Friday January 2 | Tom Wopat

December 26, 2008 at 11:33 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

You may remember Tom Wopat as Luke Duke from Dukes of Hazzard, but he’s also a Tony award-nominated Broadway performer and vocalist. He joins us for a conversation on his life and career. He’ll also share some of his music with us.
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Tom Wopat – Actor and vocalist

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  1. Are you the Mike Collins who owns (works at) a marketing firm? I heard it advertised on some radio station. Doesn’t that create a conflict of interest? Just wondering – generally I think Charlotte Talks is very informative.

  2. Kathlynn Miller: I’m aware that Mike is involved in other business, probably related to broadcasting. He’s also an amateur actor in local productions (Some promoted by WFAE). As big as Metrolina has become, there is still a dearth of meaningful cultural activity in this generally anti-intellectual and financially inbred environment (Extreme socio-economic class-biased discrimination). WFAE is a still-budding mild exception. This may be such a small opportunity pond that talented people must have thumbs in several pies to make creativity feasible. I think you’ll agree that although Mike is spread thin (I guess you’ve seen his TV talk show.) he is still quiet a gifted host and interviewer. (It takes beaucoup time to really read authors’ books.) But all in all, I’m glad you asked the question, and I believe Mike owes us an answer, so we will know where he’s coming from. I trust him: I don’t see him with many of those egotistical Blagojevichtic traits. I rate him better and much higher in integrity than most local media personalities. Your inquiry is justified by Charlotte Talks’ less than ideal selection of economic and business guests (symptomatic of underlying bias).
    Remember though, that we live in a greedy and ignorant culture where Mike is often labeled Liberal, as if it were a racial slur. Some people think about making money like a starved hog thinks about slop (All else is excluded.) If business really were paramount we would have no need of government or education, and the USA would have become a sprawling unregulated flea market long ago.

  3. Kathlynn,

    I am the Mike Collins who is a partner in a local advertising agency. However, I don’t believe that this creates any conflict of interest. In the 10 years I have hosted Charlotte Talks, we have only had guests who happen to be clients on two or three occasions and when that happened I disclosed that relationship. Our agency deals in planning, placing and producing paid advertising, not public relations.

    As for being “spread thin,” Jack, I suppose that’s up for debate. It is true that I am involved in a number of endeavors but then, isn’t everyone? And this is certainly not uncommon in broadcasting. Just look at Oprah! Not that I’m Oprah but it’s something to aspire to.

    I hope that this answers your questions and addresses your concerns. Thanks for listening.

  4. Thank you for responding, Mike. I appreciate your openness. You provide a valuable community forum for a wide variety of issues.


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