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Carberg Off NBC Connecticut Anchor Desk

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Lisa+Carberg+2014[1]Veteran NBC Connecticut evening anchor Lisa Carberg will have new duties effective Monday at the West Hartford-based station.

Carberg has been reassigned to the station’s  specialties/enterprise team and will be reporting on topics including health and consumer issues, vice president of news Matt Piacente said Thursday.

“Enterprise reporting is where it’s at and we want to use Lisa’s knowledge and credibility in those areas,” said Piacente. “She knows the market and we want to take advantage of it.”

The 47-year-old Carberg began working at NBC Ct in 1995, leaving in 1999 for the Fox News Channel, returning again in 2002 as a reporter and weekend anchor. She became the evening anchor with Keisha Grant, Gerry Brooks and ultimately with Brad Drazen on the 5 and 5:30 newscasts

. “I love NBC Connecticut, it’s where I’ve proudly spent 15 years of my career,” said Carberg. “The station has been wonderful and flexible with my family and my commute from the shoreline and I am grateful for that,” she said.” I work with a great team and I look forward to continuing to put out a good product for our viewers every day.”

Kerri-Lee+Mayland+2014[1]Piacente said anchor/reporter Kerri-Lee Mayland, who anchors the network’s 11 a.m. daily broadcast,  will be sitting in Carberg’s anchor spot for now. She will continue to anchor the 11 a.m. program, Piacente said.

News at 6 and 11 p.m. will stay the same with Gerry Brooks and returning-from-maternity-leave Keisha Grant sharing the anchor duties.



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.”

“I Do” For WFSB Rayner, Better Hours For NBC CT Hanrahan

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raynerThere is good news and more good news in the harahanworld of Hartford area television these days.

Top of the list, well-known NBC CT meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan has snagged a prime time gig with the station, according to his Facebook post.

“After 8 1/2 years of working weekends at NBC I’m moving Monday through Friday starting next week. I’ll be doing the 11am and the 5pm shows. I can’t wait to geek out about weather 5 days a week now.”

Replacing him on weekend evenings is Monica Cryan.

Also over at the West-Hartford based NBC CT, Tara Joyce has joined the station as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. The UConn grad already knows the lay of the land since she once work as an intern there before heading out to WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

And it’s newlywed bliss time over at WFSB where morning reporter Kate Rayner is now a Mrs.

Rayner married John Bernard Leary III on June 13. Doing the officiating was another well-known name, J. Paul Vance Jr.

The nuptials were held at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown and the honeymoon in Mexico.


erinconnollyAnd WFSB has also added a reporter. Erin Connolly began her new job there Monday.

Prior to joining WFSB, Erin worked as an anchor/reporter at YNN in Albany, New York.

NBC CT Anchors To Tie The Knot

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piro (2)Talk about your office romances!

NBC Connecticut morning co-anchor and dance master Todd Piro and fellow reporter/anchor Amanda Raus will be heading down the aisle together.

Piro popped the “Will you” question to his co-worker at the shoreline on Saturday and she said, “Yes.”

And in an “awwww” moment, the two announced the pending nuptials on air when they co-anchored the news on Monday, Memorial Day.

Piro, you might remember, showed off some other skills at the recent CRIS “Dancing With the Stars” competition and did quite well.

The wedding is planned for June 2015, and suffice it to say, Piro will probably not have to take those pesky “first dance” lessons.

NBC Ct Keisha Grant & Husband Welcome Arabella

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kishaNBC CT’s Keisha Grant and hubby, Fox Ct’s Garrett Allison,  have welcomed a daughter.

Arabella Ruth Allison arrived Wednesday, just hours after mom anchored the 6 p.m. news and then headed to the hospital.

“Everyone is well and we are in love,” gushed the new mom to Java, a few hours after the 8 pound, 5 ounce, 201/2 inch long “Bella” arrived.

Congratulations to all.


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.

NBC CT Doebler Headed To Chicago!

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NBC CT head David Doebler is moving on! This from TV Spy…


“David Doebler has been named president and general manager of WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago. His appointment is effective immediately, the station announced Tuesday.

It is a move within NBC for Doebler, who has been president and general manager of NBC-owned WVIT in Hartford-New Haven since 2005.

“David has done a great job strengthening the competitive position of NBC Connecticut,” NBC Owned Stations president Valari Staab said in a statement. “With his leadership abilities, local broadcast experience and record of success, I am confident he has the right skills to steer WMAQ as the station continues its forward progress.”

Before joining WVIT, Doebler was the president and general manager for WVTM in Birmingham, which was an NBC O&O during his time there. He has also worked as the vice president of creative services and sales for WNCN, the former NBC O&O in Raleigh-Durham.

“I could not be more honored to join WMAQ and to work with the very talented team at the station to continue the tremendous momentum in the market,” Doebler said.

Doebler replaces Larry Wert, who left WMAQ for Tribune last month.”

TV News Update Including Double Terzi At FoxCT

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terzitterzi[1]For those who think they are occasionally seeing double when it came “Terzi” on Fox Ct, you are.

Anchor and “The Real Story” co-host,   Al Terzi,  is on FoxCt and now so is his son, Tony.

The younger Terzi, a sports anchor for 12 years at WTIC Fox 61 (pre- Fox Ct)  explained he is doing some freelance work at his father’s place these days.

Terzi, who also does a WDRC Saturday show with his dad,  admitted he has some “catching up” to do when it comes to new tv technology. He is liking the reunion with his old station friends, he reports. His schedule includes reporting for either the Fox Ct morning news or the 4 p.m. news.

In other Fox Ct news, meteorologist Rachel Frank is sparkling and it has nothing to do with the sun. She’s engaged and getting married in September.

frank1She shares she said “yes” to  Aram Bolduc while the two were visiting her grandparents in Las Vegas recently. The two met at a Crossfit gym . The groom -to-be is an East Coast sales manager for a tech company.

Lots of changes over at WTNH.

Erin Logan has been named weekend evening anchor at WTNH. She joined the station in 2011 as a general assignment reporter.

So where does that leave veteran tv personality and weekend anchor, Don Lark?

Lark will apparently be the “fill-in” anchor weekdays and weekends.

Also at the New Haven station, Nneka Nwosu is a new reporter. Most recently working in Providence,  she also worked for News 10 in New York. She began her journalism career as an intern for the late Peter Jennings.

Osweeneyver at NBC Connecticut, Darren Sweeney deserves a pat on the back or a new pair of running shoes. He reports he completed his first half marathon at Disney, raising more than $3,500 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. “My mom was recently diagnosed and I wanted to jump in and see if I could help the fight,” he explained.

And speaking of NBC CT, station alum Diana Perez , has been tapped as  the new co-anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning” working alongside Rob Nelson.