Sports broadcaster, radio college professor killed in car crash


VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Central New York community is mourning the loss of longtime radio broadcaster and college professor Vincent Spadafora, the man killed in a car accident Friday in Durhamville.

Spadafora worked for various radio stations throughout his career, including calling high school sports in Oneida, and taught radio broadcasting and electronic media community at Onondaga Community College for nearly 40 years.

New York State Police say that Spadafora was killed on Route 31, when he drove off the side of the road and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to his obituary, Spadafora is also a Vietnam veteran.

Spadafora, known as "Spaddy," is survived by his wife, four children and a son-in-law, two grandchildren and five siblings.

NEWSChannel 2's longtime former sports director Jason Powles was a friend of Spadafora's. On Sunday Powles said, "Vinny was a great sportscaster. I loved driving around CNY listening to him call games. He was one of the best and always put the young athletes in the area first. He will be missed."

Calling hours will be held at Campbell-Dean Funeral Home in Canastota, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Monday. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Agatha's Church on North Peterboro Street.

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