David Lightman

Here’s a hodge podge (Pronounce: HAWdge PAWdge) of stories from this weekend you may or may not be interested in:

Bristol based ESPN told Colin Cowherd last week, “You can’t quit, you’re fired.” A few days after it was reported Cowherd was leaving the network – probably for Fox Sports – he got in trouble for making remarks considered disparaging to baseball players from the Dominican Republic.

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But in a world where Thomas Jefferson can no longer be one of the Marquis names for Connecticut’s annual Democratic fundraising dinner, Cowherd never stood a chance. The question is: How does this effect his next career move?

Speaking of the Jefferson, Jackson, Bailey Dinner, it was good to see David Lightman’s byline on a piece about the Jefferson-Jackson controversy this weekend. Lightman, the long time Hartford Courant Washington bureau chief, with a weekly word output rivaled only by Susan Campbell, now writes for the McClatchy News Service out of Washington, D.C.

The black car company being sued by the family of former CBS correspondent Bob Simon says Simon was partially responsible for his own death back in February. The legendary 60 Minutes reporter and foreign correspondent was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Simon was posthumously honored by Quinnipiac University a few months ago.


Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House

The Jefferson Jackson controversy

Guest: Scot X. Esdaile, Connecticut NAACP

DMV Shutdown

Guest: Commissioner Andres Ayala

New veterans’ app

Guests: Brendan Reilly and Ward Bond of Defense Mobile


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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Pistol Firing Drone

Guest: Attorney Peter Sachs

Reporter Roundtable:

Chris Keating, Hartford Courant

Sue Haigh, Associated Press

Keith Phaneuf, Connecticut Mirror









Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Attorney General George Jepsen(D)

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

All News. All the Time.


Follow up now on a story we told you about a few weeks ago, long before anyone else did.

Changes are taking place at MSNBC that will turn the network in the direction of CNN and away from the multi-year effort to create a liberal counter balance to Fox News. At least during the day.

Mike Allen of Politico(former NYT Connecticut bureau reporter)revealed Thursday that Meet the Press host Chuck Todd will soon begin anchoring a daily, hour long political news round up. This schedule change is a prelude to the return of Brian Williams who will play the part of Shepard Smith on MSNBC.

More changes are in the offing in what is described as an attempt to make the cable network an extension of NBC News. Which is ironic, because over the last several years most news talent at NBC has tried to keep a professional distance from MSNBC as the network leaned so far left it left the country.

As we reported earlier, only Morning Joe and Rachel Maddow are considered safe in this re-shuffling.

The Lich

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Here is an interesting little story that could lead to a bigger one.

Java reports Hal Lichtenbaum, known to many longtime Hartford radio listeners as “The Lich” from WCCC(hold for another Bill Savitt reference*), has left his position as a deejay at WJMJ.

JMJ(Jesus, Mary and Joseph) is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese’s Office of Radio and Television and in recent years has been able to hire a bunch of former well known Hartford market hosts in a sort of WOLD style.

Father John Gatzak, himself an accomplished broadcaster, says The Lich would only tell him he had “an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.” This will of course lead to speculation among some radio fans that The Lich has been offered a position at one of this market’s classic rock stations for one more ride. Who knows.

*Former Hartford jeweler Bill Savitt and his brother– referenced in the post on Jeff Jacobs – were the first owners of WCCC.


Ed Henry


One of the longest serving radio hosts in Connecticut history has died.

Ed Henry, who hosted programs for 65 years on WLIS/WMRD, passed away last weekend at the age of 88. Given today’s media environment, it is unlikely many others will achieve the same on-air longevity.

Jacobs Wrong on Goats!



It’s rare for an opinion columnist to admit error, so we took note when Hartford Courant sports columnist Jeff Jacobs took back his first impressions of the Hartford Yard Goats and said so in print.

Like many Hartford area residents, Jacobs was aghast when the name for the new minor league team was announced earlier this year. Like others he was hoping for something more traditional like; the Senators or the Savitt Gems(P.O.M.G Service. Not Lip Service).*

But now that the name of the team has been paired with a logo, and there’s been a run on Yard Goat merchandise, Jacobs is willing to admit the team is off on the right track.



* Bill Savitt.

Nothing to See Here


It strikes us as mostly business as usual but Bristol based ESPN can’t be happy to see a New York Times analysis of recent personnel moves as a sign of trouble at the worldwide leader…in sports.

The paper posted a piece Tuesday claiming a talent drain could hurt the network. The article cited the recent departures of Keith Olbermann(1), Bill Simmons(2) and Colin Cowherd(3).

There’s an old newsroom saying: Three of anything makes a trend.


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