040. Bobblehead Chris Decapitated

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On this week’s show, Chris discusses the tragic decapitation of Bobblehead Chris.  We replay a major error that was overlooked on episode 39.  Then we go into the way-back machine and dig up an old audio segment from an early Chris and Dave Smorgasbord broadcast where a caller performed the classic Dr. Seuss story, “Mr. Brown Can Moo“…and then we debut our own new version of the song!   Baba Gonesh presents another Indian Folk Tale, “The Heron and the Crab”.

‘News Balls’ with Jerry Malauskas:  What the 12 days of Christmas costs in 2010, a woman calls 911 to report her snowman was stolen, Lee Harvey Oswald’s original coffin is up for sale, a woman gives birth at a McDonald’s, and the sad passing of Prince Chunk the cat.   Finally, we play an exclusive track from the upcoming CD by Jordan Martyn, a recently featured New Artist of the Week and a new fan of the SmorgShow Podcast!

Featured Artist of the Week:  Annie Fitzgerald who is also celebrating a birthday today.

039. Thanksgiving Traditions

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Special Thanksgiving Episode:  Turkey Trivia, “Cookies and Milk with Granny Rose”: Granny Rose shares some of her favorite Thanksgiving Traditions; Baba Gonesh discusses how not to have a disastrous holiday; “News Balls”: First family to line up for Black Friday sales is found outside of Best Buy nine days prior to Black Friday; “Cooking with Judy”:  Judy shares turkey preparation tips and a special recipe for Cranberry Chutney.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Jordan Martyn

038. Outrageous 911 Calls

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It’s Baba Gonesh’s 68th birthday and we celebrate the special occasion with him live in the studio.  We also discuss the India holiday, Diwali as well as the new NBC sitcom “Outsourced”.   Another installment of “Emergency: 911” where we play a couple of outrageous 911 calls.   News Balls: A man is forced to eat his beard, a man is arrested for stealing sandwiches from Subway, a man tries to run over his girlfriend after she rejects his marriage proposal, and a Twitter threat to blow up an airport is taken seriously by British authorities.

Featured Artist of the Week : Jamie Lynn Noon

037. SmorgShow Spookfest ’10

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 SmorgShow SpookFest ’10: Chris and Ally share tips for Halloween pranks and provide history behind some well-known superstitions; Scary supernatural stories; Baba Gonesh presents another Indian Folk Tale, “The Wind and the Moon”; Halloween News Balls: Peet delivers a special Halloween dramatic reading, and Chris and Ally read several Halloween-related news stories; Phillip Donald performs.   This episode will give you chills.   Mature audiences suggested.

Featured Artist of the Week: Bryan Baker

036. Terror at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

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We are back in the basement studio again after a successful radon mitigation.  We talk about our plans for a new home studio.  We then debut a new feature this week called “Emergency!”, where we present outrageous 911 calls.   Baba Gonesh presents another Indian Folk Tale “The Golden Swan”, and News Balls:  Runaway crocodile blamed for plane crash, a woman drives around with a corpse on her front seat for 10 months, and a couple of fast-food restaurant attack stories.

Check out this video we talk about on the show about a woman who flips out at a McDonald’s drive-thru after being told they do not serve Chicken McNuggets at 6:30am.   There is no sound to this clip – the action begins at about 1:15 into the video:

Featured Artist of the Week:  Kim McClean

035. Grandma’s Ashes Sold at Yard Sale

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A show all about Chris as he celebrates his 44th birthday.   Baba calls in with “You know when you’re getting older when…” jokes.   Phillip Donald sings a special birthday song for Chris.  News Balls: A man’s mile-long trip through a sewer pipe, a man is charged with toilet paper assault, airborne toilet paper bombing explained, and a grandmother’s ashes are accidentally sold at a yard sale.

Featured Artist of the Week: Subplot A

034. Radon Gas Attack – Studio Evacuated!

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Those who have been following our show recall that we have been testing our home for radon gas.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  It’s a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of the elements in the soil and can get into homes through cracks in the basement foundation or other means.   The SmorgShow studio is located in our basement, so we decided to do a test back in September after someone advised us to do so.

