I want to once more express my heartwarming, gratitude for the support you have given me, since my sudden dismissal from a Hartford-based radio network. Your encouraging words and comments, expressed to me, my family, and in public forums, have been something I will cherish. I don’t know what the future will bring – I hope to remain in talk radio – but I do know your outpouring of support was proof, what we did on the radio worked and will work again.
More Than Politics
Some have suggested my conservative stand on issues helped grease the skids for my unceremonious departure. I don’t know. I proudly stand by my conservative views. But anyone, who reached that conclusion, apparently did not listen to the program in its entirety, because it was more than politics.
The Dan Lovallo Show, was our large, enlightened audience. It was our, many great callers. It was our great guests. It was Christine Stuart of ctnewsjunkie.com, educating our audience about what was going on across the state. It was award-winning journalist George Gombassy, the champion of consumers everywhere, with his excellent website ct.watchdog.com. It was Executive Director LaReese Harvey of Civic Trust Lobbying, whose compelling story – even though we’re from opposite ends of the political spectrum – deserved to be told. It was Whitney F. Burr and his Economic Connection, informing us about investments and the economy. It was our “Black Conservative” commentator Kevin Jackson, he of the great website theblacksphere.net. It was our “coupon expert” Gina Juliano and her informative website ginaskokopelli.com. It was financial consultant, Valerie E. Thomas, offering investment wisdom and sharing the history of England’s royal family. It was award winning meteorologist Art Horn, sharing his expertise on weather. It was Hartford Hawks men’s basketball coach John Gallagher, whose exuberance educated us about the experience of college basketball, and how it molded young men into adults. It was our Market Wrap with certified financial planner Joel Johnson and his associates Eric Hogarth and Doug Miller. It was two of my dearest friends, Rick Synnott and his wife Liz, of Synnott Travel, and the many cruises around the world we took with our listeners. It was Rusty Haigh, proudly talking about his first published book. It was “Elaine in Southington,” “Sandra in Bloomfield,” “Catherine in New Britain,” “Jim in Windsor,” “John in Hartford, ” “Dave in Waterbury,” and so many more of you, too numerous to mention, but all close to my heart. It was the thousands, who listened but did not call. It was Dinner With Dan. It was our fine advertisers. It was the many friends Susan and I made through the show, and so much more. And it was local, something which I insisted it be.
Especially Proud Of Last Shows
Our last two shows, particularly, exemplified the style of programming I loved to present to our audience. On what turned out to be our last Friday show, we had one of the broadcast industry’s finest engineers, John Ramsay, as guest for one hour, talking about his superb website hartfordradiohistory.com and his new book, “Hartford Radio” (with a great picture of Hall of Famer Bob Steele on the cover). The phones, per usual, rang off the hook with questions for John. That was followed by Gina and her well received segment on coupon shopping. And Art, offering his analysis about the weather.
On our last show, the Saturday, before the Monday dismissal, we covered two of my favorite topics, baseball and better treatment of Vietnam War Veterans with our guests, Gary “Pops” O’Maxfield and Arthur Wiknik Jr. “Pops” talked about Friends of Vintage baseball and Art, author of a terrific memoir about his Vietnam service, “Namsense,” regaled us with the stories about the Donut Dollies, who served in Vietnam, during the war. We even had a Donut Dolly – by phone – on the program.
I’ll put that programming up against any talk show. If that wasn’t good enough for the decision makers, I’ve always said it was their call. As a firm believer in the free market system – or what’s left of it these days – I maintained the people, who wrote the checks, had every right to make sure the microphone didn’t hit me on the way out.
I’ve always been a believer, when one door closes another opens. Although I want to remain in talk radio; I am embarking on a new venture, cttalking.com, which will be launched sometime this month. The way we communicate is changing, with new technology developing in a nanosecond. Consumers of information want more, and the old way of communicating – though it has an importance – is being augmented by today’s new platform. The Internet, social media, smartphones, tablet computers, applications, etc., is how these consumers are fulfilling their appetite. Those, who choose to ignore that platform, do so at their own peril. That is why our new venture is utilizing these new communication tools to get the information to you, our audience. Trust me, this broadcaster won’t be left standing at the station, when the train speeds by.