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A reason not mentioned in previous threads about declining attendance is the lousy coverage provided by WTNHTV (CH 8) and its "Sports Director", a San Diego used car salesman named Noah Finz. Let's see; what is happening tonight?

1. The UCONN women are playing
2. They are playing another Connecticut school, Fairfield
3. Jaqui Fernandes returns home as an assistant coach for Fairfield
4. The 2002 team, possibly the best in WCBB history is being honored
5. Sveta is back in town

Not one word was uttered by their sportscaster about tonight's game during the sports segment!

I faithfully watch WTNH because it covers the Southeast Coastline better than the other CT stations and their weather coverage is more shoreline oriented but I think I've had enough.

Oh yes! For those wise @$$es who want to know why I'm not at the game, I'm still recovering and rehabilitating from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is a slow, drawn-out process.
 

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Grizz, You had GBS, wow. That is incredibly tough. You have my prayers and thoughts.
 

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A reason not mentioned in previous threads about declining attendance is the lousy coverage provided by WTNHTV (CH 8) and its "Sports Director", a San Diego used car salesman named Noah Finz. Let's see; what is happening tonight?

1. The UCONN women are playing
2. They are playing another Connecticut school, Fairfield
3. Jaqui Fernandes returns home as an assistant coach for Fairfield
4. The 2002 team, possibly the best in WCBB history is being honored
5. Sveta is back in town

Not one word was uttered by their sportscaster about tonight's game during the sports segment!

I faithfully watch WTNH because (Teresa Labarbara) it covers the Southeast Coastline better than the other CT stations and their weather coverage is more shoreline oriented but I think I've had enough.

Oh yes! For those wise @$$es who want to know why I'm not at the game, I'm still recovering and rehabilitating from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is a slow, drawn-out process.

my reason for watching Ch8 in red
 

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I think Labarbera is the one that used to work for CH3. She had an off camera oops when she didn't realize her mike was on. I believe she was canned for that.
 

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I think Labarbera is the one that used to work for CH3. She had an off camera oops when she didn't realize her mike was on. I believe she was canned for that.

Not as bad as Desiree Fontaine's shop lifting oops. I miss having Sonia on the morning news. I miss the tight shirt alerts from the Chaz and AJ Show. I think Teresa still holds the highest rating when she was still at Ch.3. ....a 4.9 on a 5 scale
 

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Potty Mouth LaBarbera replaced Sticky Fingers Fountaine at Ch 8.

Actually, I thought Labarbera's faux pas was no big deal and kinda' funny. The camera was showing a weather map with no Barbera in sight. After a few seconds a very audible "Aw !" was heard as she realized she was supopsed to be on camera.
 
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I still can't get use to the new weather crew... Bring back Geoff Fox.... I'm starting to watch more CBS and NBC news and weather since he left...
 

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Lost in the midst of all this is Grizz trying to mend from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
 

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Potty Mouth LaBarbera replaced Sticky Fingers Fountaine at Ch 8.

Actually, I thought Labarbera's faux pas was no big deal and kinda' funny. The camera was showing a weather map with no Barbera in sight. After a few seconds a very audible "Aw !" was heard as she realized she was supopsed to be on camera.
didnt know that... thought she was tired of Scoty Haney's antics and saw the opening when Desi got bagged & canned! thanks, wonder if that on YouTube.
 
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LaBarbara was in my communications class at UCONN and we even did a few projects together. She was a riot back then. I remember riding in her car and she had a disco ball hanging down from her rear view mirror so when the sun would shine thru the inside of the car it had the 70s disco effect.
 

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Lost in the midst of all this is Grizz trying to mend from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Forgot to mention, Ice. A warning to all the bears. Doc thought it might have been caused by a tainted rabbit. :cool: BTW - What made it worse was it was triggered by Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, chickenpox/shingles of facial nerves and inner ear. It spread to my vocal chords and throat muscles as well as some neuropathy to the rest of my body. The biggest remainder is staggering around like a drunk because of inner ear damage. Time will tell how much it will heal. Can drive short distances but still can't pass a field sobriety test. Managed to clean all the leaves up myself in 30-40 minute increments.
 

