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Quinnipiac To Honor Barbara Walters With Friendly Award

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Iconic broadcast journalist Barbara Walters will be honored by Quinnipiac University with a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

An Evening With Barbara WaltersWalters, an ABC news correspondent, executive producer and co-host of “The View” will be presented with the award on June 10 at the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award Luncheon at the  Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The Fred Friendly Award is presented each year to a broadcast journalist whose work reflects the ideals of Fred Friendly, former president of CBS  News and a strong advocate of freedom of speech and of the press.

Past recipients  of the Fred Friendly Award include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Morley Safer, Scott Pelley and Gwen Ifill.

This the second time the lifetime achievement award is being presented. In 2008 Floyd Abrams was honored with the lifetime achievement award. 

‘Undercover Bald Boss Bozsum’ On CBS Friday

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undercover1 (1)undercover2You might want to tune in CBS at 8 p.m. Friday. Mohegan Sun’s well-known former tribal council chairman and now council member, Bruce ‘Two Dogs’ Bozsum is going undercover  as “Sam”on  ‘Undercover Boss.”

Bozsum will be undercover at two properties, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, and don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize the guy. That signature head of hair, well, he is unrecognizable to the employees he meets with as part of the show. But his hair is back and Bozsum offers a sneak peek at what’s to come when he Spilled the Beans with Java.

Q: How much convincing did it take for you to do the show?

A: Not much. I am a huge fan of “Undercover Boss” so when the show called at the beginning of summer we talked about the offer and I said ‘yes.’ I was excited to do it.

A: But part of the show is the fact that bosses sometimes get not so good surprises when it comes to finding out what is really going on down in the trenches. Weren’t you a little bit afraid of what you would find?

A: I have always been pretty involved and down on the floor when it comes to our business and I already knew how employees feel about us and about me.  I knew we would find imperfections that would need fixing would be brought to light. The world is not perfect.

Q: Another component is what jobs you did as your new “character.” What are some of the chores you were assigned to when you went undercover?

A: I did valet parking, some beverage service. I was a slot attendant. In Connecticut I helped set up the arena for a show and did some usher work.

Q: And of course, one of the most amusing elements of the show is the makeover the “boss” goes through so he or she is not recognized y employees. How did that go?

A: My own son didn’t recognize me. (Son Jacob works at the Pennsylvania location) We tried three or four options in make-up when we were getting ready for the show and finally decided on being an older biker guy. I shaved my head.

Q: Did you cry?

A: Not in front of anyone. But it all grew back in a couple of months.

Q: The most touching part of the show is when rewards are given to some of the outstanding employees who surface during the segment. Is it happening this time too?

A: Yes there are rewards including for some in Connecticut. I knew we had good people out there in our organization. But when you sit and talk with them alone for 10 or 15 minutes and hear their stories beyond the job. You take the time to learn about them. That was amazing.

To view a sneak peek of the show go here.


‘Two Dogs’ Bozsum of Mohegan Sun Goes ‘Undercover Boss’

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Bruce ‘Two Dogs’ Bozsum is going undercover celebrity style. The well-known longtime tribal councilor at Mohegan Sun will be featured on the popular CBS reality tv show ‘Undercover Boss’ in January. Here’s the scoop from casino officials!

‘Watch Mohegan Tribal Councilor Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum as he goes undercover at two of its properties, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, on CBS’s hit show UNDERCOVER BOSS on Friday, January 10th.

Towards the end of his term as Chairman, Bozsum went undercover at the gaming, hotel and entertainment destinations as he prepared to pass the business on to the next Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. In the episode, Bozsum learns the high-stakes role of slot attending and nearly runs out of gas as he retrieves cars from the valet.

More details about this episode of UNDERCOVER BOSS will be revealed closer to the air date which is set for Friday, January 10, 2014 from 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.’

Allison Demers Leaving WRCH

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For 13 years she has been the kind, sweet one… the eternal optimist who rarely had a bad word about anything or anyone, and approached her on-air job at WRCH each day with spirit and enthusiasm.

But longtime radio morning host Allison Demers has announced she is leaving the station.

“My oldest is going to be a senior in high school and I want to be there to do things like visiting colleges with her and being home with them and just doing “mommy” things,” said Demers, who, with husband Frank Campagna, also has a 9-year-old. “I have been in the radio business for 20 years and done so many wonderful things, I want to do this too to feel accomplished.”

Demers, who also worked at KC 101,  is part of the popular 5:30 to 9 a.m. CBS Connecticut Lite 100.5 WRCH-FM Morning Show “Allan, Mike, and Allison” with Allan Camp and Mike Stacy.

“We are crying buckets of tears,” said Stacy about Demers decision to step down. “She is irreplaceable.”

“We will miss her, she has been part of our family for a long time,” said station manager Steve Salhany.

But the search is on for a new morning show co-host with try-outs and guest hosts beginning at the end of the month.

“We really need the estrogen to balance us off,” joked Camp.

Demers, who gets to work around 5 a.m. each and leaves at noon, said she also spends time at special events and watches late night shows so they can be discussed on radio the next day.

“The hours are crazy and I just want a normal life,” she said about the decision she had been contemplating for a while.

