Sunday Talk








Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

Race for Governor:
Mayor Mark Boughton(R) – Danbury
Flashback: Linda McMahon’s first appearance on Face the State

New Haven:
Mayor Toni Harp(D)

Remembering John Glenn – 1998 reports from Jennifer Watson and Melissa Francis


Real Story pic







The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

State Comptroller Keven Lembo(D)

Democrats Lose Ground in Legislature:
Matt Ritter(D) – Incoming House Majority Leader

Crumbling Foundations:
Jim Williams – Tolland Homeowner









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

State Senator Len Fasano(R)

The Hour(Check local listings)

Host: Jim Pellegrino

Kathy MacAfee – Executive Presentation Coach

Goodwin College Manufacturing Panel:
Dr. Al Pucino, Matt Spinelli and Ron Gatchell

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)

$5.5M x 3


Former WFSB anchor Gayle King has reportedly signed a new contract with CBS worth a total of $16.5 million over three years.

King has agreed to stay on as co-host of CBS This Morning. Insiders at the network are said to be pleased with the progress of the show and the chemistry of its three main anchors. Previous reporting has also suggested CBS appreciates King’s ability to represent the network at social events in New York City and elsewhere.

Gayle – the days of  turkey gift certificates at Thanksgiving and paying half the cost of  parking at the old Constitution Plaza lot must seem like a distant memory!

“Generic Ethnic Curiosity”


NPR reporter Asma Khalid has a great first person report on her experience covering this year’s presidential campaign as a Muslim woman.

Khalid usually wears a hijab, so particularly at Trump events, the head scarf often led to an immediate and at times threatening reaction from crowds. Without it, Khalid writes, she is light skinned enough to pass as a “generic ethnic curiosity.”

Like Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Khalid is from Indiana.

Pelley’s Future


It is unusual for CBS News to air its personnel issues in public so the latest story from the New York Post on the future of anchor Scott Pelley is either fake news, or perhaps a trial balloon.

The paper is reporting plans are underway to replace Pelley as the anchor of the CBS Evening News and move him full time to 60 Minutes where – the paper’s sources suggest – the format is more suited to his style.

Since taking over the CBS Evening News Pelley has tried to elevate the concept of “original reporting” into the story selection and marketing of the broadcast, but perhaps the magazine influenced approach doesn’t work for a half hour recap of the day’s news. The network denies the Post story, but that will not stop it from going viral on media and entertainment news sites over the next 24 hours.

Claire Smith Honored


Claire Smith, a former Hartford Courant New York Yankees beat writer, has won the J.G Taylor Spink Award. It is a top honor for baseball writers.

Smith, who now works for ESPN, is the first African-American woman to cover Major League Baseball on a daily basis. The award is presented during Hall of Fame induction weekend in Cooperstown in July.

From ESPN:

Smith was given a standing ovation when her election was announced, and she asked the other half dozen women in the room to stand alongside her as she spoke.

Her voice quavering, Smith thanked “the guys that stood up to the athletes and teams and said that we are your peers and we deserve to be treated like you.

“I want to thank you as well as the women who walked the walk and fought the battles and got all of us to this point,” she said. “No one does this by themselves.”

Dang, Dana – That’s a Heckuva Run


WFSB News Director Dana Neves hit a milestone this week: 10 years in her current post. That’s an almost unheard of tenure for a TV news director (and to add to the longevity angle, Neves started at the station as an intern in 1995). In the photo above she’s second from the left, and is joined by some WFSB’ers who have worked at The Land of the 3 since the 80s & 90s: General Manager Klarn DePalma (GM for 11 years but started in sales in ’92), Dennis House (arrived in 1992) and Denise D’Ascenzo (1986).

In Other News…


Now some miscellaneous news from around the industry, dot, dot, dot…

West Hartford native Jessica Rosenworcel finds herself at the center of speculation concerning the future of the FCC in Washington. According to the Radio+Television Business Report.

New statistics from the New York Times might provide some hope for struggling daily newspapers in Connecticut and elsewhere. For the Times, the move to digital is paying off. Could the Times strategy work on a local scale?

Meanwhile, a new report from Reuters says digital media outlets are thriving in Europe where legacy outlets don’t have a foothold.

Finally, the future may not be so bright for AM radio. Despite efforts by the FCC to revitalize the band, others are now calling for a “humane decommissioning” of AM. The new Trump administration may play a role.

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