New Ops Man for WQUN

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Pam Landry has been named operations manager for WQUN-AM.

Landry has held many positions in Connecticut and New York radio over the years but is perhaps best known for hosting the midday “Blue Plate Special” on WPLR-FM.

None of the Above – Really

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We haven’t seen this in recent memory; a CT newspaper unwilling to endorse in a political race because the choices are so weak. That’s the dilemma the Hartford Courant faced with the state representative race in the 5th district which includes parts of Hartford and Windsor. Neither Democratic incumbent Brandon McGee (an assistant majority leader) or GOP challenger Paul Panos impressed the editorial board. Even a little bit:

Mr. McGee’s lack of knowledge about important financial issues in the district and the state is a liability. Mr. Panos couldn’t be counted on to advocate for the needs of the district’s poor population or the city of Hartford.

Hiller Leaving

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Andy Hiller, the veteran political reporter with Boston’s WHDH, is leaving the station after the election when his contract runs out. According to one report, Hiller is not retiring and may pop up somewhere else in the market.

Many Laurel readers may have encountered Hiller on the hunt for a story in that cross-over space between Hartford and Boston. He had a moment on the national stage back in 2000 when he stumped then Texas Governor George W. Bush by asking him to name several world leaders and Bush struggled with the answers.

Jim Mutrie, 89

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Former long-time New Haven Register capitol bureau chief James Mutrie died last week. He worked for the Register for over thirty years.

He was born in Paisley, Scotland, but grew up in Ansonia, Connecticut and earned degrees from Quinnipiac and Wesleyan.

From his obituary:

Because of his integrity, deep knowledge of state government, and exceptional writing skills, he was well known in state political and journalism circles as the Dean of the Capitol Press Corps.

Piro’s MSNBC Work Makes Way for Koppy at NBC CT

   

 

Ted Koppy is the new weekday morning co-anchor at NBC CT. Ted (left) is well-known as a longtime WTNH anchor, and more recently anchored at News12. He will co-anchor with Heidi Voight. He replaces Todd Piro, who management says wants the flexibility to do MSNBC fill-in work. Todd will anchor the weekend morning newcast and report 3 days a week.

 

Sunday Talk

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Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill(D)

Third Party Candidates:
Cora Santaguida(Green Party)
Larry Sharpe(Libertarian Party)

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

Pre-empted this week by football.

 

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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

Congressman Jim Himes(D)

Republican for Congress John Shaban

 

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)

Buy Low, Sell High

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Shares in Gannett and Tronc took a dive late Thursday as concern spread that the deal to bring the two companies together has been scuttled.

Meanwhile, staff at the Baltimore Sun(owned by Tronc) are in a mini-revolt over wages.

The Gannett/Tronc story is being closely watched at the Hartford Courant, which is owned by Tronc.

 

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