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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.”

WFSB Tina Martin Leaves Station

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tina1Reporter and former anchor Tina Martin has left WFSB.

Martin, a former weekend anchor and reporter said she and the station have mutually agreed to part ways.

“I have had a tremendous run at WFSB. From general assignment reporter to Tina Around Town features reporter to weekend morning anchor….winning local and national awards along the way,” said Martin in an email statement. ” I appreciate the opportunities I have been given in my 6 years. The viewers have been amazing to me and I thank them for welcoming me into their homes. I can’t go anywhere in the state without people telling me how much they love watching me! For that I am so grateful,” she wrote.

“I look forward to bigger and better. My agent has several irons in the fire all across the country. I look forward to exploring opportunities in my hometown of Boston, NYC and beyond,” she said. “Thanks to my wonderful hardworking colleagues not just at WFSB, but all the other stations as well. Onwards and upwards!!!!”

“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.

Dress For Success Hosts Annual Capital Catwalk

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dressfor55There were the usual big names at the Dress for Success 9th annual Capital Catwalk fundraising fashion show at Hartford Stage Monday.

But it was the youngest participant who stole the runway.

The nearly seven-month-old William “LB” Petit III, son of Christine Paluf Petit and Dr. Bill Petit was the clear star, curls and all.

“He is beautiful and so happy,” said Windsor resident Mavis Langley, part of the sold-out crowd who oohed and ahhed over the baby decked out in a summer madras outfit and hat for the show that also featured his mom as one of the models.  “I am so happy for all of them.”

Dr. Petit lost his wife and two daughters in a deadly home invasion in 2007. He married Paluf Petit in 2012.

There were other well-knowns on the  runway including Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, WFSB personalitiesdressfor22 including Mark Dixon, Klarn DePalma, Dennis House, Scot Haney, Kara Sundlun, and Denise D’Ascenzo , Hartford leaders including Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford Deputy Police Chiefs Neville Brooks and Brian Foley, and radio celebs including Chaz and AJ from WPLR and WTIC’s Christine Lee.

“This is the first time I’ve done this,” said the not-usually fashion-forward Chaz, who was decked  out in summer Bermuda shorts with a martini shaker pattern and lime green pullover. “Same for me, first time,” said on-air sidekick AJ, who was done up in a coral summer outfit.

dressfor10Another star of the show was Dress for Success client, Nancy Guerard, who credited the organization that provides support and clothes for women seeking jobs, with helping her get back on her professional feet.

“The help was priceless,” said Guerard who lives in Wethersfield and now works for Lincoln Financial Group. “I lost my job after 18 years and Dress for Success provided me with the skills and support I needed to find a new job.”

 

SCSU Librarian Tries Jeopardy, Berlin “Royalty” On Bravo

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If you tuned into television lately:

wendyhardenbergjeopardyYou may have caught Southern Connecticut State University librarian Wendy Hardenberg on “Jeopardy” Friday night.

Hardenberg, along with Sami Siegelbaum, an art professor at DePaul University, ended up in the black on the show but barely had a chance of winning against mega-winner, Illinois business consultant, Julia Collins.

Collins, as of Friday, has been on 20 consecutive episodes bringing her total winnings to $428,100 as she walked away with yet another win.

Hardenberg did manage to come back after a slow start on the show and ended up second with at the end of the “Final Jeopardy!” round.

The top “Jeopardy!” player ever is Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games for a total of $2.5 million in prize money.

Switching channels, WFSB anchor Dennis House is single again.hena

The well-known tv personality has lost his 11 p.m. co-anchor Hena Daniels.

House, who in real life is married to another WFSB anchor, Kara Sundlun, will continue solo on at the 11 p.m. anchor desk, according to station news director Dana Neves.

As as far as Daniels disappearance from the anchor desk?

“Hena is working on our special projects unit,” said Neves.

Daniels had been co-anchoring with House since August, 2012.

WTNH has brought in a television news veteran as its newest anchor. Jim Watkins from WPIX in New York has a new commute to the New Haven-based station where he is anchoring the weekend morning newscasts. That’s the spot previously occupied by Jeff Valin, who has moved over to NBC CT.

loriannIf you caught the preview special of the new show “Game of Crowns” on Bravo Sunday night, you may have seen a familiar face, Berlin resident Lori-Ann Marchese Napolitano.

The former Mrs. Connecticut America is a fitness consultant/trainer and cover model who owns Body Construct LLC, a workout facility where she trains women according to her bio on the website for the new docuseries that follows six pageant wives competing on the “Mrs.” circuit.

“When she is not training others, Loriann competes in fitness pageants, interviews professional athletes on red carpets, and models for fitness magazines, workout videos, infomercials and more,” the bio states.

Married, the 29-year-old’s other titles include Miss Bikini Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini New England, Miss Model Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini Fitness Atlantic WBFF Pro and Miss Summer Nationals.

The show officially premieres in July.

If you watched Katie Couric’s “Katie” Thursday on ABC, you would have seen yet another Connecticut resident.

Sixto Cancel of Bridgeport was featured on the show with tv personality Lisa Ling, whose topic was “Foster Care in the United States.” Cancel, first placed in foster care when he was 11 months old, was one of several guests who talked about their experiences with the foster care system.

“Dancing With The Stars” CRIS Style

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cris12 (2)It was a hot night with some sassy dancing at the Bond Ballroom Saturday as CRIS Radio held its annual “Night to Remember, Dining and Dancing in the Dark” fundraiser.

The spotlight was on several well-known Hartford-area people who have spent the past several months taking dance lessons donated by the Arthur Murray studio near Westfarms in preparation for the contest and the chance to win Hartford’s version of the coveted “mirror” ball of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.