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Lost in the midst of all this is Grizz trying to mend from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Yes, that's a very difficult condition. All the best, Grizz, for a speedy recovery.
 

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On the subject of Connecticut news coverage, I must admit that I don't watch any of it. I'm a New Yorker (even though I haven't lived in that state since 1968) and I live in that part of Fairfield County which is within minutes of the NY border. The result is that I watch Channel 7, ABC-TV, in NYC. The UConn women don't get mentioned unless they win a national championship or break a winning streak. As for sports, like it or not, it's very NY-centric.
 

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Forgot to mention, Ice. A warning to all the bears. Doc thought it might have been caused by a tainted rabbit. :cool: BTW - What made it worse was it was triggered by Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, chickenpox/shingles of facial nerves and inner ear. It spread to my vocal chords and throat muscles as well as some neuropathy to the rest of my body. The biggest remainder is staggering around like a drunk because of inner ear damage. Time will tell how much it will heal. Can drive short distances but still can't pass a field sobriety test. Managed to clean all the leaves up myself in 30-40 minute increments.
I first was exposed to the impact of GBS some 30+ years ago when a 22 year old member of the congregation was struck down with it over a period of weeks and eventually even needed to be put onto a ventilator. Over the next year and a half he slowly recovered about 95% but long had lingering effects.

Don't worry about the sobriety test you couldn't pass that before.
 
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A reason not mentioned in previous threads about declining attendance is the lousy coverage provided by WTNHTV (CH 8) and its "Sports Director", a San Diego used car salesman named Noah Finz. Let's see; what is happening tonight?

1. The UCONN women are playing
2. They are playing another Connecticut school, Fairfield
3. Jaqui Fernandes returns home as an assistant coach for Fairfield
4. The 2002 team, possibly the best in WCBB history is being honored
5. Sveta is back in town

Not one word was uttered by their sportscaster about tonight's game during the sports segment!

Oh yes! For those wise @$$es who want to know why I'm not at the game, I'm still recovering and rehabilitating from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is a slow, drawn-out process.
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Hang in there Grizz!

I stopped watching WTNH 8 when they canned Jeff Fox.

I think "No Offense" has been terrible since DAY ONE and he, apparently, hasn't made any effort to get better.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I liked his predecessor, Bob Picozzi, who ALSO got the Jeff Fox treatment.
I don't know how or why local TV stations shuffle theor on-air talent as promisuously as they do.
 
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I stopped watching WTNH 8 when they canned Jeff Fox.
I think "No Offense" has been terrible since DAY ONE and he, apparently, hasn't made any effort to get better.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I liked his predecessor, Bob Picozzi, who ALSO got the Jeff Fox treatment.
I don't know how or why local TV stations shuffle theor on-air talent as promisuously as they do.

Unless you are Al Terzi, then you can make HORRIBLE mistakes on a daily basis and they keep propping you up there to make them.
 

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Unless you are Al Terzi, then you can make HORRIBLE mistakes on a daily basis and they keep propping you up there to make them.
talkin 'bout propping... Dr Mel
 

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Geoff Fox's smarmy, "looka' me" brand of forecasting had run it's course years ago. I also got tired of him blaming everybody else (NWS,NOAA, the computer model, God etc.) whenever he blew a forecast. I was glad to see him go although it should have happened a long time ago. All I want in a weather guy is the weather - reasonably correct. I don't need any lame entertainment.

As for Finz - How many games are covered in advance? Especially a meaningless, cupcake woman's game? My guess is that the outcome will get a few seconds tonight. Perspective folks - it ain't Giants/Jets.
 

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Geoff Fox's smarmy, "looka' me" brand of forecasting had run it's course years ago. I also got tired of him blaming everybody else (NWS,NOAA, the computer model, God etc.) whenever he blew a forecast. I was glad to see him go although it should have happened a long time ago. All I want in a weather guy is the weather - reasonably correct. I don't need any lame entertainment.

