Over four months of negotiations, both sides were unable to reach agreement on a new contract. Radioviceonline.com will continue and Jim will be on FOX 61 News tomorrow at 6AM and will have a web chat at 7AM. We wish Jim luck in his future endeavors.
Happy Anniversary to Angela Dias of WTIC-am 1080 in Hartford who celebrates 25 years at the station this month. Angela is the morning news anchor but started out as a street reporter. She grew up in Rhode Island, and remembers that during her first week at work, Paul Douglas took her to the state capitol to introduce her around. When one of the legislators she met heard she was from Rhode Island he chuckled and said something along the lines of, “Oh, you’re from Rhode Island, the corruption state. Well, you won’t find any of that here….”
The late Walt Dibble hired her to replace Sue Morris, and eventually Angela’s duties shifted from reporting to anchoring. For a while she anchored morning drive news during the Bob Steele Show. During her 25 years at WTIC Angela got married and had two children – her husband is Norwich Bulletin photographer John Shishmanian.
A coup for FoxCT – Coleen Marren is returning as News Director, a position she held back when the station’s 10pm news first went on the air in the 90s. Coleen is leaving KDKA in Pittsburgh as News Director; prior to that she has served as N.D. at WCVB in Boston, WISN in Milwaukee and WFXT in Boston. In the early 90s she oversaw the first expansion of the station’s 10 pm newscast –including taking it from 5 days a week to nightly, and from half hour to 60 minutes. Prior to her first stint at Fox 61 she was in news management at WTNH and very highly regarded.
A great person and the market is lucky to have her back.
Nearly one quarter of New Britain’s population is Polish so it makes sense that the city’s daily would publish a Polish language edition. But it hasn’t happened till now so we’ll give the credit to new publisher Michael Schroeder (who rescued the paper from extinction). Starting tomorrow The Herald will publish a weekly Polish-language section “focused on the news, events and people in this community. It will offer both editorial features and advertisements that will make a difference in the lives of these readers.”
The Connecticut Network —CT-N — has announced that well-known Connecticut broadcaster Diane Smith has signed on to be the 2010 Elections Coordinator.
Diane will be instrumental in managing day-to-day operations for CT-N’s election coverage this year. She will work closely at all levels of the CT-N organization to help develop, support and facilitate various election-related programming initiatives through Election night 2010.
Today marks the move by WFSB’s “Better Connecticut” to 3 pm from 10 am. (We’ve been asked if morning weather guy Scot Haney will be working the 3 am to 4pm shift and the answer is no; the program will still be taped at 10 am.) According to a recent article in Broadcasting & Cable, the Meredith syndicated show, which local stations can tailor to their specific markets, will be seen in 63 markets come September, reaching close to 50% of households.