And the dancers did not disappoint.

cris99Winners were the not-so-amateur amateurs, Miss CT Kaitlyn Tarpey who danced with Arthur Murray pro Moises Guerrero and Broadway actor/director Billy Johnstone who danced with studio pro Sally Nasatka, marking the first time in the history of the event that there have been two teams with perfect scores.

But it was the real amateurs, Bushnell’s Paul Marte, Hartford Public Access television’s Jose Vega, WFSB reporter Courtney Zieller and NBC Ct’s Todd Piro, who stole the show.

While all landed solid scores from judges FoxCt/WTIC Joe Furey, ballroom dancer/instructor Heather Leyden and Java, Piro got an extra nod for going above and beyond. He waxed his chest for the competition.

“I did it for you,” he told judges dancing in a costume that included an “unbuttoned-down-to-cris11 (2)there” shirt, making man-scaping a must.

cris98Emceed by Scot Haney, the WFSB weather guy had just learned a few days before the competition that his longtime ex, Marte, would be dancing to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

“All I can say,” joked Haney after watching a dapper, dressed- as-a-groom Marte perform with dressed-as-a- bride Lacey Escobales,  “he never danced like that when we were together.”

Hartford Area Non-Profits Celebrate WFSB’s Haney

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scottyscot1The estimate is that since he arrived on the Connecticut scene in 1998, WFSB meteorologist and show host Scot Haney has either emceed and/or served as auctioneer at over 1,500 non-profit fundraisers, golf tournaments and galas.

His celebrity presence is a sure draw and the dozens of non-profits that have him on the program know it and are grateful. On Tuesday, the organizations joined together to surprise Haney onscot2 his 50th birthday and to say thank-you for his volunteer efforts.

“I am in shock, I don’t even know what to say,” said Haney as his eyes filled tears when he realized the luncheon was not the business meeting he had expected, but rather a room full of agency and organization heads who wanted to fete the guy who has helped them raise money for the past 15 years.

Nearly every major non-profit from the area from Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sisters, Fidelco Guide scot3Dog Foundation and the Bridge, to Foodshare, The Intensive Education Academy and the Petit Family Foundation was represented at the luncheon held at Max Downtown.

“He never asks for anything,” said St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church pastor Father Tom Gallagher, who explained Haney serves each year as the auctioneer for the annual church golf tournament. “He comes in quietly, he gets loud and gets the job done and then leaves quietly.”

“He knows the need out there,” said Sister Helen Dowd of the Intensive Education Academy. “And he steps up to help.”

Besides an interesting assortment ofmugs and tee shirts form the agencies and organizations, Haney was also presented proclamations from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal.

A Party In The House For House and Interval House

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house (5)He’s really more like 50 and 1/4 now but another WFSB personality celebrated his big “5 0” with a belated birthday bash also aimed at helping others.

Anchor and “Face the State” moderator Dennis House, who actually hit the half century mark in December, had a party at Hartford City Hall last week to benefit Interval House, which provides assistance to victims of domestic abuse.

“We raised about $12,000,” said House about the party that attracted a slew of current and former tv people including Fox Ct’s Al Terzi and a who’s who of politicians like Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, gubernatorial wanna-bes including Sen. Toni Boucher and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Joe Visconti, and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and business leaders including  Courant publisher Nancy Meyer.

A Birthday Party For WFSB’s Scot Haney

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scotcakeLots of special birthdays the past week and we plan to get to all of them but first, let’s tune in to  WFSB personality Scot Haney’s Saturday night bash at Glastonbury Hills Country Club.

Intended to be a fundraiser for the Channel 3 Kids Camp, the night, dubbed “Party Like It’s 1964″  was also a special one for the birthday boy (who turns 50 on March 27) for a couple of reasons.

Two of his favorite people were there,  his mom, Marlene,  and his “ex,” Bushnell guy Paul Martescot10

“I really am so blessed and so humbled,” said Haney as he juggled greetings from well-wishers, co-workers and fans seeking pictures with the popular meteorologist and show host.

“He wasn’t due until April but came a month early,” Marlene Haney explained.

And how wonderful a child was he?

“He was good when he was sleeping,” she joked.

Marte dashed out of his own gig at the Bushnell “Ovations” gala as soon as he could,  arriving atscot11 the party just before dinner. Marte joined Scot and the family which also included brothers Rick and Jeff  at the head table for the evening. The festivities also included a “roast” of the popular personality and an auction led by WDRC personality and a fellow birthday boy, Brad Davis who flew up from Florida to attend. But we’ll get to his 80th birthday story later!

And while the party was an altruistic event, we just had to ask Haney if there was something he would like for his birthday.

“I want to make more time to relax and more time for family and I’d like to find somebody,”he said.

And as far as a cake?

“I want strawberry shortcake,” he said. “It’s my favorite.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Rudat’ Is Now ‘Lee,’ Change-Ups At WFSB

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rudatRemember tv personality Brandon Rudat who left NBC Connecticut a few years ago for the West Coast?

Well, he’s had a few gigs since then including one in Atlanta, and has now landed in Arizona with a new job and a new name.

According to TV Spy, Rudat is now at KTVK in Phoenix where he has taken the name, Brandon Lee.

According to the report, Lee is Brandon’s middle name and he has taken the new moniker “to honor his adopted family and keep a promise to his adopted father David Lee.”

Speaking of changes, WFSB has done some switching up when it comes to one of its weekendkimlucey reporters.

Former weekend anchor Tina Martin is now working four days a week in the early evening and 11 p.m. news while Kim Lucey has been moved over to the weekend morning anchor desk.