The Last Day

Today is the last day on the job for Dave Thatcher, the friendly and efficient producer at WDRC-am who books guests for the Brad Davis and Dan Lovallo shows. After 50 years in broadcasting (the last 10 at Buckley Broadcasting/Connecticut), Dave is retiring. Dave has a degree in fine art from the University of Hartford’s Art School and retirement will allow him to spend more time at his studio, a short walk from his house. See his work here.  Congrats, Dave.

WDRC-am is lucky to have broadcasting vet Paul Pacelli moving into Dave’s spot!

One of the Best in the Business

ABC News Channel WTNH...Interviews Whole Body Fertility author John Miley.

Congratulations to the gang at WTNH – the station’s new Operations Manager is a great, great guy. Frank Discenza spent many years at WFSB, eventually becoming News Operations Manager. He endured the New York commute when he was promoted to Director of Production for Meredith Video Studios and responsible for the “Better TV” show. Now he’ll spend less time on the road and work closer to home. There’s no one better to work with than Frank, period.

Farewell to “Hap”

Floyd Richards, best known to some for his role as “Hap Richards” on the WTIC-TV of old, passed away earlier this month. Here’s a link to his obituary.

Simulcasting for the Powerless

KISS 95.7


A friend of The Laurel reports that NBC Connecticut is simulcasting its newscasts on Kiss 95.7 FM for storm victims without power.

WTNH Gets a News Director

ABC News Channel WTNH...Interviews Whole Body Fertility author John Miley.

WTNH has been without a permanent news director since Kirk Varner left for Cincinnati nine months ago.  Today the station announced that Erik Schrader, the current News Director at WNEP in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, has been named to the post.

A little about his background from the WTNH press release:

Schrader has held the position of News Director at KODE Joplin, Missouri, KSPR in Springfield, Missouri, and WJCL/WTGS in Savannah, Georgia, before moving to WNEP. While at KSPR, his newsroom won the Missouri Broadcasters award for Best Newscast in 2004. Schrader has a well rounded vision of television news; he has worked in production, as a reporter and as a Sports Director. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Schrader grew up in the Philadelphia and Southwest Missouri areas. He graduated from what is now Missouri Southern State University in 1989. He will begin his new position at WTNH on Monday, September 19, 2011.





Irene Whacks WFSB

WFSB went off the air on Sunday during the height of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. We’re told that the problems started when the town of Rocky Hill, where the station is located, lost power. The station’s generator failed so for a period of 45 minutes to an hour, the station was off the air.

A Full Employment Weekend for Meteorologists

Former WTNH meterologist Alexandra Steele, most recently of the Weather Channelpopped up on CNN for Hurricane Irene coverage…

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