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The Big Dump At The Big D

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It was expected and it was one of the first orders of business as Westport-based Media Connoisseur officially became the new owners of several former Buckley Family- owned stations including WDRC.

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Also A Birthday Boy, WDRC Brad Davis

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bradpartyAnd last but not least, WDRC personality Brad Davis turned 80 a couple of weeks ago and he was feted at Westchester Country Club in  Delray, Florida by near and dear friends from Newport, Connecticut and Florida including Art and Lena Aiello.

And setting the party mood was a former DRC’r, Dick Robinson, head of the CT. School of Broadcasting, and a guy who just launched a new radio station in Florida sd hr prepares for his own celebration of 60 years in the business.

But back to Brad.

“I have everything I want in life,” said Davis, a former television reporter and show host who eventually landed on the air with his own morning show on WDRC-AM. “But there is one thing I would still like to do,” the former U.S. Marine  mentioned while attending Haney’s party. “I’d like to skydive once.”


Food/Wine And The Grapevine At Mohegan Sun WineFest

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winefest5Oh yes, there was fine food ranging from cilantro Gremolata skirt steak and smoked lamb belly bacon  to fried chicken and lamb bourguignon,  and fine wines from Francis Coppola, J Lohr, Moet and Signorello at the 11th annual Mohegan Sun WineFest .

And there were celebrity chefs who were more like celebrity couples this year, with the well-known cooking personalities showing off their significant others at the three-day food and winefest1wine extravaganza.

Among the well-known peeps to see at Saturday’s sold-out Celebrity Chef Dine Around were Food Network’s Robert Irvine and wife Gail Kim (aka wrestler and fitness model La Felina), pastry chef and Sandra Bullock sis Gisine Bullock-Prado and husband, Ray Prado, and Terrance Brennan and girlfriend, Judy Lipton.

“This is a great event,” said Irvine. “It is one of my favorites and the people at Mohegan make it so easy for us,” said the “Restaurant: Impossible” host who was serving up Hudson Valley duck with preserved confit and py lentils.

Thewinefest2 (2) casino was more than hopping as crowds headed to ballroom and VIP areas for bourbon tastings, grand tastings, the dine around  and elite cru tastings, all providing the chance to break the dreaded winter cabin fever and get out of the frigid cold.

“It certainly is nicer in here,” said celebrity chef Donatella Arpaia, one of the event veterans who not only provided a cooking demonstration but also served up her signature meatballs at the dine around later in the day. “I think I have been part of this for eight or nine years and it’s one of the better ones I do participate in,” said Arpaia, one of several of the celebrity chefs who are veterans of the annual food and dining extravaganza.

Among the many celebrity chefs at the event were Kim Canteenwalla, who had a secret to share, He is planning a restaurant in West Hartford.

“We are still working on it but I have always wanted a place there,” said Cateenwalla, well-winefest3 (2)known for developing food and beverage venues at five-star resorts and co-founder of Blau & Associates.  His wife, Elizabeth Blau, hails from West Hartford, but that was all Cateenwalla wanted to share.

“It will be an American cuisine-themed restaurant but I can’t say anything else yet,” he grinned as he went back to preparing his charred octopus with roasted fingerling potatoes.

A not-so-secret secret making the grapevine was that very outgoing WFSB personality Scot Haney is turning 50 soon and is planning a very public celebration.

Haney is holding a birthday party on March 1 at Glastonbury Hills Country Club where he will turn twinefest12he landmark birthday into a fundraiser for the Chanel 3 kids Camp.

Among the special guests at the event will be WDRC radio personality Brad Davis who coincidentally, is also celebrating a landmark birthday around the same time. Davis will be in Florida celebrating his 80th birthday but plans to fly back for an overnighter to help Haney raise money for the good cause.

And speaking of radio personalities,  WTIC 96.5 FM radio personality Gary Craig was doing a bit of glowing at the dine around and it had nothing to do with the hundreds of wines being served.

It was apparently because he made the “pool.”

See Craig, who seriously dabbles in art and acting when not on the air, appears in the blockbuster “American Hustle” with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.

And while his spoken lines are on the editing room floor, his appearance as a mobster in a bar scene is intact and he found out he is eligible for residuals when the Oscar-nominated film goes DVD.

“Make sure you watch the bar scene when you see the movie,” he advised. “You can’t miss me.”



IEA Shines Bright At STARS Gala

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It was 44 years ago when Sister Helen Dowd of the Sisters of St. Joseph decided a school for children with autism and similar disabilities needed a school to meet their needs. And so the Intensive Education Academy was begun, a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, state approved school for learning disabled children in grades K though 12.

And on Saturday, its success over more than four decades was celebrated at the annual “STARS, An Evening of Celebration” gala and fundraiser.


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“It is always wonderful to see the turnout and how many people support us,” said Sister Dowd. “We worried when we lost five or six of our best supporters last year but then eight new ones came on board. You have to just trust that things will work out.”

