Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines of two popular weathermen who lost their jobs amid scandal. Former Philadelphia meteorologist John Bolaris says he’s become a laughingstock ever since he was drugged by two women and duped out of more than $43,000 while vacationing in Miami in 2010. He claims the media portrayed him as a womanizer instead of as the victim of an international crime ring. Find out what headline he says further humiliated him. Now unemployed, how can he regain his career and repair his reputation? Plus, hear from John’s fiancée, Erica, who recently created another scandal for John by posting racy Tweets on his Twitter account. How does she explain the posts? Then, Zoel says she made headlines when her online sex chat with a married Connecticut meteorologist went viral — and he was fired from his job. Zoel says the media has painted her as a “home wrecker” and a “slut” and that her relationship with her 21-year-old daughter, Kayla — whom she recently reunited with after 19 years — has been damaged as a result. Can Zoel repair her reputation and prove to Kayla that she can still be a trustworthy mom?
An Emmy award winning TV journalist, radio talk show host, author and speaker, Diane Smith has been on the air in Connecticut since 1982. Diane is the anchor and senior producer for program development at CT-N, the Connecticut version of C-SPAN. She works to promote transparency in government and to increase citizen engagement in their democracy. The Globe Pequot Press has published six books based on Diane’s “Positively Connecticut” TV series, the longest running local TV series in state history. Diane’s next book Food Fight, written in collaboration with MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski is about solving the American obesity crisis. Food Fight will be published in May 2013 by Weinstein Books. Diane was an Emmy winning reporter and anchor on WTNH-TV in New Haven, and co-hosted the Morning Show on WTIC-1080, a CBS owned 50,000 watt AM radio station. She is a frequent on air contributor to the state PBS network, producing and hosting award winning documentaries and other programming.
Steve Villanueva, who did a brief stint at WTNH recently as weather guy and then moved on to traffic at WPIX in New York, has been hired to do weekend weather at WNBC. Steve will also produce for main meteorologist Janice Huff.
Tricia Taskey, now Tricia Taskey-Modifica a former reporter for WTNH and Fox61 News is leaving her TV profession behind her as she joins Northeast Utilities as the Connecticut media relations manager. See more about her new job here.
Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. and the town of East Haven will be hosting a brief ceremony to unveil a Memorial Bench in honor of the late WTNH Chief Meteorologist Dr. Mel Goldstein on Monday, August 20th. The bench was donated by Dr. Mel’s widow, Arelene Goldstein and will be placed at the East Haven Town Beach.
Congrats to WTNH News 8 softball team for winning the second annual Battle of the Media Charity Softball Tournament. News 8 earned bragging rights and the “Golden Mic” after four other Connecticut media stations struck out against them on Saturday morning. Benefits from the game went towards The Smillow Cancer Center in honor of Dr. Mel.