It was March 19, 1986 when Denise D’Ascenzo began her first day of work at Channel 3. No news anchor in Connecticut television has been on the air consecutively at the same station longer than Denise. Meteorologist Bruce DePrest has been here longer, but he is just one of those weather guys! Al has been in broadcasting longer, okay, much longer (51 years,) but his 27 year tenure on Channel 3 has come in two runs, ala Grover Cleveland.
I’ve known Denise since I first started in 1992, and we’ve been good friends ever since. We’ve anchored some big stories together, and enjoy discussing the news along with Big Al. Back in the days of Broadcast House we had dinner together, and walked around the city between newscasts. Even though we are serious journalists, we love to play jokes on each other, laugh at stupid things (we never get tired of the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” and honestly enjoy every day we come to work. We’ll admit, work isn’t as fun if one of us is off.
I reminded Denise today that this anniversary marks another big milestone for her. For the first time, we now have employees at WFSB who were not even born when she started here! Here’s to a quarter century, Denise! Congratulations.
also read another anniversary: https://dennishouse.tv/2012/05/22/marking-20-years-at-wfsb/