nbc-undateableAnyone that knows me or has even had a brief interaction with me knows, I’m short, AND my two greatest loves in life are TV and comedy. They also know that I’m not the average, “Let’s watch football and talk about tits,” kind of guy. Don’t get me wrong, I love women and want to see them all naked, but I’m not that typical American guy. I have a bit of depth to me, where I’m always looking for something deeper. So it should be no surprise that my favorite TV shows are a bit out of the ordinary – they are doing something completely different.

Currently, I am waiting for Hulu to upload the West coast version of Undateable Live, as I watched the East coast version as it aired last night. If you’ve missed Undateable Live during it’s third season, and you love comedy and art that breaks the mold, then I truly pity you. I am a huge stand up comedy fan and was familiar with Chris D’Elia. Brought to us by Bill Lawrence of Scrubs fame, (HUGE Scrubs fan here) I watched the first season, and honestly, I was a bit unsure about the first few episodes. Then things started to click. I really looked forward to the show each week. The chemistry between Chris D’Elia and Brent Morin is infectious. Chris gets a lot of the laughs, but Brent is an incredibly underrated comedy genius that sets him up for the slam dunks.

The show is cast incredibly well, with everyone working together as a team. The writing staff has done an amazing job of writing stories that play to the strength of the cast, as well as crafting legitimate laugh out loud moments (the Maury Povich homage in the Christmas episode and the Notebook Sprite rain scenes come to mind.)

This season the cast did a live version on the East coast, followed by another live version for the West coast. The shows were so fun, that I watched the East coast live, or on my DVR, and then the West coast the next morning on Hulu. Each episode had the same storyline, but different ad-libs thrown in by the cast and writers, trying to make someone “break” on camera and laugh. The cast and crew have said that the East coast show is the “show” and the West coast is more about them entertaining themselves. It’s truly been one of the TV highlights over the past few months. Even better, they added Whitney Cummings to play Chrs D’Elia’s love interest. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Whitney Cummings. She’s got a comedic flare that I haven’t seen in anyone else before, a truly unique voice and she works her ass off.

One of the coolest things about the show is how they use being live to incorporate social media in to the show. During breaks, and even during the actual show, cast and crew will periscope action behind the scenes. They also have a strong faction of loyal fans on Twitter, called the #Jsquad – truth be told, I have no idea what it means, but I’m a proud part of it. I have a new bit where I say that writer Chris Luccy (@boynamedluccy) is my best friend. He’s cool enough to play along.

The fact that Undateable Live is doing something different, something no other network TV could probably pull off on a weekly basis, while producing some of the funniest moments I can ever recall, probably means it’s too good to be true. I’m hoping NBC renews it. There are only a few network tv shows I can stand to watch any more. The Grinder is well done and funny, Brooklyn 99 is still good, but I’m losing interest and Grandfathered is something I pass the time with. For me, every other comedy on network tv is mediocre at best.

Speaking of network tv, I’ve been watching The X-Files, which is weird because I never watched it when it was on. I’m totally confused by the main plot, aliens aren’t real or they are and we stole technology to pretend aliens aren’t real??? I have no idea, but I do know that from watching Californication, I like David Duchovny. I have no idea why I do, but I like him. I did have to tap out of his NBC show Aquarius. It just did nothing for me.

I’m off to check if Hulu has uploaded the West coast version of Undateable Live, yet again. If not, I will just have to rewatch this weeks episode of Man Seeking Woman.

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Updated: January 30, 2016 — 11:17 pm

Why do I Podcast?


TommySometimes I ask myself that question. “Why are you giving up many hours a week to do something you’re not getting paid for?” On some shows, the hosts just show up and talk. Some times that’s great, but most of the time, like most podcasts, it’s terrible.

I like a balance between the two. I like to have a loose outline of what the show is and go from there. I often have “jokes” that I plan to pull off during the show and don’t tell the other guys what I have planned – If my “plan” falls apart, it’s a fun challenge to improv our way out in to something funny.

