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WDRC’s Mary Jones Retiring This Month

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jones (2)WDRC 1360 AM fans please sadly note.

Your afternoon shot of sweetness, positive thinking and motivation delivered by the curly-haired Mary Jones will end on Dec. 23.

Jones, the popular, upbeat afternoon program host at the Bloomfield-based station is retiring in two weeks.

“Life is too short,” said the 62-year-old former public relations/marketing professional, who, with husband Morgan, recently purchased a place on the Gulf Coast in Florida. “We had talked about it for so long, bought the condo a few months ago and it’s time to enjoy,” she said. “It’s very bittersweet for me to be leaving but like I said, life is too short. It’s a big decision but a very exciting one.”

Jones’s 10-year career at WDRC included developing her own “The Mary Jones Show” and then sharing another, “Leatherneck and Lace,” with fellow radio show host Brad Davis as part of the station’s “Talk of Connecticut”  collection. Jones was  laid off from the station in 2008 and then brought back for a morning slot, eventually  being moved to the prime time afternoon drive period. Known for her “monthly challenges,” “Girls Night Out” dinners and optimistic program topics, Jones announced her retirement on her show Monday.

“I will miss it all,” said Jones. “I loved doing it.”

Jones said she and her husband will divide their time between their Florida and Connecticut homes.

Staff was advised of the retirement just prior to her show.

“It is with bittersweet feelings that I write to inform you that Mary Jones will be retiring from Buckley Radio.” emailed Eric Fahnoe, Buckley Broadcasting vice president and general manager. “I’m thrilled for Mary as she begins the next chapter of her life and I’m greatly appreciative of all the hard work and professionalism she demonstrated while working with us,” he added. “Mary said to me, “life is an adventure,” and I know we all will wish her well in retirement, her future endeavors or whatever comes next.”

Fahnoe said plans are still being finalized regarding new afternoon programming for that time slot.

(On a personal note, best wishes to Mary on her retirement and new life. She was one of the first people I met when I took over the Java column in 2006 and since then has become a cherished friend for so many reasons. Wishing her and her husband a wonderful retirement together. They are a surely couple that deserve it all. )

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.