Sound Off Connecticut

Sound Off Connecticut

Jim Vicevich, hosts Sound off Connecticut weekdays 9am – noon on WTIC NewsTalk 1080. A veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio, Jim is never afraid to bring his take on the biggest local and national news stories of the day. But, it’s not all about Jim’s views... this is your chance to call in and “Sound Off”!

  • Friday, January 20th
  • 1/20/17: The ACA Repeal

    Barbara Vicevich, assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law, discusses the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Chris Healy, former Republican state chairman, checks in from Washington D.C for the President's inauguration.  
  • Thursday, January 19th
  • 1/19/17: Friday In Washington D.C.

    Jim and Pasor Will Marotti talk about tomorrow's parades and events in Washington D.C.
  • Wednesday, January 18th
  • 1/18/17: The GOP's New Agenda In Washington

    Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder takes a look at the incoming Trump Administration, its nominees and the agenda that President-elect Trump and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill will pursue.
  • Tuesday, January 17th
  • 1/17/17: Troubleshooting the Inauguration

    The Inauguration is this Friday and it seems there might be some trouble or protests during the event... Who may be in charge of these events?  And what is being done to stop them or curtail them?
  • Monday, January 16th
  • 1/16/17: Thoughts On Protests This Weekend

    Christine Stuart, CT News Junkie talks about the ACA Rally at the Hartford Capital over the weekend.  Ed Morrissey, of talks with Jim on the thoughts of protests at the President-Elects inauguration.
  • Friday, January 13th
  • 1/13/17: Forget 'Fake News' Here's Fake Healthcare

    Katie Kiefer, Town hall reporter and columnist, says forget “fake news,” America’s epidemic is fake healthcare where cancer patients can’t obtain immunotherapy as taxpayers are forced to bankroll $8,000 drugs to treat minor conditions. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi eats chocolate ice cream for breakfast.
  • Thursday, January 12th
  • 1/12/17: Trump Protests and Fake News

    Jim and Pastor Will talk About The News Of The Day, as Trump protests and fake news continuing to make news. 
  • Wednesday, January 11th
  • 1/11/17: Fake News, Trump, and Russia

    Don Pesci, Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes from a Blue State, joins Jim to discuss Government overreach. Then John Hinderaker, President of Center of the American Experiment, creator of talks fake news, Trump, and Russia.
  • Tuesday, January 10th
  • 1/10/17: Sizing Up Trump's Opposition

    Rachel Bovard, an experienced hand on Capitol Hill, is director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation. The President Elect has said he will dismantle and fix the healthcare system as it stands, how can he do that with the Democratic opposition. AB Stoddard, Associate Editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics. Trumps cabinet picks are going to face some opposition in the transition, who is the biggest challenge to the picks?
  • Monday, January 9th
  • 1/9/17: What's More Expensive Than Trump's Wall?

    John Hayward, writer for Breitbart News, conservative author, and commentator joins Jim. Cost estimates for President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed border wall vary wildly, with the current Congressional estimate ranging from $12 billion to $38 billion. Even the high end of that range is much less than our government spends annually on much less useful endeavors which are less clearly in line with Washington’s sworn duty to the American people.  Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation, talks with Jim about Russian hacking, which still seems to be a thing... or is it?  
  • Friday, January 6th
  • 1/6/17: Open Phone Friday

    Its a Friday. Open phones, what do the listeners have to say??
  • Thursday, January 5th
  • 1/5/17: Trump's Cabinet and the Media

    Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at joins Jim.  Trump is making his picks for cabinet members and the media is not happy with them... But could it be the fake news they are unhappy with?  I am confused, are you?
  • Wednesday, January 4th
  • 1/4/17: The Start of the Session

    Don Pesci joins Jim to discuss the start of the session in the State legislature and what we can expect. Then, the Sound off Sister calls into talk about the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Tuesday, January 3rd
  • 1/3/17: The Election and the Russian Hacking Theory

    Steve Bucci, Visiting Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at The Heritage Foundation. Election and the Russian hacking theory.
  • Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
  • 12/22/16: Anti-Human Trafficking Program

    Pastor Will talks with Divisional Social Services Director Brenda Downing and Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator Krystal Ambrozaitis
  • Thursday, December 8th, 2016
  • 12/8/16: News Of The Day

    Jim Talks About The News Of The Day.
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
  • 12/7/16: The Sanctuary Campus Phenomenon

    Don Pesci, political blogger in CT talks about, "For the past eight years of the Barack Obama Presidency, the moderate Democrat, perhaps best represented by the much reviled former Connecticut U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, has been an endangered political species. "In the second half of the show Jeffrey R. McCutcheon, Ph.D. Al Geib Professor of Environmental Engineering Research and Education Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering University of Connecticut, UConn Faculty and University Senator. Talk about the Sanctuary campus issue
  • Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
  • 12/6/16: Is Corporate Welfare Worth Keeping Companies In State?

