Famous Actor Tom Wopat’s Love For The Barn Theatre in Augusta Keeps Him Coming Back
"Make sure you let me know when he's here!"
Those were the instructions I got from our market president here at Townsquare Media, Kate Conley. She was referring to the exact moment when Tom Wopat would be visiting the WBCK studios to promote his latest appearance at The Barn Theatre in Augusta. She wanted to meet him and pose for a picture.
Wopat — who began his visits to the Barn stage in 1976, a couple of years before The Dukes of Hazzard hit the air — stars in The Will Rogers Follies at The Barn Theatre in Augusta through Sunday, Sept. 6.
Townsquare Director of Sales Kelly Troff lingered outside the WBCK studio door until the interview was over, so she could get her own snap with Wopat. He was generous with his time, happy to pose for photos and talk with folks about his experiences — and theirs.
It's testimony to Wopat's "Luke Duke" likability and the staying power and overall effect "The Dukes of Hazzard" had on many of us in our formative years. Wopat rode the "Hazzard" wave — and maybe still does — into a later career that includes stage acting and music.
We talked with Wopat about The Barn and Will Rogers, The Dukes of Hazzard, the Confederate flag controversy which resulted in "Dukes" re-runs being pulled from television, and more. Click below to hear the interview.