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Welcome to Connecticut is a weekly podcast, hosted by 95.9 The FOX morning personality Ken Tuccio, highlighting people making an impact on the state of Connecticut. From small business owners to local personalities, Welcome to Connecticut strives to ...Show More

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Food & Drink Returns Next Week with A Brand New Episode

03:37 | Oct 11th, 2018

Ken Tuccio's Food & Drink Podcast returns next week, October 18th, with a brand new episode!

Episode 20 - Octobeerfest In The Park (On Location)

34:50 | Oct 4th, 2018

Recorded live on-location at this past Saturday's Octobeerfest In The Park event, put on by Half Full Brewery, spend the day with Ken as he navigates the second year of this killer event. Ken chats with Conor Horrigan, Andrew Dominick from Real Food ...Show More

Episode 19 - Noble Jay Brewing (Mike Lincoln)

51:05 | Sep 26th, 2018

In 2015 Noble Jay Brewing made headlines by funding a Kickstarter campaign to make their dream of opening a brewery a reality. Then ... nothing happened ... for three years. It wasn't until this year, 2018, that Noble Jay finally opened their doors a...Show More

Episode 18 - On Location At Ok2berfest

38:27 | Sep 20th, 2018

This week's episode was filmed on location at Two Roads' Ok2berfest 2018, which Ken Tuccio was the host for. While at the event Ken chatted with a few people who have seen this event grow from very small and intimate to the massive extravaganza it is...Show More

Episode 17 - Beers with Patrick DiCaprio

1:13:30 | Sep 12th, 2018

When Ken Tuccio first launched Food & Drink one of the things he wanted to do was a series of "With ..." episodes. Episodes where he shared a meal or drinks with someone and had a conversation ... not so much an interview, but more of a real chat. Th...Show More

Episode 16 - Evarito's (Christian Burns)

31:51 | Sep 6th, 2018

Evarito's Mexican Kitchen & Bar is the latest addition to South Norwalk. Ken Tuccio sits down with Christian Burns, the mind behind the spot, to talk about his background in the culinary world and how it all led to what he's doing now with Evarito's.

Food & Drink Returns Next Week!

00:25 | Aug 30th, 2018

We're off this week ... but don't worry, Ken Tuccio will be back next Thursday with a brand new episode of the Food & Drink Podcast. Catch you then.

Episode 15 - Tribus Beer Co. (Sean O'Neill)

46:25 | Aug 23rd, 2018

It was a long road for Tribus Beer Co. to become a reality. One of the founders of Tribus, Sean O'Neill, sits down with Ken Tuccio to tell the story about how he and his partners got together, took their idea and turned it into one of the most antici...Show More

Episode 14 - Jes Bengston (Terrain Garden Café)

34:55 | Aug 16th, 2018

Jes Bengston, from Terrain Garden Café in Westport, started her career dropping baskets of french fries into a fryer and now she's an award winning Chef who has cooked at the James Beard House. Jes sits down with Ken Tuccio to tell her fascinating st...Show More

Episode 13 - Stony Creek Brewery (Andy Schwartz)

41:38 | Aug 9th, 2018

Stony Creek is opening up a brewery in Foxwoods. Yes, the casino. It's a big deal ... not just for Stony Creek but for the Connecticut beer scene as a whole. Ken Tuccio traveled to Foxwoods to chat with Andy Schwartz from Stony Creek about how this F...Show More

Episode 12 - Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. (Jonas Griggs)

34:52 | Aug 2nd, 2018

You can't understate the importance of Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. in the history of Connecticut beer, however for a while they got lost in the shuffle. Then, with a beer called #NoFilter, they had a bit of resurgence within the Connecticut craft beer ...Show More

Episode 11 - Vinnie Penn (Route One Food Run)

51:14 | Jul 26th, 2018

Vinnie Penn has been a Connecticut media staple for decades, but he's never been someone who you'd necessarily think about when it comes to the Connecticut food scene. Well, that's changing now. Vinnie's got a brand new book out called Route One Food...Show More

Episode 10 - Letizia's Pizza

42:29 | Jul 19th, 2018

In Connecticut when you think "pizza" a few places immediately come to mind, but Ken Tuccio has always championed Letizia's Pizza in Norwalk as the best pizza in Connecticut. Well, it seems like other people are jumping on the Letizia's train, becaus...Show More

Episode 9 - Hawk Ridge Winery (Vin Giannetto and Michele McHugh)

34:18 | Jul 12th, 2018

This week Ken Tuccio sits down with Vin Giannetto and Michele McHugh, two of the owners of Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown. They tell their interesting story about how, with very little experience in wine making, they managed to turn their lot of land...Show More

Episode 8 - Lock City Brewing (Mike Bushnell & Patrick Casciolo)

54:56 | Jul 5th, 2018

Lock City Brewing in Stamford is producing some of the best beer in the state, but what's there story? Ken Tuccio sits down with Mike Bushnell and Patrick Casciolo, the two founders of Lock City, to hear how they went from ambitious homebrewers to br...Show More

Episode 7 - Charter Oak Brewing (Scott Vallely)

40:01 | Jun 28th, 2018

For years Charter Oak Brewing has been trying to open up a physical brewery in Connecticut, but they've been met with roadblock after roadblock. They never quit though, and as a result they now have a gorgeous brewery in Danbury CT which is ready to ...Show More

Episode 6 - Chef Bill Taibe (Kawa Ni / Jesup Hall / The Whelk)

49:07 | Jun 21st, 2018

Chef Bill Taibe's culinary reputation is nationally known. His restaurants in Westport (Kawa Ni, The Whelk and Jesup Hall) are destination dining locations. Chef Taibe is making some big changes to the way he does business however, and he sits down w...Show More

Episode 5 - Remembering Anthony Bourdain

49:35 | Jun 14th, 2018

Ken Tuccio has frequently called Anthony Bourdain his "biggest inspiration". Sadly, Anthony Bourdain is no longer with us. In this very special episode of FOOD & DRINK, Ken sits down with some of the most well known names in the Connecticut culinary ...Show More

Episode 4 - Armada Brewing (Johnny Kraszewski)

1:12:05 | Jun 7th, 2018

Ken Tuccio sits down with Johnny Kraszewski from Armada Brewing in this week's episode of Food & Drink, but the conversation isn't just about beer or the Connecticut beer scene. It's a conversation about marketing, promotion, the challenges associate...Show More

Episode 3 - Chef Prasad Chirnomula (Chef Prasad Indian Kitchen)

36:01 | May 31st, 2018

Chef Prasad Chirnomula has made a name for himself across the state, and the country, for being one of the foremost experts on Indian cuisine. His new venture, Chef Prasad Indian Kitchen, opens up in New Caanan in June and he sits down with Ken Tucci...Show More

Episode 2 - Athletic Brewing Company (Bill Shufelt & John Walker)

