Capsule Movie Review: “Trainwreck”

We saw “Trainwreck” last night. Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Symphony ticket winners

Thank you to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for giving WRCT two pairs of tickets to see Randy Newman with the PSO on July 30.

Winner of the first pair of tickets, given away on “Radio 9” on Saturday, July 18, was Yolanda from Mt. Washington.

Winner of the second pair of tickets, given away by Kenny Joe on “Pinckney Hall” on Friday, July 24, was Scott from Highland Park.

Thanks for listening to WRCT!

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Jeb! He’s a complicated man

I was so inspired by Jeb Bush’s new campaign logo that I wrote a song for him.

(There’s no need to thank me, governor.)

Who is the man who will cut aid for mothers with dependent children?
(JEB!) You’re damn right.
Who’s the cat who won’t cop out, when there’s ISIS all about?
(JEB!) Right on!
He’s a complicated man, and no one understands but David Brooks.
(JEB!) Jeb Bush.
They say that cat Jeb! was a bad f–kin’ governor …
(Shut your mouth!)
But I’m talkin’ about Jeb!
(Then we can dig it!)

Also, I’ve created my own new logo:


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The dorkiest photo on the Internet

Thank you to Kennywood Park for hosting our live remote! We had a great time and enjoyed talking to folks from Kennywood and from Carnegie Mellon University, which was holding its employee and faculty picnic.

However, this might be the dorkiest photo you ever see on the Internet:

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The Dane Remsey Show

Syndicated talk show host Dane Remsey has some financial advice for someone who wants to change careers.

As originally aired May 30, 2015 on “Radio 9 with Jay Thurber” ( Celebrity voice impersonated badly. Opinions expressed are not those of WRCT Radio Inc.

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What do I say at the end of the show?

Somebody asked me about the litany of things I say at the end of the show.

For the record, here’s what I say, and where I got it from:

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s a whole lot more important to be nice.[1] You can lead a horse to water, but nothing smells worse than a wet horse.[2] A bird in the hand makes one hell of a mess.[3] No matter where you go, there you’ll be.[4] Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.[5]”

  1. Zeke Jackson, WARO/WWCS radio, Canonsburg
  2. Unknown, but Google suggests I heard it on “Hee Haw” (!!!)
  3. Unknown
  4. Larry Richert, KDKA radio, who apparently got it from “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!”
  5. Tom Snyder, “The Late, Late Show”

The music I play is “Bring Me Sunshine,” sung by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, two British comedians who used it for many years to close out their TV shows.

(And, also for the record, the theme at the beginning of the show is called “Studio 69” by Alan Hawkshaw, and was the theme song of Irish comedian Dave Allen.)

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Live remote broadcast this Saturday

It’s Easter weekend, but before you go hippity-hopping down the bunny trail, how about hippity-hopping down the Great Allegheny Passage hiking and biking trail?

We’ll be broadcasting live on location from 12 to 3 p.m. this Saturday (April 4) from the McKeesport trailhead next to the McKees Point Marina.

That where there’s going to be a big benefit concert on Saturday night, featuring the Three Sides Band and the Fabulous Booze Brothers. Proceeds will benefit planned improvements to the McKeesport Waterfront Area, and admission is $15 at the door. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the bands start at 8 p.m.

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello. We’ll be in the window of the McKees Point Cafe from 12 to 3, “trying desperately to look famous,” as Uncle Dougie used to say.

Our next remote broadcast is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 9, from the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer.

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It’s time to play: “Rand or Ron?”

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Inspired by this article on Talking Points Memo, we’ve just created a new game called, “Rand or Ron?”

It’s the game where contestants try to decide, “Who said it? Rand Paul or Ron Swanson?”

  1. “I don’t want to live in a nanny state where people are telling me where I can go and what I can do.”
  2. “My dream is to have the parks system privatized and run entirely for profit, by corporations.”
  3. “You can’t tell me that you’re taxed enough already, then in the next breath say, ‘Bring me home some bacon.’ The pig has been picked clean.”
  4. “I think that all government is a waste of taxpayer money.”
  5. “I’m not someone who’s still sort of trying to figure out what I believe in.”
  6. “Do you hate poor people, or do you just hate poor people with jobs?”
  7. “History began on July 4, 1776. Everything that happened before that was a mistake.”
  8. “We will get along just fine, though hopefully not too fine, because I am not looking for any new friends.”
  9. “I don’t plan on being bashful.”
  10. “I read all of Ayn Rand’s novels when I was 17.”
  11. “I believe luck is a concept invented by the weak to explain their failures.”
  12. “The three most useless jobs in the world in order are: lawyer, congressman, and doctor.”
  13. “If our freedom is taken, the American dream will wither and die.”

Answers below the jump!

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So. Farewell, then, WVYS-FM

With the final episode of “Parks & Recreation” about to air, I would like to salute our colleagues at WVYS-FM in Pawnee, Ind., and especially Derry Murbles, who has done such a good job filling in for David Parker as he studies squirrel migration patterns.

WRCT doesn’t have a show called “Jazz + Jazz = Jazz,” but we damned well wish we’d thought of it first.

And before that, you heard “Nefertiti’s Fjord.”

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Happy Harry’s Do-it-Yourself Corner: Valentine’s Day edition

Happy Harry Harrison has a big sale at his hardware store for Valentine’s Day, and he’s got a lot of activities planned for couples who want to work on projects together. Originally aired Feb. 14, 2015.

(I learned after this bit aired that there used to be a store called “Herminie Hardware”! Obviously, this bit has nothing to do with the real store and Harry Harrison is a fictitious character … as is his store! I just liked the alliterative sound of “Happy Harry’s Herminie Hardware.”)

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