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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.”

Girlcott’s “Clean Face” Month In Hartford

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reveal6Buh bye Bobbi Brown. See ya Clinque. Maybe later Mac. There are ladies in Hartford that just don’t need you, at least not always.

And they were all together Thursday at the Charter Oak Cultural Center where the Girlcott “Revealed: Images of Women who Bared  To Make Change” exhibit opened with a reception to celebrate women and who they are, not who they are “made up” to be.

“I had no second thoughts about doing it,” said Greater Hartford Arts Council CEO Cathy Malloy, who is also the wife of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “I was pleased that the pictures came out so well,” she said, explaining about the morning shoot that was a “no make-up allowed” portrait session. “I thought it was a great idea.”

Photographers Nilofer Haider, Lena Stein and Nicolette Theriault took the natural-looking photos of more than 30 well-known Hartford women ranging from State Senator Beth Bye, WFSB anchor Kara Sundlun  and Wadsworth CEO Susan Talbot to Teresa Younger, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and YWCA head Deb Ullman. Most agreed that while they could not give a little “enhancement” up forever, the portraits allowed them to really see that they didn’t look half bad without the daily regimen of mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick .

reveal3“I guess the ones who really love us see our inner beauty rather than how we appear when we have make-up on,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, Hartford’s marketing, events and cultural affairs division director. Admitting she modeled when she was younger, a hobby that meant a lot of cosmetics, Newman-Scott said she found the “bare” experience “wonderful.”

“When the picture was taken it was really early in the morning,” she explained. “My bigger concern than no make-up was what the bags under my eyes looked like,” she said laughing.

Part of the reason for the exhibit underwritten by the Connecticut Humanities, is to encourage women to go without make-up for the month of March and donate that money to organizations that benefit women and girls.

reveal16And among those who plan to give it a try  that were three students from University of Hartford who were there to see a portrait of one of their professors, Mala Matacin, who was one of the women featured in the exhibit.

“I understand the message here,” said Claire Capozzi, who is a member of the university’s “Women for Change” organization. “We are more than make-up.”

 

 

No Eyeliner, No Lipstick, Do You Recognize Them Hartford?

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reveal1reveal12reveal14reveal17 “Revealed: Imagines of Women Leaders Who  Bared to Make Change” exhibit opened Thursday night at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Aimed at empowering woman to see themselves as they are and embrace their talent rather than body image, the exhibit is part of “Girlcott,” a movement of women willing to go make-up free during the month of March. Participants are asked to donate the money they would have spent on cosmetics to organizations that benefit women and girls in Connecticut and around the world, instead.

Do you know who you are looking at Hartford? Very powerful women.

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