As for Finz - How many games are covered in advance? Especially a meaningless, cupcake woman's game? My guess is that the outcome will get a few seconds tonight. Perspective folks - it ain't Giants/Jets.

Whether you like it, or not, the men's team gets plenty of advance coverage for "meaningless cupcake games".
Whether you like it, or not, Noah Finz has the same kind of smarmy "looka' me" brand of broadcasting for sports.
Whether you like it, or not, you are wrong. The outcome will get NO seconds tonight.
Whether you like it, or not, there was enough local interest to generate at least a little advance mention of last nights game. and, finally:
Whether you like it, or not, "perspective folks" - The Giants/Jets ain't exactly Packers/Saints.
 

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You nailed it griz36 - "Whether you like it, or not, the men's team gets plenty of advance coverage for "meaningless cupcake games"

Lousy coverage is not restricted to WTNH. A few years ago I called the sports "desk" at the Bristol Press to inquire why the at the time mediocre UCONN men's team warranted a 1 1/2 page spread and not a single word published on the #1 ranked UCONN women's team which had played the night before (granted probably too late for results to make the paper, but not even a word about hte upcoming game). The editor's response - "we pick up our news from the New Haven paper" and "they didn't have anything".
 

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You nailed it griz36 - "Whether you like it, or not, the men's team gets plenty of advance coverage for "meaningless cupcake games"

Lousy coverage is not restricted to WTNH. A few years ago I called the sports "desk" at the Bristol Press to inquire why the at the time mediocre UCONN men's team warranted a 1 1/2 page spread and not a single word published on the #1 ranked UCONN women's team which had played the night before (granted probably too late for results to make the paper, but not even a word about hte upcoming game). The editor's response - "we pick up our news from the New Haven paper" and "they didn't have anything".

The last part sounds like a definition of the modern news media.
 

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Whether you like it, or not, the men's team gets plenty of advance coverage for "meaningless cupcake games".
Whether you like it, or not, Noah Finz has the same kind of smarmy "looka' me" brand of broadcasting for sports.
Whether you like it, or not, you are wrong. The outcome will get NO seconds tonight.
Whether you like it, or not, there was enough local interest to generate at least a little advance mention of last nights game. and, finally:
Whether you like it, or not, "perspective folks" - The Giants/Jets ain't exactly Packers/Saints.

Whether I like it or not doesn't enter into it because I don't care. I know when the games are on I don't need somebody on TV to tell me.

The truth is the fan base for women's sports is too small to get a lot of TV coverage - whether you like it or not.
 
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I think Labarbera is the one that used to work for CH3. She had an off camera oops when she didn't realize her mike was on. I believe she was canned for that.
Then had a make-over.
 

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Whether you like it, or not, the men's team gets plenty of advance coverage for "meaningless cupcake games".
Whether you like it, or not, Noah Finz has the same kind of smarmy "looka' me" brand of broadcasting for sports.
Whether you like it, or not, you are wrong. The outcome will get NO seconds tonight.
Whether you like it, or not, there was enough local interest to generate at least a little advance mention of last nights game. and, finally:
Whether you like it, or not, "perspective folks" - The Giants/Jets ain't exactly Packers/Saints.

Whaddaya know? They got some air time. You nailed that one. Shows that even a blind hog can fetch himself an acorn once in a while.
 

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"Whether you like it, or not, you are wrong. The outcome will get NO seconds tonight."

Whether you like it or not, you are wrong. WTNH News at 6:00 devoted 78 seconds (yup, I timed it) to last nights game. That was roughly 4 times the coverage the men got. Just a guess but the UConn women's coverage probably took up more than half the entire sports broadcast. Tonight's coverage included interviews with Dolson and Doty. In addition WTNH had a full page article on the game on their web site.

Whether you like it, or not, "perspective folks" - The Giants/Jets ain't exactly Packers/Saints.

You managed to miss that point by about as much as you missed your coverage prediction.
 
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