Peckinpaugh…for Congress?

We reported just a few weeks ago that former WTNH/WFSB/WVIT anchor Janet Peckinpaugh is managing Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley’s campaign for Lt. Governor. Now we see that Ted Mann of the New London Day is reporting that Janet might run for Congress in the 2nd District (eastern Connecticut) as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Joe Courtney.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB   11 a.m

Host: Dennis House

Domestic Violence Laws

Dr. William Petit

Hartford Tax Hike

RJo Winch, City Council Majority Leader

Kenneth Kennedy, Hartford City Council

Ron Morneault, Stackpole Moore and Tryon

The Real Story Fox61 10:30 am

Host: Laurie Perez

Gov. Rell’s Early Retirement Incentive Proposal

The State Workers’ Union says it’s not the answer to CT’s budget problems.

Guests: Jon Lender/Courant Reporter, Patrice Peterson/DDS School Teacher, CSEA/SEIU Local 2001, and Sal Luciano/Executive Director, Council 4 AFSCME

Capitol Round-up: Hot Topics and Pending legislation to watch for:

Guests: Jon Lender/Courant Reporter and Sue Haigh/Associated Press Reporter

Autism Treatment without Meds:

Guest: Dr. Mark Goldenberg/Brain Balance Achievement Center of Norwalk


The Stan Simpson Show Fox61  10 am

Host: Stan Simpson


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

Richard Blumenthal, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

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)

Connecticut’s Own

Among those who received “Connies” last night (the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism) was Bristol-based ESPN. Accepting on behalf of the sports cable network was Mike Soltys. Now the Vice President, U.S. Network Communications, Mike was ESPN’s first college intern in 1980.  In addition, his dad was the longtime Sports Information Officer for UConn.

Nice to see the state recognizing ESPN’s 30 years of contribution to the state.

Shocking But True

Imagine our surprise when we opened Hartford Magazine’s “Best Of” edition (May, 2010) to find that the little ol’ Laurel was recognized. In the category, “Local Blogger” we were 2nd runner-up. The 1st runner-up was Susan Swanson and Cooking to Save, while first place went to Colin McEnroe and “To Wit”. We didn’t even know such a category existed or that we were in contention; if so, we would have lobbied you and all your family members to vote.

It was nice to be noticed.

Schwaid Apologizes

The CBS affiliate in Atlanta recently aired video for which it is now apologizing.  The suspect in this week’s shooting of a Yale doctor is from Atlanta; a reporter from the station informed the wife of Lishan Wang, the alleged shooter,  that her husband had been arrested for the crime. Not surprisingly, she was deeply distraught and fell to the floor crying hysterically. It was all caught on tape and aired during a newscast.

Now News Director Steve Schwaid, who made his mark here in Connecticut during his tenure leading WVIT in the 90s, has issued this apology:

It was wrong. We were wrong and I apologize. We have discussed it internally and will continue to do so. We will also use this video in future training sessions with our staff to show what we should NOT put on television. I can offer no excuse but only hope you will accept our apologies.

Read Steve’s full letter here.

Hardest Working Woman in Show Biz

We received a press release recently from Secretary of the State candidate (and House Majority Leader) Denise Merrill. The contact person listed was Patty McQueen, someone who has regularly been a part of the Connecticut news media scene (perhaps you caught her on Colin McEnroe’s WNPR show yesterday?). Patty was a reporter for the Journal Inquirer and then covered the capitol for the Stamford Advocate before leaving to do communications work for campaigns and form her own media consulting firm, Communication Strategies. Along with her other clients, Patty is helping out the Merrill campaign.

Headed to New York

Regine LaBossiere, who covered the shoreline for the Hartford Courant, is leaving the paper after nearly six years. Regine started at The Courant in September of 2004. She’s headed to New York to work for a boutique PR firm and we wish her well.

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