Reece Let Go In Philly

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Former popular NBC CT sportscaster Beasley Reece has been let go as sports anchor at KYW in Philadelphia where he’s been since 1998.

According to several reports, Reece and two other top on-air personalities, were given the hook just before the 5p.m. news Tuesday afternoon. So far there is no explanation for the changes other than references to “new management” at the CBS station.

Before his career in sportscasting, Reece played in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Chris May, a KYW news anchor who once worked with WBZ in Boston was also let go in the clean sweep.

The Return

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We were pleased to get a report that former WTIC-AM news director Dana Whalen is back on the air in Hartford and delivering the news.

She is doing some work with WNPR over the summer as Harriet Jones(WNPR’s business reporter) takes a trip home to Scotland(in case you weren’t sure of the accent).

WNPR news director John Dankosky says he’s “thrilled to be working with one of Connecticut’s best and most experienced broadcasters.”

This scenario may have been predicted a few months back when Whalen’s position was eliminated at WTIC. Dankosky and WNPR afternoon host Colin McEnroe both offered high praise for Whalen publicly and McEnroe criticized the decision to let her go.

Photo: Only known image of Whalen on the Internet. The late Alan Sagal shared afternoon duties with her in the WTIC newsroom.

Block Change

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NPR has announced Melissa Block is leaving as one of the three hosts of All Things Considered to take on a new role as a special correspondent.

Now we have noticed in recent months how that title can be used by management to move an anchor off the desk and into no-man’s land, but in this case, after more than ten years with ATC and 30 with NPR, it appears Block is excited about the change and has some specific ideas for her new role. One of those ideas could result in a Block hosted podcast. Perhaps it would be known as a Blockcast.

Podcasting is an expansion platform for NPR, all things considered.

Spokeless

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ICYMI – The Connecticut State Police will be looking for a new spokesman.

After three months of 24/7 news media relations Sgt. Shane Hassett has decided the job, once held by Paul Vance, isn’t for him. Hassett has asked for a transfer back to Troop C in Tolland.

Trooper Kelly Grant will be handling the news media once Hassett leaves on July 9.

It’s About the Green

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The Hartford Courant has a profile of WFSB weatherman Scot Haney and his transition from suburban to somewhat urban living.

A big part of the transition for Haney is decorating choices.

 

WPOP Sports Benched

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ICYMI – The signs say WPOP is ditching its all sports format for an all talk format.

iHeartMedia has registered several domain names that harken back to days of NewsRadio14. They include, but may not be limited to: 1410WPOP.com, Newsradio14WPOP.com and NewsradioWPOP.com.

Speculation is that the new format will be similar to the one used by WELI in New Haven. This is not a return to a true all news format.

No word on when this switch might happen, but in the past “when news broke out, WPOP would break in.”

Baby Dufour

 Congratulations to WTNH’s Teresa Dufour and husband Brendan on the birth of their son, Dante Ernesto Dufour!
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