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So, in addition to my column, there’s a full page about me in the latest edition of The Weekender. I wish they would’ve published my response though to the question “(What is your) claim to fame?” I simply replied, “Nope.”

I caved and signed up for Tumblr – probably my most personal endeavor yet on the Interwebs. Click here for the fun and for more lovely pictures like the one below, haha.

Baby, I’d catch a grenade for ya.

I feel like I’ve been talking, Facebooking, and Tweeting about this a lot. But, if you still haven’t heard – last weekend I was honored to serve as one of six judges for the Miss Connecticut USA 2012 pageant in Farmington, CT. I’ll also be judging Miss Pennsylvania USA, set for this December in Pittsburgh. The competition serves as one of the state qualifiers for the Miss USA pageant, which will be televised nationally next summer on NBC. The venture is a co-op between NBC Universal and Donald J. Trump. Of course, Miss USA then goes on to compete for the title of Miss Universe.

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After winning Miss Connecticut USA on what was her last year of eligibility, Marie-Lynn Piscitelli called in to my show on Q105 in New London, CT to talk about her journey to the crown and what she does besides pageants: Piscitelli owns two businesses along with a Masters in Taxation!

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I chatted about the season premiere of “The X-Factor” and Demi Lovato’s new album, Unbroken.

I will appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, the topics included the break-up of Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas, along with the announcement that I will be judging this year’s Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant. I’ll also serve as a judge for the Miss Connecticut USA competition.

I will appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.

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If you missed the news, I announced Thrusday evening on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that I will be judging both the Miss Connecticut USA and Miss Pennsylvania USA pageants. This is my first real venture in to the pageant world… once my parents enterted me in Lewiston, NY’s “Peach Festival” when I was about 4 years old. I cried on the stage, didn’t win… hot mess. Anyways, I’m excited to be working with this joint venture between NBC Universal and Donald Trump – the state competitions feed to Miss USA, which then determine who will compete for Miss Universe.

In Rhode Island this weekend, a new Miss Rhode Island will be crowned. The outgoing crown holder, Kate McCaughey, called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to offer some tips on what type of questions I should ask potential winners.

The Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant is set for December 2-4 in Pittsburgh. Last year, Wilkes-Barre’s Kerry Hogan took home “Miss Congeniality.”

Everyone has a different method for coping with tragedy. Some pray, some rest, others show a range of emotions.

For the most part, I usually turn to some type of work for dealing with the negative. My thought is that taking negative energy and creating something positive with it is a win-win situation. You’ve coped with the issue while still accomplishing something good.

As an acne-faced junior at Niagara Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Niagara Falls, NY, I watched in disbelief on September 11, 2001 as the second plane hit World Trade Center II. I was in social studies class at the time, and thankfully despite the order from school officials, Mrs. Bryk turned on the TV so her class could see what was going on.

When I went home, I was glued to Peter Jennings on ABC News. I was also well-versed in TV PCI Cards – a piece of technology that allows you to hook cable in to your computer for viewing and/or recording. I was capturing bits and pieces of press conferences and footage, eventually editing it all down and producing two separate pieces on the event – basically montages of video from the day.

A year later, as a senior and Student Council President, I wanted to put together a piece more moving. I taught myself Adobe Premiere and produced the following. We showed it school-wide on the one-year anniversary of the attacks, and after I signed up for a YouTube channel in college, I thought it might be a good idea to upload it.

Since my days at Niagara Catholic, I have continued to use Adobe Premiere. Everything you’ve watched from me since was edited using the software.

There are far more inspiring, profound stories of courage after the attacks of 9/11. But for me, the attacks inspired me to push my boundaries further and create more. After all, as we’ve been reminded time and time again, life is short.

Thanks in large part to a slew of media outlets embedding the clip, my Selena Gomez interview clip posted last night is close to reaching 2,000 views in less than 24 hours.

Big thanks to FanLaLa for embedding the clip.

oceanUP has shown love to my interviews on a number of occasions, thank you!

Also Citadel Media sent out my video and article to all of our pop stations’ websites. Very nice!

The full interview airs and will be uploaded Monday evening.

First, an update on Gavin DeGraw from our friends at ABC News Radio:

Following the attack that put him in the hospital over the weekend, Gavin DeGraw will be missing a total of three concerts on his current tour with Train and Maroon 5. It’s no surprise that he won’t be able to make Tuesday night’s show in Saratoga Springs, NY, but Gavin has also scrapped appearances in Wantagh, NY on August 12 and Mansfield, MA on August 13.
As previously reported, after being attacked by a group of assailants on Sunday night, Gavin is suffering from a concussion, broken nose, black eyes and cuts and bruises. On Tuesday afternoon, he was discharged from New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, and evidently isn’t quite sure exactly what happened to him. On Tuesday, he tweeted, “Honestly, I don’t remember much [about the attack]. I only know I can recover from here.” He added, “Thank u all for your genuine concern. I love u guys.”

Again, I wish DeGraw nothing but a full and speedy recovery. In addition to those shows, other fan and radio commitments along with Wednesday’s scheduled appearance on “Live! with Regis and Kelly” have been postponed.

After I finished chatting with DeGraw on Saturday, his guitarist hopped on to the tour bus armed with a uStream-enabled iPhone so that DeGraw could conduct his weekly check-in with the video streaming site. Yours truly makes a cameo 1:50 in…


Thank you to radio industry rag All Access for covering my interview with DeGraw. Check out the article here.