As we count down to WKNB, WNBC, WHNB, WVIT, NBC 30’s big move to the new building and a new life as NBC Connecticut HD, it’s a good time to reflect on what was.
I first came aboard in 1977, when the station was WHNB, Channel 30. I was the sports director at WPOP radio. A very good man named Bob Douglas, who to this day roams the halls of the state capitol building, was the news director at Channel 30, which had no sports reporter on staff at the time.
Bob was a WPOP listener, and hired me to anchor the weekend sports reports for the princely sum of $18.50 a day. Pure gold.
I asked Bob if he would like me to cut my hair and shave off my mustache (which, much to the consternation of subsequent bosses, I never offered to do again).
Bob said no, the hair and mustache stay. I recall him saying something like, “It makes you look like a sports guy. A manly man.” (Think the theme of “Two And A Half Men.”)
And that’s when I learned my first important lesson about the television business.
And that is, management is… (to be continued).