The program, on WATR, Waterbury is a broadcast institution in central Connecticut. It has had illustrious hosts like Jay Clark and Ed Flynn, among others, who had made the program a force in the community.
While the program’s format has evolved, its foundation is a compelling host, great guests and phone calls. The program will revert to a news program whenever events warrant, as they have often in the recent period.
The program’s 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. timeslot allows for ongoing conversation and debate unfettered by the requirements of morning or afternoon drive programs.
ABOUT LARRY RIFKIN, THE PROGRAM’S CURRENT HOST
This is Larry’s new career, having been a television program executive for nearly 30 years.
He didn’t hear on radio the type of program he envisioned. So, he decided to get out from behind a desk and get back behind a mic.
He was raised on radio. His father, Wally King, actually hosted programs and was program director at WATR in the 1950’s.
He was a disc jockey in his teens and early 20’s, but after pursuing a bacehelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree at Fairfield University, he set out on a different path in media.
Returning to radio to front his own program on the heritage AM station in his backyard, has been a joy.
With Rifkin at the helm, TALK OF THE TOWN is a news-driven program, with some of the nation’s best experts and authors, showing up on a wide variety of subjects.
It encompasses national, state and local politics and is a must hear destination for major political figures.
Rifkin puts his keen insights on display, but defers to guests and callers as they explain themselves.
Known for incisive questions, meticulous preparation and a political sensibility that is more pragmatic, than dogmatic, Rifkin’s style has grown a legion of loyal listeners who hear a distinctly different approach than offered by many other programs.
There’s also a playful aspect to the program weaving together music, movie trailers and audio bites that effectively drive home points that might otherwise be lost.
If you’re looking for a different radio listening experience, tune in. See if you can resist the temptation to become a devoted listener
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