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As the great philosopher Michael Gary Scott once stated, “Ain’t no party, like a Scranton party.”

And with that, let me tell you about my whirlwind weekend in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

I’ve had the honor of hosting a radio show on WBHT-FM for almost 10 years now. It was my first gig out of high school. And it let my career to places I never could have imagined (especially starting in Scranton, Pennsylvania). And last weekend, a new era of the station launched with its rebrand as “97.1/95.7 BHT” – a new name to reflect the 95.7 WBHD simulcast that covers the northern part of the market.

Straight off an all-nighter, I hopped aboard an 8:30 am bus out of Port Authority that didn’t get in to downtown Wilkes Barre until noon. I grabbed a venti Starbucks, headed to my hotel and grabbed a quick mile run on a treadmill. A hair, makeup and wardrobe change later I was out the door to my next stop: the radio station. I had to meet some new staffers, see a few familiar faces and prep for my return to WBRE-TV’s “PA Live.”

For years I checked in to the NBC affiliate’s lifestyle show with “The Ralphie Report,” a weekly recap of entertainment stories I was covering. It had been a while since I was on the show but the crew welcomed me back with open arms. I talked about the upcoming rebrand and promoted the big party later in the evening at The Woodlands.

The party lasted well in to the night, but I had to keep the train on the rails: a busy Saturday awaited me. In the span of a day I made four different stops, including PNC Field where I threw out the first pitch for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game.


We ended the work day at La Tolteca, a Mexican restaurant that satisfied my Cinco de Mayo (Seis?) guac and marg cravings.

Following a quick visit to Mohegan Sun Pocono, I retired back to my room. Thankfully Sunday was a bit chiller: brunch, a bus back to the city and a nice 5.6 mile run in Central Park as the sun set on yet another eventful weekend.

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I certainly didn’t need another confirmation, but that Michael Scott sure hit the nail on the head.

I co-hosted “PA Live” on WBRE with Monica Madeja on Tuesday, August 21. We highlighted a celebrity cookbook that is benefiting a great cause, tried out “The Original Toothpaste Dispenser,” and I broke the news to Scranton that “The Office” is entering its last season.




What more can you say about this video besides well done? Loved that GaGa tweeted it out to her followers as well, that certainly legitimizes the piece.

How ironic given that last summer, Lil Wayne kicked off his “America’s Most Wanted Music Festival” in right here in NEPA at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Anyways, enjoy (NOTE: NOT CLEAN VERSION!).

Big thanks to my homie DJ Woogie for putting me up on this.



Thanks to Rodano’s in Public Square, Wilkes-Barre for providing free food!

Powered by Rodano’s, Columbia Records & 97 BHT!

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Good news for Dunder-Mifflin employee “Daryl” came via a judge in Los Angeles. TMZ’s Leslie Harris explains how Robinson may be rewarded for his work – and it doesn’t involve a pat on the back from Michael Scott (although I’m sure he’d be proud).


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

From TMZ:

“Craig Robinson, one of the stars of “The Office,” got a gold star today from the judge in his drug case. The headline — his felony drug conviction will be dismissed.

Robinson was busted in 2008. Cops say he had meth and ecstasy in his car and coke in his system. His lawyer, Blair Berk, says he was busted for driving “while large and Black.”

The judge today was impressed Robinson completed his drug ed class, so the felony charge will be dismissed next February.”

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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.


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One of my favorite parts of The Office on Super Bowl Sunday (FF to 5:45)…

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TMZ Cameras caught up with the stars of The Office at the SAG awards. Leslie tells Ralphie that the Dunder Mifflin employees may have gained a few new fans with their kindness!


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


The following will appear in The Weekender, a weekly arts and entertainment publication in NEPA with a circulation of over 175,000.

Rod Stewart watches “The Office.”

TMZ caught the “Forever Young” singer outside a restaurant in Los Angeles with his wife, model Penny Lancaster. When Stewart’s spouse went to snag the car, he told her, “Pull it out just a little bit.”

Then Stewart quickly added, “That’s what she said.”

“It’s pretty cool that we got (on camera) Rod Stewart,” TMZ’s Leslie Harris told me on The Ralphie Radio Show. “But he did his own joke! It was awesome.”

Usually when TMZ cameras are rolling, the joke is on the celebrity. But this time, the subject provided the laughter, without any bait.

Maybe it makes a little bit of sense considering Stewart is usually regarded in a class of his own. Both Elton John and James Brown have referred to him as the best “white soul singer” alive.

BARACK-BERRY TO STAY

Last week you read in this column about the new barrier that President Barack Obama attempted to break down: the first President to e-mail in the Oval Office.

Well, it looks like President Obama will officially become wired.

The Associated Press reported last week that the Secret Service and White House lawyers will allow Mr. Obama to keep his BlackBerry. He will use the device to keep in touch with family, close friends, and staff members.

“Anything Obama’s thumbs tap out into the ether is of historical value,” said one presidential historian to The AP.

No media outlet has yet to report on if the President uses BlackBerry Messenger, or what is PIN is.

NEW MUSIC ABUNDANT

A number of previously-unreleased songs and demos by A-List artists leaked on The Ralphie Radio Show within the past 7 days.

Last week, a new track from The Black Eyed Peas emerged. The hip-hop quartet hasn’t released an LP since 2005’s Monkey Business. Lead emcee will.i.am. told Billboard that he finished recording The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) last October. The album is due out sometime this year. “Rockin Tha Beatz” is an uptempo, synth-heavy club banger, laced with an auto-tuned Will on vocals.

Also on the Internet is a demo of a track called, “Hologram.” The beat is a Dr. Dre production, and Chris Brown guests on the track. The Backstreet Boys purchased the song. It’s the first single from the band’s new effort – which hits shelves this spring.

Finally, a new Lil Wayne song hit the net Monday. Weezy gets his ‘Yeezy on, singing with autotune on “Prom Queen.” The track is from the rapper’s rock album, to be released this April.

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