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Episode 44: Man Caves, Smartphone Fun and Empty Nests

May 2, 2012

(In the words of co-host Bruce Barber as excerpted from the RLSG website)

We’ve been hearing great things about Olde School Saloon and Bistro in New Haven from some of our News 8 friends, and decided to record Episode 44 during their jazz brunch on a recent Sunday afternoon.

The next thing we knew, Chef/Owner Jeff Arnold was showing us a 19th century basement space that proved irresistible to our guest conversationalists – Rob Oliver, John Broker, Joe Amarante, Gary Choronzy and Marianne O’Hare.

Joe Amarante is a reporter and columnist for the New Haven Register who has written extensively about television and often-humorous lifestyle topics. Currently he’s covering more general-assignment stories for the Register, which is no longer known as a newspaper but as a media company with a constantly changing website and other “Digital First” initiatives. He’s a married father of four.

Marianne O’Hare is a radio producer and host, and likes to make a dramatic entrance!

John Broker is General Manager for H2H Media. He’s been a dedicated sports professional for over 10 years in progressive endeavors including broadcast, marketing, events, high performance athlete development, and athletic organization development. He has also been on-air talent for domestic and international live rugby telecasts. John is also the coach of Yale University Men’s Rugby. Prior to entering the sports field, John worked as a Project Manager in the A/E field, developing operational plans for communities to address infrastructure needs through transit solutions across the United States.

Rob Oliver is a New Haven native, married to a New Haven native, and father of 2. Rob works for an investment bank, loves his hometown, cooking, mountains (hiking climbing, skiing), history, travel, hockey and the Red Sox. Rob and his wife love entertaining, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Even though Hobart College had a swim test requirement for graduation and Rob grew up on the CT coast, he is not a strong swimmer. People Rob would like to have over for dinner: Ben Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant, and Smoky Joe Wood.

We talked about basement smells, toenail clipping etiquette and empty nesting, and I really think you need to listen!

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