49:05 | May 24th, 2018

Athletic Brewing Company in Stratford are not just making waves in the Connecticut beer scene, but also the country. They are the first US based beverage company to focus solely on non-alcoholic craft beers. Building an entire brewery focused non-alc...Show More

Episode 1 - Chef Tyler Anderson (Bravo's Top Chef / Millwright's / Restaurant Porrón)

40:29 | May 17th, 2018

It's the premiere episode of FOOD & DRINK hosted by Ken Tuccio and Ken's first guest is Chef Tyler Anderson. Tyler gained national notoriety recently by competing on the Bravo reality series Top Chef, but he's been well known in the state for years t...Show More

One Year Hosting A Morning Radio Show

1:47:20 | May 3rd, 2018

Prior to the premiere of Food & Drink on May 17th, Ken Tuccio wanted to give his listeners a behind the scenes look at the last year of his life when he was the host of a morning drive radio show, First Thing Fairfield County, on 95.9 The Fox. Thi...Show More

Episode 188 - Lessons Learned From Last Year

24:42 | Jan 11th, 2018

The first episode of 2018 is a monologue based show, where Ken Tuccio takes a look at why he was unhappy with 2017 and how he can try to improve upon that in the upcoming year. This episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast is brought to you by ...Show More

Episode 187 - Jim Ross (WWE : World Wrestling Entertainment)

35:51 | Dec 28th, 2017

During the 2 months where Ken Tuccio took a break from Welcome To Connecticut this year Ken conducted an interview with the voice of the WWE, Jim Ross. That interview was broken up into shorter segments and aired on Ken's morning show First Thing, bu...Show More

Episode 186 - Hangman Page (Bullet Club / Being The Elite)

34:59 | Dec 21st, 2017

Ken Tuccio met Hangman Page years ago when he was first starting his pro-wrestling journey. Nowadays Hangman is part of the most popular faction in pro-wrestling, the Bullet Club. Hangman talks to Ken about how Bullet Club changed his life, his strug...Show More

Episode 185 - SoNo Proper (Evan Beller)

42:41 | Dec 14th, 2017

Evan Beller started the SoNo Proper clothing line to celebrate South Norwalk and since starting it he's learned a lot about the pride people in this area carry for SoNo. Evan sits down with Ken to talk about why he started the company, his background...Show More

Episode 184 - Desiree Bassett (Singer/Songwriter)

46:02 | Dec 7th, 2017

Desiree Bassett is a Connecticut based singer/songwriter. She's traveled the world thanks to her music, has taken the stage with Sammy Hagar, played alongside Living Colour and has a ton of amazing stories about her journey and career. She shares tho...Show More

Episode 183 - Redding Beer Co. (Jim and Dave Baulsir)

51:21 | Nov 30th, 2017

Jim and Dave Baulsir are a Father/Son duo whose relationship was strengthened through brewing beer together. It became so much of a passion that they teamed up to launch the Redding Beer Co, a brand new brewery in Redding. They sit down with Ken to t...Show More

Episode 182 - Austin Aries

34:52 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Former WWE Superstar Austin Aries joins Ken Tuccio on this week's episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast. The talk isn't wrestling though, it's much deeper than that. Austin sits down with Ken to discuss his brand new book Food Fight, which ch...Show More

Episode 181 - H.K. Domino and The Art of the Podcast

1:02:56 | Nov 16th, 2017

H.K. Domino from The Domino Effect Podcast joins Ken Tuccio on Welcome To Connecticut to discuss the art of podcasting. Ken and Domino discuss the challenges in putting together a podcast that they want taken seriously and they also dive into why the...Show More

Episode 180 - Looking Back, Moving Forward

20:21 | Nov 9th, 2017

It's been close to two months since the last episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast, the longest since the show started three years ago. Ken Tuccio returns to explain the reason for the lack of content and tell you what's going on with the sho...Show More

Episode 179 - Dennis Quaid

31:36 | Sep 14th, 2017

Maybe you know Dennis Quaid from movies like Great Balls of Fire, The Rookie or The Day After Tomorrow. Perhaps you know him from TV shows like Vegas. No matter what you know him from, the guy's a star. He joins Ken Tuccio this week to talk about his...Show More

Ken's Back Next Week!

04:57 | Aug 31st, 2017

Ken is off this week, but he still has something for you to check out!

Episode 178 - The Green Grunion (Paul Mannion)

51:20 | Aug 24th, 2017

Paul Mannion from The Green Grunion, one of Connecticut's most successful food trucks, joins Ken on the podcast to talk about his unique journey that ultimately led him to The Green Grunion. They also chat about their similar approaches to life and t...Show More

Episode 177 - Fairfield Craft Ales (Joseph Bow & Mike Borruso)

40:43 | Aug 17th, 2017

Ken sits down with Joseph Bow and Mike Borruso from Fairfield Craft Ales for the second time on the podcast. The first time they chatted was a little over a year ago, so they catch up about how their brewery has grown over the last year. They also ch...Show More

Episode 176 - Steve Wood (CT Hops for Hope)

44:56 | Aug 10th, 2017

Steve Wood was supposed to be one of the first 10 guests on Welcome To Connecticut but technical issues caused that episode to never see the light of day, but now he finally made his way back to the podcast. Steve is known for his amazing blog CTMQ, ...Show More

Episode 175 - Mary Quinn (Author - Thorn In My Side)

42:01 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Mary Quinn is a Connecticut author who, at the young age of 18 years old, has published her first book Thorn In My Side...a novel which is gaining a ton of praise in the young adult literary community. Ken talks to Mary about going about getting the ...Show More

Episode 174 - Nick Depuy (Singer/Songwriter)

42:43 | Jul 27th, 2017

Nick Depuy is a Connecticut based singer/songwriter who's had quite the journey in his young career. Nick sits down and talks with Ken about being close to a record deal, making connections in the industry and what he's doing to help his Mom who is s...Show More

Episode 173 - Ken Tuccio and Dan Kalwhite Remember George Romero

36:33 | Jul 20th, 2017

This is a bit of a different episode for Welcome To Connecticut, meaning it's not the traditional format. The legendary George Romero passed away this week, he was one of Ken Tuccio and Dan Kalwhite's favorite filmmakers. He popularized the zombie ge...Show More

Episode 172 - Tony Schiavone (WCW : World Championship Wrestling)

37:44 | Jul 13th, 2017

Tony Schiavone was the voice of World Championship Wrestling during the most successful period of time in pro-wrestling. Tony stepped away from the wrestling world for a while, but now he's back as the co-host of the very successful podcast What Happ...Show More

Episode 171 - No Worries Brewing (Kevin Mark)

39:41 | Jul 6th, 2017

No Worries Brewing has grown by leaps and bounds since the last time they were on the podcast. Their beer has won awards across the state and can be found on tap at bars all across Connecticut. Ken sits down with Kevin from No Worries to talk about t...Show More

Episode 170 - Jeff Jarrett (Impact Wrestling)

