Archives For Times Square

Last weekend was of the long variety for me; with an abundance of vacation to use before the end of the year, it won’t be the final time that happens in 2016 either.

It was also the last weekend before I began one of the craziest but also most enjoyable stretches of my year: flying to Los Angeles to cover the “American Music Awards” and then back to New York for the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” So I knew that over the course of the three days I needed to find time to rest, run a few errands and work out.


While completing all of the above, I also decided to try something new on Friday night: I got a massage. My buddy Nick is a former massage therapist, so I called him for some advice on where to go and what to look for price-wise. I ended up choosing the performance massage at my local Equinox, which was the perfect way to wind-down from a day that included a 5.6 mile run.


On Saturday I got another run in before hopping aboard NJ Transit to pay Newark a visit. My Sabres were in town to play the Devils and even though I’ve adopted the Devils as my local team (I mean c’mon, they gave me a jersey with my name on it!), I had to show up to support the blue and gold. Yes, New Jersey won but me along with my colleague Dan and his son Justin had a great time at the game. Our seats weren’t too shabby either. Big thanks as always to Kerry and the Prudential Center for having us!

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The weekend wrapped with, you guessed it, another run – followed by a Football Sunday and a trip to H&M to pick-up a few last-second items for the trip west. It was a very productive weekend, which was perfect, because I had a very busy week waiting for me.

Our last guest of 2015 was the lovely Miss America, Betty Cantrell. I was in Atlantic City the night Betty was crowned, and she was nice enough to stop by and visit us just a few days after the pageant. In her dressing room at the Good Morning America building in Times Square, we chatted about some of the celebrities she has met so far and Steve Harvey’s mess-up on stage at Miss Universe (which by the way, is a different organization than Miss America).
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I was live in Times Square for New Year’s Eve on 95.5 PLJ. In addition to counting down in to 2016, I chatted with Charlie Puth, Miss America and George Zimmer. Check out some of the sights and sounds below!



CeeLo Green spent a little over a year out of the spotlight and hasn’t released new music in almost five (save his 2012 Christmas LP). The last year was controversial at best: Green was sentenced to three years probation following a no contest plea after authorities charged him with supplying ecstasy to a woman. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office brought that case to court after dropping sexual battery charges, citing insufficient evidence.

The last public report on Green’s probation came in May, and it was completely positive. Green, nee Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, complied with all conditions and a judge relieved the singer of having to attend any further court hearings. It seems the experiences of his past year have affected him, but not necessarily changed the former “Voice” coach.

“I’ve endured quite a bit, and I’ve experienced quite a bit,” Green told me as we chatted for a few minutes about his forthcoming album, Heart Blanche, due out November 13. “I’m at the time of my life where, I just felt like more mature music needs to co-exist. It’s definitely from the same signature soul perspective of CeeLo Green and even more introspective and reflective, but still enjoyable and entertaining.”
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I followed up by asking if he is reflecting on the past year in these songs; he confirmed that and elaborated.

“It’s a culmination of that (and) just a desire to kind of get back in and contribute again,” Green responded. “You just feel like you’re being idle.”

But while the “Forget You” artist probably wasn’t moving at the pace he had grown accustomed to, he was far from idle. Green recorded his new LP while fulfilling community service requirements with Volunteers of America, working with homeless veterans. And his therapist said that anytime Green was asked about his upcoming project, he exhibited a “genuine humbleness.”

The same could be said during our chat, which was the second time I have interviewed Green.

“You ever heard the term, ‘carte blanche’?” he asked after I inquired about the new album’s title. “It means, ‘one who has the ability to act as he wishes, behave, create.’ You know what I’m saying?

Heart Blanche; music being a matter of the heart.”

An early call time in Times Square is a little easier to wake up for when you’re interviewing Miss America and contestants vying for the 2016 crown. “Ralphie Tonight” spoke with Kira Kazantsev and a few women that hope to follow in her footsteps after they appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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The 2016 Miss America Competition airs on Sunday September 13 at 9/8c on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

“Ralphie Tonight” rang in the new year with a million of our closest friends from Times Square live on New York’s 95.5 PLJ.

A few guests stopped by to chat during the show as well, including Florida Georgia Line, the cast of “Aladdin” The Musical, Magic! and Kat Graham.

A comeback tour has to start somewhere, and for 98 Degrees that place was Hershey, PA. The performance at the inaugural “Mixtape Festival” went so well that the guys decided to hop back in the studio and jump on the road with New Kids on The Block and Boyz II Men. The tour sold better than expected, so it looks like this might not be the last curtain call for the Ohio-born quartet.

“I think we’ll probably take a break, and then regroup and go back out,” Drew Lachey told “The Ralphie Show” of the band’s plans post-Package Tour. “(We’ll) see what’s up tour-wise or head back in the studio. One way or another, we’ll be doing something together.”

The band released its first studio album in 13 years, 2.0, in May. “The Package Tour” runs through August.

The Starz original series “Magic City” held a 50’s Miami-themed fashion show in Times Square Wednesday. The season two premiere airs this Friday. Golden Globe-nominated actor Danny Huston talked with “The Ralphie Show” about the event and America’s obsession with “retro.”