WGBY’s Connecting Point is a half-hour magazine-style program that focuses on timely topics of interest to viewers in western New England. Interviews, analysis, and field reports cover topics in science, health and fitness, the arts, social issues, and the environment, among others.
The show airs three nights each week. On Monday and Thursday, viewers see in-depth discussions, features, and special series on Connecting Point that reflect local communities. Friday night’s program focuses on public affairs under the auspices of “The State We’re In.” “‘The State We’re In’ has been looking at local and national politics, along with current events, for more than 30 years,” says Director of Public Affairs and longtime host Jim Madigan. “Viewers will see community and state leaders, political candidates and commentators discussing all the hot issues.”
The fourth season of Connecting Point will not only serve the show’s television audience, but its online audience as well. Viewers will be able to access additional content via the Connecting Point Web page or WGBY’s YouTube channel. Producers will encourage viewers to engage on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, using the new #CPonWGBY hashtag.
Among the first topics this season are the following: sports-related concussions, Springfield’s Stay in School campaign, speakers from the Springfield Public Forum, the 75th anniversary of the Quabbin Reservoir, and the Cummington Creamery. New “Making it Here” segments are also in the works, due to the overwhelming popularity of past episodes which aired over the summer.
Meet the Hosts
Connecting Point Host and Producer Aliz Koletas joined WGBY in September 2013. She first moved to the area in June 2013 to report for local ABC affiliate WGGB and soon fell in love with the people and places of western New England.
A native of Troy, N.Y., Aliz spent two years working in Albany, NY on the TV show Parentology where she met many families who inspired her through their courageous stories, and reporting for the local Fox station, WXXA.
Aliz studied both Education and Broadcast Journalism at the New School of Radio and Television in Albany and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., fulfilling her childhood dream of being a reporter.
She also started and then sold a consignment shop in her hometown, which she named after a personal motto of hers: High Maintenance, Low Budget Consignment Shop. She blogged for her local newspaper, The Record, about all of the crazy twists and turns that this adventure brought her way.
In her spare time, she loves traveling, playing the piano, watching hockey, eating Greek food and spending a lot of time with her big fat Greek family.
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.