Oooh! A new Tom Scharpling compilation cd is being released…
from the site:
Culled from broadcasts of THE BEST SHOW ON WFMU (91.1 FM Jersey City, NJ), CHAIN FIGHTS, BEER BUSTS AND SERVICE WITH A GRIN shows BEST SHOW host Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster –the man on the other end of the phone for these “interviews”– at their outrageous best.
1. The Music Scholar
A simple call from a listener chastising Tom for playing a Rolling Stones record leads to a fascinating peek inside the mind of “the coolest guy ever.” Charles R. Martin saw the Beatles at age six, the Stooges at ten, attended the legendary 1973 Rock Writer’s Conference in Memphis at age 15, moved to NYC in ’74 to bask in the CBGB/Max’s scene, and became a much-feared record store proprietor in the early ’80s. He eventually tired of rock, choosing to listen to soundless ‘air mixes’ for the next decade. A chance encounter with modern rock radio has given him a new lease on life.
2. The Gorch
Tom interviews 63-year-old greaser Roland “The Gorch” Gorchnick about his new book The Real-Life Fonzie’s Guide To Real-Life. Listen in as the Gorch gives the behind-the-scenes stories of how he inspired the show Happy Days, reminisces about life with his old gang the Deacons in 1950′s-era York, PA (“We beat up a baseball game once”) and dispenses the kind of advice that only a man who was once voted “America’s Most Violent Hoodlum” can (“Women love to get yelled at”).
3. Mike Healy (Part One)
An offhand comment about pregnancies lands Tom in hot water with caller Healy who can best be described as “the least-forgiving man on planet Earth.”
1. Citizens For A True Democracy
Maurice Kern, CEO of Kern Pharmaceuticals and chairman of Citizens For A True Democracy, enlightens Tom and his listeners on such diverse topics as the 2000 election disaster, how to deal with protesters, capital punishment, cocaine and the fact that his friend President Bush is out to help everybody, “even those of us who earn in the octuple digit area.”
2. Radio Hut
Tom gets saddled with a call from a desperate electronics salesman who tries his best to mail him the latest Radio Hut catalog. The salesman, Jeff Cooper, then pushes such “high quality merchandise” from Radio Hut’s POT-80 (“pride of the eighties”) line as the Porta-Ghetto and Jukebox Fever.
3. Mike Healy (Part Two)
The Scharpling/Healy confrontation heats up and takes a very distressing turn.