Author Talk: Larry Rifkin

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 — 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join the legendary CPTV programming executive as he discusses Barney & Friends, UConn Women’s Basketball, and his new book No Dead Air.

October 26, 2021

Events > Author Talk: Larry Rifkin

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Tuesday, October 26
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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    Join Larry as he discusses his new book No Dead Air, which will be released this fall.

    In the book, Rifkin reflects on an improbable career that spawned two groundbreaking hits, Barney & Friends and UConn Women’s Basketball. Each provided the impetus for changes in the industry. The first led to much more pre-school programming on television and the other catapulted women’s sports on the small screen.

    About the Author

    Larry Rifkin was the programming executive for Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) for over a quarter of a century, from 1986 to 2009.

    Connecticut Magazine characterized his time at the station as the ‘Elvis years’ because of the many programming accomplishments attributed to his leadership. Most notable, Rifkin was responsible for bringing Barney & Friends to PBS. It went on to become one of the most successful children’s television series in history and he introduced UConn Women’s Basketball to television and helped to propel women’s sports on TV nationally.

    Under his leadership, CPTV amassed over fifty Emmy Awards in the Boston/New England competition. And Mr. Rifkin was inducted into the Boston/New England Silver Circle in 2006. This is the regional television equivalent of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Rifkin was a skilled on air presenter on CPTV and returned to his radio roots full-time back in 2010 as host of Talk of the Town on WATR 1320 for a seven year period.


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