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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:34 pm

    Final installment on Tuesday. Heckuva run, Tom. *raises glass*

    I haven't been even a monthly listener for at least a year, but we'll always have the archives, and the BS Gems podcast.

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    Post by Duff... on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:38 pm

    Haven't listened in a while but it will be a sad day. A friend of mine is taking it pretty hard.
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:54 pm

    My daughter used to go to preschool with a kid whose dad is in 3 bands with Jon Wurster, so at least he'll stay busy for the time being.

    I admit I've been underwhelmed by Scharpling and Wurster's scripted material.

    Some interesting background here (including Tom's likely role in the political shift from "You're with us or against us" to, like, Elizabeth Warren) which is where I first heard the news:
    http://majority.fm/2013/12/06/126-casual-friday-cliff-schecter-tom-scharpling/
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:36 pm

    From the 3/29/2012 episode:
    "I'm like a Magic Johnson in a world full of Greg Kites"

    This fucking guy.
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    Post by undo on Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:22 pm

    Why are they quitting?

    Read about this a few days ago and wanted to post in the thread about it but then I rememembered that was on the old board.
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:40 pm

    undo wrote:Why are they quitting?

    Well, it's a "he" that's quitting. But money seems to be the motivating factor.
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    Post by reuben on Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:37 pm

    Tom says he's not done, just can't do it for free on wfmu anymore. I don't think there's a concrete plan going forward though.
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    Post by Duff... on Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:00 pm

    Which is fair. Can't eat message board threads after all.
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:31 pm

    Or AV Club shoutouts.
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:32 pm

    Could have made the point more elegantly, but w/e:
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:27 am

    Golden Age Best Show caller Petey friended me on linkedin.
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    Post by reuben on Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:44 am

    Is his Fafer on there too?
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    Post by reuben on Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:57 am

    Ted Falconi have you been listening to the gosh darn Dave Hill show?
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    Post by Nick on Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:40 pm

    I've never listened to this show in my life but it is coming back.

    Can someone summarize why it is such a thing with people?
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:24 pm

    Mainly that it was funny.  Specifically, over the years, he created a universe that included both 'the real world' - stories from his daily life, pop culture esoteria, and since the show was mostly an open-phones call in talk show, contributions from the listening audience - and the fictional town of Newbridge, NJ, which was populated by Tom and hundreds of crazy characters played by Jon Wurster who called in just about every week.  It was self-referential, but not douchey, so I don't think it would be completely incomprehensible to someone who might start listening next month when it starts up again.  
    I don't know if I can point to any one thing as the quintessential Best Show bit, but I like this one alot:


    And Rock Rot and Rule is the genesis of the whole thing:


    He also played good music and as time went on, had more and more good guests.
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    Post by undo on Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:38 pm

    I haven't ventured far beyond "Kid eBay" but that is essential listening.
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    Post by undo on Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:05 pm

    undo wrote:I haven't ventured far beyond "Kid eBay" but that is essential listening.

    If it weren't for this board I never would have heard this, I'm in your Band or Barry from Watford's minty biscuit phone call. And each one of those felt stepping into a new world.
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    Post by Nick on Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:51 pm

    I'm listening to this for the first time and am starting with the earliest episode available on WFMU.org which is called Yankees vs. Mets!

    Is this for real or staged because it is totally hilarious and cannot believe it is real. I am dying at my desk right now.
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    Post by Nick on Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:24 pm

    I admit to being super late getting into this show but have been listening to his archives non stop for over a month.

    Just got tickets to the Scharpling & Wurster show at Lincoln Hall in March today.
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    Post by Nick on Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:32 am

    Listening to an archived show from 2003 when Philly Boy Roy challenges Tom to a dancing contest but with knives.

    He told Tom, "I'm going to stab you in the heart and dance on your corpse." Amazing stuff on a Friday morning.
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    Post by reuben on Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:50 am

    I still use "I'm going to skate on your face" pretty frequently.
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    Post by reuben on Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:53 pm

    Jim Morrison eating pancakes.
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:26 pm

    Listening to the installment where Matt Walsh and Bruce Springsteen called in.
    The one guy definitely said "Jefferson Starship" on the first bowling alley call.

    I've got a few good ones for the bowling alley. Has anyone confessed to an actual crime yet?
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    Post by Ted Falconi on Tue May 19, 2015 8:35 pm

    I'm finding the "That's neither here Nora there" and the Bee Gees running gags confoundingly unfunny.

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