38:22 | Jun 29th, 2017

If you're a pro-wrestling fan you absolutely know who Jeff Jarrett is. His pro-wrestling career spans over 30 years. Jeff sits down with Ken Tuccio to talk about this very exciting period in his career with Impact Wrestling. He chats about Impact's r...Show More

Episode 169 - Judd Apatow

30:09 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Judd Apatow is the guest on the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast today. Yeah, really. He's the creative mind behind movies like Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. He's the force behind TV shows like Freaks and Geeks. He chats with Ken Tuccio about ...Show More

Episode 168 - Conor Horrigan (Half Full Brewery)

44:20 | Jun 15th, 2017

Conor Horrigan, founder of Half Full Brewery in Stamford, CT, joins Ken on the show. The last time Half Full was on the podcast they were in their infancy and now they've grown into a legit and viable CT brand. Their beer is available in package stor...Show More

Episode 167 - Marty DeRosa (Stand-Up Comedian)

42:34 | Jun 8th, 2017

Marty DeRosa is making a living in the world of stand-up comedy and he's loving it. He joins Ken Tuccio to talk about how he got started in stand-up, the art of working different types of rooms and how he's found a way to blend his love for pro-wrest...Show More

Episode 166 - Alisyn Camerota (CNN's New Day)

48:34 | Jun 1st, 2017

Alisyn Camerota is the co-host of CNN's morning show New Day, a Connecticut resident, and her first novel "Amanda Wakes Up" gets released in July. Ken Tuccio talks with Alisyn about how she got into journalism, the challenges she faces working for an...Show More

Episode 165 - "The Lost Episode" with Litchfield Distillery

45:54 | May 25th, 2017

In January 2016 Ken Tuccio recorded an episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast with Litchfield Distillery, unfortunately when he got home the file was corrupted and seemed unusable. It sat on his computer for over a year and he assumed that it ...Show More

Episode 164 - Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei

27:48 | May 18th, 2017

Normani Kordei is a member of Fifth Harmony, one of the biggest musical acts on the planet, and she has recently been crushing it during the most recent season of Dancing With The Stars as well. She sits down with Ken Tuccio to chat about her experie...Show More

Episode 163 - Megan Henry (US Olympic Hopeful)

41:10 | May 11th, 2017

Megan Henry is a Connecticut native and a US Olympic hopeful in the sport of skeleton. Megan battled back from illness, despite the odds against her, and is now top 5 in the country at her sport. She talks about her illness, the struggle coming back ...Show More

Episode 162 - Bad Sons Beer Company (Bill and Mark DaSilva)

45:14 | May 4th, 2017

Bill and Mark DaSilva made a name for themselves through their success with their SBC Brewpubs, but now they're tackling a new venture; Bad Sons Beer Company in Derby, CT. Ken sits down with Bill and Mark to talk about SBC, how they developed Bad Son...Show More

Episode 161 - Catherine Bell (JAG / Army Wives / Good Witch)

29:38 | Apr 27th, 2017

Catherine Bell burst onto the scene in the late 1990s with the CBS show JAG and since then she's been crushing it, appearing in movies with Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey, starring in the super-successful show Army Wives. She currently stars in the Hall...Show More

Episode 160 - Lasting Brass Brewing (Ed Silva)

51:16 | Apr 20th, 2017

Ken sits down with Ed Silva from Lasting Brass Brewing in Oakville. Ed was widely regarded as one of the most talented homebrewers in the state prior to opening up his brewery and now that it's open, he's living up to the expectations by brewing some...Show More

Episode 159 - Pete Gas (WWE: World Wrestling Entertainment)

59:24 | Apr 13th, 2017

Pete Gasparino, better known to wrestling fans as Pete Gas from the WWF's Mean Street Posse, was an integral part of the WWF during the "Attitude Era". A childhood friend of Shane McMahon, Pete sort of got into wrestling accidentally. He tells the st...Show More

Episode 158 - Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) / Laura Hutchinson (WTNH News Channel 8)

44:08 | Apr 6th, 2017

Two conversations this week. First, Ken has a conversation with Ernie Hudson, who's best known for playing Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters. They chat about the Ghostbusters experience, it's timelessness as well as his new Fox show APB. After that, ...Show More

Episode 157 - WrestleMania Preview with Mike Johnson from PWInsider

58:31 | Mar 30th, 2017

Ken Tuccio is joined by his good friend and one of the most well respected wrestling journalists in the country, Mike Johnson from PWInsider.com. They preview WrestleMania weekend. They take a look at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NXT TakeOver...Show More

Episode 156 - THC: The Hops Company

47:17 | Mar 23rd, 2017

THC, or The Hops Company, is a beer garden located in Derby CT in the location that previously housed the Grassy Hill Lodge. Ken sits down with Nina and Giorgio from The Hops Company to talk about the development of their beer garden, their process o...Show More

Episode 155 - Jonathan Jackson (Nashville)

25:54 | Mar 16th, 2017

Jonathan Jackson is best known as Avery Barkley on the TV show Nashville, but he's also a super talented musician with his band ENation. Jonathan sits down with Ken Tuccio to discuss his time on Nashville, the evolution of the Avery Barkley character...Show More

Episode 154 - The Alpaca Gnomes

41:36 | Mar 9th, 2017

The Alpaca Gnomes are one of the most popular local bands in Connecticut, with amazing original music, enthusiastic fans and a great story. Ken Tuccio sits down with Benny and Kimberly from The Alpaca Gnomes to talk about the origin of their band, th...Show More

Episode 153 - Bruce Prichard (WWF's Brother Love/Something To Wrestle With)

35:08 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Bruce Prichard has had a storied career in the wrestling business. He's been working in the business since he was 12 years old. He made his way through the territories. He worked in the WWF from Hulkamania all the way through the Attitude Era and bey...Show More

Episode 152 - Letizia's Pizza

40:41 | Feb 23rd, 2017

You might not know about Letizia's Pizza. They're a tiny little pizza joint in a strip mall in Norwalk, Ct., but the pie they make is killer. The pie is so killer that Ken Tuccio selected them as Best Pizza in Connecticut in this year's "Best of" iss...Show More

Episode 151 - The Two Oh Three (Tory and Roscoe Brown)

39:45 | Feb 16th, 2017

The Two Oh Three is a lifestyle brand celebrating Connecticut created by two young entrepreneurs; Tory and Roscoe Brown. It started off as an idea, make some cool T-Shirts that celebrates the Nutmeg State, but then it blew up into a full blown busine...Show More

Episode 150 - Sawyer Fredericks (NBC's The Voice)

30:14 | Feb 9th, 2017

Sawyer Fredericks is a 17 year old Connecticut native who was the winner of the 8th season of NBC's The Voice. Sawyer sits down with Ken to discuss his victory on The Voice, his creative process, working with Pharrell, his new album and more. The the...Show More

Episode 149 - Teresa Dufour (WTNH News Channel 8)

