NORWALK, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Norwalk’s Wayne Winsley!
Winsley, who has lived in Norwalk, turns 51 on Wednesday. The motivational speaker, author, and broadcaster was born Aug. 13, 1963, in Cleveland.
Winsley began working as an investigator for a major state firm and specialized in corporate undercover surveys in 1986. He was responsible for solving several high-profile cases in Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.
He served in the U.S. Navy and made two Western Pacific tours aboard the carrier USS Enterprise as a member of Viking Squadron 21 out of Naval Air Station North Island.
He is the former morning news host for WSTC and WNLK in Norwalk and Stamford, and the afternoon drive news anchor for WICC-AM 600 in Bridgeport.
For 10 years he was the host of his own issues-oriented talk show, "The Wayne Winsley Program," on WINE-AM 940 and WPUT-AM 1510 in the Danbury and Brewster, N.Y., area. He was known to listeners as "The Conservative Capitalist."
Along with radio and writing, he has also enjoyed a successful career as a mortgage banker.
He first graced the comedic stage back in 1988 in Norwalk and was performing on television by 1992 when he appeared on an episode of A&E's "Comedy on the Road." He then went on to produce comedy shows of his own at venues throughout Connecticut.
In 2005, Wayne published his first novel, "The Leprechaun Deception," a crime thriller.
He announced his intention to be the Republican candidate in 2012 in Connecticut's Third Congressional District. He lost to 11-term incumbent Democrat Rosa DeLauro in the general election.