I do miss things about radio. I don’t always like callers, but the right caller(s) can really add to a segment or take it an even better direction. Radio was fun like that. It was also fun to try to take something as far as possible and still play inside the “rules.” It was a fun challenge to have tell a graphic sex joke without it being graphic at all. I always loved innuendo. It’s a fun wink to the audience and to those that “get it.”

So getting back to the original question, why do I podcast? It’s not that I feel I have some great point of view or that I’m special. For me, I like to laugh. I like to make others laugh. I love to create things. I love to make content. I love coming up with an idea, whether it’s something on the show, or creating and editing audio, video or even making something in Photoshop for the FaceBook and Twitter followers. I love it even more when I can tie different mediums together. For example, Alex has a horrible track record with dating and he has a hatred for Eharmony. That’s why I amused myself by making this video:

After leaving Clear Channel/IHeartMedia, I would hang out with new friends and many often remarked, “Hanging out with you is fun. I feel like we’re doing a radio show.” I guess that’s just me. I’m not a traditional artist, but I have a need to express myself through podcasting and social media. It’s a thrill to create something, whether it’s a show or a picture or blog, and put it out on social media and see the reaction it gets.

Creating is in my blood. Lately I’ve been working on mastering my Photoshop and Illustrator skills because I am overcome with the urge to create. So tell your friends to listen, like the Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, so I have more reasons to create 🙂

– Tommy

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Updated: January 30, 2016 — 5:46 pm

The Two Reunions

“Hey, tommy, this is Ron & Fez’s producer…” I saw the name pop up on my FaceBook messenger and didn’t recognize it immediately. I wondered who this was and why they were messaging me. Once I read the message my trepidation turned to joy. It was incredibly talented Chris Stanley asking if I knew how to get a hold of Ron and Fez listeners/characters from the WJFK DC Era. Producing is what I do best and was super pumped to help out.

Though I did have a small fit of anger. “We’d also love to have Alex back on as well!” which I thought meant, “We want Alex on the show, not you.” So after I angrily embarrassed myself Chris said, “Of course you’re invited,” and everything was right with my world again.

Sid and AlexAlex and I will have a full recap of our tour of the Sirius/XM studios in Washington, DC. A lot of memories came back. We did a lot of crazy stuff with Ron and Fez and other shows on WJFK. I’ve made lifelong friends from working there. We even hung out with Sid (aka Cigar Sid, aka Sidcada, aka fat baby, etc) and went to eat with him after the show. We will have to have him on soon, as his world is COMPLETELY different. No one will ever guess what he’s doing now.

I felt very lucky and privileged to not only attend this private event, but that we were actually INVITED to it. I’ve always loved the Howard Stern show, and radio in general, but when I started listening to Ron and Fez on 12-3AM tape delay weeknights on WJFK, my world changed. I so wanted to be a part of that show. I never actually wanted to work ON the show, because let’s face it, that usually didn’t work out so well for those people, but I wanted to hang out with them and just be a part of the Friday night parties they threw. Ron and Fez was unlike any radio I’d heard before. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about this with anyone, but a year before I was in radio at WJFK, I was looking for jobs and places to live in the New York/ New Jersey areas, just so that I could hang out with the Ron and Fez show. I got lucky and fate sent them to me in DC.

Ron Bennington and Daniel Dennis (www.tomanddan.com) are the two funniest, quickest, and most talented people to ever talk in to a microphone and I’ve gotten to work alongside both of them. I am incredibly grateful for that. I know I’ll never be that talented, but it helps me to understand how to improve by watching their “process.” If you ever have the chance to listen to either show, or see them in person, do it. Your life will be better because of it.

It was really great catching up with Ron, Fez and especially Sid.

There is no show this week. The past two days my body has been alternating between being cold and sweaty with being hot and sweaty. I can’t breath through my nose and generally feel run down. Alex isn’t feeling great either. We have come to the conclusion that eating at Five Guys in DC, after the Ron and Fez show, made us ill.

