Hartland Connecticut is a charming area of Connecticut located in the northeast part of the state. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the west and New Hampshire to the south. The city of Hammersmith is its most populous city and is the county seat. Its name comes from being a hideout for escaped slaves during the American Civil War.
The area was considered part of the New England frontier, when New England Colony was formed from different groups of people in what is now Connecticut. It is an eastern division of what is now Rhode Island. The 2010 census listed the population of the east hartland as 2, 114.
A trip to the eastern part of the state will reveal the typical New England landscape. Cottages on the shore, man made hills covered with pine and maple trees, fields with barns and horticultural parks. A walk through the streets of Hampton roads and towns that border other cities, shows another side of the city. People here enjoy the delicious chowders at restaurants, live music, ice cream shops, movie houses and craft stores and shop for things they can sell on their own.
While living in Connecticut, one can observe the vast differences between East Hartland and West Hartland. The streets are less busy and residential homes and businesses line the interstates and freeways. While in West Hartland, people are busy constructing a new bridge across the Connecticut River to connect it to Westport, Connecticut, which is becoming a hub for business and industry. A new connection has been made to ease traffic in both directions.
An important aspect of life here in Connecticut is the large number of ethnicities. You will find Italian, German, Spanish, Irish, Chinese, North American, Polish, and Middle Eastern people in the various towns, townships and suburbs throughout the state. And yet, because of the strong Christian influence over the years, many of these newcomers and their children are actively practicing their faith in all its forms and expressions, including their way of life in their new country.
An example is the owner and CEO of CT Broadcast Network, John C. Combs, who was born and raised in Hartland, Connecticut. He worked his way up from salesman and television news anchor to running his own broadcasting company. When he started out in the business, he had no experience in advertising or marketing. He found the right people to help him get started with his new business. They were local attorneys, engineers and stock brokers. Together they formed a small company and worked from home until they were profitable.
The other half of the story is that John C. Combs started his own radio station in Hartford as a 15-year-old just after graduating from high school. He called it WIIH, the same as his favorite band, WINGZ. It started out as an extremely modest operation and later moved into a larger space when the local circuit started needing it. The owners of the station that owned the building where he stored his equipment, became impressed with the man’s knowledge and decided to offer him a full time position on their air. His luck with his new employers lasted just long enough for him to be hired by the famous Rush Limbaugh.
Combs left that job to start a smaller business, one that would eventually take him all the way to the top as owner/operator of the most talked about CT morning talk show in the history of broadcasting. It is called “Infinity Radio Operations Inc.” and Mr. Combs is now a sought after figure in the industry. It is not uncommon for huge corporations and even small businesses to use him as a mentor, and some even train him in the latest technologies that are becoming used on air today. Many industry insiders believe that a large portion of why CT morning talk shows are still on air today is because of the work that Combs has done for radio and the exposure that he received through his long term employment with Rush Limbaugh and others. So it is no surprise that people who are interested in learning more about this industry find themselves reading about the man behind the man.