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New Show, New Book, New Changes At CT TV/Radio

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There’s yet another political show in town as yet another local television network jumps into theGeorge+Colli+2014[1] Sunday morning bipartisan lineup.

Gerry+Brooks+2014[1]NBC CT has launched its new political program, “Decision 2014” tapping Gerry Brooks, Todd Piro and George Colli to lead the 30-minute show.

“We are off to a good start,” said network vice president of news Matt Piacente about the newrogram that premiered on July 13. “It’s a good lead in to “Meet the Press” and we are looking to build it up and hopefully sustain the show beyond Election Day.”

Todd PiroThe very well-known Brooks said his approach to the show is to give viewers the chance to learn more about people who are running for office and the issues of an election year.

“I’m no political reporter but I am plugged in,” said Brooks about his familiarity with the political scene in Connecticut. “I’m just as interested in who the candidates are and what their opinions are as anyone else would be. I think we use a different line of questioning when we do the interviews. We see the show as a public service.”

The program airs at 10 a.m. This week’s guests are Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and NBC’s David Gregory.

In other NBC CT news, the station has said adieu to former traffic reporter Kayla James.

“Her contract was over and we had a parting of the ways,” said Piacente who expects to have some new hire announcements soon.

Switching channels, those who remember Hallie Jackson from WFSB, will be happy to know she has continued her upward bound career path, recently named correspondent for NBC News. Jackson left WFSB two years ago to work for Hearst Television in Washington D.C.

karaAlso, the proofs are out on WFSB anchor and Better Ct show co-host Kara Sundlun’s book ”Finding Dad.”

The book, published by Behler Publications, traceskara (2) Sundlun’s estrangement and subsequent reconciliation with her biological father and former Rhode Island governor, the late Bruce Sundlun. It is scheduled to be released in November.

Advanced copies can be ordered here.

On the radio side, veteran radio guy John Seville won’t be playing those country tunes on WWYZ 92.5 FM as often as usual.

Seville announced via Facebook that his afternoon show will be no more.

“I’ll still be on the station weekends from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. and “filling in” when needed,” Seville wrote. “Quite honestly-I’m excited about this change- since it will allow me to focus on my other businesses during the week-yet still be on the radio part time.”

Do Not Adjust Your Sets, NBC CT Just Switched It Up

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drazenbrad_field1[1]Do not adjust your sets or your clocks. It’s not you, it’s the change at NBC Connecticut.

WVIT viewers may have been scratching their heads this week wondering why they were seeing morning people at night and new people at the anchor desk in the morning.

It’s part of the NBC Connecticut anchor shuffle.

The 5 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts are now, as the on-air joke goes, “full of Brads.”  Brad Drazen has  moved from the morning to the evening slot, co-anchoring with Lisa Carberg, and sharing space with thkeisha2e “other” Brad, meteorologist Brad Field.

Keisha Grant, who is expecting, will now co-anchor the bit brookslater 6 p.m. newscast, and continue with the 11 p.m. newscast, both with Gerry Brooks, It’s a change she likes just fine as she anticipates her new schedule as a mom.

And in the morning, Todd Piro is now part of the morning team with Kerri-Lee Mayland.