jon stewart’s clan is here – and causing a raucous on the risers right now!!! like i said on the radio, this borders on the surreal.

john oliver is on the scene…

she brought lee greenwood with him, who sang the national anthem and “god bless america.”

after calling her husband todd alaska’s “first dude,” – she’s now outlining john mccain’s economic plan.
i’d love to share pictures and video, but i’m literally typing on my lap right now, surrounded by photogs.

ran in to andy mahalchik on my way in… apparently i’m not the only one who was denied media parking… 

problem for him was, he was in wbre’s live truck.
“i’ll cover the event, if they let me park somewhere!” he sarcastically told me en route to a parking lot.
i hear people are sneaking in to the glider diner lot…

i wish i could show you where i am right now.

stuck here sitting on the top rung of a huge riser, smooshed in between local television and radio media alike, awaiting a one sarah palin.
national press just arrived. everyone’s wearing red. pleace is a mad house. i had to park at farmer’s market. 
more to come soon…


After a tumultuous two years filled with trials and tribulations, R&B singer Brandy Norwood can settle.

Better known by her first name only, the songstress called in to The Ralphie Radio Show last week, touching on a plethora of topics – from her new song and its relation to the aforementioned tribulations to Kim Kardashian and Dancing With The Stars.

Brandy’s first single from her forthcoming LP Human is titled “Right Here (Departed).” Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins penned the track. His current credits include PCD’s “When I Grow Up” and Natasha Bedingfield’s “Angel.”

“Workin’ with him this go-round, felt like the old Brandy and Rodney,” the 29-year old said. “Darkchild’s” past projects include the Grammy-award winning “The Boy Is Mine” and “What About Us.”

But the track signals more than a reunion between artist and writer, or a comeback of sorts for Brandy. The singer revealed that her 2006 car crash and publicized issues thereafter were the song’s inspiration.“One of the reasons why I recorded the song is because I relate to it so much,” she said. “So many amazing people have come in to my life that I could learn from… and I’ll always be there for them.”

Back in December ’06 – Brandy was involved in a four-car accident that claimed the life of one person. Eye-witnesses blamed the singer for triggering the crash – however no drugs or alcohol were involved. Subsequently, no charges were filed.

This coincided with the release of a sex tape featuring her little brother and fellow singer Ray-J with Kardashian, followed by allegations that the Kardashians stole money from Brandy’s family.

“I don’t want to talk about Kim,” Brandy said, clearly annoyed. I simply inquired if she saw the realty TV star on Dancing With The Stars. Brandy did not, nor would she ever compete on the show.

But, in an age where everyone is trying to be something or someone they are not, just to gain money and/or notoriety, Brandy’s frankness regarding her lack-of-dancing skills was quite refreshing.

CASEY ADKNOWLEDGES YOUTH VOTE’S IMPACT

More refreshing was an elected official willing to speak with a reporter who works for local media outlets catering to younger voters. I’ve covered a handful of presidential election events, and for the most part – both politicians and press secretaries alike have been less than accommodating.

Senator Bob Casey does not fall into that category. The Keystone State’s junior senator expressed his satisfaction with the youth vote last Sunday – after a rally in Scranton that featured Senator Joe Biden along with former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton.

“To say that we’re going to have a record turnout among younger voters in this general election is an understatement,” Sen. Casey explained. “I’ve never seen anything like it in American history.”

Casey is encouraged by both the amount of young voters and their motives.

“It’s affirmative, not negative,” Casey continued. “(The youth) are saying, ‘I’m voting for Barack Obama because I believe in him, not because I’m voting against John McCain.”

Ralphie Aversa can be heard weeknights from 7p-12a on 97 BHT.

it seems as if chris matthews mentions scranton in every show. so you’d think the “hardball” host wouldn’t get soft with the local media, while visiting the city… right?

the pennsylvania-born tv host interviewed sen. joe biden after sunday’s rally with former president bill clinton and senator hillary clinton. listen to the audio and figure out what really went on.

i would be blown off another time – and not granted an inning or two of “hardball.”

matthews did have plenty of time to sign autographs and take photos with adoring fans at the rally, so it wasn’t as if i bothered him while he was prepping for a segment/interview.


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Scranton native and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey talks with Ralphie Aversa about the youth vote in this year’s Presidential Election.

Senator Casey spoke with Ralphie after a rally in Scranton with Vice Presidential Candidate and Senator Joe Biden, as well as former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton.

from the mccain-palin camp:

“Angry Joe Biden today riled up his crowd with fictitious claims about John McCain. For an Obama-Biden campaign spending more money on negative advertising than any campaign in history, red-faced Joe Biden shouted and cursed but couldn’t shake Obama’s job-killing prescription of higher taxes and bigger government. Like most of ole Joe’s pitches and tall tales, Biden’s claims for energy independence through clean coal are at odds with his record.  It was just last month that he adamantly claimed an Obama-Biden administration would say ‘no’ to clean coal plants in America. His reversal today on clean coal is one more fib from ole Joe.” – Ben Porritt McCain-Palin spokesman.

not sure if i would characterize biden as angry… definitely loud and adamant though.

about to leave the riverfront sports complex now… chris matthews and his producers have blown me off a solid three times. the tv host is currently chatting it up with sen. bob casey – who i did speak with and who you’ll hear from tomorrow night on the ralphie radio show.