A Sad Day in Connecticut Sports and Broadcasting


We report with sorrow that legendary WTIC-am sports announcer Arnold Dean has died. According to a close associate, “His friends and colleagues are heartbroken.”   “The Dean of Sports” will be missed by many. Arnold began his career at WTIC in 1965.

WTIC-am will pay tribute to Arnold with a special program Monday night, 6pm-8pm.

Here is Arnold’s obituary.


  1. Arnold you have left us too young, you trained and made many of us better at our craft as we listened to you grow through the decades.

    We covered many sporting events, GHO’s at Wethersfield, then Cromwell you always put the spin others couldn’t on a story – just one more interview.

    Rest in Peace friend you will be missed by throngs, now you join your colleagues Bob Steele Mel Allen & Curt Gowdy.. The state now mourns another legend in his time.


    John West
    Freelance Associates
    Southington, CT

  2. Arnold surely was the Dean of Sports, but I will always remember the joy he got from broadcasting no matter what or when. On Election Night at WTIC Arnold was the first to volunteer whether that meant making phone calls, making coffee or reporting from a candidate’s headquarters. For Arnold It was not about being in the spotlight, it was about serving the listeners, and being part of the team. In my professional and personal life, I will always be inspired by Arnold.

    Bless you Arnold.

    Diane Smith

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