    Mark Pazniokas, Capital Bureau Chief, talks corporate welfare and tax breaks to companies to stay in the state. Also joining Jim in the second half is John Hayward, writer for Breitbart News; conservative author and commentator, who wants to know, has political correctness gone too far?
  • Monday, December 5th, 2016
  • 12/5/16: Edward Snowden Asks For A Pardon

    Ret. Col. Ralph Peters, retired United States Army lieutenant colonel, author, and media commentator. Peters is perhaps best known in the media for his appearances on Fox News talks to Jim about the President-Elect's call to China. Also joining Jim is Jazz Shaw, weekend editor of talks about Edward Snowden asking for a pardon.
  • Friday, December 2nd, 2016
  • 12/2/16: Federal Fumbles

    Jim is joined by Sen James Landford, they discuss releases new 'Federal Fumbles' report on gov't waste.
  • Monday, November 28th, 2016
  • 11/28/16: On Fidel Castro

    Peter Brookes, As senior fellow for national security affairs, at The Heritage Foundation talks about the passing of Fiedel Castro
  • Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
  • 11/22/16: Foreign Policy Advice For The New President

    Col. Ralph Peters, FOX News Militarty Strategist. Iran deal and Obama.  Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs. Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. The Heritage Foundation. Some friendly advice on foreign policy for new president elect. 
  • Monday, November 21st, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 11/21/16

    Jim Talks About The News Of The Day.
  • Friday, November 18th, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 11/18/16

    Jim is joined in studio with Pastor Will again and they talk with Noah Rothman. Assistant Online Editor at Commentary They discuss his poiece, "The Backlash We Dare Not Address. " 
  • Thursday, November 17th, 2016
  • 11/17/16: Trump's Political Appointees

    In Studio guest Pastor Will. Mike Walsh, Political reporter for Pj Media and National review discuss Trump political appointees. John Doran, a Connecticut builder who is working with a great group called Homes for Our Troops to build a new (and free) home for wounded American Veteran Sean Pesce in Bethany.
  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
  • 11/16/16: Is Another Tax Hike Coming?

    Don Pesci, Connecticut Commentary: red Notes From a Blue State. Is there yet another tax hike in our near future? Thinking people think so. Republican leaders in the General Assembly hit the tax increase chord repeatedly in the recently concluded elections, and apparently voters responded to it.  John Hinderaker, President of Center of the American Experiment, a think tank headquartered in Minnesota. Donald Trump went out to dinner with his family at the 21 Club, where he got an ovation from the other diners. Shockingly, he failed to tell reporters he was leaving Trump Tower. So the Associated Press headlined: “Trump ditches media – the public’s eyes and ears – again."  Keith Phaneuf, State Budget reporter. Debt costs, shrinking revenues taking big toll on next CT budget.
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
  • 11/15/16: Let's Talk The Electoral College

    John Samples is vice president and publisher at the Cato Institute. He oversees the Cato Institute Press which publishes books by Cato staff and external authors on public policy topics and libertarian ideas. He also manages Cato’s adjunct scholar program. Discuss the electoral college and the thoughts of getting rid of it due to the election result.
  • Friday, November 11th, 2016
  • 11/11/16: Veterans Day Special

    A Veterans Day Special, we must remember the one who are fighting for our freedoms. 
  • Thursday, November 10th, 2016
  • 11/10/16: Phone Call Day

    Its a phone call day and there is plenty to talk about. 
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
  • 11/9/16: It's Over

    The Election is over. 
  • Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
  • 11/8/16: Election Day

    It's Election Day! Betsy McCaughey, the author of over three hundred scholarly and popular articles. Her previous books include two histories of the United States Constitution. She has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University, and she produced prize-winning studies while at two think tanks, the Manhattan Institute and later the Hudson Institute. Former Lt. Governor of New York State. She is currently a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. John Hinderaker. President of Center of the American Experiment, a think tank headquartered in Minnesota.
  • Monday, November 7th, 2016
  • 11/7/16: Something Going On Tomorrow

    Jim Talks About The News Of The Day, and what can that be. There is something going on tomoroow, Oh Yeah! Get out and Vote! With special in studio guest for the show, pastor Will Marotti. 
  • Friday, November 4th, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 11/4/16

    It's a Friday so that means its a phone call Friday. The election is coming out, what do the listeners think? Does thre FBI investigation do anything to Hillary? 
  • Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 11/3/16

