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RIP – Arnold Dean passed away yesterday morning

From Fox61 and the Hartford Courant.

Arnold Dean, longtime host of WTIC’s “SportsTalk” radio program and an innovator in the world of the sports talk show, died Saturday morning at his home, a day after he had a pacemaker replaced, his family said. He was 82.

Dean joined WTIC in 1965, and launched “Sports Talk” in 1976.

Dean, who was born Arnold D’Angelo on July 1, 1930, the son of an Italian immigrant, lived in Rocky Hill. He as inducted into the Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in May 1997, and was honored as Connecticut’s sportscaster of the year several times.

His wife, Helen, died in 2011.

Commercial interruptions on the WTIC online stream

During the big show on Thursday and Friday, online listeners experienced significant issues as commercials kept “stepping” on the “talk” portion of Jim’s talk show. WTIC News Talk 1080 is aware of the issue and they are working on the problem.

This has been an issue in the past, with Jim getting cut off at the end – or the beginning – of a segment but the issues were much more severe on Thursday and Friday.

Any comments concerning online stream issues should be directed to comments@wtic.com. If you send them to us – and we got a bunch of them yesterday and today – please understand Radio Vice Online has no control concerning the online feed or commercials. We don’t even have the resources to forward each e-mail to the station.

But … as many of us know from experience, more e-mail complaints from listeners to the station may result in a “bump” concerning the priority of the support ticket at the CBS Radio mothership.

We understand there are thousands of online listeners each day across the country, and Jim appreciates your patience.

Announcement From Jim Vicevich (Update)

I have some good news, and some not so good news for you all. First, the not so good news.

I am so sorry to inform you, my loyal listeners and friends, that, as of this morning at 8:30, I am no longer employed by WTIC 1080. Over the course of four months, we were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. Read more

Show Notes For Thursday January 22

Great guests tomorrow … first Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby. His columns are automatically posted on the front the front page here in the News Wire below.

And from National Review and author of the best selling novel “The Case Against Barack Obama”, David Freddoso joins us. David you will remember took a lot of heat and was targeted by the Obama campaign for this book. The Obama folks, which became their trademark in the campaign launched a campaign tried to silence him. My guess is he wasn’t invited to the inauguration.

Join us starting at 9 AM on WTIC 1080 … click here to listen live.

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Radio Vice Online launches new Web site

Welcome to the new site! Version 3 combines the blogging efforts of Jim Vicevich and Steve McGough, blogger at Conservative247. The site has a new look – as you can see – and we hope you’ll find the home page easy to navigate.

We’re breaking content into four categories. The featured posts are at the top, and we have sections for Politics & Government, Economics, and News, Media & Other Events. All of the previous posts – including those from Conservative247 – have been migrated to the new site!

Video will continue to be an important part of the site, and you’ll find plenty of video in posts, and we’ll always have a Featured Video for readers.

The site continues to be an interactive place for listeners of Sound Off Connecticut. Click on the banner at the top of any page to get to the Live page. Where you can participate in the online chat, watch Jim in studio on video, take the daily poll and check out the five most recent posts on the site – all on one page!

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The Newswire has been moved to the bottom of the home page, but it continues to display recent posts from Hot Air, the Campaign Spot, Powerline Blog and Jeff Jacoby. We’ve made some improvements so you can see where the post comes from, who wrote it and when it was posted.

Posting Comments

  • To post comments, you must now be registered. Please read the Terms of Use before registering, it will only take you a minute or so.
  • Once you have registered, you’ll be e-mailed a password immediately. To log in, simply click on the Log In link at the bottom of any page.
  • If you like a post, you can now e-mail it to a friend or print it for your wall.

Get Site Updates by E-Mail

Just drop your e-mail in the box (near the top of any page) and hit go to register to get daily e-mails with links to all of the posts from that day. If we post that day, you’ll get only one e-mail per day. This one is just an image… go back to the home page to sign up!

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Changes at WTIC 1080

As you may have heard, changes are happening at WTIC to the on air line up. I briefly spoke with Jim a couple of times today, and to say he was surprised is a bit of an understatement. He’s busy with the Sound Off Daughter’s wedding coming up tomorrow, but asked me to post something here on the blog.

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