Take the day off. Actually, take the week…

That’s what employees at The Day of New London were told to do this morning. Management has announced mandatory weeklong furloughs without pay as a cost-cutting measure.

Please Prove Us Wrong

Has Connecticut’s AM talk radio become the sole province of right-leaning white males? We’re talking about locally-generated shows. One of our favorite smaller radio stations, WLIS/WMRD (Old Saybrook/Meriden) features synidcated host Stephanie Miller on weekdays from 10-12 noon, but we’re referring to local programming.  Again, please prove us wrong; we hope we are.

The Valley Press is Born

It’s not all doom and gloom in Connecticut local media. We would be remiss if we did not applaud Melissa Marinan for starting The Valley Press –  a free weekly newspaper that will be delivered to every house in Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington and Simsbury, starting Feb. 5.

The Courant highlighted this new venture as well as the importance of local news:

“I’ve said from day one when I was elected four years ago, the most difficult part of the job is getting accurate information out to the taxpayer, and the best vehicle for that is the newspaper,” said Michael Clark, Farmington’s town council chairman. “Any newspaper now that will cover local matters and can get the information out to the public is really welcome.”

Movement at The Courant

Features Editor Naedine Hazell is the new editor of courant.com, replacing Jeanne Leblanc who left earlier this month. Gina Seay, who was number two in features, is moving into Naedine’s job.

CNN’s D.L. Hughley at Quinnipiac

hughleyAs part of Quinnipaic University’s celebration of Black History Month, Comedian D.L. Hughley will speak on Thursday, February 5. The lecture will start at 7 p.m. and take place in Alumni Hall.

Hughley is host of CNN’s talk show “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.” The show airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 11 p.m.

Mika & Gayle & Some WFSB Memories on “Morning Joe”

In advance of  a Gayle King interview today with Governor Blago, Mika Brzezinski of  MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”      interviewed Gayle. You may enjoy the  mid-90s video from WFSB including images from” Gayle King Day” in Hartford when her first talk show was housed on Constitution Plaza.  Mika was an anchor/reporter at WFSB who started in the market at Fox61. She’s married to Jim Hoffer, who started in this market at Fox61 and made his mark as an investigative reporter at WTNH. He took his skills for long-form reporting to WABC-TV in New York where he continues to work today.

Jim Hoffer

Why Newspapers Matter

We are reminded that a Hartford Courant story triggered the investigation of Mayor Eddie Perez. Dan Goren wrote a piece two years ago about a deal with longtime politico Abe Giles that apparently got the ball rolling. We’re told it’s referenced on page one of the Perez affadavit.

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