That’s the name of an old Eric Carmen tune I’ve been singing this week. My longtime cohort on Eyewitness News at 11 has relinquished the reins of our Letterman lead-in, having decided to spend more time with her family. The “nightbeat” as we still call it, is now solely in my hands.
After 21 years of bringing you the news at 11PM, Denise D’Ascenzo will now be able to do what many of you may take for granted: sitting at the dinner table with family, helping her daughter with homework, and going to bed before the clock strikes midnight! We’ll still see her at 5:00PM, 5:30PM, and 6:00PM.
I’ve worked with Denise on the night shift since September 1992, with the exception of 2 years when I did the morning news. We have been together for some big stories, and have anchored during a flood, a blackout, and with a bat flying around the newsroom. We’ve anchored election nights, storm coverage, Super Bowl nights, and tons of breaking news. We’ve had some amusing bloopers, like when Denise (disinterested about football and proud of it ) called Junior Seau, “Junior So.” I once referred to a piece of a wedding dress as a “buh-dice.” How was I supposed to know bodice was pronounced “bawh-diss?”
I will miss our conversations about family, politics, life and death. I will miss our dinners at Spris, Masala, Michel Angelo’s and for the past year, at the House House. Denise would often join Kara, Helena and me for dinner during our break. For several summers now we have taken a walk through Bushnell Park, and to the Connecticut River.
I will certainly miss sitting next to Denise every night at 11PM, but I couldn’t be happier for her and her family.