40:20 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Teresa DuFour was one of the first guests on Welcome To Connecticut. She sat down with Ken all the way back in Episode 2. A lot has changed since that conversation. Ken sits down with Teresa once again to talk about her lifestyle as a morning anchor...Show More

Episode 148 - Armada Brewing (John Kraszewski)

45:41 | Jan 26th, 2017

Armada Brewing is a brand new operation who just hopped on the CT beer scene. Brewing out of Overshores, Armada has built a lot of buzz for his initial launch. Ken sits down with John Kraszewski with Armada to discuss his vision for the brewery, the ...Show More

Episode 147 - Norwalk Gamer Symphony Orchestra (Brian Doyle)

42:30 | Jan 19th, 2017

The Norwalk Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a collection of talented musicians who come together to perform orchestral versions of songs that you may recognize from your favorite video games. Ken sits down with Brian Doyle from the Norwalk Gamer Symphony...Show More

Episode 146 - The Story of Sono Bowl (with Casey Dohme and Matt Bacco from The Blind Rhino)

55:38 | Jan 12th, 2017

Ken and the gang from The Blind Rhino get asked quite regularly about why they work together so often, while also being asked for the story behind their events. This podcast looks at the story behind last year's very first SONO BOWL; a Super Bowl pre...Show More

Episode 145 - Sean Lawson (Lawson's Finest Liquids)

44:40 | Jan 5th, 2017

Sean Lawson is one of the most well respected brewers in the industry. Some of his creations, such as Sip of Sunshine, are so highly sought after that people will go to great lengths to get their hands on them. Sean sits down with Ken to discuss his ...Show More

Episode 144 – Molly Qerim (ESPN First Take)

31:51 | Dec 29th, 2016

Molly Qerim is a Connecticut girl who grew up wanting to be a sportscaster. She followed that path and it paid off, because now she’s the host of First Take, which moves from ESPN 2 to ESPN on January 3rd. Molly sits down with Ken to discuss her care...Show More

Episode 143 – Fairfield Craft Ales (Joseph Bow and Mike Borruso)

48:36 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Fairfield Craft Ales in Stratford is newer to the Connecticut brewing scene. Joe and Mike are two friends who fell in love with craft beer and homebrewing and they decided to take their passion and turn it into a business; Fairfield Craft Ales was bo...Show More

Episode 142 – Chef Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America)

33:26 | Dec 15th, 2016

If you’re someone who regularly watches food television, you probably know who Chef Curtis Stone is. He’s been on Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America and countless other culinary programs. He and Ken sat down at the bar at NoMad in New York City for ...Show More

Episode 141 – Church Owl Beer (Taylor Grothe)

1:02:08 | Dec 1st, 2016

Church Owl is the very first gluten free brewery in the state and it’s a one woman operation started by Taylor Grothe. Ken sits down with Taylor so she can tell her story about being diagnosed with celiac disease and how that eventually got her into ...Show More

Episode 140 – The 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Special with Don Salzarulo

1:12:28 | Nov 24th, 2016

Thanksgiving Day means it’s time for the Thanksgiving special. This is The 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Special, where Ken sits down with his good friend (and producer of Welcome To Connecticut) Don Salzarulo for a candid conversation about anything and e...Show More

Episode 138 – Straight To VHS (Jon Young, Jay Silva and Tim Donnel)

50:58 | Nov 10th, 2016

Straight To VHS is a garage/punk rock band out of New London CT. Straight To VHS personifies the do-it-yourself mentality that is synonymous with punk rock music. Jon, Jay and Tim sit down with Ken at their rehearsal space in New London to discuss th...Show More

Episode 137 – Ann Nyberg (WTNH News Channel 8)

47:28 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Ann Nyberg is a Connecticut staple. Ann has been the face and voice associated with Connecticut news for over 3 decades and she isn’t stopping anytime soon. Ann sits down with Ken to talk about her 30 year career, how the role of women has changed si...Show More

Episode 136 – Fat Orange Cat Brewing Company (Mike Klucznik and Sheila Mullen)

55:24 | Oct 27th, 2016

Fat Orange Cat Brewing Company in East Hampton is unlike any brewery you’ll come across in the state. Mike, a long time homebrewer, and his wife Sheila converted the garage on their property in East Hampton into a tasting room and brewery. The tastin...Show More

Episode 135 – James Ellsworth (WWE)

42:12 | Oct 20th, 2016

James Ellsworth captured the hearts of wrestling fans across the globe this past summer when he wrestler Braun Strowman on WWE Raw. Since that point he’s seen his popularity within the wrestling community skyrocket. He’s made multiple appearances on ...Show More

Episode 134 – Kevin Fitzgerald (Stand-Up Comedian)

1:10:30 | Oct 13th, 2016

Kevin Fitzgerald is a hilarious Connecticut based stand-up comedian. Kevin makes his way to the home office for an off-the-rails conversation with Ken about his career in comedy, how his Father never thought he could do comedy, his career trajectory,...Show More

Episode 133 – Leslie Browning (Author – The Castoff Children)

42:04 | Oct 6th, 2016

Author Leslie Browning’s brand new novel The Castoff Children hits shelves on October 25th, but before that happens she sits down with Ken to discuss how she got into writing, the challenges making a career in this field, the frustrations in dealing ...Show More

Episode 132 – Erin Brady (Miss USA 2013)

53:14 | Sep 29th, 2016

In 2013 Erin Brady became Miss Connecticut. Later that year she went on to become Miss USA. She sits down with Ken to discuss her entire experience; from being crowned Miss Connecticut, to winning Miss USA, competing in the Miss Universe competition ...Show More

Episode 131 – Hog River Brewing (Benjamin Braddock)

49:27 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Hog River Brewing recently opened up in Hartford CT and is making waves for their inviting space, good beers and more. Ken sits down with Benjamin Braddock from Hog River for a conversation about how he changed careers to get involved in the beer ind...Show More

Episode 130 – Zane Lamprey

42:08 | Sep 15th, 2016

You might know Zane Lamprey from his shows Three Sheets, Drinking Made Easy or Chug. Maybe you know him as the creator of Monkey Rum. Perhaps you know him from his successful Kickstarter campaigns for The Drinking Jacket and The Adventure Hoodie. Zan...Show More

Episode 129 – Domino (The Domino Effect Podcast)

55:29 | Sep 8th, 2016

It’s podcaster talking to podcaster in this week’s episode. Domino is the host of The Domino Effect, a popular podcast which is celebrating its one year anniversary this year. Domino and Ken sit down for a candid conversation about the medium of podc...Show More

Episode 128 – J.R. Hedrick (Singer/Songwriter)

57:30 | Sep 1st, 2016

J.R. Hedrick is a Connecticut based singer/songwriter whose album The Aftermath was released earlier this year on iTunes and Spotify. J.R. makes his way to the home office to chat with Ken about his story growing up, his artistic endeavors, his music...Show More

Episode 127 – Howie Mason (Stand-Up Comedian)

