This is my personal blog. I once hosted a popular talk show on the Hartford-based Talk of Connecticut radio stations, commenting on politics and other current events. Coincidentally I have returned to those stations as the host of a business show entitled “Front and Center.” My love of sports has not waned either, as I broadcast games on radio and television for the Hartford Yard Goats and Catholic High School football games on WJMJ 88.9 FM.
New Era Arrives
A new era has arrived. With smartphones and tablet computers, how we communicate has changed. The traditional media: i.e. newspapers, radio, television, is no longer the king of content. People are still consuming their information by way of traditional means, but they are also doing it by way of the new technology. It is imperative that commentators avail themselves of these new content delivery mechanisms. Welcome to the 21st century.
I will be posting my take on the media, technology, politics, business and books, which are a big part of the new technology thanks to e-Readers and tablet computers. As always, your input will be welcomed.
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I started my radio career in my senior year in high school, when I broadcast the 1972 Torrington High Thanksgiving Day football game between my alma mater and Watertown. After attending the University of Connecticut, I returned to my home town of Torrington, broadcasting news and sports for WSNG. My talk show, “Sound Off,” proved to be a popular sounding board for listeners.
In 1981, I began my writing career, serving as sports editor of the Winsted Citizen. In 1983, I pursued my dream of broadcasting professional baseball, leaving the region to broadcast the games of the Kinston, NC Blue Jays and Richmond, VA Braves. In 1993, I returned to my hometown, where I started broadcasting a very popular, no-holes barred talk show, “Talk of the County.” During this period Buckley Broadcasting purchased the station and made it part of a four station AM network, including flagship station WDRC in Hartford. I became the news and sports director for the network, joining the legendary Brad Davis morning radio broadcast. I also served as a fill-in for Davis. Along the way, I returned to play-by-play sports, broadcasting with pro baseball’s New Britain Rock Cats, the Hartford Yard Goats, pro basketball’s New England Blizzard and Connecticut Pride, and University of Hartford men’s college basketball. And to this day, I am proud to have called the renowned Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race on radio, since 1998.
In March of 2006, I landed my own afternoon talk show on Buckley’s Talk of Connecticut network. The main focus was politics and current events. We also highlighted consumer news, technology and sports.
In February 2012, opting to replace local programming with syndicated programming, Buckley Broadcasting parted ways with me. But I have returned to my old environs, now under new ownership.
Yep, there is something about this new technology that has me hooked. Welcome to the 21st Century.