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It isn’t hard to remember where I was when Sandy hit our area a year ago. Only a few weeks in to my new gig at 95.5 PLJ, I broadcasted my show that Monday night as the storm ravaged New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. I’ll never forget looking out our studio windows throughout the course of the evening to see Manhattan become darker and darker as parts of the borough lost power. The sound of the wind hitting the building and metal scraps and trash bouncing off the concrete below are still very clear in my mind.

The weeks after were chaotic. Families trying to not only figure out what they lost, but how they would get it back. Communities figuring out what was appropriate in the aftermath of the devastation and what could wait – whether it be a marathon, Halloween, a sporting event, or other activity. Government leaders placing politics aside and actually unifying for once to help the people that they were elected to serve in the first place.

From a music perspective, the first thing that always comes to mind is the band fun. The trio is based in New York; Jack Antonoff and his family were living in New Jersey at the time. I caught up with them after an unforgettable rendition of “Carry On” on “Saturday Night Live” and asked them about not just the performance, but the feat of returning to New York for the gig.

“We flew to Atlanta, where our bus happened to be driving through to pick us up for tour anyways,” recalled lead singer Nate Ruess on “The Ralphie Show” last year. “We spent 19 hours on the road, and by the time we got in to New York, ‘Sandy’ had happened that night, so we kind of saw the devastation thereafter.”

On Tuesday night, as we marked the one-year anniversary of the storm on-air, a nurse called in while driving to work. Exactly one year ago, she was at that same job helping patients evacuate from NYU Langone Medical Center.

So many have already given so much to help these areas rebuild, yet there is still more to be done. Find out how you can assist in the recovery here.

I had a lot of fun joining Buffalo’s the CW 23 to recap some of the big music headlines from 2012 on “Winging It!”

I joined HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell to chat about Chris Brown and Rihanna’s public appearance courtside at the Lakers game on Christmas Day. It was the couple’s first outing together since Brown’s 2009 assault of the singer.

While I was back in Western New York for Christmas, I was honored to join the CW 23’s “Winging It!” and explain why my interview with Ke$ha made international headlines.

I also chatted about Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, becoming the first American in 15 years to win Miss Universe.

As first reported by “The Ralphie Show,” Ke$ha contradicted herself on Twitter when she claimed that she was “forced” to sing the lyrics of “Die Young.” The singer/songwriter took most of the credit for writing the song in an interview last month while in studio to promote her new album.


Last Thursday, the artist may have been forced to do something else: issue a statement explaining herself. The day after her now-deleted tweet, TMZ ran a story with a clip of Ke$ha’s interview from “The Ralphie Show.” The story was subsequently picked up by Perez Hilton, the UK’s Daily Mail, Newsday, and hundreds of other outlets across the world.

On her official website, the singer clarified her comments.

“After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young,” she wrote. “Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase “die young” in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.”

What a week.

Last Wednesday, Cumulus Media officially announced that my show and I were relocating to New York. My new flagship station is 95.5 PLJ, where my show airs live every weeknight from 7 to 10 pm to millions of people throughout the Tri-State area. “The Ralphie Show” still airs on 97 BHT in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA, 92 PRO-FM in Providence, RI, and Q105 in New London, CT during its normal timeslots.

I’ve already welcomed Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on to the show. Adam Levine and Chris Daughtry join me before week’s end. A big guest is planned for Monday and Carly Rae Jepsen will call me, really, next Wednesday.

After a tumultuous search – yes, I think that is a fitting adjective for Manhattan apartment hunting – I “lucked out” (because that’s the cool thing to say) and found a cozy one bedroom in an amazing neighborhood. I’ve always dreamt of New York – working here, playing here, living here… and now I get my wish. To say I’m looking forward to living out my dreams would be a gross understatement. I’m ecstatic, and I feel blessed that I have this opportunity.

As I’ve mentioned a couple times in the trade publications (which naturally I’ll link to at the end of this article), I’d like to thank the Dickey family and Jan Jeffries for offering me the biggest break of my career. Jan isn’t simply delivering a company line when he says that Cumulus Media likes to recognize talent and promote from within, and I’m glad that I can serve as another example of that.

Again, I’m appreciative for my family, friends, and co-workers throughout the years. I’d like to give a special shout out to every program director that helped me grow as both an air talent and a person.

Trust me, I’m counting my blessings and as far as I’m concerned, we’re just getting started…

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For those who are unaware, I was a judge in October for Miss Connecticut USA 2012 and in December for Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, the state qualifiers for the Miss USA pageant. Below is my official statement regarding the resignation of Sheena Monnin.

I can’t speak for Miss USA or Miss Universe, but on a state level – the process was fair, organized, and objective. Pageant Associates, the producer of a handful of state qualifiers for Miss USA including Miss Pennsylvania USA, runs a well-oiled operation that leaves zero room for any type of unfair result, accidental or not.

Ms. Monnin’s resignation surprises me for a plethora of reasons. First of all – she’s been in pageantry for over eight years and this was her third attempt at the Miss PA USA crown. I find it hard to believe that any part of this process can surprise her at this point. Second – Ms. Monnin still could have done a lot of good this upcoming year as Miss Pennsylvania USA with charities and non-for-profit organizations. If anything isn’t fair, it is the way in which she has attempted, intentionally or not, to steal the spotlight from Olivia Culpo and how she has stolen the Keystone State’s crown from a number of other well-deserving candidates.

For media inquiries, please contact Mark Goldman. Below is the Miss Universe Organization’s official statement:

The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania titleholder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant. In an email to state pageant organizers (below), she cited the Miss Universe Organizations’ policy regarding transgendered contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation. Today she has changed her story by publicly making false accusations claiming that the pageant was fixed, however the contestant she privately sourced as her reference has vehemently refuted her most recent claim.

We are disappointed that she would attempt to steal the spotlight form Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win.

Date: June 4, 2012 7:25:59 AM PDT
Subject: Resignation

I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012. I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer.

I hereby return the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012.

Coming back from break, Fox News ran a video clip that I recorded of Bobby Brown. The piece was taped at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday February 18, 2012, before Brown and New Edition performed their last song of the evening.

Earlier in the day, Brown attempted to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral in Newark, NJ.

In the first report I’ve ever filed for MTV News, I recapped New Edition’s show and reaction to it on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

The show took place hours after Whitney Houston’s funeral service in Newark, NJ. Click here to read the full article.

Early Thursday morning I’m back at my apartment. My usual routine involves sitting at my work station, blogging content from that night’s show and working on new material for the following evening. More times than not I’ll have my TV on in the background. Usually I just let SportsCenter loop over and over, but the other morning I turned on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” I remember years ago sitting in my old studio apartment and watching Fallon’s first episode. It has been really fun to see his evolution as a host, and the “Saturday Night Live” alum is one of my favorite’s to watch on TV now. Anyways, Fallon was interviewing Vanessa Hudgens, of High School Musical fame. He asks the actress what she is currently listening to, and they exchange a few bands before she says this:

I began to laugh because I think “Rack City” is one of those so-bad-it’s-amazing tracks. Plus I find it hilarious that a former Disney star is talking about “throwin hundids” on late night television. However, I was a little shocked that Fallon’s house band, The Roots, didn’t take full advantage of this opportunity to belt in to Tyga’s song. So, Isent a tweet over to drummer Questlove.

What do you know, he responds. And my initial reaction was justified.

Questo is one of those guys that you never hear a bad thing about in media circles. I interviewed him the day “Late Night” premiered, and you can still download that interview here.