Longtime Rochester Business Journal sports columnist Rick Woodson died Tuesday after a brief illness.
Mr. Woodson, 72, had written a sports column for the RBJ since 1996, beginning the assignment after a short stint as an RBJ beat reporter. His last column appeared in the newspaper’s March 1 edition.
A dedicated golfer and onetime owner of the Golf Tee, a Webster driving range, Mr. Woodson also served as host of a weekly radio program, “The Golf Tee,” broadcast Sunday mornings on WHTK-AM 1280 and FM 107.2.
A Texas native who grew up in Shreveport, La., Mr. Woodson often tapped into his southern roots in the person of his supposed cousin Billy Bob, an alter ego, he frequently called up as a foil and devil’s advocate in his weekly columns. His interest in sports journalism dated to work as reporter for the student newspaper at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
After graduating from Northwestern State with a bachelor of arts in English and minor in journalism in 1964, Mr. Woodson worked as a sports reporter and columnist for the Shreveport Journal. He later served as his alma mater’s sports information director before returning to the Shreveport Journal in the early 1970s as the newspaper’s assistant sports editor.
Through the mid-1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Woodson moved through a series of sports journalism positions including stints as sports editor for the Longview Daily News in Longview, Wash., sports editor for Honolulu Advertiser in Hawaii, and as a sports reporter and columnist for the Rochester Times Union and Democrat and Chronicle. Mr. Woodson also was the host of “1370 Sports Connection,” a sports call-in show on the local public radio station WXXI–AM 1370.
He also taught journalism locally, most recently at SUNY College at Brockport.
He is a member of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame.
Remembered by the RBJ staff as a courtly presence with a ready smile and cheerful greeting for all, Mr. Woodson is missed.
He is survived by his wife, Beth Teall, daughter Debra (Alan) Waldrop, sons Rick (Lisa) Woodson Jr. and Michael Woodson; stepdaughter Tiffany; and grandchildren Duncan and Pierce Waldrop and Camryn and Cassidy Woodson.
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