Connecting Point airs three nights a week. On Monday and Wednesday, viewers see in-depth discussions, features, and special series that reflect local communities. On Friday, WGBY Director of Public Affairs Jim Madigan explores the local political landscape in his weekly “The State We’re In” reports.
In addition to the latest current events, Connecting Point brings you popular recurring regular features: we take a look at people who are passionate about what they do in our “Making It Here” segment, Monte Belmonte gives us his unique outlook on the world in “Life With Monte,” Jeff Belanger explores the mysterious in “New England Legends,” Phil Korman takes a look at local agriculture, and correspondent Carolee McGrath highlights the achievements of local students in her “American Graduate” features.
Connecting Point serves not only the show’s television audience, but its online audience as well. Viewers can access content via the Connecting Point Web page or WGBY’s YouTube channel, and the show’s viewers can engage on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, using the #CPonWGBY hashtag.
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Host Jim Madigan
In addition to hosting WGBY’s nightly Connecting Point, he is the producer and host of “The State We’re In,” a weekly, half-hour segment that airs each Friday and focuses on local, state and national politics and government.
Madigan has produced and/or moderated numerous major political debates, including a January 2010 program with the Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidates in the special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Kennedy.
He has moderated a total of six gubernatorial debates in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010; a 1996 debate in the U.S. Senate race between Senator John Kerry and Governor William Weld; a January 2010 debate with U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown, Martha Coakley and Joseph Kennedy; the Springfield U.S. Senate Debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in October 2012.
Prior to his work with WGBY, Jim was News Director for WLDM Radio in Westfield/Springfield, MA and a reporter and back-up anchor for WGGB-TV/ABC 40 in Springfield, MA, where he specialized in political reporting and Massachusetts State House coverage. This included the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans and the presidential campaign of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
In 1992, Jim was honored with both a New England Regional Emmy® and National Public Service Emmy® as a co-producer of the documentary Out of Work, a co-production by WGBH-Boston, WHYY-Philadelphia and WGBY-Springfield.
Correspondent/Host Carolee McGrath
Reporter and correspondent Carolee McGrath is a lifelong resident of western Massachusetts, and is a respected figure in local media. Carolee brings her extensive years of experience as a journalist to chronicle the people, places and ideas of the region for Connecting Point.
Jeff Belanger is an author, adventurer, and one of the most visible paranormal researchers today. He is also the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series which debuted on WGBY in October of 2013. Jeff is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal including the best sellers: Weird Massachusetts, The World’s Most Haunted Places, Our Haunted Lives, and Who’s Haunting the White House? (for children). He’s the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web’s most popular paranormal destination according to Google, and a noted speaker and media personality.
Christopher ‘Monte’ Belmonte is a monthly contributor to WGBY’s Connecting Point. He is also the morning show host at 93.9 The River and the co-host of The Bill Newman Show on WHMP radio in Northampton. He’s lived in the Valley for over a decade and loves to bring to television and radio all the quirky, creative, delicious and different things that make our area great. When he’s not on the media and when his ego allows, he is the husband of a Smith College Professor of Spanish and father to 3 quirky and creative boys. He is also the President of the non-profit Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls.
Ron Chimelis is the Republican’s general columnist and opinion writer, and also covers sports.
A lifelong resident of western Massachusetts, Ron is interested in community input and both local and national events.
Philip Korman is Executive Director of Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). Phil leads the organization in its mission to strengthen local agriculture by building connections between farmers and the community. During his tenure, CSIA has launched the Emergency Farm Fund, expanded its work in Hampden County and impacted state policy. He has over 25 years’ experience in management and raising resources at nonprofits.