When I first heard Saturday afternoon about the sad passing of WTIC AM‘s sports talk host Arnold Dean, at the age of 82 at his home I was both shocked and sadden by his death. For a local radio market, this man was truly a LEGEND for CT, New England, and New York sports news reporting and commentary.

A memory that I do have of Mr. Dean is watching him broadcast from the University of Connecticut football field, better known as Rentcheler Field or the “Rent” in East Hartford, CT, USA before games at the WTIC AM Dog House.

Or the time when I had called his show to offer my objections to the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL trading Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings and Mr. Dean saying in response to why it was a good idea.

What I will miss about Mr. Dean is how he was very knowledgable not only about his sports subjects, but was very smooth, just like the first cup of coffee in the morning. Plus he was truly also a gentleman and treat his guests and callers as very important.

Sadly with his passing, I and many WTIC AM sports radio show fans and friends of WTIC AM radio will never see the likes of Mr. Dean ever again.

Arnold Dean, THANK-YOU for gracing the greater Hartford, CT, area with your wonderful voice. RIP Arnold Dean

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Senate Candidates To Meet In Debate At UConn

Senate Candidates To Meet In Debate At UConn

“With the race for U.S. Senate remaining tight, Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy will face off again Thursday night in a debate at the University of Connecticut.

The hourlong debate, the second of four, is sponsored by the Hartford Courant and Fox-CT. It will be broadcast live on FOX-CT beginning at 7 p.m. The campaign, one of the most closely watched senate races in the country, has been dominated by negative ads and near-daily accusations traded between the candidates.

McMahon must project a strong understanding of public policy matters, said William Salka, a professor of political science at Eastern Connecticut State University. “She has to show she’s comfortable talking about the issues,” he said.”

With MANY THANKS To Both Hartford Courant And Daniela Altimari. Read More Here:“Senate Candidates To Meet In Debate At UConn”




Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wresting En...
Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wresting Entertainment and Republican candidate for Senate in Connecticut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






Beloved At One Hundred

Beloved At One Hundred

Today the Major League Team in baseball, the Boston Red Sox home stadium, Fenway Park turns 100 years old. Fenway Park, considered not only by Red Soxs Nation to be its most beloved home, but in the MLB, it is also as well.

Today I took a few minutes to sing “Happy Birthday” to honor Fenway Park. Even though during the pre game ceremony there was a special toast using grape juice, I toasted using ginger ale.

While it does not have the added features that many of the newer MLB stadiums in other parts of the country. But what it does have is what baseball ought to be, a special relationship between the team and with the fans. While there has been a number of face-lifts of Fenway over the years, that character remains.

Also instead of very special features, what is even better is that there is a name that goes with the fans that support the Red Sox, called “Red Sox Nation”. A community of supportive fans is the BEST feature that the Red Sox could have.

While no doubt I am and will always be a University of Connecticut sports fan, and in a special way, in regards to both the women’s and men’s basketball teams and as well as the football team as well, first and foremost, I will be a Boston Red Sox fan, a member of the Red Soxs Nation, and a fan of Fenway Park.

Remembering not only the Major League Baseball World Series Championships of both 2004 and 2007, and also becoming a fan of the Red Sox since that special trip up to Fenway Park in 1975 at the age of 16, sealing the deal in making me a fan.

Today, Fenway Park, Happy 100th Birthday and many more years.

Boston ball grounds - 1912 (1st part of panora...
Boston ball grounds - 1912 (1st part of panorama), 9/28/12 (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)