Recently, Ethan Carey and I decided it was time to tell the story of the mighty I-95. We wanted to tell this tale from the perspective of the people who lived it, so the I-95 Alumni interview series was born.

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The Brookfield / Danbury radio station has been on the air since 1976 and there are many personalities that make up the history of the station, one of those people is Matt Carey.

Matt joined I-95 in 1996, and was on the air in some form or fashion until 2011. Carey also hosted the successful syndicated NASCAR program "The Carey and Coffey Show."

We asked Matt to join us in studio and he made an appearance on Friday (5/6/22), which happened to be a day that Ethan was out on vacation so Matt sat in with me to co-host the entire show. Below are some segments we did together that day, along with old photos from his time here at I-95.

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Above is a photo we took at a radio station anniversary party. That's Matt and I at the bar with Eric Senich. Below you can hear us open the May 6, 2022 show.

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You'll notice Matt is missing from this photo but he took the picture back in his old New Milford apartment before an I-95 Halloween party at Tuxedo Junction. From Left to Right: Me, Jessie, Matt's wife Kelly and Katy. Below is a segment we did Friday about how Danbury did not make a recent list of the Top 30 places to live in CT.

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Above is a photo of Matt hard at work, helping produce the Ethan & Lou 10 year anniversary show at the Ridgefield Playhouse. From Left to Right: Matt Carey, Katy Milano and Joey Ech. Below is a segment Matt and I did Friday, when we did the popular Ethan and Lou Show feature Missed Headlines.

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Above is a photo from one of our Christmas parties. Left to right: Me, Matt Carey, Jay Coffey. Below is a segment we did Friday about break-dancing at the age of 50.

 

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Above is a photo of the Carey and Coffey Show live on location. Below is a segment we did on the Friday show about our kids playing T-Ball.

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Above is a photo of Matt and Jay at a Christmas party. Below is a segment from the Friday show about the "Old Days."

More on the "Old Days" below.

Can Matt beat up 20 5-year olds?

Matt was a huge part of the success of this radio station for so many years and one of my closest friends, it was a delight to hear him back on I-95 and the listeners agreed. We got a lot of mail that morning from people who were not expecting to hear him on-air but had to stop what they were doing so they could catch the whole show. Hopefully he can come back again and do the show with Ethan and I sometime.

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Above is Matt and I hosting an event for our former sister station B-105.5 at the Bridgewater Fair, many years ago.

Inner Sanctum - Behind the Curtain on Danbury's Mysterious Free Masons

John Arizzi is the sitting Worshipful Master for Danbury’s Union Lodge #40 of the Ancient Free and accepted Masons. Arizzi described his role to me in layman’s terms, saying that in any other organization, he’d be called the President. This position is voted on every year by the group, and Arrizi has held the position multiple times. Arrizi was my tour guide into a world many people never see, the inner sanctum of Danbury's Free Masons. 

The Danbury Free Masons meet in a building at 337 Main Street. The building was originally the Meeker mansion. The Meekers were the prominent Danbury family who ran Meeker's Hardware. It's worth noting, that a separate Masonic Lodge is headquartered in the same building, Lodge 39. Lodge 39 is originally from Georgetown, CT but when their member numbers dwindled, they sold their building and moved to Danbury. 

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