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Thursday marked the three year anniversary of Sandy devastating the tri-state area. Many people were affected in a number of different ways; some are still experiencing the aftermath. We remember.

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I have had a lot of great weekends as of late, as I’ve broken out the “#RalphieOTRA” hashtag and traveled to a number of different cities; many of which I visited for the first time in my life. This past weekend included one of those trips, along with a few experiences in the tri-state area that I won’t soon forget.

To get a proper feel for the three day stretch I had, we should probably rewind to Friday. The details are covered in this Facebook post, but here are some of the highlights courtesy of my Instagram and Twitter.

First – a quick recap via Twitter.


Let’s expand on a few things… THE DEVILS, A PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY TEAM, GAVE ME A JERSEY!


I hosted the Devils Opening Night Red Carpet at the team’s Fan Fest outside of Prudential Center. Big thanks to the Devils along with Kerry and the PruCenter PR Team for the invite and hospitality.

I also was invited by my friends at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Lennon Bus to the “Imagine Party,” celebrating John’s 75th birthday. Here’s me, VP of U.S. Tours and Promotions Matthew Reich and his band, the Command Sisters.


Saturday – off to Garfield, N.J. for Mike Allan’s wedding!


Obviously the photo does not do these two justice.


We had the whole crew there. I’m not sure why Jesse, from our sister station NASH FM, was standing here.


How I made it to LaGuardia to take this selfie and catch my 8:20 am flight after that night is beyond me.


Albeit delayed, I made it to the game. Big thanks to Cumulus Nashville for a great first experience at Nissan Stadium. Bills won!

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Things I tried in Nashville: A Bushwacker. It’s like a Wendy’s Frosty but with alcohol. So, it’s Heaven.


I also visited a ton of bars up and down Broadway. Lots of live music and libations, zero cover charges.


After about three hours of sleep, I hopped on a plane headed back to the greatest city in the world, but left with some fond memories of Nashville. Last #RalphieOTRA trip for a while is next weekend – Syracuse!

Looks like Mayer, not LeBron, was able to please everyone…

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TMZ’s Dax tells The RRS that at least two cast members from season one of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” will return.

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Her show airs on MTV. Jay Leno invited her on his ill-fated prime-time show twice. She receives $10,000 to appear at clubs and events. Yet still, it seems America can’t get enough of Nicole Polizzi – known to the masses as “Snooki” from “Jersey Shore”. In her latest cameo, Snooki trades in lush background of Seaside Heights for a green screen on New York TV station WPIX.

let the superficial-ness and eating disorders commence here…
open audition:
July 18, 2008
11:00a-2:00p
Clementon Park & Splash World
144 Berlin Rd
Clementon, NJ 08021
the illinois senator and presidential hopeful called upon robert deniro to speak on his behalf at a rally in new jersey.

deniro left the stage immediately after threating everyone with their life if obama doesn’t win the garden state.

kidding.
the illinois senator and presidential hopeful called upon robert deniro to speak on his behalf at a rally in new jersey.

deniro left the stage immediately after threating everyone with their life if obama doesn’t win the garden state.

kidding.
my last sign-off of the year inside the bht world headquarters came just before 3 in the afternoon on the 30th. after unplugging my headphones and scampering down the back steps, i hopped in my car and headed off to scenic stamford, ct to spend a night with the girlfriend. upopn arrival, i b-lined to the kitchen. three dishes of homemade sauce and pasta later, and i was 24 hours away from the new year.

my girlfriend is an early riser – she usually leaves for work around 8. many would be surprised, but there were no issues in waking up with her to leave. as she headed to the office, i drove to new jersey. with the day off, i decided it’d be an opportune time to visit my friend patrice in wayne. patrice and i worked endlessly on launching “msnbc on campus” at syracuse university. anywho, she received a couple new gadgets for christmas that i would help her become accustomed to. plus her dad promised homemade italian omlets.

after stuffing our faces and configuring the electronics, patrice and i set off north to partake in a little sightseeing – sopranos style. as you might know, i adore the sopranos. as you may not know, pretty much all of the scenes filmed throughout the series were on location at real-life jersey hotspots – or atleast as hot as one’s spot could become in the dirty jerz. we only had a few hours, but three key locations were only a half-hour away. off we went, digital cameras and appetites in hand.

first stop – pizzaland in north arlington. the pizzeria is shown in the opening credits for the show – only garnering a couple seconds of camera time. despite this, fans flock to the pizza shop on a weekly basis. the owner, al, informed me that to this day, he still ships pies across the globe to sopranos supporters. another interesting tidbit – the owner said that he shut down the store front for two days leading up to the finale, due to the volume of orders he received.

mama mia. after all of this though, the guy was nice enough to chat for a half hour and offer patrice and i slices on the house. we obliged and were delighted. the pizza is homemade, from the dough to the toppings, and cooked to perfection inside an oven. the crust contains the perfect amount of thinness, and the slice sizes lend themselves to one-hand devouring.

as if we hadn’t eaten enough, our next stop brought us to one of the more infamous soprano landmarks – holsten’s brookdale confectionery in bloomfield. garden state residents knew the diner for it’s chocolate cake, not it’s onion rings – until this past summer.

yes, the diner that meadow couldn’t quite park in front of, and tony didn’t quite get wacked in, really does exist. patrice and i avoided the spots in front and parked around the corner, walking inside without the anxiety that we held while watching cast members and extras enter during that last episode.

