Velardi on DL

imagesNews 8 Good Morning Connecticut anchor Chris Velardi is making the most of a bad situation. He’s on the disabled list for the next few weeks while recuperating from ACL reconstruction surgery (he’s scheduled to undergo surgery today).

As a result, he’s turning to blogging to keep his mind and writing muscles occupied during what he anticipates will be many hours of autumn boredom.

You can read his full account at “No Prompter.”

WFSB Leading

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It will be another month before we know the winner of this year’s race for governor, but so far WFSB is leading the race in political advertising revenue. The Hartford Business Journal is reporting that as of September 21, channel 3 has booked $3.3 million in campaign ad inventory.

That’s well ahead of its two main Hartford market competitors.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am

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Host: Dennis House

Ballpark study

Guest: Fred Cartsensen UConn economist CT’s financial situationGuest:  Kevin LemboThe race for Congress

Guest:  Matthew Corey, R for CT-1

Flashback:  President Johnson campaigns at Constitution Plaza September 28, 1964

 

 

Decision 2014 NBC Connecticut 10:00 am

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CT Capitol Report FoxCT Sunday 10:30am

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Host: Tom Dudchik

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

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Segment 1:  Senator Chris Murphy  discusses the threat of ISIS.

Segment 2:  Elizabeth Esty discusses ISIS, her term in Congress and her campaign for re-election.

Segment 3:  Attorney General George Jepsen talks about his latest call on Apple to discuss privacy protections and the Home Depot data breach.

 

The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at

http://www.ctnow.com/stan

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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

Tony Hwang(R)

Sen. District 28 Candidate

Kim Fawcett(D)

Sen. District 28 Candidate

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)

Judy DeAngelis Retires

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Our friend and former Connecticut radio news guy Paul Murnane let us know that long time WINS anchor Judy DeAngelis is retiring from one of NYC’s two all news stations.

“Judy DeAngelis admits she has a few regrets from her 26 years as a morning news anchor on WINS (1010 AM).

“I always wanted to do a whole shift in an Irish accent,” says DeAngelis — and now she probably won’t, because next Tuesday will be her last day.

“I’m retiring on Sept. 30 because Oct. 1 is my birthday,” she says, “and I wanted my birthday off.'”

We love WINS because it’s one of the few stations that still has sound effects of teletype machines in the background of its newscast even though many of today’s listeners probably have no idea what all the noise is.

 

FCC and WTIC

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An item from CTbytheNumbers is sure to get people talking in the broadcast and political world in the aftermath of last week’s conviction of former governor and WTIC radio host John Rowland.

It appears the station’s license renewal is languishing in what is called an “enforcement hold.” There is no indication why the hold has been put in place or when it might be lifted, but in recent weeks several critics of WTIC-AM have suggested the station might be sanctioned for allowing Rowland to use his show to promote the congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.

Scott Gray Retires

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WTIC-AM radio listeners were taken out of their morning routine this morning with the surprise announcement from Scott Gray that he will retire from his position as the station’s morning sportscaster effective October 3rd.

Gray dedicated his regular morning commentary to a reflection on his life and career. He began at WINF in Manchester, eventually moved to WPOP – when it was an all news station – and then on to WTIC-AM.

After years of covering late night games and waking up early to deliver the results during morning drive Scott says he and his wife have long looked forward to making this change and now is the time. From this morning’s commentary:

“…the last 43 years have brought me you, a radio audience it has been a privelege to serve. You’ve all become my neighbors and friends. I will miss you all very much. Next Friday will be my last day at WTIC.”

We wish Scott the best of luck. This may be one of the biggest changes to morning drive radio in Hartford since the retirement of Bob Steele.

 

Taking the Heidi Road

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WEST HARTFORD, CT – (September 24, 2014) – NBC Connecticut / WVIT announced today that Heidi Voight will join its weekday morning news team as a morning traffic and general assignment reporter. Voight will be joining Todd Piro, Shirley Chan and Bob Maxon for “NBC Connecticut Today” from 4:30 am – 7:00 am.
Voight is an experienced multimedia journalist who worked at WWLP, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she anchored and produced the 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm weekend news.
“Heidi takes our traffic reporting to another level,” said Matt Piacente, Vice President of News.  “She knows our roads, brings a solid news background and engages thousands of commuters every day on social media.  We’re excited to have her on our morning team.”
Voight was born and raised in Milford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.

As JAVA reports, it was a case of Miss Connecticut v. Miss USA…

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