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It’s Official, Bob Steele St In Hartford

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bs3bs2Politicians, fans, insurance execs, media types and family and friends were at the corner of Prospect and Grove, I mean Bob Steele Street, today to rename the road after the late, beloved, iconic radio broadcaster Bob Steele.

Cold outside,  but heartwarming for sure as a crowd gathered at the corner in front of the Travelers Insurance Building where the WTIC broadcast studio was once located .

And Mr. Steele’s  famous word of the day had he still been with us?

There wouldn’t be one, those who knew him said. He would be speechless and so humbly grateful.

Among those at the dedication were his four sons, Steve, Paul, Phil and Robert as well as Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and U. S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.  WDRC radio personality Brad Davis, who credited Steele with mentoring him when he began his own broadcasting career more than 50 years ago, emceed the program at the request of the family

 

The family has commissioned a memorial plaque that will be installed on the Travelers Building at the intersection of Prospect and Bob Steele Streets in the spring.

 

What’s Up this Weekend? Bob Steele St., Black/Red Ball, Brides

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bsteele[1]_optIt’s a weekend trifecta when it comes to what’s happening in Hartford on this first official weekend of 2013.

Friday, Hartford will honor one of its most beloved celebrities, the late radio personality Bob Steele.

Grove Street in downtown Hartford will be renamed Bob Steele Street at ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. there. Steele, who died in 2002, was a well-known broadcaster who educated and entertained listeners for more than 60 years. He was also well- known for his trademark delivery of  the early morning “no school” weather announcements to generations of families.

Steele worked from the  WTIC broadcasting studio once located on Grove Street.

Following the renaming ceremony, there will be a reception at the Front Street Bistro where New York architect Michael Keropian, will share plans for a historic marker for the street.

 

Rest up because on Saturday because Hartford Hospital holds its 22nd annual Black & Red Ball that evening  at the Bushnell. And there’s more.

black3Entertainment for the evening will be provided by legendary, Grammy-award winning band  Earth, Wind & Fire. The party begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and food. the band performs at 8 followed by dancing and a dessert reception.

Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s Transplant Program.   For tickets information, call 860-545-1932. Only tickets for the show and dessert reception are available.

 

bride-23[1]Did you get engaged over the holiday season or envision a wedding in your future?

On Saturday and Sunday, head over to the Connecticut Convention Center for the annual Connecticut Bridal Expo. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m both days and features hundreds of vendors, fashion shows (including one on  Sunday at 1 p.m. with Kathy Faber Designs and Java),  floral designs, cakes, food samples and give-aways .

Tickets are $10 a person will a $2 discount available here.

 

The annual Three Kings Day parade in Hartford will begin at 10 a.m. at 95 Park St. Sunday. The traditonal parade, which includes marchers and a camel,  lasts about an hour and conclude at the Pope Park Recreation Center in Pope Park. Organized by the Spanish American Merchants Association and the Institute for the Hispanic Family, there will be activities for children following it at the recreation center.

 

 

bush10Winter is bad enough to deal with  so why not stretch the weekend out a bit with some good music and dancing.  The  smash-hit show, “Million Dollar Quartet,”  inspired by a famous mid-’50s Sun Records session when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins showed up in the same room together, opens at the Bushnell Tuesday and continues through Jan. 13.  Tickets are $20 to $65. go to thebushnell.org.

Bob Steele Street To Open Friday

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bsteele[1]_optCome Friday, there will be some new addresses in town,  celebrity style.

Downtown’s Grove Street will officially be renamed Bob Steele Street in memory of the  late, iconic WTIC radio personality, Bob Steele.

A committee that includes WVIT anchor Gerry Brooks, Steele’s son Phil, Chris Powell of the  Journal-Inquirer, WTNH political reporter Mark Davis and journalist and broadcaster  Chris Fortier had been working on the plans for more than a year with Mayor Pedro Segarra’s office.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., according to Fortier.

Grove Street was chosen because it once was the place where the WTIC station was located and where Steele broadcast his show.

“He was part of everyone’s household,” said Fortier about Steele, a master wordsmith, who for 60 years, both educated and entertained his listeners and delivered the coveted “no school today” weather announcements to generations of families.  Steele died in 2002.

Steele’s son, Phil, said family and friends are expected to attend Friday’s dedication. After the ceremony those who are interested are invited to the Front Street Bistro on Columbus Boulevard where New York architect Michael Keropian, who grew up listening to Steele, will unveil a proposed design for a historical marker for the street.

“It will be a great moment,” he said, reflecting on how his dad would feel about such an honor.  “He would say that we’re making too much fuss and would never let on how proud it would make him feel.