Results from that test showed we tested slightly higher than the recommended maximum so we did a second test as a precaution.   The results of the second test just came back and showed we were at 3x the recommended level and therefore we must proceed with getting this problem fixed by a licensed radon mitigation contractor (what a cool title!).  Until that happens, we are moving our studio to another location.

So this week we bring you an abbreviated episode.   We have another exclusive performance by Phillip Donald, Baba Gonesh presents another Indian Folk Tale about “The Little Mice and the Big Elephants”, and News Balls: Older than 52?  Then you are probably grumpy, Hot Dog Heist: 10-foot weiner stand goes missing, and a man buys skeleton decorations for Halloween from a yard sale only to find the bones are real.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Tim Miller

033. Mystical Melinda Returns

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Ally discusses her weekend retreat, Mystical Melinda visits the SmorgShow studio, Baba Gonesh returns from India with another Indian Folk Tale about the Sparrow and the Elephant.  News Balls:  a very disturbing iPhone charger hits the market, an Arizona inmate ends up nearly naked after an attempted jail escape, 600 pounds of trout go mysteriously missing from a pond, and the winners of the Ig Nobel science awards are announced.

Featured Artist of the Week: Brian Keith Wallen

032. SmorgShow Family Feud

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This week, we bring you our very special version of Family Feud.  The SmorgShow Players go up against the staff of Baba’s Village Restaurant.  Then, an exclusive interview with former WDGC-FM General Manager, Fred Moore.   Chris and Ally catch up with Fred on the road during his local performance of his “Hootenanny” show.   And Jerry Malauskas makes his debut appearance on the SmorgShow Podcast in ‘News Balls’: stories include a new product out of China turns your iPod Touch into an iPhone, prison guards catch an inmate trying to sneak in with a cell phone hidden in his rear end, and a computer glitch produces a very strange E-Fit of a crime suspect.

E-Fits Gone Terribly Wrong
E-Fits Gone Terribly Wrong

To book Fred for your next event, check out his website: http://www.programsunlimited.org

031. Chris Takes Ally to Roger Waters Concert

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Chris and Ally discuss the upcoming visit to see former WDGC-FM General Manager Fred Moore, the results from the radon gas test are read, another installment of “Where’s Tisha?”,  Chris reads a review from the first Roger Waters “The Wall” concert on the tour and tries to get Ally syched about going to the Chicago show this week, the Chik-Fil-A Aurora grand opening, Chris announces the launch of his wife’s new weekly podcast “Blooming Beauties”, News Balls:  A Naperville, IL woman charged in a dog poop-infused meltdown, the development of an anti-aging ice cream, the 2 quadrillionth digit of pi is calculated, and a Craigslist robber is outsmarted by a Sherriff who was involved in the transaction.   Finally, Baba Gonesh calls in from his vacation in India where he is celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.  We learn all about Lord Ganesha and the story of how he got an elephant head and fell off his mouse vehicle.

Featured Artist of the Week : Manny

030. Geocaching Pig Roast and Picnic Recap

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Chris and Ally recap the Northern Illinois Annual Geocaching Pig Roast and Picnic.   With the grand opening of the first Chicagoland opening of Chik-Fil-A, Chris and Ally discuss the fast food restaurant’s unusual hiring practices, Philip Donald performs, Baba Gonesh Indian Folk Tales, News Balls: How much time and money is wasted by men who don’t ask for directions and a bizarre death for ELO cellist.   Finally, remembering the events of 9/11 on the 9th anniversary of the attacks.  The show closes with an audio montage of the events that day.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Annie Fitzgerald

029. Ally’s Tearoom Adventure

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Chris and Ally unveil their new iPhone show app and demonstrate the bonus feature functionality. Ally shares her tearoom adventure. Chris discusses the need to have the basement studio tested for radon gas after realizing that he spends almost all of his waking time there. Calls from the 312-95-SMORG hotline. Another installment of “Where’s Tisha?”. Baba Gonesh shares a joke. News Balls: A woman’s decomposed body found trapped in her boyfriend’s chimney, a dog gets sick for 3 months after swallowing 12 bras, and a man while waiting for a “ghost train”, gets killed by a real one. This show brought to you by Porky Puffs.

