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My summer weekend travels continued with a two-city trip. Following an all-nighter to update this blog, I hopped on a Saturday morning bus from New York to Scranton, Pa. My friend and colleague Danny picked me up, we grabbed a quick breakfast at Starbucks, and then chilled at his apartment for a few hours. On the docket for Saturday? Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Oktoberfest; a three-day, annual event in Northeastern Pennsylvania that features music, food and about every Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beer you can think of.

What I’m saying is, I was in Heaven.


This was before I took a sip of Susquehanna Pumpkin Ale, my first of well, a couple beverages.

ANYWAYS – the awful weather in NEPA on Saturday did not affect us in the least bit. My friends and I had a great night, which ended with a few hands of Black Jack and some Domino’s to-go.

I slept a little Saturday night, then caught a 7:20 a.m. ride out of Scranton to Atlantic City, N.J. The Martz bus dropped me right off at Resorts Casino for my second destination of the weekend. After a bit of contemplation, I decided it would be fun to “Do AC” for the Miss America competition, which was co-produced by my friends in dick clark productions.


I checked in to my room, ran 3 miles on the Boardwalk and changed in to my Bills shirt before catching some football (and a nice Bills win!) at a local sports bar. My plan was to then make my way to the local baseball field where a seafood festival was taking place. Instead, a torrential downpour forced me to call an audible, and an Uber. I suited up, called another Uber and made my way to Boardwalk Hall.
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My original plan was to attend with Danny but due to work obligations he bailed. The fine folks at dcp hooked up a credential, so I decided to join my Cumulus cohort Erika Grace Powell on the red carpet and assist with her evening.


EGP killed it!


After the carpet wrapped, we headed inside the Hall to catch the pageant. I had judged at the state level for Miss USA, but had never attended a national event. There were so many great moments – between Vanessa Williams, the talent portion of the competition and the addition of celebrity judges and music curator Nick Jonas (who I said hello to earlier on the red carpet). And the energy inside the building only amplified the fun.


Following Miss Georgia’s crowning, we headed in to the press area for the post-show press conference. Betty Cantrell was there, along with Williams and the other judges.


And as the song went, after the show it was the after-party. There I ran in to Williams on the dance floor and told her that I also attended Syracuse University. We exchanged a solid high-five.

Another Black Jack donation and trip to Dunkin’ Donuts inside Resorts Casino later and it was back on a bus following my second all-nighter in three evenings. It’s not like a full day, including TV and the radio show, awaited me in New York.

Oh.

Trust me, I’m NOT complaining.

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” Star Kathy Wakile offered “The Ralphie Show” a quick preview of the “RHONJ” episode that will air on Bravo Sunday June 16 at 8 PM. The series is currently in Season 5.


Kathy spoke after a cannoli-demo inside Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The reality TV star sells her own pastry kits online.

In an interview that aired Monday evening on “The Ralphie Radio Show”, Jason Derulo, the main supoprting act for Lady GaGa on “The Monster Ball” tour, spoke for the first time about the recent cancellation of a couple shows, as well as GaGa’s appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” The segment with Winfrey taped the morning after GaGa failed to perform at Purdue University. She would eventually cancel her Saturday and Sunday tour dates, and postponed Monday’s performance at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

The “Whatcha Say” singer defended his tour mate’s condition and decision to tape the show. He also offered a possible explanation as to how she might have been able to appear on the show but still be forced to cancel concerts.
“There’s something you can take, it’s like a shot, like steroids, which a lot of performers take for a quick fix,” explained Derulo. Although later clarifying that he wasn’t sure whether GaGa used the remedy or not, he reiterated that it is common for artists to rely on it for very short stints. “It’s definitely not something you can do all the time.”

Derulo also said that there are certainly no hard feelings over the incident.


Listen to the audio below, and check The RRS blog later for the interview in its entirety:


“I mean, ‘Oprah’ was obviously a really, really big thing – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “She just had to do that.”

The Miami-born singer still spent the weekend in Atlantic City – performing a previously-scheduled solo date on Friday, then performing a second time on Saturday – the night he was to perform with GaGa at The Borgata. Derulo donated all proceeds from the second show to the relief efforts in Haiti – a disaster which hit home for the crooner.

“My heart goes out to Haiti. My parents are from Haiti,” revealed Derulo. His uncle still resides there, and survived the earthquake.

“For the first couple days, like, he was just sleeping on the streets,” Derulo said. “He was saying how the streets just smell of death.”

While on The RRS, Derulo solicited listeners to text “YELE” to 501501. The text will donate $5 to Yele Haiti – a grassroots foundation started by singer Wyclef Jean to aid the country.

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