Each morning, Wayne Norman has interesting guests from around the area stop in and visit. The interviews are great; funny, yet concise and informational.

Tune in each morning Monday through Friday and have breakfast with Wayne and his guests! You may also view a list of future guests

Past Morning Show Guests

Mon., Jun. 30, 2014
7:20 -
Wally Pocius
Firewalker Wally Pocius from Mansfield.  To hear the interview, click here.

Wally Pocius


He WALKED on this!!!
Fri., Jun. 27, 2014
7:20 -
Barbara Walters, Lori Scatena and Rose Kurcinik
Barbara Walters, Lori Scatena and Rose Kurcinik talk about the 40th Anniversary of Women's Softball in Willimantic and the WSAGW

Barbara Walters, Lori Scatena and Rose Kurcinik
Website Link: http://www.wsagw.com/
9:50 -
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn with this week's installment of "Books on Parade"-- featuring books from the New York Times best seller list
Thu., Jun. 26, 2014
7:20 -
Pete Haddad
Magician Pete Haddad talks about magic, and Willimantic's free "Magic In The Park" series Thursdays at Memorial Park.

Pete Haddad


Pete took Wayne's dollar bill and before Wayne's eyes, turned it into this--then turned it back!
Website Link: http://petehaddad.com/
Wed., Jun. 25, 2014
7:20 -
Victor Funderburk, Martha Funderburk and Robin Rice
Victor Funderburk, Martha Funderburk and Robin Rice talk about The Windham Theatre Guild's 2014-2015 Main Stage Season.

Robin Rice, Martha Funderburk and Victor Funderburk
Website Link: http://www.windhamtheatreguild.org/
Tue., Jun. 24, 2014
7:45 -
Martin Hehir, Soracha Henderson, Marie Slattery and Sinead Phillips, Katie DaCosta, and Taylor Hennigan
Head coach Martin Hehir from the Tipperary Knights Basketball Club from Ireland, players Soracha Henderson, Marie Slattery and Sinead Phillips and Katie DeCosta, one of the Directors of the CT Northstars Organization, with one of her players, Taylor Hennigan, talk about the Irish girls basketball team's week in Connecticut. 

Katie DaCosta, Sinead Phillips, Taylor Hennigan, Soracha Henderson, Marie Slattery and Martin Hehir
9:30 -
Karen Gilbransen
Former Romantic Willimantic Cupid Karen Gilbransen tells how to vote for Willimantic in Visit Connecticut's CT Fan Favorite Town contest. Willimantic finished 10th in the state, despite having the 48th biggest population.

Karen Gilbransen
Website Link: http://www.ctvisit.com/
Mon., Jun. 23, 2014
7:20 -
Frank Poirot
Frank Poirot, CL&P Senior Media Specialist - Transmission, updates the Interstate Reliability Project

Frank Poirot
Website Link: http://www.NEEWSprojects.com
9:30 -
Kim Mather
Kim Mather, Children's Librarian at the Guilford Smith Memorial Library in South Windham talks about summer reading programs.
Website Link: http://guilfordsmith.org/
Fri., Jun. 20, 2014
7:20 -
Stan Mickus
Stan Mickus, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs with the Cross-Sound Ferry and the Block Island High Speed Express talks about Block Island and the "Jessica W."


Website Link: https://www.goblockisland.com/
9:50 -
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn with this week's installment of "Books on Parade"-- featuring books from the New York Times best seller list
Thu., Jun. 19, 2014
7:20 -
Chief Merrill Cummings and Lt. Chris Renshaw
Merrill Cummings, the first paid fire chief at the University of Connecticut (1946) and Lt. Christopher Renshaw from the UConn Fire Department.  To  hear the interview, click here and scroll to October 1, 2015.

 Chief Merrill "Smokey" Cummings and Lt. Chris Renshaw
Wed., Jun. 18, 2014
7:20 -
George Galinsky, Sr. and Ken Mello
George Galinsky, Sr., VP of Marketing Communications and Ken Mello, Advertising Manager, discuss Mohegan Sun's "Hot Summer Fun 2014." 

George Galinsky and Ken Mello
Website Link: http://newsroom.mohegansun.com/category/hsf
7:45 -
Author Beryl Fishbone
Author Beryl Fishbone talks about "Legendary Locals of Norwich."  To hear the interview, click here.

Beryl Fishbone
9:30 -
Legal Ease with attorney Michelle Sigfridsen from the Prue Law Group
Legal Ease with attorney Michelle Sigfridsen from the Prue Law Group
Website Link: http://www.pruelawgroup.com
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014
7:20 -
Musician Charlie Allen
Musician Charlie Allen.  To hear the interview and the music, click here.
   
Charlie Allen (R) with mandolin/harmonica/fiddle player Rich Drake from Mansfield


Charlie with Wayne's classic 1966 Gibson ES-330
Website Link: http://www.rockdawgsandcountryboys.com/
9:30 -
Ken Best
Rock and Roll historian Ken Best discusses the legacy of Casey Kasem.

Ken Best
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
7:20 -
Blondie and Bunky, husband wife clowns
Blondie and Bunky, husband wife clowns from the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars.

Three clowns:  Blondie, Wano, and Bunky
Website Link: http://www.gotothecircus.com/
7:45 -
Jerry Zak, Jack Clausen and Debby Zeppa
Jerry Zak, Debby Zeppa, and Jack Clausen from the Coventry Lake Advisory and Monitoring Committee

Jerry Zak, Debby Zeppa, and Jack Clausen
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
7:20 -
John Degnan
John Degnan, Medical Reserve Corps Director, Eastern Highlands Health District talks about emergency preparedness and his time with the Red Cross in New Orleans during Katrina and Rita.

