He’s Come Rohr-ing Back

If you are a WFSB employee or alum of a certain age you will recognize the man on the left – former General Manager Chris Rohrs who is a great guy.  Find out why he returned to Channel 3 recently…

A Possible Thawing of Tribune Wage Freeze?

Those who work for the Tribune-owned Hartford Courant and Fox61 experienced a salary freeze in 2009 . This memo came to employees today from Chicago-based management…

As a result of the company’s success last year, there will be no freeze on base salaries in 2010.  This does not mean that everyone will get an increase in compensation—many won’t.  The current condition of the economy and our industry do not support across-the-board cost-of-living increases.

We’re encouraging our local managers to review the work of their employees, provide consistent feedback, and to highlight and reward outstanding performance.  Some employees may get an increase in salary, others may be eligible for a discretionary or spot bonus, and still others may receive an increase in their target bonus.  But, increases in compensation will be based on merit.

Journalism Week on WNPR’s “Where We Live”

Where We Live

Monday, March 1:

Seemingly everyone in Connecticut is running for Governor. It’s a job that looks pretty unappealing right now. Coming up, we’ll talk about the challenges facing this Governor and the next one, and get more Capitol news from our reporter roundtable. (Greg Hladky of the Advocate newspapers, Keith Phaneuf of CT Mirror and Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.com)

Tuesday 3.2

NPR Ombudsman Lisa Shepard joins us again to answer listener questions. As a longtime reporter, professor and media critic, she’ll talk about what steps NPR takes to assure accuracy and transparency in the news.

Thursday 3.4

John Dankosky will host a newspaper roundtable on Tuesday night at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Portions of that roundtable will air on Thursday, followed by an interview with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward (appearing that evening at the Connecticut Forum in Hartford).

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB   11 a.m

Host: Dennis House

2010 Race for Governor

Oz Griebel, Republican Candidate for Governor


Rick Green, Hartford Courant

Bran Lockhart, Stamford Advocate

The Real Story Fox61 10:30 am

Host: Laurie Perez

Business in CT

Rep. Sean Williams, R-Watertown

Gary O’Connor, Waterbury Reg. Chamber of Commerce

Pay Hayden, Donham Craft

2010 Senate Race

Dr. John Mertens, Independent Candidate for Senate

Kleen Energy Explosion

John Charlton, FOX CT Reporter

The Stan Simpson Show Fox61  10 am

Host: Stan Simpson

2010 Race for Governor

Dan Malloy, Democratic Candidate for Governor

UConn Football Recruiting

Desmond Connor, Hartford Courant

Avon Mountain Crash

Mark Robinson, Survivor/Author


CT News Makers WVIT/NBC30  6:30 am

Host: Tom Monahan


Focus on Connecticut News12 Saturday: 7:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm.Sunday: 2:30 am, 7:30 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Host: Tom Appleby


CTN Capitol Report Sunday at 8 pm Replays of: The Real Story (8:30 PM), CT Newsmakers (9 pm),  Face the State (9:30 pm), On the Record (10 pm)

Debate Season Kicks Off

Tom Condon

Brent Hardin

Congrats to the Hartford Courant and FOX CT for hosting  debates next week among the candidates for U.S. Senate:

Monday, March 1, 7-8pm LIVE: The Democrats…Richard Blumenthal and Merrick Alpert(moderated by the Courant’s Tom Condon)

Tuesday, March 2, 7-8pm LIVE: The Republicans…Linda McMahon, Peter Schiff and Rob Simmons (moderated by FOX CT’s Brent Hardin)

The debates will take place at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater and televised live on FOX CT (apparently we aren’t saying Fox61 anymore).

WFSB’s “Better” Moving to Afternoons


WFSB’s program “Better Connecticut”, featuring Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun, is moving from its current 10 am spot to 3 pm. In a memo, WFSB General Manager Klarn DePalma outlines that ‘Let’s Make A Deal”, now airing at 3 pm, will switch places with “Better”.

I feel with the increased viewing in the afternoon, Better CT will grow its key  demographic and reach more potential viewers.   The production of the show will NOT change.  It will be done at 10am as it is now.

We’re not programming experts so we don’t know what this means except that WFSB seems to be showing confidence in “Better” by 1) keeping it, and 2) giving it a nice spot as a lead-in to Oprah. The new line-up begins march 29th.

The Shannon, Stephanie and Robert Show

Robert Goulston, New Haven Bureau Chief for Channel 3 Eyewitness News…Stephanie Hoey, Executive Producer of Special Projects, NBC Universal, WVIT… and Shannon Kane, Assignment Manager at News Channel 8, WTNH…

are the panelists for a program sponsored by the  Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. It’s taking place this Friday, February 26, 2010 from noon to 1 p.m. at Gateway Community College in New Haven.

Here’s more information.

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