New Faces at WFSB
January 2, 2014

This blog has moved to http://www.dennishouse.tv Lots more stuff including an enhanced version of this post there.

Way, Way, Too Early in the Morning
November 13, 2013

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Viewers were surprised to see yours truly on the morning news this past Sunday yet no one was more surprised than me.

At 4:23AM I got a call from Tina Martin asking me very nicely if I could come in and anchor the news for her because she was suddenly very sick. Bleary eyed and in a way before pre-dawn fog, I of course said “yes.” I turned on the coffee that Kara had scheduled to start brewing at 7:30AM, scarfed down some toast and hit the shower. By 5 AM I was on the road, in the newsroom 15 minutes later and on television at 6AM, bags under my eyes and all.

The weekends are when I catch up on sleep. During the week I don’t usually get into bed until 12:30 AM at the earliest, Kara’s alarm goes off at 6:15, and the kids are up around 7. I’m usually out of bed shortly thereafter to see them during breakfast before school.

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I wasn’t always a night owl, and longtime viewers will recall my WFSB roots are in morning news. I anchored Eyewitness News Daybreak for two years with Virginia Cha and then Mika Brzezinski before moving to nights. Working the AM shift is something you can get used to if you train your body clock with a regimented schedule. Just ask Irene O’Connor, Eric Parker, Scot Haney Tina, Olessa Stepanova, and Mike Cameron. But working nights and then getting an occasional call to come in during the middle of the night is brutal.

Even so, if there is another early morning call, I’ll come in. That’s what newspeople do. By the way, Kara told me later after she had a full 8 hours of sleep and enjoyed a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast that she would have come in to cover for Tina. Yeah right. Could she honestly have had breakfast and gotten ready in a half hour?

Channel 3 Back to School Pictures
August 21, 2013

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It’s August, and that means back to school, although I’m pretty certain when I was a kid we went back to school after Labor Day. Perhaps it is revisionist history on my part, but I’m still in the summer mode.

To get people jazzed about leaving the beach and heading back to the bus stop, our WFSB promotions guys Greg Thomas and Brian Kowalenko have come up with a pretty cool idea. They asked members of the Eyewitness News team for our class pictures when we were in elementary school to be used in a promotional campaign.

Here are the pictures you will see, but you’ll have to watch Channel 3 over the next few weeks to see the clever captions Greg and Brian pulled out of their brains. They’re pretty funny. By the way, that’s me above in the snazzy turtleneck in either kindergarten or the first grade at the Cornelius Callahan School in Norwood, Massachusetts sporting a bad case of bed head. Check out another class picture and read about my trip to one of my elementary schools right here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/its-all-about-norwood/

Here are my Channel 3 teammates in their grammar school glamour shots.

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Mike Cameron

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Denise D’Ascenzo

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John Holt

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Mark Dixon

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Kara Sundlun

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Eric Parker

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Irene O’Connor

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Olessa Stepanova

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Big $$$ Raised in 2013 Capital Catwalk
June 4, 2013

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Great news from the Hartford Stage! The sold out 2013 Capital Catwalk to benefit Dress for Success Hartford raised more than $72,000! The show featured some familiar faces as models including Scot Haney as John Travolta, Kiki Kennedy, Dr. and Mrs. William Petit, and ESPN’s Steve Levy. Channel 3′s Kara Sundlun was the emcee, and several members of the Channel 3 team modeled: Denise D’Ascenzo, Mark Dixon, Olessa Stepanova, Irene O’Connor and yours truly.

Special thanks to the sponsors and companies that helped make this event a huge win for disadvantaged women.