    John Hayward, of Breitbart news talks with Jim on the lastest on the Hillary Clinton email and FBI covering up the tracks. Jazz Shaw,  Weekend Editor at . Anyone who thought that the current leadership at the State Department wasn’t in the loop on the Clinton email scandal when it broke and actively working to protect Hillary Clinton was disabused of that notion thanks to recent Wikileaks revelations.
  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 11/2/16

    Jim Talks About The News Of The Day.
  • Monday, October 31st, 2016
  • 10/31/16:More Unorthodox Actions In This Election

    John Hinderaker, President of Center of the American Experiment, a think tank headquartered in Minnesota. Re: The Wall Street Journal has up to date reporting on the mysteries surrounding Huma Abedin’s newly-discovered emails. The Journal’s account answers some questions, while raising others.  Andy McCarthy,  former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar. Re: Comey Is Not the One Whose Unorthodox Actions Are Casting a Cloud over the Election.
  • Friday, October 28th, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 10/28/16

    Jim tallks with Steve Estes of Bully Breed Training about the truth and some myths of gun ownership and laws. He is also hosting a womens only training course to get them confortabel with their fire arm. Jim also talks to Matt Schlapp chairman of the American Conservative Union, the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country. They discuss Trump and the race for the White House. 
  • Thursday, October 27th, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 10/27/16

    Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow for National Security affairs at The Heritage Foundation talka bout the
    The battle to pull Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, from the Islamic State’s (aka ISIS) death grip is now in Week Two — and while victory doesn’t seem to be in sight just yet, progress toward retaking the city has been made. Also, Trump and Hillary are still arguing and emails are still floating around. Whats the next thing that will make these two argue like school yard kids. Oh wait thats the VP, Joe Biden. 
  • Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 10/26/16

    Jazz Shaw, Weekend Editor at . Trump is up in polls down in polls, who do we believe. Like the great song say” Polls, what are they good for. Absolutely nothing” Also, AB Stoddard- Real Clear Politics Associate Editor. Trump Is "Speaking To The Choir," Only Motivating His Base
  • Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 10/25/16

    Jim talks about the thousands of Army National Guard soldiers who were ordered by the Defense Department to repay bonuses they received to enlist in the military to protect and serve our country from enemies . Also joining Jim is John Hayward of Breitbart talking about his laterst piece on, "John Bentel, formerly the State Department Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat, was deposed by lawyers for watchdog group Judicial Watch in U.S. District Court on Monday. He refused to answer by invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination… over ninety times"
  • Monday, October 24th, 2016
  • 10/24/16: Sen. Chris Murphy

    Sen. Chris Murphy joins Jim in the studio today to talk health care, gun legislation and mental health initiatives.
  • Friday, October 21st, 2016
  • Sound Off Connecticut 10/21/16

    Katie Kieffer, Townhall commentator.  "A Young Millennial Woman For Trump" Pat Caddell, American public opinion pollster and a political film consultant
  • Thursday, October 20th, 2016
  • 10/20/16: Inside The State Budget Shortfall

    Themis Klarides, calling on Governor Malloy’s budget office to answer to state lawmakers about why the administration withheld information from the public detailing a shortfall in the state budget. Oh yeah, and that Presidential Debate, the last one... Jazz Shaw, Weekend Editor at recaps with Jim. 
  • Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
  • 10/19/16: Has the Hillary Hack Happened?

    Noah Rothman,  Assistant Online Editor of Commentary talks with Jim regarding,  "Has the Hillary Hack Happened?"  Then David Horowitz, American conservative writer, he is a founder and current president of the think tank the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Togehter they discuss Presidential race and issues that both parties are facing
  • Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
  • 10/18/16: New Notes On Clinton's Email Scandal

    Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues – including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform -- as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Re: From NBC News, A newly released FBI document indicates that a bureau employee claimed a colleague had discussed a "quid pro quo" in 2015 with a top State Department official regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email. Also joining Jim is Barbara Vicevich, was an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law.
  • Monday, October 17th, 2016
  • 10/17/16: Any Given Monday

    Well its a Monday so John Hayward of Breitbart news talks with Jim on the lastest on the Hillary Clinton email and FBI covering up the tracks.
  • Friday, October 14th, 2016
  • 10/14/16: Will Trump's Mouth Cost Him In The Polls?

    Trump keeps saying stupid things, but will it effect him in the polls? Rav, John Rankin joins Jim to discuss the Democratic party and its opposition to Christianity. 
  • Thursday, October 13th, 2016
  • 10/13/16: Following The Money

    U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, who directs the non-partisan ethics watchdog the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). FACT has asked the State Department Inspector General Steve A. Linick for a comprehensive investigation into reports that over $9 million of taxpayer dollars were funneled into a non-profit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter..
  • Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
  • 10/12/16: The Many Faces Of Hillary

    Don Pesci joins Jim today to discuss the many faces of Hillary Clinton. Jim also has a long time friend returning to the studio wtih him. 
  • Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
  • 10/11/16: Trump vs The GOP

    John Hinderaker, talks with Jim about the comments Trump made and the rest of the GOP's feelings toward him.  Peter Brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs at The Heritage Foundation talks with Jim on Yeman and Russia attacks. 
  • Monday, October 10th, 2016
  • 10/10/16: How Did The Candidates Do?

