Love or hate him, you got to respect the old school hustle and commitment of this guy. Lovin’ this new video as well, for Welcome To Heartbreak. Vimeo shoutout!


02.17.09 : Nick Lachey – Patience
Nick Calls The Ralphie Radio Show!
On “Patience” & Coming Up For Air:


(Old School: Ralphie & sister Raquela w/ Nick & Jess; Buffalo, 2003)
On Valentine’s Day & The Paparazzi:


The following will appear in The Weekender, which hits newsstands this Wednesday.

Chris Brown waited a week to speak out regarding his alleged attack on Rihanna. The R&B crooner filled his two-paragraph statement with remorse, but left out the assumed victim’s name.

“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person,” said Brown, who also debunked reports that he commented on the incident to a Facebook page or any other blog.

No word from Rihanna, although her father, Ronald Fenty, did speak with the media – confirming that Brown hit his daughter and affirming that she’ll be okay, despite brusing.“At some point, she will speak out. I hope she will stand up for women all over the world,” Fenty told People Magazine.Meanwhile, the spectacle surrounding the incident continues to grow as Los Angeles authorities gather evidence and decide what exactly Brown will be prosecuted for. As of press time, only the original charge of suspicion of making felony criminal threats stood.

Another interesting twist of life possibly imitating art emerged this week, when a track sung by Mario Barrett and allegedly featuring Rihanna hit the net. “Emergency Room” details the actions that led to a woman finding out her man’s cheating ways, and her response.
“You gon’ be in the emergency room… I’m fighting with myself, I can’t hurt you even though you hurt me,” sings the woman on the hook – who sounds eerily similar to RiRi.

At least according to Mario and the author of the track, it is not Rihanna singing. Priscilla Renea wrote “Emergency Room”, with Rihanna and Akon in mind. Mario heard the song, snagged it and re-recorded the verses, leaving the part-to-be-sung-by-Rihanna on the hook. Both Barrett and Renea insist that the Barbatos-born singer hasn’t even been presented with the song, let alone graced it with her vocals.

“The record was far from done,” Barrett wrote in a statement to Vibe. “I’m still proud of the record but want to make sure that the truth is out there.”

IT’S NOT ALL SUNSHINE FOR WE THE KINGS

If you recall the last time I spoke with We The Kings, there was no sunshine – rather a hail storm on Montage Mountain during Warped Tour.

The conditions during our interview last week inside The Crocodile Rock Café in Allentown were a bit more favorable, sans the leaky ceiling. Nonetheless, the boys from Bradenton, Florida spilled about their not-so-rock star Super Bowl experience.“We were actually flying during the Super Bowl, it was kinda miserable,” bassist Hunter Thomsen told me. The conflict forced the group to forgo tickets to the big game, played an hour from their house. Plus, the guys missed their favorite show, The Office. I held off any, “Boom, Roasted,” lines – because it’s no fun being in the dark on those things.

That’s what she said.

Listen to Ralphie Aversa weekdays from 5-10p on 97 BHT.

Download the mp3

If anyone can offer advice on being a wingman, it is clearly The Wingman.


Initial Wingman Response:

Reaction #1:

Reaction #2:

Visit The Wingman on MySpace.


So many of you have e-mailed me regarding last week’s post about 97 BHT’s exclusive meet-and-greet with American Idol runner-up David Archuleta.

I know a little bit more. And I mean literally, a little bit.

The day of the signing (Friday, 2/27), FYE will be selling 500 copies of David’s new CD. With the purchase of a CD comes a wristband, which will allow you the chance to meet David at 7P.

Now – you probably have a lot of questions…

– What time will FYE begin selling CDs?
I don’t know yet.
– Is there a per-person limit?
I would imagine 1-per, but I don’t know that as fact.
– Does a CD purchase guarantee that I’ll meet David?
I don’t know.
– What if I already own the CD, can I just bring that?
No, you have to purchase a CD the day of in order to meet David.
– Is there a time limit on the signing?
I don’t know. I do know the signing begins at 7P, and the mall closes at 9P.
– Will you know any more answers before the date?

I sure hope so.


Congrats to Carol who won a $1,000 Diamond Band thanks to Zales, Gerrity’s, The Mall at Steamtown, and 97 BHT! See how it all went down below!

Download the mp3

We The Kings took time from “The Secret Valentine Tour” at The Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown to talk with Ralphie about the song, Twitter, and missing The Super Bowl in their home town.


Or, Watch The Interview Below!


02.12.09 : Mario f. Rihanna (Allegedly) – Emergency Room
Read Mario’s Statement Regarding This Track Here.
Hear The Original Demo (“Rihanna f. Akon” – Emergency Room) Here.
The woman who wrote/recorded the demo speaks here.

Download the mp3

TMZ’s Leslie Harris gives Ralphie details on the types of charges that might be brought against Chris Brown – while also shedding light on an abusive past between the two.



Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW.

The following appears in the latest edition of The Weekender.


Pop went Chris Brown’s bubble this week, in oh-so-many aspects.

In the confines of a weekend, the R&B singer lost an endorsement deal, a Grammy Awards performance, a girlfriend, and a squeaky-clean image – all while gaining a criminal record.

The downfall began on Sunday morning, around 12:30. According to witnesses, Brown allegedly engaged in a physical altercation with another female. A number of sources identified the woman as 20 year-old Rihanna.

After one onlooker heard screaming, she called 911. By the time police arrived, Brown left the scene of the crime – but turned himself in to custody later that evening. The Los Angeles Police Department booked Brown on suspicion of making felony criminal threats. Authorities released the singer after he posted the $50,000 bail.

A court date is set for March. Wrigley Jr. Company is not waiting until then to take action. The candy company suspended its marketing campaign which promotes Doublemint gum with Brown and his song, “Forever”. In a statement released Monday, Wrigley’s acknowledges due process yet takes the allegations seriously.

Coincidentally, Brown’s “Got Milk?” campaign was previously set to cease this week. That contract will not be renewed. Furthermore, the crooner will not appear at next weekend’s NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.

As the fallout of Brown’s fate unfolds, more details emerge about the victim, allegedly Rihanna. According to TMZ, law officials call the songstress’s injuries “horrific.” The website reported a litany of damage done by the beating – from face contusions to busted lips and a bloody nose.

Both singers cancelled their performances for Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Neither won an award.
TMZ’s Leslie Harris informed me that there’s a history of domestic violence in Brown’s family. In an interview on The Tyra Banks Show a few years ago, Brown recounted some of those childhood memories.

“I treat women differently, because you know, I don’t want to put a women through the same thing that person put my mom through,” said Brown when recalling memories of watching the abuse as young as age 7.

Rumors began to swirl earlier this month that the couple, who had been dating for at least a year, was on the rocks. Other artists even talked about the possible break-up. Grammy nominated Colby O’Donis went as far to dedicate a song off of his LP, “Let You Go”, to the duo.

“I actually just found out that they broke up,” O’Donis told me exclusively on 97 BHT the Thursday before The Grammy’s. “I’m sure they’re going to dedicate that song to each other.”

O’Donis nabbed his first Grammy nod for his contribution to Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance.” He and Rihanna share a mutual friend in singer/producer Akon.

As of press time, neither Brown’s nor Rihanna’s camp issued a statement regarding the abuse reports.

Listen to Ralphie Aversa weekdays from 5-10p on 97 BHT.