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.
After nine years at WTIC, Diane Smith, who co-hosted the morning show with Ray Dunaway, will not have her contract renewed and is leaving the station. She is interested in exploring ways to continue to work with the station, and has many other projects she is looking forward to. Diane’s statement is posted at Roger Catlin’s blog.
Colin McEnroe, who was on air between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. has also been let go. Colin will be on the air tomorrow afternoon, and he may post more information at his forum on the Hartford Courant’s Web site.
Jim’s pretty swamped, but wanted to send his best to both Diane and Colin. Some of us have been let go from positions we really enjoyed, or know others in the similar situations. It sucks, plain and simple.
Jim’s show – Sound Off Connecticut – will expand by one hour and start at 9 a.m. ET. He’s excited, and probably a bit nervous. But for many, two hours was never enough!
Ray’s morning show starts at 5:30 a.m. and goes till 9 a.m. The slot from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. after Rush Limbaugh will be a local and national news program hosted by Aaron Kupec and Bill Pearse.
Jim will be on the air Monday morning after this week’s break.