Hair: Blades

Makeup: Tiffany Hall Scarmana

Restaurants:

Black-Eyed Sally’s
Burger Baby
California Pizza Kitchen
Cuvee
Feng Asian Bistro
Firebox
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Max Downtown
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Salute

Beverages: Brown Forman

Host: Hartford Stage

Sponsors:
Prêt a Porter Sponsor: Walmart
Chic Sponsor: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Empire Sponsors: Aetna & EquiPower Resources Corp.
A-Line Sponsors: Cigna, Lia Sophia, Petit Family Foundation
Simple Sheath Sponsors: Accenture, All Waste Inc., Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, The Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation, Inc., UBS Realty Investors LLC, Westfarms Mall
Client Sponsor: Jones Apparel Group
Full Page Ad Sponsors: Bank of America, Day Pitney LLP, Mickelson, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC, Reid & Riege, P.C., Vanishing Veins and Vivesse the office of Dr. Lori Greenwald, Waterford Group Charitable Foundation
Half Page Ad Sponsors: Barnett & Shoflick Family Dentistry, Berkshire Bank – CBT Region, Hoffman Auto Group, Lindberg & Ripple, Inc., Marsh USA Inc., NEOS LLC, Rogin Nassau LLC
Gift Bag Sponsor – Hebert Candies

Clothing:

Westfarms Mall
Mariella Creations Rocky Hill
Stackpole, Moore, Tryon, Tuesdays

Photography by Danny Kash

Learn more about the Catwalk at the link at the bottom of the post.

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Watch and learn more about the Catwalk and check out video of the big event: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8956188

Behind the Scenes at the 2012 Capital Catwalk
May 22, 2012

GET TICKETS FOR 2013 CATWALK:
280 Trumbull Street – 2nd Floor (Prudential Building)
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 525-5015
Fax: (860) 525-5025
hartford@dressforsuccess.org

Read all about the Catwalk right here:  http://courantblogs.com/java/dress-for-success-hosts-sold-capital-catwalk/

PHOTOS COURTESY:  Brian Ambrose Photography   more pics here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rib6ptwg4lcmzxj/n6eBXQu83H

Here is last year’s Catwalk:

http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/capital-catwalk-raises-record-for-dress-for-success-hartford/

Capital Catwalk Raises Record $$ for Dress for Success Hartford
June 6, 2011

More great pictures and the story right here: http://dennishouse.tv/2011/06/06/capital-catwalk-raises-record-for-dress-for-success-hartford/

NHL Suits, Celebs Impressed by Whale Bowl
February 21, 2011

Howard Baldwin accomplished what he set out to do with the Whale Bowl:  break the AHL record for ticket sales for a game between the Connecticut Whale and the Providence Whale.    28,000 tickets were sold for  Saturday’s historic outdoor hockey game at Rentschler Field, although the actual attendance was just over 15,000.   The bitter cold was clearly the factor in the lower count at the gates:  the wind chill was hovering around zero as the Brass Bonanza blared over the home of the UConn Huskies.    As we prepared to leave our house, Kara suggested we stay home because it was so cold.    My response?  “Good try, but we are sitting in an indoor box.” 

When we arrived there were tailgaters braving the tundra like winds that whipped across the ‘Rent.    It was too cold for families who planned to bring their children to this historic making event, the latest in a long series of steps in an attempt to restore major league sports to Connecticut’s capital city.

Sitting in the front row of one of the boxes taking in the action were two executives from the NHL.  Baldwin told me they liked what they saw.   They were impressed by the turnout, the excitement of the fans, the venue, and the fireworks and other theatrics before the game.     He said  Commissioner Gary Bettman wanted to be there, but had an event in Canada he had to attend.    Just to be clear, getting a team back in Hartford is still a long way off, but the Whale Bowl and Baldwin have given the NHL folks something to think about.

Celebrities were also on hand including retired greats from the Hartford Whalers and Boston Bruins.    Kara and I chatted with actor Neal McDonough for a while.  He’s a big hockey fan, loves the Whalers logo and knows Baldwin from his days in Hollywood.

Mr. & Mrs. House, Olessa Stepanova, and Mark Dixon.  Strangely, this was Kara’s first hockey game even though she grew up outside Detroit, also called Hockeytown because of Michiganders’ love of the Red Wings

Kara with actor Neal McDonough, known to many viewers as last year’s villain on Desperate Housewives

Former Boston Bruins great Derek Sanderson, whose endorsed autograph appeared on skates I had as a child

 

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