Stern Retires

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Connecticut news junkies may recognize the voice of WBZ radio anchor Diane Stern.

She retired Tuesday after 33 years on the air at WBZ 1030.

As an anchor for one the nation’s oldest all news stations she has been at the mic to report on some of the biggest stories of the last three decades. In all news radio, big local stories mix in equally with national and international news giving those who do the job a unique perspective on world history as it unfolds. The story linked here includes a montage that illustrates the point.

Axios to Existing Media: You’re Wrong!

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Mike Allen.

Two of the men behind the birth and success of Politico have finally announced plans for their next venture.

Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen are ready to launch a new digital news platform that will be known as Axios. We have been following this story because Allen spent time in Hartford as the capitol based reporter for the New York Times.

From Vanity Fair:

Axios wants to focus on business, technology, politics, and media trends through hiring people “who are authentically wired and smart in those topic areas,”

Allen will reinvent his popular Playbook newsletter – a key to Politico’s early success – but the newsletter will now include items cutting across all Axios’s coverage targets.

VandeHei and Allen seem as committed to proving that most existing media platforms, from the New York Times to Buzzfeed, have it wrong in terms of long term business strategy. They have been telling investors that they want to create a news organization that might result from the mating of Twitter and The Economist. We are sure the rest of the media world appreciates their insight and candor.

Flight of the Falcone

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Long-time Connecticut journalist, communications advisor and all-around nice person Amanda Falcone is leaving her position as communications specialist for CREC later this month.

The former Hartford Courant reporter and University of Connecticut journalism school graduate begins a new job as public relations director for Middlesex Hospital in January.

Congratulations Amanda!!

Meredith Wants Time

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Meredith Corporation, which owns WFSB, is apparently, or reportedly, interested in buying Time, Inc.

The New York Post is reporting Meredith may offer a counter bid to a group of three billionaires who have been moving toward a purchase of Time in recent weeks. As a Laurel reader you know Meredith attempted to buy Media General earlier this year, but that deal was scuttled – giving us the opportunity to use the word scuttled in a sentence.

Time publishes, TIME, People, Sports Illustrated and In Style magazines.

Courant Promotions

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Griffin, Schoeffler.

Two long-time staffers at the Hartford Courant received official promotions this week.

Reporter Alaine Griffin will be taking over as head of the “state system” inside the Courant at the end of the year. She’s been with the paper since 2000.

Editor Nancy Schoeffler is taking over as editor of special projects and publications. She is replacing Naedine Hazell who left earlier this year.

Yuge Changes to Cross-Ownership?

Current FCC rules prohibit media companies from owning newspapers and TV stations in the same market (Think; the former pairing of the Hartford Courant and Fox61). Roger Yu of USA Today considers whether a Trump FCC could change that.

Wolf Path

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Photo: Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant.

It is hard to ignore someone named Chion Wolf.

Though she has a modest title at WNPR; her name, her on-air delivery, and the personality behind it make her an outsize presence. And according to a weekend profile in the Hartford Courant, it all started at a small town cell phone store in Plainville, Connecticut.

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