Whalers Still Popular

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Nearly 20 years since they left Connecticut, the Hartford Whalers still have a large following and the team’s apparel is a hit whether in vintage form or purchased new at the airport, or other locations.

ESPN.com has a profile of the team’s loyal fan base, which could someday do for Hartford what the ghost of the Brooklyn Dodgers has done for Brooklyn.

Think about it! There’s something inherently cool about a scrappy city spurned by the big leagues that carries on and remains loyal to its team.

Joe Cool

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Vanity Fair has an extensive profile of New Canaan’s Joe Scarborough featuring the morning host’s evening side as a part time rock musician.

Worth Noting

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Andrea Tantaros. The latest Fox News host to sue in connection with alleged sexual harassment by former Fox CEO Roger Ailes is just getting started. According to her attorney a second round of legal action is being planned targeting the company as a whole and top Fox News executives who may still be on the job.

Katie Couric. It has been learned that toward the end of her time at CBS News, Couric voluntarily cut her salary by one million dollars to prevent layoffs on her staff. Part of the deal included a promise to keep the gesture private.

New York Times/CBS News Poll. The long running polling partnership between the two legacy news titans may be coming to an end after this election. Several decades ago, the three major broadcast networks paired up for polling collaboratives with the Times, the Washington Post(ABC) and the Wall St. Journal(NBC). Now NBC often touts its partnership with Survey Monkey – which just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

No Replacing Natalie

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Word is that the departure of Natalie Morales from the Today Show will mark the end of the position known as “news reader.”

From now on Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, the hosts of the show, will read the news during the first hour and hand off to reporters in the field.

Morales, formerly of NBC CT, is leaving for Access Hollywood, but will continue to be a west coast presence on Today.

We thought you’d want to know.

Finz Frontier

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Noah Finz, the former sports director and sports anchor at WTNH, is partnering with Frontier Communications to launch a new Connecticut sports network, The Laurel has learned.

Frontier plans to dedicate an entire channel to Connecticut high school, college, professional and recreational sports. 

Vantage Sports Network from Frontier is scheduled to start programming Sept 12. The lineup includes live nightly showcalled CT Sports Nowhighlighting statewide events. The network will also air Connecticut college and high school games, coaches’ shows and long-form features on local athletes

The network will be available to all Connecticut Frontier subscribers on channels 600 and 1600.

Names in the News

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Richard Gordon. The former owner of the Hartford Whalers was spotted in Newport this past weekend by Whalers fan and WFSB anchor Dennis House. There is a selfie involved and Whalers gear in this story.

Gretchen Carlson. The Greenwich resident and former Fox News anchor has given another Fox News host the courage necessary to file a new sexual harassment suit against the network and its former CEO Roger Ailes. Andrea Tantaros.

“Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” Ms. Tantaros’s suit says.

Josh Brogadir. The Woodbridge, Connecticut native is joining WCVB in Boston as a freelance sports reporter and anchor. Most recently he has been a reporter for NECN.

Social Media

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News 8 in New Haven is getting some attention for making use of the new social media tool Instagram Stories to engage its audience all day long.

The new Instagram tool allows reporters to post all day long into a story stream that appears as a slideshow and disappears after 24 hours.

WTNH has been using the service for about a month and the station is hoping it can help grow viewership among women who are Instagram’s top users.

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