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Christa Sterling

June 23rd, 2023

Join us as Dr. Gigliotti talks about his 30 years of Frank, Gil and Friends on CCSU’s radio and learn about Frank Sinatra. Before dinner we will visit an exhibit on the second floor of the library. We will walk to the library between 4:30 – 4:45 and dinner will begin at approximately 5:15. The talk will begin at 6:00 pm.

The show debuted on December 17, 1993, and has been a station fixture in its current time slot since September 1999. Billing it as “not your father’s Sinatra radio program,” Gigliotti conceived Frank, Gil, & Friends during his second year at Central. With “The Edge” being an alternative radio station, he envisioned an alternative Sinatra show that eschewed oversaturated hits like “My Way” and “New York, New York” in favor of the less-played bits of the singer’s vast catalog. And he has gone to great lengths to play the many tribute albums, as well as songs of any genre that reference Sinatra—from country to heavy metal to hip-hop.

Dr. Gil Gigliotti is a professor of English and Latin at CCSU. He regularly teaches courses in early American literature, Greek and Roman literature, and pop culture, as well as Latin language classes. He is the host of both “Frank, Gil, and Friends” on WFCS, 107.7 FM, and Central Authors, the long-running television series of book talks about books by members of the CCSU family. He is currently the President of the Classical Association of Connecticut.