Thomas Show, through which he and WKBW-TV Sports Director, Jeff Russo, provide their candid take and expert opinions on the Buffalo Bills and their upcoming opponents in a given football season. He also runs Thurman Thomas Sports Training and the Thurman Thomas Global Energy Group, which is partnered with three energy companies to help businesses save money by getting them the best deals from energy suppliers and engaging them in demand-response programs.
True fans of special teams play will for years admire and recall Steve Tasker’s agility and ability to beat the coverage, tackle kick return players and down punts headed for the goal line. Arriving in Buffalo midway through the 1986 season, he quickly became a team and fan favorite at wide receiver – scoring touchdowns on his first two receptions – in addition to being one of the top special teams cover men in the game.
Appearing in 195 regular season and playoff games during his career, he made 204 career special team tackles and seven blocked punts to his credit. Perhaps the most memorable blocked punt came against the Raiders in 1990 when Tasker blocked a punt that was returned for the touchdown to spark the greatest comeback victory. In 1996 when the Bills were in need of wide receivers late in the season Tasker, who had eight catches in seven seasons with the team, became an important part of the pass offense. In the playoff blowout against the Dolphins, he not only caught a touchdown pass but also tallied up five passes for 108 yards. During his 11 seasons as a Buffalo Bill Tasker was selected by his peers and coaches to represent the AFC in seven Pro Bowls and is the only true special teams’ player to be selected as the Pro Bowl MVP, earning that destination in the 1993 Game.
You can listen to Steve daily on One Bills Live on WGR 550.
In October 1979 – one month after its inception – ESPN hired a little known 24-year-old sports anchor named Chris Berman. For four decades, Berman has become one of America’s most respected, popular, and in many ways, most beloved sportscasters of his era. A legend in the industry, Berman has also been recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his peers, and countless other organizations for his exceptional contributions to sports broadcasting. With his trademark combination of genuine enthusiasm, knowledge, and wit, he has come to embody ESPN in its dedication to entertaining and informing sports fans across the country. He is best known for his signature delivery of highlights in every sport, most notably on NFL Sundays.
Jake Owen is an American country music singer-songwriter and actor. He released his debut studio album “Startin’ with Me” in 2006. This album produced three singles, all of which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His second studio album, 2009’s “Easy Does It”, accounted for three more singles. In September 2011, Owen achieved his first number one hit on the country charts with the title track to his third studio album “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”. His fourth studio album, “Days of Gold” produced two singles with its title track, which broke the top 20 in 2013, and the number one single “Beachin”. Owen has also toured as an opening act for several other country artists, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Jason Aldean.
Christopher "Shooter" McDonald
Christopher McDonald is an American actor. His breakout role was in Ridley Scott’s “Thelma and Louise”, followed by playing Jack Barry in Robert Redford’s “Quiz Show”. Other notable performances include “Into Thin Air: Death on Everest” as John Krakauher and “Requiem for a Dream” as Tappy Timmons. Chris has co-starred in hit comedies “Happy Gilmore”, “Flubber”, and “Leave it to Beaver”. His television credits include “Harry’s Law, “Boardwalk Empire”, and “Family Law”.
Trained by legendary acting teacher Stella Adler and also at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Chris has been singled out by the New York Times as one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood. He has performed in over 100 films spanning thirty-five years. His 40 stage credits include Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago and the 2013 hit, Lucky Guy opposite Tom Hanks.
He is a prominent fan of the Buffalo Bills.
Eric Wood is a former center for the Buffalo Bills and nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016. Eric played for nearly nine years with the Bills, until a dangerous neck injury forced him to withdraw from professional football in 2018.
He currently engages with fans as a color commentator for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network. On other platforms, fans can access Eric’s lively commentary in his online sports column for The Athletic, where his intelligence as a center informs his in-depth analysis of the game. Eric also serves as a charismatic keynote speaker at special events, delivering impactful speeches on diverse topics such as leadership, being a Christian father and athlete, and reaching one’s highest potential. For an up-close and personal perspective into his career transition, Eric hosts a podcast, What’s Next With Eric Wood, with a new guest interview every episode.
In 2014, Eric formed the Eric Wood Fund, inspired by his brother Evan Wood, who passed away from complications stemming from cerebral palsy as a child. The Eric Wood Fund helps provide chronically ill children and their families with care, support, resources, and encouragement to keep them going.
Brent Lale - Canada
For the past 22 years, Brent Lale has been a sports reporter and anchor in the city of London, Ont. Canada. He’s covered Canadian stars like Tim Tindale and Steve Christie who have both suited up for the Bills. He’s an avid NFL fan making sure to work his scheduled around watching his favourite team the Buffalo Bills every Sunday. Brent also loves playing and watching other sports in his spare time, and is a big supporter of local Special Olympics.
Mike Stubbs - Canada
Mike Stubbs has been the radio play-by-play voice of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League for over 20 years. In that time he has called Memorial Cup championships and traveled thousands of miles covering one of the most successful franchises in junior hockey. Mike also hosts London Live from noon-3 weekdays on Global News Radio. Mike and his wife Kiersta have two children and call Southwestern Ontario home.
Nicolás Batista - Argentina
For 12 years, I have been working as a sports reporter for radio and newspapers.
I live in Tandil city (Buenos Aires), but I worked for many years in Bahía Blanca city. Emanuel Ginobili was born there. I’m a basketball and NBA fanatic, although I also watch the NFL.
I play and watch sports in my spare time.
I suffer from leukodystrophies closely because my nieces Julia and Isabella suffer from Metachromatic Leukodystrophy. My niece Julia died in 2015. It is an honor for me to participate in this event.