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A Step Forward Or Backward?

A Step Forward Or Backward?Tufts graduate Todd Feinburg is hosting a new radio program designed to keep Bostonians up to speed with what’s happening in the Hub.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [02.17.06] Curious about the going rate for a babysitter in Boston? Interested in trying out a new restaurant in the Hub? Want to catch a good concert in town? Tune into “Taste of Boston Tonight,” Tufts graduate Todd Feinburg’s new radio program that covers everything from the entertainment scene in Boston to the best places to shop.

"We want it to be a high-speed-feeling show, different from what's on the rest of the day," Feinburg, a seasoned talk show host who earned a degree in political science from Tufts in 1979, told The Boston Globe about the program, which airs weeknights from 7 to 10 p.m. on Boston’s WRKO (680 AM).

The show, described by the Globe as “a freewheeling chat fest with a distinctly Boston flavor,” differs from WRKO’s typical social, political and news programs. It doesn’t take on-air calls and lacks regular features that run in defined time slots. Instead, WRKO operations director Brian Whittemore explained to the newspaper, the program plays host to a variety of guests and covers everything from relationships to vacations to cooking tips.

While “Taste of Boston Tonight” has continued to grow since it was launched in December, both Whittemore and Feinburg admit that it’s still a work in progress.

“Everyone’s just brainstorming,” Feinburg, who got his start in radio at Tufts’ WMFO, told the Globe.

As ideas for future show segments are brewing, guests ranging from former Olympians to etiquette experts are currently helping the show get off the ground. According to the Globe, many are even sticking around after their interviews to add their two cents on-air about other topics.

“It's this kind of mood that we're going to be pursuing," Feinburg told the Globe. "Fun people looking for cool things to do."

“Taste of Boston Tonight” is WRKO’s attempt “to edge into the local spotlight,” according to the Globe.

Feinburg, who has been recognized several times as one of the “100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” by Talkers Magazine, is convinced it will.

“It’s going to have a very savvy, sexy feel to the show,” he told the Boston Herald. “It won’t be puff pieces.”



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