    Well the debates are done with fo rthis round. How did the candidates do?  John Hayward, Writer for Breitbart News; conservative author and commentator then Jazz Shaw, Weekend Editor at talka bout the debates and their take away from them. 
  • Friday, October 7th, 2016
  • 10/7/16: Trump And That Tape

    The second of two debates is this weekend, but does it change anyones mind on how the cadidates. Will the Donalt Trump and Billy Bush tape come up? If so how does the Donald defent it? Also, it a Friday, so we got Russ Leatherman of sixsecondreviews to talk about the movies this weekend. Should you spend the money or just stay home and debate prep?
  • Thursday, October 6th, 2016
  • 10/6/16: Obamacare's Continued Failure

    Obamacare is still failing where it said it would imorove healthcare costs and coverage. Hillary Clinton seems to have cought a break on the Benghazi deal. Plus your calls in during todays show. 
  • Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
  • 10/5/16: How Can Conservatives Win?

    Betsy McCaughey, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research Recaps last nights VP Debate. Also Ed Morrisey, editor, author of Going Red, The Two Million Voters Who Will Elect the Next President--and How Conservatives Can Win Them The 2016 election is conservatives’ last, best chance to take back the country. So, how can they win?
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
  • 10/4/16: Thoughts On The First Debate

    A.B. Stoddard , Associate Editor & Columnist RealClearPolitics talks with jim about her thoughts on the first VP debate. Also joining Jim later in the show is Kyle Pomerleau is Director of Federal Projects at the Tax Foundation. Together they talk about net operating loss carryforwards, how they work, whether they’re good policy, and how Trump was able to take advantage of them on his ’95 returns
  • Monday, October 3rd, 2016
  • 10/3/16: Give Putin An Inch, He’ll Take Miles

    John Hayward, Writer for Breitbart News; conservative author and commentator discusses Trump's taxes. And the State Department has admitted it lost a 2012 email between Hillary Clinton aide Jake Sullivan and a Clinton Foundation employee, which may demonstrate a financial conflict of interest for the former secretary of state. Then, Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs at the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy The Heritage Foundation, looks at the Nordic and Baltic states on edge, after Russia tested its limits. Give Putin an inch, he’ll take miles. U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks.
  • Friday, September 30th, 2016
  • 9/30/16: And The State Deficit Is...

    Themis Klarides, House Republican Leader, discusses the state closing the Fiscal Year... with a $170 million deficit. And he returns!  Russ Leatherman, offers insight on the week's newest movies, including Deepwater Horizon, Masterminds, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
  • Thursday, September 29th, 2016
  • 9/29/16: Stop and Frisk: Does It Work? Is It Legal?

    At the start of the show Barbara Vicevich, The Sound Off Sister was an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. Re: Discussion on FBI Director Comey Testimony before House Committee on why he didn't indict Hilary. Jonathan Blanks is a Research Associate in Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice and Managing Editor of His research is focused on law enforcement practices, overcriminalization, and civil liberties. Stop and Frisk, does it work, is it legal?  One of our favorite guests, Stephanie Conway, Client Strategist at Beast Digital. How are Millennials viewing this Presidential election.
  • Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
  • 9/28/16: The Most Touted Debate In Click Nation USA

    Don Pesci, Red Notes From a Blue State. Re: The Debate Bender: A Cynic’s Appraisal Q: It may or may not have been the most significant presidential debate in living memory, but it certainly was the most touted presidential debate in “Click Nation USA.” What are your general impressions? Peter Brookes. As senior fellow for national security affairs, Peter Brookes helps develop and communicate The Heritage Foundation's stance on foreign and defense policy through his research and writing, media and public appearances, and congressional testimony. Re: The Department of Defense will dispatch 615 more U.S. troops to Iraq to help government forces oust ISIS from the city of Mosul. The troops, who will deploy in the coming weeks, will have a supporting role, helping with logistics and providing advice to Iraqi forces. There are currently 4,647 U.S. soldiers in Iraq.  This is the second time this year the U.S. has sent more troops. 
  • Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • 9/27/16: The First Debate is Over, how did the candidates do?

    Jim talks with's Jazz Shaw and Writer for Breitbart News; conservative author and commentator. They break down the debate and give opinion on what need to happen for the next debate. 

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