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Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: WITF's future; Bishop Ronald Gainer reflects on 1st year in Harrisburg Diocese

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 16, 2015 2:56 PM


What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, April 17, 2015:

After 50 years, WITF is looked upon by many as a Central Pennsylvania institution.

Since WITF-TV signed on the air November 22, 1964, the station has produced unique and remarkable local TV, radio, digital programs, and multimedia events and documentaries focusing on education, news, history, the arts, science, and the community.

During WITF's 50th anniversary, the station is looking back at its proud past but also looking ahead to the future.

WITF President and CEO Kathleen Pavelko appears on Friday's Smart Talk to discuss the past, present, and future.

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Kathleen Pavelko

Also, a little more than one year ago, Bishop Ronald Gainer took over as the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.  Since then, he's pledged to focus more on the poor, but also made national news for a controversial policy.

WITF's Ben Allen sat down with Bishop Gainer to reflect on his first year in the diocese.

Finally, WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson reports on a Republican plan for property tax relief as part of her Capitol Week-in-Review.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-17 08:26

    Matt emails:

    Just wanted to say thanks for continuing to elevate the discourse in central PA. I am not always a complete fan of scott's perspective (a little too much feigned [?] man-on-the-street bewilderment sometimes) but i like the choice of topics and love the fact that this specific program exists. Also want to commend you yet again for the switch to all-news/talk format a few years ago... i listen a LOT more than i used to, and support a lot more enthusiastically. And i LIKE classical music! :-)

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-17 09:17

    State Representative Garth Everett emails:

    A major difference between the Gov's and Stan's proposal is that "ours" is revenue neutral and the Gov's is a significant tax increase.