We will be back next week where we run down a full recap of the Ron and Fez show, Ryan’s birthday, Alex’s birthday, whether Alex played Santa at the Holiday Party at his work, and we will each talk about Christmas movies we’d like to see made. This and much much more… Like Alex’s dryer breaking 😉

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Updated: January 30, 2016 — 5:46 pm

Orlando, FL

Tom and Dan

Tom and Dan

Right outside the Tom & Dan Studio!

I think that most people have wave of sadness when a good vacation comes to an end, however, when I leave Orlando, it’s a deeper sadness. I had a lot of great times there and made a lot of great friends there. That’s why I go back as often as I can. The city itself is fine, not my ideal place to live, but he people are amazing. Nice, caring, talented and typically under appreciated. Plus, I got to do a lot of radio there and it was incredibly fun.

I also have a best friend that lives in Orlando, but I did not meet him there. We met in Washington, DC. Some of you know him as Matt Albert. Matt has transformed his life completely. He works a full-time job, just transferred to UCF, majoring in English. He also has been dating a woman for a while now and I finally got to meet her in person. I actually really liked her. She has a quick wit, is very smart and very kind. I am actually very jealous of Matt. He’s still the same guy I met 10 years ago, but he’s the best version of himself. He’s a confident guy, works hard, has a great relationship and most of all, is a happy guy, but still hilarious. I truly do miss him, but I’m glad he’s out in the world and not on the IM talking to me – even though I selfishly would like that. Matt is a popular guy in Sanford. I have named him “The Prince of Sanford.” We’ll explain why on the podcast, but he is a VIP.

It was also great to see another of my best friends, Dickerman from 101.1 WJRR. It was even better that we got to do the podcast with Dickerman and Matt. I am just sorry that I was so exhausted from waking up at 5am and traveling that I was not 100% “on.”

As you know, Dickerman and I worked together, trained together and had two shows on WJRR at the same time. It was definitely the most fun I had working in radio. He’s one of the funniest guys I’ve met and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him. Make sure to check out his afternoon show. He’s one of the good guys.

Speaking of supporting some of the good guys… Tom and Dan! Daniel Dennis is one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. I worked in the internet department and could never keep up with him! I never thought he’d leave radio (he “seemed” pretty happy and I knew he made a good living) but a few years ago I wrote him a recommendation on his LinkedIn, just because I thought so highly of him. He’s that guy that does everything better and more creative than your best work without even trying – but he’s such a genuine person that you can’t resent his talent. Tom is cut from the same cloth. A tireless worker who knows how to make anything fun and funny. I worked with him on a few of his stunts when I was in the internet department and he was always a pleasure to be around. I was always laughing because he makes every situation so much better.

The fact that they are doing their podcast full-time and kicking ass is a testament to their creativity and work ethic. The show is fantastic and they have something special. It sounds amazing and I’m constantly laughing at work while listening to it – so if I get fired from my “real” job, you’ll know who to blame. I was so happy to see the guys. They didn’t need to invite us in. I was so happy to see both of them. I would have been happy just to sit and watch the magic they create live. The fact they had us on and promoted our dumb show just shows how wonderful these two guys are. If by some chance you haven’t listened, please do yourself a favor and check out A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan. Become a BDM! I am!

It was also great reconnecting with some former listeners, a married couple, Lester & Rhonda, who met on our old show! I guess the old show did some good after all.

We also had stand up comic Ross McCoy on, aka El Ross. Ross was a big contributor to the old radio show and parlayed that in to becoming a really great addition to A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan. I knew he was funny but he kills on that show.

In addition to Ross, we also had Samantha from A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan on. Sam and I struck up a friendship via a fan group of the old radio show. Plus, she seems to really love Not Dead Yet (I know, it’s still a shock to me too.) Sam kicked ass on our podcast (as she does on T&D.) She has helped me out by listening and commiserating with me when fans and/or haters email shitty things to me. I consider her a real friend and am so glad she’s working with great people.