John Degnan
Website Link: http://www.ehhd.org/
9:30 -
Ray Axelrod
Ray Axelrod, national representative for the National Railroad Historical Society talks about the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum and Sunday's Father's Day Rail Fair and Flea Market.

Ray Axelrod

Website Link: http://www.cteastrrmuseum.org/
9:50 -
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn with this week's installment of "Books on Parade"-- featuring books from the New York Times best seller list
Thu., Jun. 12, 2014
7:20 -
Tina Fabrique and Steve Hayes
Tina Fabrique and Steve Hayes from Connecticut Repertory Theater's production of "The Sunshine Boys." 

Steve Hayes and Tina Fabrique
Website Link: http://crt.uconn.edu/shows/the-sunshine-boys/
Wed., Jun. 11, 2014
7:20 -
Nancy and Braden Pastore
Nancy and Braden Pastore from Canterbury -- The World's Smallest Quartet Band.  To hear the interview, the songs, and their European travelog, click here.

Nancy and Braden Pastore
Website Link: http://www.wsqband.com/
9:30 -
Legal Ease with attorney Michelle Sigfridsen from the Prue Law Group
Legal Ease with attorney Michelle Sigfridsen from the Prue Law Group discusses the recent Connecticut horse-bite case
Website Link: http://www.pruelawgroup.com
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
7:20 -
Pat McCarthy, Phil Chester, and Ed Tollmann
Pat McCarthy, President of the Lebanon CT Business Association, Town Planner Phil Chester, and Ed Tollmann from Lebanon Museums discuss Community Day, Second Saturday, museums, the Lebanon Farmer's Market and other town business. 

Website Link: http://lcba.biz/news/4-community-day-celebration.html
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
7:20 -
Chris Paradiso
Chris Paradiso from Paradiso Insurance in Stafford Springs talks about Flag Day and a program to give away American flags.

Chris Paradiso 
8:15 -
Victor Funderburk and Micky Wells
Victor Funderburk from the Windham Theatre Guild and Micky Wells of Swift Waters talk about the new Windham Arts and Eats district. 

Micky Wells and Victor Funderburk
Website Link: Click Here
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
7:20 -
Jamie Eves, Melanie Johnson and Catherine Smith
The Executive Director of the Windham Textile and History Museum, Jamie Eves, with fiber artists Melanie Johnson and retired staff member of the Dean's Office in the Neag School of Education at UConn and co-representative of the Connecticut chapter of Studio Art Quilt Associates Catherine Smith talk about quilting and the pre-civil war family heirloom quilt Wayne Norman donated to the museum.  To hear the interview, click here.

Catherine Smith, Jamie Eves, and Melanie Johnson--Melanie made a quilt that replicates Wayne's heirloom 1845 "Mariner's Compass" quilt


Wayne Norman's family "Mariner's Compass" heirloom quilt which survived Sherman's March in Civil War Atlanta is on display in this exhibit at the Mill Museum.  Notice the brown water stains from when the quilt was hidden from Sherman's troops.  The full story is below.


Another pre-Civil War quilt from Wayne's family.  This one features thousands of "clamshell" leafs attached to the quilt, which took first place at the L. A. County Fair in 1937.


The history of the Mariner's Compass quilt, written in the 1930's:

Mariners Compass pieced quilt with a sawtooth border
c. 1845 88" x 88" - cotton
 
Nine large compasses:  round turkey red center with red, indigo, yellow, and white compass points;  indigo and white sawtooth border.
 
Designed and pieced by Mrs. Rowena Gorman Black, wife of Judge Charles Dean Black of Campbell County, Georgia (now Fulton County which includes Atlanta).  The white cloth and filling in the quilt was made from cotton raised and prepared on Judge Black's plantation by negroes.
 
This quilt, along with many other valuable objects, was refuged upon the approach of Sherman's Union soldiers marching through Georgia in 1864 ("Sherman's March").  While hidden away in the woods, a big storm drenched the goods, causing water stains.  Wayne is the great-grandson of the quilt maker.
 
This quilt won first prize at the Los Angeles County Fair in September 1940.  The quilt remains in very good condition, with some water staining on areas of the white background.   Wayne donated this quilt to the Windham Textile and History Museum in 2006.

Website Link: http://www.millmuseum.org/
9:30 -
Author Arthur K. Flam
Arthur K. Flam, co-author of "41 Strange"--a first-of-its-kind e-book anthology devoted exclusively to "short-short stories of the strange and horrifying. 

Arthur Flam
Website Link: http://www.41strange.com
9:50 -
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn
ECSU Professor Charlie Wynn with this week's installment of "Books on Parade"-- featuring books from the New York Times best seller list

Charlie Wynn
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
7:20 -
Bill Bisese and Chris Drewry
Bill Bisese, Director, and Chris Drewry, an adviser with the Academic Advising Center at Eastern Connecticut State University discuss "Eastern in 4."

Chris Drewry and Bill Bisese
Website Link:
Wed., Jun. 4, 2014
7:20 -
Ed Klonoski and Governor Dannel Malloy
Ed Klonoski, President of Charter Oak State College and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy discuss the "Go Back To Get Ahead" initiative.

Ed Klonoski 
Website Link: http://www.GoBackToGetAhead.com
Tue., Jun. 3, 2014
7:20 -
James Little
Jim Little, Development Director for the Connecticut Forest and Park Association talks about Connecticut Trails Day Weekend June 7-8.

James Little
Website Link: http://www.ctwoodlands.org/CT-TrailsDayWeekend2014
Mon., Jun. 2, 2014
7:20 -
Dr. Bernice Szafarek from Szafarek Dental
Dr. Bernice Szafarek from Szafarek Dental in Columbia discussing "Communication Brings Care and Comfort"

Dr. Bernice Szafarek
Website Link: http://www.szafarekdental.com
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