Is CT really Hall of Fame worthy?

For as long as this blogger has lived in Connecticut, and it has been all 41-plus years of his life, he has become ashamed to live in a state so full of progressives, statists, unions, left-wingers (far too many to name) and neocons (just ask Tom Foley and Chris Shays).  If you ask him, this state belongs in a Hall of SHAME, as opposed to having any kind of a hall of fame.

Well friends, this state, or at least its broadcasters will have such a hall.  The CT Broadcasters Association, which monitors the state’s 115 commercial and non-commercial radio and TV stations, will offer up its inaugural class of people for its hall.

For the CTBA, this comes on its 60th anniversary.  Many of the inaugural class won’t be known by the average viewer.  But for three of them, it’s an honor to be well-deserved.

Those three are:

Gerry Brooks, the two-time Emmy-Award winning anchor of WVIT, NBC CT’s news team.  He has been with channel 30 since 1993.  Brooks has also spent time at WFSB Channel 3 in the 80’s and also worked in radio, notably at New Haven’s WAVZ and Hartford’s WPOP. Brooks also dabbled in sports doing color commentary for University of Connecticut basketball games
(perhaps in the team’s lean years in the Big East). He also writes a blog called The Brooks File.

And “The Land of the 3” has a connection in the other two names going in…

WFSB anchor Denise D’Ascenzo has been with channel 3 for over 25 years after some time in Cleveland at former CBS, now Fox station WJKW/WJW-TV.  The “First Lady of Eyewitness News” has done the 11 O’Clock news with co-anchor Dennis House for the last 20 years.  It is rumored Denise is known for making the Eyewitness News newsroom a very relaxed and loose place because of her humor and even her perchance to sing!

And if you don’t buy this…see this picture from Denise’s own Facebook page!

I know there’s concern about Lyme Disease in this state…BUT COME ON DENISE!

The other channel 3 anchor also worked at WTNH channel 8 during the 1980’s and the Action News era when 8 was nearly unstoppable.  Al Terzi, the dean of CT News, has worked since 1968 in some form or another in CT, whether as a radio announcer at the iconic WTIC radio and then WTIC-TV (which has been WFSB since 1974), then to WTNH, back to WFSB and then to Fox CT with the ironic call letters of WTIC-TV.  Terzi also served his country for more than seven years with Air Force Intelligence Operations in the Far East, during Vietnam. The bespectacled news anchor with the unmistakable voice makes things a family affair as his son Tony is a reporter at Fox 61/CT.

Other names to be inducted include…

Brad Davis, the longtime WDRC Radio morning man and milk pusher back to the Connecticut Bandstand days.

(Posthumously) Arnold Dean, the dean of CT Sports on WTIC 1080 Radio who has covered everything it seems in CT sports including UCONN basketball championships and chatting it up on SportsTalk.  I think Joe D’Ambrosio should have a spot reserved for next year’s class.


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