1:00:06 | Aug 25th, 2016

Howie Mason is an extremely talented and well respected Connecticut based stand-up comedian. He makes his way to the home office to chat with Ken about the early days of his stand-up comedy career, where his career is at now, the art of playing diffe...Show More

Episode 126 – Chef Michael Lucente (Barcelona)

41:30 | Aug 18th, 2016

Chef Michael Lucente has been working in kitchens since he was only 15 years old and now he finds himself as the Executive Chef of Barcelona in Stamford. Ken sits down with Chef Michael to talk about his background, his culinary career and how it eve...Show More

Episode 125 – Scott Conant (Food Network)

38:50 | Aug 11th, 2016

Scott Conant is a Food Network mainstay and a Connecticut native. Maybe you recognize him from his time at the judge’s table on Chopped, perhaps you saw him on Top Chef. You might know him as a spokesperson for Infinity, or as the extremely successfu...Show More

Episode 124 – Dr. William Petit (Petit Family Foundation)

45:03 | Aug 4th, 2016

In 2007 Dr. William Petit tragically lost his wife and two daughters in what became known as “The Cheshire Home Invasion”; a vicious and violent attack which gained national attention. Through this tragedy comes positivity, as Dr. Petit has started t...Show More

Episode 123 – Melissa d’Arabian (Food Network Star)

47:55 | Jul 28th, 2016

Melissa d’Arabian was the winner of season 5 of Food Network Star and since then she’s become a fixture in the world of culinary television. She’s appeared on Chopped and Guy’s Grocery Games and countless other shows in between. Melissa sits down wit...Show More

Episode 122 – Hanging Hills Brewing Company (Joe Ploff and Brian Cox)

52:20 | Jul 21st, 2016

Hanging Hills Brewing Company is brand new to the Connecticut beer community, recently opening up their brewery doors in Hartford, but they’re not new to the world of beer. Nope, not at all. Ken sits down with Joe and Brian, the two guys behind the H...Show More

Episode 121 – Tiffany Teixeira (Miss Connecticut USA 2016)

45:03 | Jul 14th, 2016

The current reigning Miss Connecticut USA, Tiffany Teixeira, and Ken Tuccio have apparently been friends for close to a decade … even though they never knew it. Ken and Tiffany sit down and chat about her background and upbringing, her experience win...Show More

Episode 120 – Mickey Gall (UFC : Ultimate Fighting Championship)

35:41 | Jul 7th, 2016

Mickey Gall has the biggest fight in his UFC career at UFC 203 on September 10th, when he takes on CM Punk; the former WWE superstar who will be making his UFC debut. Mickey sits down with Ken to discuss his training for his upcoming fight, his thoug...Show More

Episode 119 – DJ Tommy Two Times

1:02:47 | Jun 30th, 2016

DJ Tommy Two Times is one of the most popular and well respected DJs in the state of Connecticut. He makes his way to the home office to sit down with Ken to have a candid conversation about the art of being a DJ, some misconceptions people have with...Show More

Episode 118 – Erik Ofgang (Buzzed : Beers, Booze & Coffee Brews)

54:15 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Erik Ofgang is a well respected writer for Connecticut Magazine whose pieces about the world of beer and spirits are widely read throughout the state. His first book, Buzzed: Beers, Booze and Coffee Brews, just hit bookshelves everywhere. Erik made h...Show More

Episode 117 – Eric Bischoff

41:20 | Jun 16th, 2016

Eric Bischoff is best known for his accomplishments with WCW (World Championship Wrestling) as well as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), but this conversation has nothing to do with wrestling. Eric sits down with Ken to chat about beer, specifical...Show More

Episode 116 – MasterChef Winner Luca Manfe

42:55 | Jun 9th, 2016

Luca Manfe was the winner of Season 4 of the popular Fox cooking show MasterChef. He sits down with Ken to talk about his culinary background, the entire MasterChef experience, how winning the show changed his life, as well as his current career and ...Show More

Episode 115 – Mitch Hallock (Terrificon)

1:10:09 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Mitch Hallock rejoins Ken in the home office for what has become a June tradition on the podcast. Ken and Mitch sit down for their annual conversation about comics, movies, television and, of course, TerrifiCon; which is happening August 19th – 21st ...Show More

Episode 114 – Chef Prasad Chirnomula (INDIA New Canaan, CT)

45:34 | May 26th, 2016

Chef Prasad Chrinomula is an extremely accomplished chef whose restaurants have been a staple in Connecticut for the last 20 years. His newest restaurant, INDIA, recently opened up in New Canaan. Chef Prasad sits down with Ken to discuss the developm...Show More

Episode 113 – Stephanie Simoni (WTNH News Channel 8)

40:48 | May 19th, 2016

Stephanie Simoni is a reporter and anchor for WTNH News Channel 8. She sits down with Ken to talk about her career and how she ended up in New Haven; from her early days waiting tables while trying to get her first break in front of the camera, all t...Show More

Episode 112 – Chaz and AJ (Chaz and AJ In The Morning)

53:55 | May 12th, 2016

Chaz and AJ have been a staple to Connecticut radio for close to two decades, hosting the popular Chaz and AJ In The Morning radio program on various stations across Connecticut. Ken sits down with Chaz and AJ to discuss their beginnings, how they’ve...Show More

Episode 111 – Che-Val (Kenny and Laura Cash)

51:52 | May 5th, 2016

Che-Val is the Connecticut based husband and wife musical duo of Kenny and Laura Cash. Their new album Waterproof just dropped this year. Ken sits down with Kenny and Laura to discuss the creative process behind that album, their development as perfo...Show More

Episode 110 – Aspetuck Brew Lab (Peter Cowles and Tara Kasaks Cowles)

1:04:10 | Apr 28th, 2016

Aspetuck Brew Lab is taking beer to a higher place. Located in the Black Rock area of Bridgeport CT, Aspetuck Brew Lab is making waves in the Connecticut beer community by having some extremely tasty liquid and a unique brewery aesthetic. Peter Cowle...Show More

Episode 109 – Alzheimer’s Association of CT (Ginge Cabera, Nancy Ozizmir and Cristin Marandino)

41:19 | Apr 21st, 2016

Alzheimer’s is a horrifying disease that not only effects those who suffer through it, but also the family and friends close to the victim. The Alzheimer’s Association of CT is an organization whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through...Show More

Episode 108 – Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper)

1:08:12 | Apr 14th, 2016

Dennis Dunaway is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and one of the founding members of Alice Cooper. Known as one of the most influential bass players of all time, Dennis has co-wrote some of music’s most classic songs such as School’s Out and I’m Eighte...Show More

Episode 107 – W2CT On Location at One Night Only

56:02 | Apr 7th, 2016

This episode was recorded on location at One Night Only, a benefit for Community Plates which took place at The Spread in Norwalk CT on April 4th 2016. The event featured amazing food from Chef Carlos Baez, as well as wine from Paradise Hills Vineyar...Show More