THE booth was already inhabited by a couple of regular patrons, so we settled on a spot directly across, two rows to the right. as if we needed a menu? an order of onion rings went to the back, and we waited while checking out the surroundings with our wide eyes.

i can safely say that until the food reached our table, the only impressive trait of the diner was the intangible – that the final scene of the sopranos was filmed there. take that away, and there’s no way i would’ve driven a half hour for breaded circles of a vegetable that i despise.

the onion rings were satisfying, as were the milkshakes we ordered for no other reason than we were craving milkshakes. after paying the bill we spoke with the owner, who says that he still gets sopranos tours coming through the diner atleast twice a week – the busses stopped daily during the week between christmas and new years. in the interest of the people waiting behind us to pay and leave, we said our goodbyes and headed to the final desitination of this impromtu trek across sopranos-friendly real estate.

come to find out, one of patrice’s friends in cedar grove knows the exact location of the house that “tony soprano” called home. joey, patrice, and i sped up this mountain and cedar grove, passing the houses of wendy williams, wyclef jean, and goodness knows who else on the way. finally we arrived, that all-to-familiar winding driveway, the house perched up above lots of green, and the endless woods that tony scampered through while attempting to evade the feds at the end of season five.

of course i snapped a few pictures. i wish i had brought the new white robe the gf gave me for christmas, along with a copy of the star-ledger… i could’ve reenacted a scene very familiar to sopranos fans – tony waking up, throwing on the robe while half asleep, and stumbling down the drive in an effort to retrieve the paper.

the day of adventure had come to an end, so patrice and i retreated back to her house. i jumped back in my car and drove back to wilkes barre, where i would meet my lurver and commence the new year’s celebration.

nonetheless, i finally experienced jersey first hand, and it really isn’t as bad as one would think, or for that matter, as one would witness on television.
my last sign-off of the year inside the bht world headquarters came just before 3 in the afternoon on the 30th. after unplugging my headphones and scampering down the back steps, i hopped in my car and headed off to scenic stamford, ct to spend a night with the girlfriend. upopn arrival, i b-lined to the kitchen. three dishes of homemade sauce and pasta later, and i was 24 hours away from the new year.

my girlfriend is an early riser – she usually leaves for work around 8. many would be surprised, but there were no issues in waking up with her to leave. as she headed to the office, i drove to new jersey. with the day off, i decided it’d be an opportune time to visit my friend patrice in wayne. patrice and i worked endlessly on launching “msnbc on campus” at syracuse university. anywho, she received a couple new gadgets for christmas that i would help her become accustomed to. plus her dad promised homemade italian omlets.

after stuffing our faces and configuring the electronics, patrice and i set off north to partake in a little sightseeing – sopranos style. as you might know, i adore the sopranos. as you may not know, pretty much all of the scenes filmed throughout the series were on location at real-life jersey hotspots – or atleast as hot as one’s spot could become in the dirty jerz. we only had a few hours, but three key locations were only a half-hour away. off we went, digital cameras and appetites in hand.

first stop – pizzaland in north arlington. the pizzeria is shown in the opening credits for the show – only garnering a couple seconds of camera time. despite this, fans flock to the pizza shop on a weekly basis. the owner, al, informed me that to this day, he still ships pies across the globe to sopranos supporters. another interesting tidbit – the owner said that he shut down the store front for two days leading up to the finale, due to the volume of orders he received.

mama mia. after all of this though, the guy was nice enough to chat for a half hour and offer patrice and i slices on the house. we obliged and were delighted. the pizza is homemade, from the dough to the toppings, and cooked to perfection inside an oven. the crust contains the perfect amount of thinness, and the slice sizes lend themselves to one-hand devouring.

as if we hadn’t eaten enough, our next stop brought us to one of the more infamous soprano landmarks – holsten’s brookdale confectionery in bloomfield. garden state residents knew the diner for it’s chocolate cake, not it’s onion rings – until this past summer.

yes, the diner that meadow couldn’t quite park in front of, and tony didn’t quite get wacked in, really does exist. patrice and i avoided the spots in front and parked around the corner, walking inside without the anxiety that we held while watching cast members and extras enter during that last episode.

THE booth was already inhabited by a couple of regular patrons, so we settled on a spot directly across, two rows to the right. as if we needed a menu? an order of onion rings went to the back, and we waited while checking out the surroundings with our wide eyes.

i can safely say that until the food reached our table, the only impressive trait of the diner was the intangible – that the final scene of the sopranos was filmed there. take that away, and there’s no way i would’ve driven a half hour for breaded circles of a vegetable that i despise.

the onion rings were satisfying, as were the milkshakes we ordered for no other reason than we were craving milkshakes. after paying the bill we spoke with the owner, who says that he still gets sopranos tours coming through the diner atleast twice a week – the busses stopped daily during the week between christmas and new years. in the interest of the people waiting behind us to pay and leave, we said our goodbyes and headed to the final desitination of this impromtu trek across sopranos-friendly real estate.

come to find out, one of patrice’s friends in cedar grove knows the exact location of the house that “tony soprano” called home. joey, patrice, and i sped up this mountain and cedar grove, passing the houses of wendy williams, wyclef jean, and goodness knows who else on the way. finally we arrived, that all-to-familiar winding driveway, the house perched up above lots of green, and the endless woods that tony scampered through while attempting to evade the feds at the end of season five.

of course i snapped a few pictures. i wish i had brought the new white robe the gf gave me for christmas, along with a copy of the star-ledger… i could’ve reenacted a scene very familiar to sopranos fans – tony waking up, throwing on the robe while half asleep, and stumbling down the drive in an effort to retrieve the paper.

the day of adventure had come to an end, so patrice and i retreated back to her house. i jumped back in my car and drove back to wilkes barre, where i would meet my lurver and commence the new year’s celebration.

nonetheless, i finally experienced jersey first hand, and it really isn’t as bad as one would think, or for that matter, as one would witness on television.