I also got to see a ton of other people, but it wasn’t enough time and I hope to see you all more sooner than later.

Alex and I forgot how nice almost everyone in Orlando is. From the waitresses to the 7-11 employees, we were treated with respect and genuine kindness.

I did get to lay by the pool for a few hours and do absolutely nothing. My allergies are a little worse in Orlando, so that was kind of a bummer.

Alex and I have a ton of stories about traveling – I think he jinxed me on both flights, normally I have ZERO problems when traveling.

When we landed I was still in vacation mode. I kept thinking, “Hey, shouldn’t I be doing something or going out tonight? Oh yeah, vacation is over.” I was super happy to see my dog, but I was also sadder than normal. I really miss everyone I know down there. I just don’t miss the tap water…

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Updated: January 30, 2016 — 5:47 pm

The Old Board

106.7 WJFKI found myself with a nasty case of insomnia last night. No amount of soft music, Melatonin, or Oprah would fix it, so I decided to get up and visit an old friend. I got in my car and drove to 10800 Main St in Fairfax, VA, parked my car in one of the rainy back roads, salt from the recent storms running viciously down the gutters (and off of my poor car, thank God), smiled at the VFW as the alleyway view broke way into an underwhelming semi-open parking garage under an old brick office building. The first two spots underneath the support column were off limits. Even though tonight they remain empty, it’s pouring rain, and no one would care, the echoes of the potential fallout from parking in those two spots are still loud and clear. My smile widens as I walk up the brick ramp and round the corner to a jagged slanted brick entryway that has taken many the balance of an unsuspecting intern, myself included. I plop myself on the wet thigh high ledge in front of the door, pull out a jar of my favorite brandy, cut the tip off my Maduro No.2 Torpedo (Cigar you pervs), light it with my 007 lighter and stare at the mammoth glass entry way, which had the same effect on me that night as it did every time I went through it 10 years ago. It was the same door that all of the greats in my world walked through. Don & Mike (Owners of the aforementioned parking spots), Ron & Fez, Big O and Dukes, The Junkies and more.

It was indeed the shell of the mighty WJFK, long since sold and most likely turned to office buildings, or semi-professional recording studios, its current inhabitants void of the knowledge and history and magic that went on in that old two story building that ushered out the last of a great generation of radio powerhouses to a niche group of listeners in the 8th largest market in the country. I didn’t have the heart to go in and peek through the cheap 5 dollar blinds adoring the other side of the glass which was the remains of the old call screening room, proving grounds for anyone new who entered into that building with hopes of conquering the talk world. It also turned out to be a physically dangerous room as it has been shot at and been driven through by a maniac (guess they weren’t Junkie’s fans).

It wasn’t however the room that I was afraid of seeing. It was the potential of seeing the old housing unit for “the board” right next to it, the technological heart of the Mighty WJFK. I couldn’t bear to peek through that glass and see a desk, or a pile of documents, or pictures of some soccer mom’s kids. It’s akin to avoiding the temptation to open a coffin at a funeral…you can open it up, but it AIN’T gonna be what you thought when you peer into that casket. No, instead I sit back in my nice clothes, fine brandy, and rare cigar and just smile…

I was in a much different position that night then I was when I used to burst the door open every day some 10 years ago. I was fatter, poorer, and more naive to the ways of the world. In fact, the FIRST time I kicked that door open…they kicked me back out. I rashly thought I could walk up to the receptionist and sweet-talk my way into an internship, I couldn’t have been more wrong. However, nothing was going to stop me from getting behind “the board”. I took classes, studied old time radio, and honed into my passion, my inner strength to get back into that door. Yeah, they kicked me out again, but THAT was due to a technical issue so I don’t count that one. REGARDLESS, I finally got in, and I would NOT be kicked out again. I wrote more pages of prep, and was doubted probably more than any other intern that walked through those doors. I busted my tail, I worked, went to school, interned, and finally FINALLY my day came. Cameron Gray approached me as I was in the old smelly production room working on a bit for Ron and Fez, and he said “Corolla, you got a job… don’t fuck it up!” I couldn’t believe it, I was in. It remains to this day one of the proudest moments of my life. Little did I know at that time however, the nuances that came with finally getting a chance behind running “the board.”

I’d like to get a little nerdy here at this point in the story, with a throwback to an old Star Trek episode. Just go with it for a second. I feel though that it’s relatable to everyone, and it’s integral to how I was feeling last night out in the rain in the shadow of the Mighty WJFK. In this episode Captain Picard is talking with Scotty (an old engineer from a different series) and the following dialogue bombarded me that night as the Brandy set in and the memories began to fly in from behind that “old board”.

“The first vessel that I served on as captain was called Stargazer. It was an overworked, underpowered vessel, always on the verge of flying apart at the seams. In every measurable sense, my Enterprise is far superior. But there are times when I would give almost anything… to command the Stargazer again.”

In every measurable sense my radio career and my life in general is better now than when it was my chance to run that board. The board was indeed its own entity, intimidating to look upon for the first time, when you pushed that chair out of the way and took your station (no one used the chair for fear of biological contamination). The board was old and smelly in itself, reflective of an era when you used to be able to smoke indoors. Stains of alcohol and God knows what else on the sides. Little doodles and drawings scattered about the frame, marks of previous helmsmen leaving their etches in the timeline of that old board’s life. The lights didn’t work right; sometimes you couldn’t tell if a microphone was on or not. CD players AND a reel to reel machine. The technology in this studio was only taught to us in school for historical references. We were told that with modern technology we’d most likely never have to experience cutting a reel to reel tape with a knife (a skill which I learned was quite useful at the mighty WJFK). The walls around it were covered in carts, old tape decks which were used to play commercials. 12 carts staked up on top of each other consisted of an average commercial break. They were in turn distributed through 3 half functional cart machines, old relics of production held on to by true diehards of the medium. There was no greater then a 50 percent chance of you getting a full commercial break out without some sort of malfunction. Each one of these separate parts were needed, and had to be fed to make a proper, professional broadcast. To run the Howard Stern show remotely, you even needed to listen in to the K-Rock feed on the phone to see when you’d need to get the carts ready to work properly within the designated break time.

The board was a monster, it was an animal, it would embarrass you during live broadcasts, and cause terror when you ran late nights, ever fearful that you messed something up, and the direct line would flash on the wall indicating that one of the higher ups thought you were costing him money by accidentally forgetting to run one of their commercials. Everything needed to be logged and signed on, you had to listen for rogue potty mouths and be vigilant on the dump button (which let the entire station know you hit it with a spine rattling buzz). The first lesson you learn while running that board is that you WILL fail. You will miss a cue, you won’t fire a reel, the instant replay machine wasn’t warmed up on the hood of your car (true story), you’ll miss out on a commercial, or the board will simply refuse to work, you’ll be doubted, yelled at, and shamed…with NO one in radio world ever knowing which replaceable cog happened to be behind the helm at that moment. On top of that, when your hell of a shift finally ended, you had no money, no chance of dating, no internet, TV, or cell phone, no dignity, no sense of cleanliness, and probably a huge headache.

And to finish Captain Picard’s quote, there are times in my life, like tonight, when I would trade almost anything to be behind that board again. You see the result of failing…is that you succeed. You learn resolve, you learn HOW to trick the failure, how to circumvent it and avoid it. You learn that your heroes who have and are running that board spilled their blood, talent, and passion with every button they hit, every cart they ran, and every pot turned down at the end of a show. They ignored every critic, exec, and sponsor that told them to give up so that YOU could be back there RIGHT now during YOUR moment to earn your right to carry the torch for the next generation of that last great radio demographic, the talk radio listener. And as a result of all of that you learn to LOVE that first…old…board.

We have all conquered and therefore learned to love and respect our own personal “old boards”. I myself have since seen many literal boards, as well as figurative “boards”. Death, depression, loss of friends, loss of loved ones, betrayal, broken back, etc. etc. What is the reason that first “board” stays in our mind? That first assignment, or job, or hardship we overcame. That first juncture in life we came to where we realized that talent, passion, and heart would see us through, and though there’s no logical reason…we enjoyed every trying minute of it. Well I think Scotty gives the best answer:

“Ah, it’s like the first time you fall in love. You don’t ever love a woman quite like that again.”

So yeah, I tend to write long blogs I guess. But in closing, please remember to reflect on your first “old board”. When you’re bummed or just can’t plain get to sleep, take a moment to remember your first happy time, that first moment you fell in love with what drives you. And if you haven’t found your version of a board yet…I envy you. Some of the best times in your life are about to happen. When it does come along, hold on to every emotion it gives you as long as you can because you never know how long you’ll get to spend with that first love before it leaves….

Let’s raise a glass to WJFK and all of our “old boards”.

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Updated: February 3, 2014 — 10:07 pm

Welcome to the show…

Not Dead Yet Podcast

“It’s a carnival! It’s what we make of it!”

What is Not Dead Yet? How is it different from the Hideout, Ron and Fez, The Monsters and the Last Resort? Well, each podcast Alex and I have done has evolved, so I don’t know that I can answer that. It’s a fun time, we both enjoy doing it. If we feel like being honest and embarrassing ourselves or each other, we will. We won’t end a show by feeling bad or attacked. We do take the show very seriously. I can’t tell you how much work I’ve put in to this show. Most of my day is thinking about topics, imaging and things we can do for future shows.

Do I miss “real” radio? Yes, I do miss collaborating (and improvising) with an ensemble cast of characters. I miss a few of the callers. I miss having tons of songs, sound effects etc at my fingertips. For me, there was no better feeling than everyone firing on all cylinders and knocking a segment out of the park. But doing the two man show with Dickerman showed me that a show can be smaller and still be great and a ton of fun – if not more so.

Of course, I don’t have the access and convenience of a computer, instant replays and 360 machines for drops. It’s also great to have that “built in” audience of a terrestrial show. Creating an audience for a podcast is MUCH more difficult. And while none of the shows I was on ever got much attention from the sales or marketing departments, we also no longer have the (small) support and extra marketing money… so tell your friends to listen!

Alex Corolla aka “Chunks” is a talented guy. I just threw up in my mouth writing that, but it’s true. I have enjoyed every show we’ve done so far. I wish he was a little less crazy, a little less angry and a little more “normal” but the crazy things that happen to him make for a great podcast.

I hope you enjoy it. It’s not the Hideout. It has elements of it, because we did have a big hand in shaping that show. I REALLY try to avoid callbacks and references to the Hideout. We are trying to build something new and for any new listeners, they won’t care or understand what “I hope you’re funny as hell Pedro.” That is funny, but it was a lifetime ago. It’s also not the Last Resort (click the link – TRUST ME!) because Dickerman and I have a completely different chemistry than Alex and I do. If anything, I’d say it’s a bit more of a “classic” Ron and Fez style show minus the callers. Ball busting, odd segments, but no crazy stunts. It’s still going to evolve. There’s going to be less yelling and rave outs from Alex as we start to tackle more topics. I promise the show will only become more entertaining as we move forward.

I miss talk radio and I love podcasts. I hope to help fill the void for others like me.

– Tommy Bateman

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Updated: January 29, 2014 — 3:37 am

A “Guy talk radio” podcast?

A Quick History Lesson
This might be me rambling or it may be a well written piece… so bare with me.

106.7 WJFK When I was growing up I completely fell in love with the Howard Stern show. He was the syndicated morning show on 106.7 WJFK and I didn’t have much interest in talk radio, but I was a kid and someone said, “you shouldn’t be listening to this stuff.” So, of course, I listened every chance I could – even faking sick from school if a segment or guest was particularly interesting. My dad was really in to radio. He loved music and knew several of the owners WHFS, the disc jockeys (what a degrading name if you think about it) and would even take me to the studio. I was always fascinated by it and immediately loved it.

One summer I had a job that required me having to drive around most of the day. My radio never left 106.7 WJFK. I fell in love with talk radio. I rediscovered The Don and Mike Show. I was so obsessed with talk radio, that I would even listen to the G. Gordon Liddy show middays. A few years later I found a show that was syndicated from New York and replayed late nights on WJFK. It was the greatest radio show I’d ever heard. I listened EVERY single night no matter what. I listened for years and was so obsessed, that I considered moving to New York, not to work on the show, but just go be close to the show and it’s cast of characters. I just wanted to BE around that energy and that comedic genius. That show was the Ron and Fez Show. After a station flip in New York Ron and Fez moved their show to DC. I was one step closer to getting to be around their show and energy. Like my dad before me, I was now a radiophile… – a “guy talk” radiophile.

The Hideout It was always a dream to work at WJFK. As a kid I thought that if I wasn’t a rockstar, I’d end up being a radio DJ. I even would practice in the basement with my dad’s mixer, cd players and even turntables. Once I found Howard Stern, Don and Mike and Ron and Fez, it switched to working on a talk show -whether I was a writer, producer or host. I didn’t care. I just NEEDED to be there. I didn’t know how I would get a job at WJFK, but I was determined to find a way. One Saturday night I heard El Jefe and J-Dubs on “El Jefe’s Hideout” and I liked the show. Through a series of events, right place, right time, right work ethic etc, and the urging of El Jefe to the Operations Manager, I got hired at WJFK and worked on The Hideout, Ron and Fez and even a little on the Don and Mike show.

WTKS Real Radio 104.1 After meeting Alex “Chunks” Corolla, the show was laid off (coincidence?) and relocated to Orlando, FL. We were hired by WTKS Real Radio 104.1. I didn’t know much about the station. All I knew was it was a talk radio station. There we got to work with the Monsters in the Morning and the legendary Philips Phile. These shows were a bit different than the Hideout. They didn’t have the degradation, stunts or general “filth.” I liked the shows, but I wasn’t a diehard fan like I was with Stern, Don and Mike and Ron & Fez. We all walked in there thinking we knew what was “good” talk radio. We were from DC and that was close to the NY style of radio. We were going to show everyone there how awesome and talented we were. Well it didn’t work out that way. But it was a blessing for Alex and myself. I went on to better things in radio both in front and behind the mic.

One of the best things about working at WTKS, was the people. Jack Bradshaw, Daniel Dennis and Drunky (aka A Mediocre Time With Tom and Dan), Oddo and a ton of other talented radio people. I have learned a lot from them. Not only how to do a show, how to be entertaining, but how to treat people on and off air.

Real Rock 101.1 WJRR

After getting laid off in Orlando, I ended up back working for Real Radio in the internet department. There I met one of my best friends, Dickerman. He and I ended up doing The Last Resort on 101.1 WJRR and it was the best time I’d ever had doing radio. He was my best friend (we still have never had an argument) and there was no pressure to embarrass myself or do stunts. It was a highly rated show, but unfortunately, I was again a victim of budget cuts. I moved back to DC to for better employment opportunities, but that need to create and be funny has never left me.

To be continued…

– Tommy Bateman

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Updated: January 7, 2014 — 2:18 am

This made me laugh hysterically…

A listener made this video and sent it to me. I laughed hysterically at it. I hope you will too. You have to have listened to the first show for it to make sense though.

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Updated: December 8, 2013 — 11:36 pm


Having a website is awesome, not sure what this “blogging” thing is though. BEEEEEoooooeeeeee.

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Updated: December 3, 2013 — 4:33 pm

Tommy Bateman here…

Thanks for reading. We will be up in the next week or two. That is if Alex Corolla doesn’t break the site.

– Tommy

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