Prescott Rossi is going home.
At least to his home state.
The WABI-TV Channel 5 sports reporter and co-anchor with Tim Throckmorton has taken a similar job with WROC-TV, Channel 8 in Rochester, N.Y.
He will begin some time next month.
Rossi is from Albany and said he has relatives in the Rochester area.
“My contract was set to expire at the end of November and Channel 5 wanted to keep me. I wasn’t against it. I love working here. But I had an opportunity to go to a bigger market and I pounced on it,” said Rossi, who graduated from Boston University and will turn 24 on Saturday.
He interviewed for a day and “luck fell my way.”
But he said he will miss Bangor.
“My two years have been fantastic,” said Rossi. “This is a great station and a great sports market. We have a Division I school (University of Maine), all the high school teams and the teams in Boston. It was a great place to have my first job and I feel lucky to have been able to come here and work with Tim and George (Hale).”
He said he learned a lot from his co-workers like Throckmorton, Hale, Jim Morris and Jon Small and that led to his improvement.
“I was real lucky. I was like a sponge,” said Rossi. “When I look at the stuff I did when I first got here, it’s embarrassing.”
WROC has a wide range of teams it covers, he said, like the International League’s Rochester Red Wings and the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans.
“They’re also hosting the PGA Championship at Oak Hill (Country Club in Rochester) in 2013 and the (Buffalo) Bills have training camp at St. John Fisher College (in Rochester),” said Rossi. “The station travels with the Bills and goes with Syracuse basketball to the NCAA Tournament. The station puts a lot of resources into sports like Channel 5 does.”
He said he will get a pay raise but said the station doesn’t have contracts.
When he looks back on his time at Channel 5, one of his most vivid memories will be the Bangor Senior League World Series team reaching the championship game two summers ago.
“That was amazing,” he said. “It was really cool to be a part of (covering) that.”
He will also always remember the week when Steve Abbott was hired as the full-time University of Maine athletic director and he promptly fired icon Cindy Blodgett as women’s basketball coach.
“And then Cindy (lashed out) during a press conference at a bar,” said Rossi.
Steve Hiltz, WABI-TV program director said Rossi will be missed.
“He’s a good man. He did a great job,” said Hiltz who added that they hope to name his replacement soon.