Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House



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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Guest: Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra on his convention walkout

Guest: Sal Luciano, AFSCME, Possible layoffs at state Labor Department

Guest: Senator Dante Bartolomeo(D), The Connecticut Juvenile Training School









Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

James Redeker, Connecticut DOT commissioner

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



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As we head into the weekend we noted the Hartford Courant recently re-published two columns on Connecticut place pronunciations. It’s not clear why they’ve been re-published, but that’s not the point.

The point is there are lots of places in Connecticut with unique pronunciations and particularly if you’re a broadcast journalist, mis-pronouncing a name hurts your credibility with the audience.

So here are those two columns, from 2008, to ponder over the weekend and perhaps keep in the glove box of your news cruiser.



The Gentlelady from Danbury


It has been said that Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people, but once a year The Hill newspaper proves that saying to be wrong when it publishes its 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill list.

Only one person “self identifying” as being from Connecticut made the list this year: Margaret Brennan, the CBS News State Department correspondent. And there’s an interesting back to story to her selection. When she first began dating her future husband, he made the same list, leading to an “awkward conversation.”

Brennan is from Danbury, Connecticut and we’ve been impressed with her work and her career, because she spent several years covering business at CNBC when her resume clearly indicated she belonged on a diplomatic news mission.

By the way – most people on Capitol Hill don’t dress in the fashion forward outfits seen on the 50 Most list, but many do, because almost everyone on the Hill is auditioning for something else. This may also be the first year that both the President and the First Lady made the list.

The Keefe File


Former WFSB anchor and reporter Brendan Keefe is firing back at his critics who have accused him of “hoarding” local Emmy awards. He has a total of 55 and apparently once a year he poses with his latest batch as part of his heavy and very effective self promotion efforts. Keefe has plenty to brag about. His reel shows a career filled with hard news and investigative coverage, plus a side career as a journalist who trains others in multi-media story-telling.

Keefe says, Emmys are “a tangible acknowledgement” of the personal sacrifices made to cover the news.

We see both sides of the issue. Remember; it is possible for two seemingly conflicting ideas to be true at the same time.

Keefe is originally from North Haven and his older sister is making news too.

Kathleen Keefe, once a general manager at WFSB, is retiring from her position as vice president of sales for Hearst Television. She’s been with the company for 13 years. Before Hearst, she was with Post-Newsweek for 14 years.


Fair Winds


NBC CT meteorologist Monica Cryan is leaving.

Her last day is this Sunday. The station issued a news release saying she and her husband are relocating to Colorado.

We wish them the best of luck. And since Monica is a weather forecaster:

May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and [the] rains fall soft upon your fields.
…until we meet again…


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Former Today Show co-host Jane Pauley(a sometimes Connecticut resident) filled in Wednesday night for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News.

Pauley is a CBS contributor and has filled in as anchor of Sunday Morning.

She is the second former Today Show co-host to sit in the CBS anchor chair. The first was there a while longer.

Ten Year Habit


Congratulations to our friends at CT News Junkie on the site’s 10 year anniversary.

You are making it work and keeping us informed.

Best of luck for another ten years(at least) to Christine, Doug and everyone else in the Junkie clan.



Keep pedaling Christine the Courant is right behind you!

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