Episode 106 – Senator Richard Blumenthal / Kevin Mullins (Community Plates)

43:48 | Mar 31st, 2016

Two conversations in one episode. If this podcast weren’t free it would be like double your money’s worth. First off, Ken sits down with Kevin Mullins, the Executive Director of Community Plates. They discuss the great work Community Plates does acro...Show More

Episode 105 – No Worries Brewing (Kevin Mark)

55:21 | Mar 24th, 2016

No Worries Brewing is one of the newest additions to the Connecticut beer community. Located in Hamden CT, No Worries Brewing brings a laid back feeling and vibe to the Connecticut beer scene. Ken sits down with Kevin Mark, one of the founders of No ...Show More

Episode 104 – Ryan Kristafer (CT Style on WTNH News Channel 8)

54:40 | Mar 17th, 2016

Ryan Kristafer did everything he possibly could to get himself noticed early in his career, from creating his own YouTube videos  to putting together concepts for game shows and television programs. His hard work and hustle eventually paid off, as Ry...Show More

Episode 103 – OTC Disc Golf (Pat DiCaprio)

46:55 | Mar 10th, 2016

The disc golf community is insanely passionate and constantly growing, OTC Disc Golf is one of the pillars of that community. OTC Disc Golf is the only dedicated disc golf retail store in the state, and Ken sits down with one of the owners of OTC, Pa...Show More

Episode 102 – Treehouse Brewing Co. (Dean Rohan)

55:17 | Mar 3rd, 2016

Treehouse Brewing might not be a Connecticut based brewery, but beer enthusiasts from the Nutmeg State are always talking about their brews, and making the trek to Monson, MA to take home their beer. Ken visited Treehouse and sat down with Dean Rohan...Show More

Episode 101 – Neville Wisdom (Fashion Designer)

56:43 | Feb 25th, 2016

Neville Wisdom is a New Haven based fashion designer, originally from Jamaica, who risked everything to pursue his dream of working in fashion. Neville sits down with Ken Tuccio to talk about his inspirational story about leaving a secure job in the ...Show More

Episode 100

1:24:21 | Feb 18th, 2016

This is the 100th episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast. It’s a pretty big event, and to celebrate the milestone Ken decided to put together a special episode where he brought back some past guests who have been extremely important to the gro...Show More

Episode 99 – Bob Backlund (WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013)

1:05:33 | Feb 11th, 2016

Bob Backlund is a two time WWE World Champion and in 2013 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame who lives in Glastonbury CT. Bob came to the home office and sat down with Ken for a candid conversation about his wrestling career, including what it...Show More

Episode 98 – The Blind Rhino (Casey Dohme, Matt Bacco and Jamie Pantanella)

56:12 | Feb 4th, 2016

Casey, Matt and Jamie are the guys behind The Blind Rhino in Norwalk, a sports bar that has been the talk of Fairfield County since it opened its doors in 2015. Ken sits down with the trio and discusses the journey that led them to the Rhino, the bui...Show More

Episode 97 – Robert Pellegrino (Author – I See Color)

42:44 | Jan 28th, 2016

Robert Pellegrino is a New Haven based author who has been involved in the field of race relations for over 25 years. His new book, I See Color, is a white perspective on identifying, understanding and reducing society’s hidden racism. Ken sits down ...Show More

Episode 96 – Pepe’s Pizza (Gary Bimonte)

38:11 | Jan 21st, 2016

Pepe’s Pizza is a Connecticut institution. Over the years New Haven location has served meals to Presidents, musicians, actors, actresses and more. Through it all, the quality of their food has remained as high as ever. Ken sits down with Gary Bimont...Show More

Episode 95 – Making A Murderer (Dean Strang : Attorney for Steven Avery)

46:54 | Jan 14th, 2016

Making A Murderer is the most talked about show in the country right now. The Netflix documentary series following the 10 year legal journey of Steven Avery has captivated the nation, and Dean Strang played a major role in the entire experience. Dean...Show More

Episode 94 – Brass Works Brewing (Michael and David Ieronimo)

49:01 | Jan 7th, 2016

Brass Works Brewing is a brand new brewery based in Waterbury CT. Ken sits down and chats with Michael and David Ieronimo, two brothers who took their dream of opening a brewery and made it a reality. They chat about their background in homebrewing, ...Show More

Episode 93 – Antonia Lofaso (Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen / Bravo’s Top Chef / CNBC’s Restaurant Startup)

41:25 | Dec 31st, 2015

Antonia Lofaso is a mainstay on food television programs. She’s appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network and currently can be seen on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup. Antonia sits down with Ken to discuss balancing a career in the cu...Show More

Episode 92 – Mackenzie Sagun (Dancer/Model/Actress)

41:26 | Dec 24th, 2015

Mackenzie Sagun is a professional dancer, model, actress and cheerleader for the Connecticut Sun and New England Black Wolves. She stops by the home office to chat with Ken about life as a professional dancer. She discusses the world of competitive d...Show More

Episode 91 – CTBites (Stephanie Webster)

43:50 | Dec 17th, 2015

CTBites is one of the state’s most successful, and well known, food blogs. Ken sits down with the founder of CTBites, Stephanie Webster, to discuss the development of the CTBites brand, the culinary world in general, the challenges in running a blog ...Show More

Episode 90 – Joey Batts and Them (Joey Batts)

53:22 | Dec 10th, 2015

Joey Batts and Them are a Connecticut based alternative hip hop group who have become a mainstay in the Connecticut music scene. Ken sits down with Joey Batts to discuss his unique brand of marketing and the importance of growing an audience one fan ...Show More

Episode 89 – Gail Simmons (Bravo’s Top Chef)

45:00 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Gail Simmons has been a judge on every season of Bravo’s Top Chef and is widely seen as one of the most respected voices in the culinary world. Ken sits down with Gail for a conversation about her unique career path, how she got hooked up with Top Ch...Show More

Episode 88 – The 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Special with Don Salzarulo

1:04:58 | Nov 26th, 2015

It’s Thanksgiving Day, which means it’s time for The 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Special of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast. Every year for Thanksgiving Ken sits down with his good friend and producer of Welcome To Connecticut, Don Salzarulo, for a ca...Show More

Episode 87 – HGTV’s Love It or List It (David Visentin)

47:12 | Nov 19th, 2015

David Visentin is one of the stars of the extremely popular HGTV program Love It or List It. Ken and David have a fun conversation about how the program came to be, what the filming process is like and how much of what we see is actually authentic. T...Show More

Episode 86 – W2CT LIVE! Homebrew Hustle

1:01:07 | Nov 12th, 2015

This is the third live episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast, an event called Homebrew Hustle, recorded October 28th 2015 at Black Hog Brewery in Oxford. This event features a panel discussion about the art of homebrewing. The panel consists ...Show More

Episode 85 – Chef Pat Pascarella (Bar Sugo)