Demers, who was recently ordained as a minister in the First Assembly of God, said she will continue her missionary work after she leaves the station. She has agreed to stay on the show until her replacement is found.

“The kids are excited about having me home and it means a more normal life and going to bed at the same time as my husband,” she said laughing. “I’m excited about the new door that has opened.”


Subway CDO On “Undercover Boss” Friday

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undercover boss_DF When Connecticut-based Subway Chief Development Officer Don Fertman went undercover on the CBS show “Undercover Boss,” he never imagined he would be asked back to the show that has business heads going undercover to get a better perspective on their employees and their companies. Fertman disguised himself as “John Wilson” a former drug and alcohol counselor looking for a new career when he appeared on the show in 2010 and now comes back for an episode titled :”Undercover Boss: Epic Bosses.” The episode airs Friday from 8 to 9 p.m. and features some of the most memorable bosses from its four seasons. Fertman, whose sleuthing on the show resulted in some positive changes especially for the franchise’s “sandwich artists”, found time from being boss extraordinaire to spend a few minutes Spilling the Beans with Java.

Q: Is it a compliment to be asked back and why?

A: I hope it is. The spin they are putting on the episode is that it is about the more intriguing bosses. I’m not sure what was intriguing about me other than that I work for a terrific company and with terrific people. I have been at the job for quite a period of time and that has given me a unique perspective on watching the growth of the company and its growth and that of employees including our sandwich artists.


Q: What changes did you make in the company after your first appearance and was it a rude awakening or a pleasant surprise?

A: I would say it was pleasant surprise to really see the level of customer experiences that was taking place at store level and the concern our folks had for our customers. The sandwich artists, all four of them that were part of my 2010 episode, were very focused on making their store the best possible. they wanted each customer to leave feeling really, really good. One of them, Jesse in  Florida, gave me a hard time when she thought I was John Wilson and making sandwiches too slowly. She told the filming crew to shut off the cameras because there was line of people who needed to be served. She made such an impact when it came to customer service and she will be back for this Friday’s episode.


Q: Did you ever have a great boss like you?

A: I do have a nice boss now. My first job was pumping diesel fuel at a truck stop. There was a guy in the tower who used to yell down, “Fertman do this” and Fertman do that.” He was not particularly warm and fuzzy. Before subway I was self-employed in a rock and roll band, CT’s greatest, The Crayons. I was the orange one. I did it for five years and then, as my dad would say, I got a real job.



Q: On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being great, where did your company rate before “Undercover Boss” and where would it rate now?

A: I would say we were an 8 because I think in our organization we had recognized the fact our franchise owners are the key to the implementation of the business. Our developers are the key to the growth and the sandwich artists are the key to customers and keeping them coming back. As a result of the show in 2010 I think we are a 9 now. We needed to get in hearts and minds of our sandwich artists all over the world. We held roundtables with them to understand what the customer experience is like but what the company experience is like, and when we make decisions in the big house here, how those decisions impact the field on the front line.  



CBS Radio World News Roundup Celebrates Diamond Anniversary

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Nagler2When it comes to getting the newsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA each day, CBS Radio’s award-winning “World News Roundup” has delivered since 1938. From the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938, through the war years and beyond, the program has become a tradition from shortwave to satellites and from the “Murrow Boys,” World War II-era (journalists mentored by famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and who pioneered the radio program) to multimedia platforms. The program is celebrating its diamond anniversary this week, and among those who contributed to its greatness is Connecticut resident and journalist Richard C. Hottelet, the last surviving “Murrow Boy.” Hottelet, whose assignments included airing the first eyewitness account of the invasion of Normandy, and CBS News vice president Harvey Nagler, had a little something to say about the diamond anniversary achievement as they Spilled the Beans with Java.

Q: There are those who might say that radio is dead as far as a news source. What is your response?

A: Nagler: World News Roundup is as relevant today as it was 75 years ago. Radio is relevant to the way people live their lives and we spend an inordinate amount of time picking stories that are relevant.

Q: I can’t imagine anything more professionally fulfilling than working with Edward R. Murrow. What was that like?

A: Hottelet: He was a fine man. I was glad to work with him. He was a first class reporter, an excellent broadcaster and a very fine human being. I learned a lot from him.

Q: Your career was a long successful one. Did you ever imagine you would stay in radio for so long?

A: Hottelet: I didn’t but radio became a big thing in my life. I worked with some fine people and for a good company. There was a lot of news in those days. And World War II, you don’t forget that. Covering the war in was a big thing for a young fellow. As time went on it became clear that it was a responsibility to report on the war. That is what a reporter is supposed to do. I was glad to get through it.

Q: Do you still listen to the radio?

A: Hottelet: I do for the news. And I watch television news. I am not much for the entertainment shows.

Q: Which newscasters do you like to watch these days?

A:Hottelet: I think Brian Williams is very good.

Q: Do you think radio is dead?

A: Hottelet: I don’t. A radio news show tells people what they want and need to know.

Q: What do you think of journalists today?

A: Hottelet: I think some are very good and like it is always going to be, there is a bunch that is not as good as the others.

