Lovallo Returns


Photo: Waterbury Republican-American

Dan Lovallo is returning to WDRC-AM in the New Year as the host of a new daily program called Front and Center. The one hour show is being sponsored by Frontier Communications. The first show is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The program will focus on business issues in Connecticut. Lovallo is a former WDRC afternoon drive host.

Front and Center was also the name of a local TV show produced by Connecticut Public Broadcasting and hosted by Ray Hardman from 2005 to 2009.

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Sunday Talk






Face the State WFSB 11 am

Host: Dennis House

Year in Review

Guests: Duby McDowell of McDowell Jewett Communications, Kevin Rennie of Daily Ructions and the Hartford Courant and Rick Green of the Hartford Courant.


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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

(Encore presentation)

Two of three House Democrats who voted against state budget fix

Rep. John Hampton(D) – Simsbury

Rep. David Alexander(D) – Enfield

Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director: Kevin Dillon

Topic: Aer Lingus and a possible casino at Bradley International








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

Kevin Lembo(D) – State Comptroller

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)

2015 in Review

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As always, an excellent round up of the year’s events from this week’s edition of The Wheelhouse from WNPR.

Where We Live – December 30

On This the _ _ Day of Captivity…


Vintage photo of The Sands in earlier days.

For more than two weeks the story of the purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has captivated the world of American journalism and cast a small spotlight on Connecticut.

It has been another 48 hours of fast moving developments and new angles to be considered. The story has taken us through the studios of WNPR in Hartford, to Block Island and to a crowded airport terminal where the identity of the mysterious Edward Clarkin was uncovered by a bored journalist with a wi-fi connection.

Here are some coverage highlights:

The Christine Stuart Situation – WGBH

The Block Island Situation – Providence Journal

The WNPR Situation – WNPR

The Steve Collins Situation – Hartford Courant

The Adelson Situation – Las Vegas Review-Journal

New Year, New Programs


David Remnick. Photo: Fast Company

WNPR has announced it is adding two new shows to its weekend line-up.

Beginning next month you’ll be able to hear The New Yorker Radio Hour(10a.m. Jan. 10) and Reveal(7p.m. Jan. 10) on Sundays.

The New Yorker Radio Hour is produced by the magazine and WNYC in New York. It’s hosted by New Yorker editor David Remnick who has a well-documented affinity for radio. Like the magazine, the radio show is eclectic and by that we mean; “deriving ideas, style or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.”

Reveal is an investigative journalism program produced by the Cetner for Investigative Reporting, PRX and public radio stations.

Anchor Churn


We must admit that even though we covered every single departure(and arrival) at News 8 in 2015 we hadn’t thought of it in these terms until this weekend.

The website TV Spy pointed out last week’s departure of Noah Finz from News 8 is the fifth loss of a major anchor this year for the station. At the same time, News 8 has two of the longest serving anchors in the market in Ann Nyberg and Keith Kountz.

So we’re not so sure we should read much into the “five anchor” headline.

What we do find interesting though is Finz’s observation that the “sports model” for local news is changing. This is a point worth watching for its wider implications. Legacy media outlets, including those responsible for producing what has traditionally been known as “local news” are trying to remain relevant. The search for relevancy has meant an increasing investment in weather and traffic and live reporter stand ups from the “corner of walk and don’t walk,”(as one Connecticut journalism professor describes it). The changing sports model may be a precursor to a changing local news model that may leave a void for those who rely on TV for actual news.

Paging Edward Clarkin


It was an interesting holiday weekend for those studying the state of modern media ownership and journalism.

What began a few weeks ago as a tenuous connection between Michael Schroeder, the publisher of the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press, and Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson, has turned into a full blown journalism controversy including a mysterious – apparently non-existent reporter – accusations of plagiarism and expanding influence for Schroeder, the Connecticut based newspaper entrepreneur at the center of it all.

Here is a round up of some of the coverage:

Collins Gets I.F. Stone Award After Quitting Herald – TPM

Oh What a Tangled Web… – Las Vegas Review Journal

Vegas Paper Stands Up to New Owner – Los Angeles Times

Reporting Assignment Raised Suspicions – Associated Press

CT Publisher to Buy B.I. Times – Pro Jo

What is equally interesting about all this is the ability of Mr. Schroeder and Mr. Adelson to carry on while ignoring the outrage being generated in some quarters of the journalism community and, with the exception of the Hartford Courant, the editorial decision being made by most Connecticut news media outlets to leave this story alone.

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