46:20 | Nov 5th, 2015

Chef Pat Pascarella is the super-talented chef behind the food at Bar Sugo in Norwalk. Located on Wall Street, Bar Sugo has become a prime spot for anyone looking to eat some classic Italian food with a bit of a different spin. Ken sits down with Che...Show More

Episode 84 – Dan Kalwhite (Stand Up Comedian)

1:03:34 | Oct 29th, 2015

Dan Kalwhite is a Connecticut based stand-up comedian who has made people laugh in comedy clubs across the state. Dan makes his way to the home office to sit down with Ken for a fun, organic, conversation which covers everything from stand-up comedy ...Show More

Episode 83 – Colt Cabana (The Art of Wrestling Podcast / Professional Wrestler)

46:10 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Colt Cabana, internationally known pro wrestler and the host of the immensely popular Art of Wrestling Podcast is the guest on the show this week. Ken and Colt have been buddies for quite a few years and they sat down recently when Colt was in the Nu...Show More

Episode 82 – Firefly Hollow Brewing (Dana Bourque)

50:56 | Oct 15th, 2015

Located in Bristol, Firefly Hollow Brewing is one of the most popular breweries in Connecticut. Ken sits down with Dana Bourque, head Brewmaster from Firefly, sits down with Ken to discuss the growth of Firefly, the Connecticut beer scene, the challe...Show More

Episode 81 – CT Eats Out (Alycia Chrosniak)

41:52 | Oct 8th, 2015

CT Eats Out began out as a simple Instagram feed, run by Alycia Chrosniak, featuring pictures of delicious food from around the state. In no time the feed completely blew up, amassing over 30K followers and becoming a powerhouse in the Connecticut fo...Show More

Episode 80 – Ethan Carter III (TNA Impact Wrestling)

33:20 | Oct 1st, 2015

Ethan Carter III, also known as EC3, is the current reigning and defending World Heavyweight Champion for TNA Impact Wrestling. Ken and EC3 have a chat about his work ethic and how it got him to this point, as well as how he maintained his determinat...Show More

Episode 79 - RetroWorld Expo (Kris Krohn and John Delia)

43:50 | Sep 24th, 2015

The first ever RetroWorld Expo is coming to Wallingford on October 3rd; an amazing convention that celebrates everything related to classic gaming. Ken sits down with Kris Krohn and John Delia, two of the minds behind the event, to discuss classic vi...Show More

Episode 78 – Greenwich Wine and Food Festival (Bar Sugo’s Pat Pascarella, Vespa’s David White and Serendipty Magazine’s Suni Unger)

52:54 | Sep 17th, 2015

This unique episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast focuses on the 2015 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, taking place Sept. 23-26 in Greenwich CT. This episode features three conversations with three interesting personalities involved in the e...Show More

Episode 77 – The Martian (Andy Weir : New York Times Best Selling Author)

39:51 | Sep 10th, 2015

Andy Weir is the best selling author behind the amazing book, The Martian. This book will soon be brought to life on the big screen, in a major motion picture starring Matt Damon. Ken sits down with Andy to discuss the writing process behind The Mart...Show More

Episode 76 – ThunderCats (Larry Kenney : The Voice of Lion-O)

58:37 | Sep 3rd, 2015

Larry Kenney is best known to kids of the 1980’s as the voice of Lion-O on the hit cartoon ThunderCats, but throughout his amazing career he was also the voice of Count Chocula, a regular part of the Imus In The Morning program, appeared on shows suc...Show More

Episode 75 – The Maritime Aquarium (Dr. Brian Davis)

44:32 | Aug 27th, 2015

Dr. Brian Davis is the President of The Maritime Aquarium, a place that has been a Connecticut institution for over two decades. Ken sits down with Dr. Davis to discuss his passion for sea creatures, the process of creating exciting exhibits for gues...Show More

Episode 74 – Jose Oyola and the Astronauts (Jose Oyola and Carrie Martinelli)

41:11 | Aug 20th, 2015

Jose Oyola and the Astronauts are an experimental indie rock project based out of New Haven. Their unique brand of music has been catching the attention of a wide range of fans across the state. Ken sits down with Jose and Carrie from the Astronauts ...Show More

Episode 73 – Brooke Baldwin (CNN)

31:40 | Aug 13th, 2015

Brooke Baldwin is one of CNN’s premiere news anchors and the host of CNN Newsroom. Ken sits down with Brooke to talk about what life is like working for CNN. They discuss what she goes through everyday for show preparation, her experiences when she f...Show More

Episode 72 – Emily Liebert (Author)

39:45 | Aug 6th, 2015

Emily Liebert is an author from Westport who has made an impact on the world of women’s fiction. Her latest book, Those Secrets We Keep is currently available in bookstores everywhere. Ken and Emily sit down for a conversation about her career workin...Show More

Episode 71 - Drew Drechsel (NBC’s American Ninja Warrior)

47:10 | Jul 30th, 2015

Drew Drechsel is one of the biggest stars on the NBC show American Ninja Warrior, and he’s opened up a Ninja Warrior training facility in Hamden, CT. Ken sits down with Drew to talk about his training regimen, the boom in popularity of American Ninja...Show More

Episode 70 – W2CT LIVE! Home Office IPA Release Party at Half Full Brewery

45:56 | Jul 23rd, 2015

This is the second live episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast, and it was recorded Saturday, July 18th 2015 at Half Full Brewery during the release party for the very first Welcome To Connecticut Podcast beer; Home Office IPA. Ken Tuccio took...Show More

Episode 69 – Will Siss (Republican American / BeerSnobWrites.com)

58:12 | Jul 16th, 2015

One of the foremost authorities on Connecticut beer, Will Siss, makes his way to the home office to have a few pints and chat with Ken. Will is a well known writer for the Republican American in Waterbury who also pens the popular blog BeerSnobWrites...Show More

Episode 68 – Hartford Yard Goats (Tim Restall)

39:54 | Jul 9th, 2015

Baseball is coming to Hartford! Tim Restall, the General Manager for the Hartford Yard Goats sits down with Ken for a candid conversation about what fans can expect when the Yard Goats take the field in 2016. They also discuss the unique name, commun...Show More

Episode 67 - Greenwich Polo Club (Leighton Jordan)

46:18 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Since it was established in 1981, the Greenwich Polo Club has been regarded as one of the elite high-goal polo venues in the world. Ken sits down with Leighton Jordan from the Greenwich Polo Club to discuss the sport of polo, the history of the club,...Show More

Episode 66 – The Brothers Crisp (Joshua Westbrook and Jeffrey Devereux)

41:29 | Jun 25th, 2015

The Brothers Crisp are artisan shoe makers based in Hartford. They produce some of the most unique and impressive shoes on the market, and they do it all by hand. Ken sits down with Joshua and Jeff from The Brothers Crisp to discuss their unique busi...Show More

Episode 65 – Cold Creek Brewery (Derek Evans, Sean Piel and Jamie Boucher)