Q: Do you read the newspaper?

A: Hottelet: The New York Times, every day.

Q: Will there be a world News roundup 75 years from now?

A: Nagler: We are very cognizant of what the people want and the story selection has changed over the years. To survive this long you must have better programming than what you would hear on any other station. We have won many awards and continue to be successful. Our peers say we have the best breaking news. We must be doing something right.


Former CT TV Anchor Attacks Wife In Darien Home

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morrison_244x183[1]With the annual  Interval House gala just around the corner here in Hartford, could not help but notice this tidbit…proving once  again, money and prestige have nothing to do with behavior and domestic violence. Morrison, once a reporter at WTIC,  NBC Connecticut, is now an anchor at WCBS .

“DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — A New York television news anchor fought with his wife and then choked her at their home and threatened her even after he was arrested, police said.

Officers received a call early Sunday morning from WCBS-TV anchor Rob Morrison’s mother-in-law about what was going on at the couple’s home in Darien, police said. Morrison had been belligerent toward his wife, CBS financial news anchor Ashley Morrison, throughout the night and ended up with his hands wrapped around her neck, leaving red marks, they said.

The arresting officers said they heard Rob Morrison threaten to do his wife more harm while they were processing him. They said his wife didn’t seek medical attention.

A police mug shot of Morrison shows him with what appear to be a bloody cut on the bridge of his nose and a nasty bruise on his swollen bottom lip.

Morrison, who posted $100,000 bond, was due in court Tuesday. He faced charges of strangulation, threatening and disorderly conduct.

The couple’s attorney said in a statement Monday they are cooperating fully with authorities in this “unfortunate incident.”

“The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated,” attorney Robert Skovgaard said in the statement.

Rob Morrison, who has been a combat correspondent and was a reporter and anchor for WNBC-TV, anchors WCBS-TV’s news programs “This Morning” and “News at Noon.” Ashley Morrison worked for Bloomberg Television before joining “CBS MoneyWatch.” The couple has a young son.”

CT’s Charles Grodin Lends Celeb to Recovery Month

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Charles Grodin is best known as the star of films including “Midnight Run” and “Beethoven,” but the Connecticut actor is also a humanitarian. He quietly stepped up a few weeks ago to film a public service announcement for Laurel House, a Stamford -based organization that provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness. A well-known comedian and tv talk show host, the 77-year-old Wilton resident said he was impressed by the work being done by the non-profit and when approached, agreed to lend his celeb to the cause to raise awareness during September, National Recovery Month. Active on several non-profit boards, Grodin had just returned from a weekend getaway in Maine to visit fellow comedian and actor Bob Elliot, when he Spilled the Beans with Java.

Q: What was it about Laurel House that put you back in front of the cameras?

A: I actually do about 20 events a year and it’s usually because I say “yes” to people when others say “no.” It this case, I said yes but did not fully grasp what it was the organization did. I visited there and was impressed. It struck me that when you have mental issues, you must feel very alone. I have never had problems or dealt with those extremes in my life but realized it must be comforting and helpful to have a place where there are others who understand and can help so you are not so isolated.

Q: What do you think your voice adds to the cause?

A: I don’t know if it is really true or not but I am told my CBS news that my show on its website is one of the most downloaded features. I think it boils down to celebrity calls attention to a cause so I guess I help in that way.

Q: As a commentator and news guy, what do you think when it comes to the state of journalism these days?

A: I don’t think the presentation of news is clear. I read four or five papers a day and too much seems to be written from an insiders point of view. Too many questions are not answered. As far as blogs and social networking, horrible. Too many of the writers don’t know what they are writing about and it is all based on attack. And as far as the political campaigns, I find them impossible to watch. There is no real discussion. It just feels like you are watching big pep rallies.

Q: Speaking of politics, as a Connecticut voter, Murphy or McMahon?

A: I was pulling for Chris Shays. I thought he was an experienced, knowledgeable fella. I’m not quite understanding the WWE and the jobs it created and I really don’t know enough about Murphy other than he is going to be outspent.

Q: There are credible rumors that a sequel to “Midnight Run” is in the works.  Have you been approached about reprising Duke?

A: I don’t know that. I had pitched an idea for a sequel and the last thing I heard was there would be a script. But no one said I would be in it and I don’t assume anything. There is also talk of another Beethoven sequel too. As far as Midnight Run, I probably wouldn’t do it because my son said I shouldn’t and I pretty much listen to him.

Q: Would you ever do a movie again?

A: It would have to be something that people would be interested in seeing. I have been with CNBC, MSNBC, CBS  the last 17 years. My focus has been more on news and being involved with charities. I don’t go to the movies much. The last one I went to in recent memory was “To Rome With Love,” a Woody Allen movie.

Q: What is something no one knows about you?

A: I was valedictorian of my high school class in Pittsburgh, Pa. But my grade point average was only 3.7. At our school the president of the class was automatically the valedictorian. What is ironic is that when I was class president I was impeached by the teacher. She said I talked incessantly. That was at Peabody High School. It was just closed because it was overrun by a gang. Gene Kelly went to high school there too, although he was older than me. My grandparents lived on the same block as his grandparents.