It’s that time of year for turkey, football, family, and a song, that many of us think we know. It starts with “Over the river.” I learned the proper verbiage for this tune thanks to my co-anchor Denise D’Ascenzo who learned it from the legendary voice of Bob Steele of WTIC AM 1080 and Channel 3, shown here in our studios in the 1960s.*
It was 1986, and Denise was anchoring her first day before Thanksgiving broadcast at Channel 3 after moving here from Cleveland. She recalls writing and reading a script about holiday travel that went something like this:
“By car, by train, by plane, people all over Connecticut are going over the river and through the woods”
As soon as the newscast was over Denise received an urgent call from a man she had never met. When he said “Denise,” she said it sounded like the voice of God.
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