Career comes full circle for local radio personality

For KISS-FM radio DJ Kris 'Roscoe Red' Majka, learning he was selected to be the in-game host for the NHL Kraft Hockeyville USA contest at the Clinton Arena was a dream come true.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 11:45 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2018 11:47 PM

Clinton, N.Y. - You've heard of Roscoe Red. He's the voice on your radio in the evenings or maybe he's DJ'd your school dance. What you might not know about him is that hockey is a big part of his life.

"From when I was 3 years old to when I was 15, this (Clinton Arena) is where I played, this is where I learned the game," said Majka.

On Tuesday, Roscoe Red will trade in his radio microphone for a stick mic when he becomes the in-game host for the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest between the Buffalo Sabres and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"It's awesome, because I'm a huge fan of the NHL, a fan of the sport so just to be able to be involved in this, in this way, it's kind of bringing my career full circle," said Majka. "I used to play here, its just crazy, its so cool."

As a local personality, the gig fell into his lap.

"My family knew Mike Orsino, who's the owner of the arena," explained Majka. "He goes to my mom's orthopedic center that she works at. She mentioned that my son works for KISS-FM. He goes 'wait, who is he? Roscoe Red. Oh we know who that is.' Two weeks later he comes back and says they're on board your son got the job. Then they called me and I freaked out."

According to Kris, there's one important rule to being an in-game host.

"If you're doing a t-shirt toss, to make sure you're square and planted because there was a game last season where I thought I had my footing and I threw a t-shirt and fell right on my keister but I owned it. I got up and put my hands up and everybody laughed and it was fine. Just make sure I don't fall on the ice on national television. That's my goal."

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