028. SmorgShow Theater: The Sisters

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The SmorgShow Players return to the stage this episode to present the 1944 old-time radio play, “The Sisters”.   Mystical Melinda calls in to warn us about the retrograde of the planet Mercury.  Baba Gonesh shares one of his favorite bed-time folk tales, and News Balls: Another possible explanation for the continued  high unemployment rate; a pig-wrestling match is canceled in Great Falls, Montana; a man is shot in the head but doesn’t notice until five years later, and the corpse of a woman hoarder is finally found beneath a pile of her belongings.

027. Chris Helps Technically-Challenged Mom

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Chris cooks up a pizza in the studio and kicks back after a long and trying week of technical challenges.  Chris discusses the saga with installing a new computer and wireless network for his mother.  Chris and Ally check in with Peet after shipping a new microphone to him.   They would like him to play a character in the upcoming old-time radio drama they are recording and need to get the audio quality up to par.   Baba Gonesh is in the studio this week and presents “Comedy Camel”.   News Balls:  A family sues Wal-Mart after finding a dead mouse in a carton of milk, a man fakes his death to avoid a trial, and an ex-soldier who is jailed for stealing rare falcon eggs.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Lisa Bouchelle

026. Baba’s Lawsuit

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Chris and Ally recap their Disney World vacation.   Baba joins us by phone to give an update on the action he has had to take with his restaurant as a result of the threatened lawsuit.  We then connect with Pete remotely from Cleveland, Finally, another installment of “News Balls”: The toad-licking chef, the JetBlue Airways steward incident, and a dog who chews off owner’s toe to save his life.   Chris also talks about future plans for the show including a new SmorgShow Podcast iPhone app.

Featured Artist of the Week:  This is the Good Fight

025. Baba Gonesh is Sued!

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Chris and Ally discuss the creation of their new show logo and ask for audience feedback; Baba Gonesh is in some legal hot water over his new restaurant and he calls in to vent his anger over the situation.   Chris and Ally discuss a $69 hot dog on National Hot Dog Day; another installment of the game show “What Did I Say?”, and News Balls:  A beer that is served in stuffed animals, a rock concert canceled after the band is pooped on by pigeons, the psychic World Cup Octopus stars in a movie, and a town with a strange name keeps getting their city sign stolen.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Cherry Suede

024. Interview with Philip Donald

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New world records, an exclusive Philip Donald interview and performance, Baba Gonesh Comedy Camel, News Balls: Breakfast falls to 6th most important meal of the day, the Chicken and the Egg mystery is finally solved, a man is trapped by water buffalo head, a New York bakery sells manly cupcakes. Chris and Ally receive their first international phone call.

Featured Artist of the Week:  The Maybe Sometimes

023. Psychic Octopus

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Ally explains her adventure to help save a snapping turtle; Baba Gonesh calls in with an update on how he is making changes to address the critical restaurant reviews he received last week; “News Balls”: The new San Francisco ban on pet sales, a psychic octopus predicts World Cup winner, and a man who sets himself on fire after losing a drinking bet.

Featured Artist of the Week:  27 Years

022. Baba’s Restaurant Reviews Are In!

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It’s Chris’s 15th wedding anniversary but Kim and Ally are out of town, so Peet comes out from Cleveland and joins Chris for a special SmorgShow Podcast.   Chris and Peet discuss how to protect your online reputation; a call to gal pal of 30 years, Kelly and they reminisce about Peet’s summer of hell weekend from 1985;  Baba Gonesh joins Chris and Peet and they read not-so-flattering reviews of Baba’s new restaurant; strange news stories of the week including a recent revelation about King Tut and a cannibal prisoner who eats his cell mate.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Big Walter Horton

021. Live from The Duct Tape Festival

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Double Episode:  Part 1:  Celebrating Dad on Father’s Day, Peet calls in from the duct tape festival, With Chris’s upcoming trip to his nephew’s Christening, he studies up on how to be a good Godfather, SmorgShow Hotline Calls, Baba Gonesh shares a very touching Father’s Day story; Part 2: Classic SmorgShow Rewind:  Chris and Dave Live at the Carlisle, originally broadcast on 6-29-84.

Featured Artists of the Week: Tony Mecca and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers