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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 😉

Updated: January 30, 2016 — 5:46 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

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

Updated: January 7, 2014 — 2:18 am
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