44:31 | Jun 18th, 2015

Cold Creek Brewery, based in Ellington, has not opened their doors yet, but they’re excited about contributing to the Connecticut beer scene. Ken sits down with Derek, Sean and Jamie from Cold Creek before they pour their first public pint. They disc...Show More

Episode 64 – Mitch Hallock (Connecticut ComiConn)

1:28:54 | Jun 11th, 2015

It’s June, which means our good friend Mitch Hallock is back on the show. This is Mitch’s second appearance on W2CT and it’s just as much fun as the first. Ken and Mitch shoot the shit about the challenges in running events, the art of promotion, the...Show More

Episode 63 – Hulu’s Behind The Mask (Chad Spencer A.K.A. Tux The Penguin)

41:51 | Jun 4th, 2015

Chad Spencer is one of the stars of the Hulu Original Series , Behind The Mask, where viewers follow his career as Tux The Penguin; the mascot for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Penguins minor league hockey team. Ken and Chad sit down to discuss the show,...Show More

Episode 62 – Robin Banks (The Robin Banks Show)

42:37 | May 28th, 2015

Robin Banks is heralded as one of the top drag performers in Connecticut, performing in The Robin Banks Show at York Street Café in New Haven. Ken sits down with Robin to discuss the life of a drag performer, how Robin got started, the backstage poli...Show More

Episode 61 – Trish Stratus (WWE / Stratusphere Yoga)

41:50 | May 21st, 2015

Trish Stratus is a former WWE Diva, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, a fitness model, an actress and now … a small business owner with Stratusphere Yoga. Ken chats with Trish briefly about her time in WWE, but the primary focus of the conversation i...Show More

Episode 60 – 1974 (Mike Forgette, Tim Moore and Adam Clymer)

53:37 | May 14th, 2015

1974 is a Connecticut based progressive rock band who are known for their extremely unique concept albums. Ken sits down and grabs a bite to eat with 1974 band members Mike, Tim and Adam to discuss their band’s unique approach to music, the Connectic...Show More

Episode 59 – Beer’d Brewing (Aaren Simoncini and Precious Putnam)

1:04:16 | May 7th, 2015

Listeners of Welcome To Connecticut have been asking for an episode with Beer’d Brewing for quite some time, and it’s finally happening. Ken trekked to Stonington to sit down with Aaren and Precious, the couple behind Beer’d Brewing. They discuss the...Show More

Episode 58 – Hardcore Sweet (Jeremy and Nicole Braddock)

55:20 | Apr 30th, 2015

Hardcore Sweet’s cupcakes are known nationwide, having been featured on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars among other national television shows and publications. It all started as an idea from Jeremy and Nicole Braddock, who started this company from scrat...Show More

Episode 57 – Compassionate Care Center of Connecticut (Angela D’Amico)

55:46 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Marijuana is a hot button topic, not just in Connecticut but also nationwide. Ken sits down with Angela D’Amico from the Compassionate Care Center of Connecticut in Bethel. CCC is a dispensary for medical marijuana patients. Ken and Angela talk about...Show More

Episode 56 – Stony Creek Brewery (Andy Schwartz)

52:18 | Apr 16th, 2015

Stony Creek Brewery in Branford is in the middle of a reboot. They have a gorgeous new brewery, an eye catching new logo, a new brewmaster and an impressive flight of brand new beers. Ken sits down with brewmaster Andy Schwartz to discuss the challen...Show More

Episode 55 – Adam Richman (Man vs Food / Man Finds Food / NBC’s Food Fighters)

30:43 | Apr 9th, 2015

Adam Richman, best known as the host of the Travel Channel program Man vs Food, sits down with Ken this week. Adam went to school at Yale, so he and Ken talk about some of the best places to eat in New Haven, and in Connecticut as a whole. Ken and Ad...Show More

Episode 54 – Chef Plum (PlumLuvFoods)

1:38:41 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Chef Plum has appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games, The Taste and countless other food related television programs. He’s also the mind behind the extremely popular Dinner Underground series of pop-up restaurants. Plum made his way to the home office with ...Show More

Episode 53 – Crave Restaurant (Libby Meissner)

45:35 | Mar 26th, 2015

When you think of trendy restaurants, Ansonia is not normally the town that comes to mind, but Crave has changed that. Crave has been bringing a really unique, innovative and tasty dining experience to Ansonia for the last few years. The owner of Cra...Show More

Episode 52 – W2CT LIVE! The Connecticut Beer Summit

1:09:34 | Mar 19th, 2015

This is the very first live episode of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast, and it celebrates the one year anniversary of the show. This episode was recorded live at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, CT on March 4th, 2015 and we called it The Connecticu...Show More

Episode 51 – Kent Falls Brewing (Barry Labendz)

48:40 | Mar 12th, 2015

Barry Labendz left his corporate job in New York because he wanted to follow his passion of opening up a brewery, and after several years of planning and hard work he’s done just that. Kent Falls Brewing is ready to launch in Kent, CT and it will be ...Show More

Episode 50 – Christy Carlson Romano (Disney Channel’s Even Stevens and Kim Possible)

34:04 | Mar 4th, 2015

Originally from Milford CT, Christy Carlson Romano is best known for her role as Ren Stevens on the popular Disney Channel show Even Stevens. Christy sits down with Ken to talk about life as a child star, the struggles many actresses face when trying...Show More

Episode 49 – Mr. Belding (Saved By The Bell’s Dennis Haskins)

48:50 | Feb 26th, 2015

Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favorite principal sits down with Ken for a fun conversation. Dennis Haskins spent over a decade playing Mr. Belding in the Saved By The Bell universe and he talks to Ken about the entire experience; how he got the job, ...Show More

Episode 48 – Sarah Barrios (Singer/Songwriter)

46:52 | Feb 19th, 2015

Sarah Barrios is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Torrington, CT. In 2014 she won the Best New Act Award at the New England Music Awards, and she’s been going strong ever since. She sits down with Ken in the home office to talk about her musical ...Show More

Episode 47 – Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus (Greg McMahan)

46:34 | Feb 12th, 2015

For close to 30 years the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus has been putting on unique and entertaining performances in the Nutmeg State. Ken sits down with Greg McMahan from the chorus to discuss the genesis of the ensemble, how the chorus evolved as soc...Show More

Episode 46 – DuVig Brewing (Dan Vigliotti and Darcy Dugas

48:47 | Feb 5th, 2015

Dan and Darcy had an idea during a blizzard, that idea was to create a brewery for easy drinking beers in Connecticut. Through hard work and determination, they turned this tiny little idea into a reality, and eventually DuVig Brewing was born. Ken t...Show More

Episode 45 – Chowdafest/Chilifest (Jim Keenan)

1:06:16 | Jan 29th, 2015

Jim Keenan is the man behind the extremely popular Chowdafest events, which have become a Super Bowl Sunday tradition in the state for the last few years. This year, Jim is bringing Chilifest to Connecticut on Super Bowl Sunday. Jim sits down with Ke...Show More