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May 28th, 2020    

Pop Goes The Classics - Dumbo

On the fourth installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series going through the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton & Mirandia Berthold look at 1941’s Dumbo. They discuss the many aspects of the film including the focus on the animals and not the humans; elephant cliques; the themes of overcoming adversity, treating others fairly and unconditional love; the trippy Pink Elephants On Parade sequence; the feel-good happy ending and of course, the classic theme park attraction that is based on it.

May 26th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Chad Hermansen

The latest Diamond Conversations features 1995 First Round Draft Pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, former MLB Outfielder, Chad Hermansen. Chad is currently an Area Scout with the Los Angeles Angels and a Mental Skills Performance Coach based out of Las Vegas. In the interview, he reminisces about his career, the stacked 1995 MLB draft, career firsts, his Mental Edge Training program and interview series featured on his YouTube channel.  

May 25th, 2020    

The James Bond Legacy Part 4: Pierce Brosnan

Pop Goes the Classics continues its series on the James Bond Legacy with the Bond of the 90's, Pierce Brosnan. We discuss his "almost" shot at Bond in 1986, the death of Cubby Broccoli, bad casting but great acting. Join Scott Criscuolo & Rob "Tek" Piontek as they continue the odyssey that's Bond...James Bond.

May 23rd, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #6 - Ready To Rumble

In a "special isolation edition" episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Shawn Kidd, Eric Eells & James Gruenberg to do a live watch of the 2000 comedy, Ready To Rumble. The guys discuss dead wrestlers; ass fingers; stunt doubles; food safety issues; WCW security; Scott Can & David Arquette’s filmographies; computer hacking; personal appearance fees; The Nitro Girls; wrestling show after parties; Buetterfingers & stupid dreams. So, wanna wrestle?

May 22nd, 2020    

Sunday Groove #25: Current Spins/Quarantunes

Welcome to The Sunday Groove! In this episode, host David Sunday discusses a music topic with guest and close friend Greg Phillips from the Hard Traveling Fanboys. The guys talk about the awesome music that is currently entertaining and keeping them sane. Enjoy! Follow David @SundayGroovePTB on Twitter

May 21st, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #24- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective with Logan Crosland

In the twenty-fourth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Logan Crosland (Chicken Salad) to do a live watch of the 1994 comedy, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The guys discuss careless delivery men; doggie gibberish; Joe Robbie Stadium security; high fiber; Binx The Monkey; sports superstitions; pagers; Tone Loc’s filmography; the greatness of the name Raynor Scheine; The Love Boat; men’s room etiquette; fear of heights; Isotoner Gloves & tuck jobs.  So remember, that’s none of your damn business and I’ll thank you to stay out of my personal affairs, do NOT go in there and if I’m not back in five minutes…just wait longer!

May 20th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episodes #57-59): “The Duck Factory,” “Second Chance/Boys Will Be Boys” & Wilkins Coffee commercials

Alert St. Peter because this week we've got another trilogy of topics for Mike, Chico and Greg to talk about on It Was A Thing on TV.
First, a sitcom with Jim Carrey!  It can't fail...can it?  (Isn't that why we're here?)  The Duck Factory was a comedy about the animation industry with very few animations, a young not-so irreverent Jim Carrey, and an established cast of characters.  What went wrong?
Next, Second Chance (1987) had a different premise but was low-rated and given a second chance.  It was stripped of its premise and turned into an average teenage boy sitcom called Boys Will Be Boys.  After 12 episodes of this retooled show, it was cancelled and not given a third chance.
Finally, brew up some coffee and enjoy this look at Jim Henson ads from the late 50s and early 60s.  The commercials were to-the-point and were effective.  Sixty years later, they are a blast to watch.
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May 18th, 2020    

The James Bond Legacy Part 3: Roger Moore

Join Scott Criscuolo & Rob "Tek" Piontek for the next chapter in the James Bond Franchise, the late Sir Roger Moore. We go through his 12 year, 7 film odyssey with bank buyouts, golden bullets and space shuttles. So sit back and enjoy the continuing story of the UK's top spy!