Veteran radio personality Brad Davis, along with WFSB personality Scot Haney once again shared   emcee and auction duties at the gala held at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield.

“I remember how Brad first started helping us,” recalled Sister Dowd. “The school’s auxiliary was looking for a speaker for its tea and asked Brad,” she said. “He said ‘yes’ and then he was with us forever.”

WDRC “CT’s Got Talent” Taps Taubl Boys As Winners

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talent2Remember the Taubl Family, those seven talented kids and two talented parents who were stars a few years ago on “America’s Got Talent?”

Well the four brothers, James, Jack, Jeremiah and Sam Taubl, proved they still have it winning the WDRC  “Connecticut’s Got Talent Show” at Zendri’s Stillwood Inn in Meriden on Wednesday night.

Calling themselves “The Asberry Boys,” the four siblings performed a Justin Timberlake tune (accompanying themselves with violins and guitars) wowing judges, Broadway star Billy Johnstone, recording star Jeff Pitchell and the far-less-talented Java.talent1

And what did the star-worthy foursome win?

A gig on Fox Ct next month and an even bigger gig in August, opening for “Chicago” at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre.

“This is great, just great,” said Jeremiah Taubl about the opportunities for the four who are all interested in pursuing a professional singing career.

The talent show was the brainchild of WDRC personalities Mary Jones and Brad Davis and featured nine acts chosen from hundreds of video submissions.

talent3And among those nine, another surprise. Remember Greater Hartford Arts Council head and former insurance exec Kate Bolduc?

Well she too is an accomplished songstress and musician, and these days, sporting a new look that is a far cry from the conservative, buttoned-up professional from days gone by.

talent4Ms. Bolduc was rockin’ it in leather and satin and five-inch sequined stilettos. And she looked and sounded great!  

Second runner-up for the evening was Wint Fenderson (definitely best name of the night!) and first runner-up Crissy Grazio.

hangAnd just have to give a shout-out to Bob Eccleston who performed on his “hang drum,” a percussion instrument that looks and sounds like a steel drum.

You learn something new everyday!

WDRC Davis and Jones Break Up, Jones Moves To Prime PM

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  • braddavis[1]_optMaryphoto_optThey called themselves “Leatherneck and Lace,”    the gritty former Marine and well-known radio personality Brad Davis, and his sweeter-than-sweet co-host, Mary Jones.  two WDRC personalities who, for nearly two years,  shared a mic and a program each morning on the AM side from 9 to 10 a.m..

As of Monday, they are back on their own as part of an amicable programming change.

Jones is moving on to her own three-hour show beginning Monday, Jan. 7,  and Davis is taking back his full four-hour daily show at the station that same day.

Buckley Radio station vice president and general manager Eric Fahnoe said Wednesday that  “The Mary Jones Show”  will be on daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

“The impetus  for the move was based on the success of her programs,” said Fahnoe. ” We look forward to  many more people being able to enjoy her unique style and her approach to local issues that are of interest to our listeners.

Besides “Leatherneck and Lace,” (apparently renamed “Midday Magazine” a couple of months ago) Jones had hosted her own two-hour “Mary Jones Show” from noon to 2 p.m. each day.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to move into the afternoon drive-time, 3-6 pm slot,” said Jones. “2013 represents the 10th year of The Mary Jones Show so it feels wonderful to be able to acknowledge this milestone with this significant change.”

Jones said she will continue some of her trademark events including “Girls Night Out” dinners  and  Inspirational Woman Award program.

With Jones moving to the more coveted afternoon drive time slot, Fahnoe announced other AM programming changes.

“The Dave Ramsey Show” will move from 2 to 5 p.m. to noon to 3 p.m. and a new “Andrea Tantaros Show,” featuring the co-host of the Fox News channel’s program, “The Five,” will  air from 10 a.m. to noon.




WDRC Brad Davis Back On the Air Monday

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Veteran WDRC  personality Brad Davis will be back on the air Monday following a car crash that hospitalized him last week.

“I’m fine except for some pain in my left hand,”  Davis said Sunday. “I will be back on the show on Monday.”

Davis hosts his own daily Talk of Connecticut AM show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then co-hosts”Leatherneck and Lace from 9 a.m. to 1 0 a.m.  with Mary Jones.

WDRC Brad Davis Comfortable Following Car Accident

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Veteran WDRC show host Brad Davis is resting comfortably at St. Francis Hospital following a three-car accident Wednesday evening in Bloomfield.

The well-known morning show host was hospitalized after the crash around 5 p.m. Wednesday. He is scheduled to bew discharged today, Thursday.

Davis, 78, reportedly lost control of his car due to a medical issue. Police are investigating.

Fox CT’s Al Terzi is filling in for Davis today, Thursday.  Terzi and his son, Tony, began doing the Saturday”Talk”  show a few months ago. Paul Pacelli will take over the show on Friday.