Election Run-Up

CT-N Press Room : News & Events about Connecticut NetworkNow that we’ve experienced a Hurricane Sandy broadcast marathon, snuggle in this coming weekend for a debate marathon. Starting Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening, CT-N will air nothing but candidate debates, forums, and Hartford Courant editorial board interviews. On election night coverage will kick-off at 8 pm with Diane Smith anchoring; she’ll be joined by CT-N correspondents in the field and reporters from CT Mirror, WNPR and other state newspapers.

Random Sandy Moments


-A weird morning at the CT Post:  Monday morning the City of Bridgeport announced that UI would close a substation, thus shutting down electricity in areas including the Post’s building. As a result, staff at the Post got busy finishing up work and preparing to leave for  other Hearst papers’ newsrooms or home. But 12noon and came and went and the lights were still on. It turns out the high tide flood waters didn’t flood the substation.

-9:53 pm Monday night an announcement from the Emergency Alert System cut in to all programming – telling those trapped in their houses to hang a white sheet out the window. We thought of the thousands of times we’ve seen/heard those alerts when they have indicated “this is only a test”. This time it most certainly was not.

-We don’t know much about meteorology but we thought the markets’ newest meteorologist, WTNH’s Erika Martin did a good job during the storm coverage. All the weathercasters, who clearly worked so hard these past few days, seemed intent on informing us and doing so in with appropriate urgency but without hysteria.  Station managers, can you please take some of the millions reaped during this election season and at least throw everybody a great party? Gift certificates for Thanksgiving turkeys don’t count.

Sunday Talk Listings

Face the State WFSB   11 a.m

Host: Dennis House

Segment: The Race for U.S. Senate

Guest: First Selectman Jayme Stevenson (R) Darien; State Senator Beth Bye (D) West Hartford; Brian Lockhart, Hearst Newspapers; Christine Stuart, CT News Junkie

Flashback: The Lieberman Lamont Senate Race, reported by Susan Raff, 10/30/2006

Ct Capitol Report  FoxCT Saturday 9:00 am, Sunday 10:30 am



The Real Story FoxCT  Saturday 9:30 am, Sunday 10 am

Hosts: Laurie Perez and Al Terzi

Segment 1: Abortion Rights: A Pivotal Campaign Issue

Guests: Christian Miron, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice CT

Segment 2: Ready Set Elections

Guest: Denise Merrill, CT Secretary of the State

Segment 3: Iran’s Nuclear Negotiations

Guest: Yvonne Davis, International Relations Expert

The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30 amonline at http://www.ctnow.com/stan

Host: Stan Simpson

Segment 1: Presidential Elections…Who has the Momentum?

Guests: Hartford City Councilman Ken Kennedy and Courant Capital Bureau Chief Chris Keating discuss

Segment 2: A Controversial Political Ad is Shaking up a Connecticut Senate Race

Guests: Ken Kennedy and Chris Keating

Segment 3: Red Sox new Skipper: Is John Ferrell the Right Choice?

Guest: WTIC AM Sportscaster Scott Gray gives insight

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

Guests: James Simon, Fairfield University; Paul Janensch, Quinnipiac University

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8 pm      Replays of: The Real Story (8:30 PM), Face the State (9:00 pm),The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

Silva Gets the Drive-Time Slot

After more than a decade as a fill-in and weekend anchor/reporter at WTIC-am 1080 in Hartford, John Silva has been named afternoon anchor/reporter. He succeeds Aaron Kupec who moved on to triple-A (travel & insurance, not baseball). John has worked at WICC-AM/WEBE 108-FM, WELI-AM/KC 101-FM in New Haven as a morning drive anchor and reporter, and then spent ten years working for Westwood One/Metro Networks as an anchor, writer, and news bureau chief. 

The Message and the Media: Campaigning in the Age of Facebook

Join CTN’s Diane Smith at the Old State House on December 5 at noon for an exploration of the post-media political era, featuring a campaign manager, a journalist, candidates, and QU Professor and media commentator Rich Hanley. The program is free, but seats are limited.  Register here for the December Lecture.

Dennis Goes National

WFSB’s Dennis House a main source for TV Spy’s feature on local political debates…

Bypassing the News Media…

CT Mirror asks, “With Twitter and TV, who needs the press?”

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