45 Years

Today marks Tom Monahan’s last day here at the Peacock. 

It is a bittersweet day.  We are all thrilled for Tom that he gets to spend the golden years of his life doing what he loves, travelling and golfing.  The ones he leaves behind are sad because a true giant in CT media is leaving the airwaves. 

It has been my honor and privilege to work with Tom for the past 11 years.  He has brought a sense of class and professionalism to his political coverage.  He has made what is normally an ugly beat informative and interesting.  He was the class of political reporters in this state for years and I am sure has the utmost respect from both sides of the aisle.

Every Friday we have produced his Connecticut Newsmakers show.  It was always impressive watching the man work.  He’d have on a variety of guests and even when you thought he could never get an eight minute segment out of a certain person, he always found a way.  His knowledge of this state and the stories about it is impressive.  Tom always had a knack of asking that one question.  That one question that was able to draw out a long and detailed response from his interviewee.  He just let them go and that is a trait that is not found a lot these days.  He always let his guest be the focus, never himself.

That’s one of the great things about Tom, it was never about him.  It was always about the story that he was covering.  You will rarely ever see a stand up ( insider term) from him in any of his stories.  45 years of being on the air and no ego.  Try to find that anywhere else in this business.

So Tom, I wish you a fond farewell.  It has been a pleasure working with you and I will miss your political coverage.  Enjoy your retirement and I guess we’ll see you on the links.

You fooled them again.

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