May 15th, 2020    

The Year In Pop: 1982

In the eleventh episode of The Year In Pop, co-hosts Andy Atherton and Scott Criscuolo are joined by J Arsenio D’Amato and George Ribellino to discuss all of the goings on in the news, sports, TV, music and movies for the year 1982. The guys talk in depth about the debut of Late Night With David Letterman; the passing of John Belushi; The “Suds Series”, “The Catch”; The A-Team; Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album; Rocky III & E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

May 13th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episodes #54-56): “Mr. Ed,” “Lookwell” & “Poochinski”

On this week's tripleheader on It Was A Thing on TV, Mike, Chico and Greg wrap up their series on unsold pilots with a legendary unsold pilot and two amazingly bad ones. (Hey 1-for-3 is sometimes considered a good day at the plate).
First, the gang looks at the unsold 2004 reboot pilot of Mr. Ed. This is exhibit A on why classic shows should not be rebooted.  Mr. Ed was piloted in 2004 for FOX but like almost anything on FOX, this show had an edgy FOX twist.  Also, the computer graphics in this show were horrible, even for 2004.  You can see this pilot at
Next, Considered by some to be the best show which never made it to TV, Lookwell is a brilliant cop show spoof done by Lorne Michaels, Robert Smigel, and a young Conan O'Brien.  You can view this pilot at
Finally, for now, we wrap up our look at pilots with a very bizarre one from 1990, where a dead cop's soul enters the body of a bulldog.  Poochinski is a weird pilot you have to see at least once.  You can view the complete pilot at
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May 12th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Bill Madlock

Diamond Conversations welcomes in this week a 3-Time MLB All-Star (1975, 1981, 1983), World Series champion (1979) & 4-Time NL batting champion (1975, 1976, 1981, 1983), Pittsburgh Pirate legend the "Mad Dog" Bill Madlock. The "Mad Dog" discusses life during the pandemic, the preparation baseball players may have to expect with a shortened 2020 season and some of the All-Time great HOF pitchers he had success against during his career. You can follow Bill Madlock on Twitter: @MadlockBill. 

May 11th, 2020    

The James Bond Legacy Part 2: The Others

In Part 2 of this special Pop Goes the Classics series on the James Bond Legacy, Scott Criscuolo & Rob "Tek" Piontek discuss the other men that were James Bond besides the "Big 4". They talk about replacing both Sean Connery and Roger Moore and the impact it had on the franchise and the actors' legacies. So sit back have a martini and enjoy the second chapter of the journey!

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May 8th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #1: The Matrix

On the inaugural episode of Piece of the Action, host Matt Souza welcomes guest Jennifer Smith to watch the 1999 classic The Matrix. Listen as Matt and Jenny talk about Keanu Reeves, the color green, jacking in, red pills, blue pills, soul patches, Morpheus monologues, and so much more on the debut edition of Piece of the Action! 

May 7th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #23: The Goonies with Peter Winson

In the twenty-third episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Peter Winson (Greetings From Allentown) to do a live watch of the 1985 action-adventure comedy, The Goonies. The guys discuss the best fonts; Canadian tuxedos; Oregon Foreclosure Law; units of measurement; poor counterfeiting; booby traps; Mama Fratelli’s motherly love; ice cream flavors; The Spielberg-verse; Jake Fratelli’s hazard pay; Andy’s best of seven series with the bone piano; water slide rules; the best places to hide jewels on your person & International Maritime Salvage Laws.  So remember, Goonies never say die!


May 6th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #51-53): “The High Court with Doug Benson,” “Infiltrator” and “Where’s Rodney?”

This week on It Was A Thing on TV, Mike, Chico and Greg are going to the ...... high court.
First, we present you with submission #420.  The High Court with Doug Benson was like any other court show with a marijuana twist.  Blink and you missed it because it went up in smoke fast.
Next, we return to our ongoing series on unsold pilots. Infiltrator is a sci-fi show not unlike previous installment Automan.  A pre-Quantum Leap Scott Bakula is merged with a probe to become Infiltrator. Oh boy.
Finally, we look at the NBC entry from 1990, Where's Rodney?, where Rodney Dangerfield plays a confused teenager's confidant.  You can see this pilot with commercials at
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