156. Turkey Talk

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! To get you in the holiday spirit, we bring you All Things Turkey! As the SmorgShow gang takes an extended break for the holidays, we dig into our vast historical audio archives and breathe some life into our old bits concerning Thanksgiving traditions. Segments on this episode include:

  • Turkey Trivia with Chris and Ally
  • Baba Gonesh: What’s in a name, particularly if you are a turkey? Baba provides a history lesson on the discover of the bird that has come to be known by many names around the world.
  • Black Friday Campers
  • Cookies and Milk with Granny Rose: Thanksgiving Traditions (the first appearance of Granny Rose on the program).
  • Baba and Ally’s Dramatic Thanksgiving Reading
  • Perfect Thanksgiving Cooking with Judy the Child. Judy goes back to the original 80’s Smorgasbord Show and makes her one and only appearance on the SmorgShow Podcast.

155. Baba Turns 80!

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We celebrate the 80th birthday of our good friend and show contributor, Baba Gonesh on this very special episode of Smorgasbord Radio.

As you heard on our 40th anniversary episode, Baba has been with us from the very beginning and so our archives are vast and deep. In honor of the spiritual guru’s milestone birthday, we attempt to highlight the best of his contributions to the show over the years.

We present installments from his profound ‘Thought for the Day‘ series, show his comedic side with his gut-slapping ‘Comedy Camel’, and kick back to hear his classic Indian Folk Tales handed down from many generations. Also thrown in for good measure are his educational series on Indian holidays and culture, urgent news reports from his award-winning ‘Breaking Baba News’ series, and a segment from his ‘Baba Blue’ period.

This episode has it all but if after listening, you find yourself craving even more Baba, you must subscribe to the ‘Baba Gonesh Podcast, which at the time of this posting, ranks as the #1 Hindu Culture podcast in South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

154.5 Smorgasbord Buffet Bites: The Dangers of Witch Tok

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Special Smorgasbord Buffet Bites Episode: Ally was not able to join the last episode where Chris and Jerry discussed the latest culture and trends on the controversial social media app Tik Tok. But she stopped by the studio shortly after that show went into production and we made this special “in-between” episode to get her perspective on the dark side of Tik Tok and the marketing of witchcraft to youth.

Happy Halloween!

154. The Trends of Tik Tok

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The political season is heating up and just weeks before the midterms, IL Governor JB Pritzker responds to an effective ad blasting him, Mayor Lightfoot, and the pending Illinois SAFE-T Act. The ‘Scream Ad‘ highlights the out of control Chicago crime situation.

Tik Tok is one of the most popular social media platforms. With over 500 million users, it is also being criticized for being a national security threat. We discuss some of the latest challenges and trends that are being promoted on the platform.

After their hit song ‘Cool Kids‘ becomes a new Tik Tok Trend, Echosmith returns with an updated version of their song and hits the road for a fall tour.

153. Oktoberfest ’22 and a More Sensitive James Bond

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The new fall season of the Smorgasbord Radio show kicks off with the return of Chief Conspiracy Correspondent (CCC) Jerome Malauskas to the studio.

We begin the show with some breaking news out of South Korea: K-pop group BTS members face possible military conscription. We discuss what it could mean for the popular boy band.

We celebrate the return of the Oktoberfest festival after two years of cancelations due to the coronavirus. Prost!

And get ready for a more sensitive James Bond as the 007 franchise “evolves”.

152. The Adoption of Fezco

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Dog abandoned for being ‘gay’ has been adopted by same-sex couple. 5-year old Fezco, was dumped at an animal shelter by his previous owner for humping another male dog. Fezco has since been adopted by a same-sex couple in North Carolina.

Drag Bingo is scheduled to be held at nearby Downers Grove Library.

More woke emails from Jerry’s HR department.

Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022)

Dave Jackson and Jerry Malauskas co-host.

151. 40 Smorgulous Years (Part 2 of 2)

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It has been exactly 40 years since the launch of the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord, heard on suburban Chicago high school radio station WDGC 88.3 FM.

Original Smorgasbord Show co-host Dave Jackson is back in the SmorgShow lounge, along with Chief Conspiracy Correspondent, Jerome Malauskas, to reflect back on the origins of the program. We dig up some of our favorite bits from yesteryear and reflect back on the high and low points of the show.

More importantly, the occasion also marks the 40th anniversary of the friendships of Chris, Dave and Jerry which are stronger today than ever before.

This is part 2 of 2 episodes that marks the special occasion. We pick up where the story left off in the last episode where Chris and Dave separate at the end of season 1 to explore their own personal show formats individually. We hear clips from their separate shows including ‘Smorgasbord Saturday Night’ where Chris Bockay teams up with Geoff Beran. We talk about the short-lived stint of bringing the Smorgasbord show to Cable TV, the successes and failures of our remote broadcast shows from the Tivoli Bowling Alley and the Barn in Naperville. We conclude the show with several clips of Chris and Dave’s reunion in the summer of 1984 before the two left WDGC-FM for good in exchange for higher education.

For those new to our show, these past two episodes are a great way to get to know us, learn a little about our history and why we continue to honor this program in podcast form today.

Chris and Dave: Keeping You Company until You Want it Back!”

150. 40 Smorgulous Years (Part 1 of 2)

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It has been exactly 40 years since the launch of the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord, heard on suburban Chicago high school radio station WDGC 88.3 FM.

Original Smorgasbord Show co-host Dave Jackson is back in the SmorgShow lounge, along with Chief Conspiracy Correspondent, Jerome Malauskas, to reflect back on the origins of the program. We dig up some of our favorite bits from yesteryear and reflect on the high and low points of the show.

More importantly, the occasion also marks the 40th anniversary of the friendships of Chris, Dave and Jerry which are stronger today than ever before.

This is part 1 of 2 episodes that marks the special occasion. In Part 1, we focus on the backstory of the program – how all the contributors were led to follow their passion for radio and how they team up to host the original Chris and Dave Smorgasbord Radio Show. We listen back to some of Chris’s very early ‘basement’ recordings, clips from the first Chris and Dave Smorgasbord season and conclude with the split of Chris and Dave, where the story will pick up in Episode 151.

As an added highlight we finally hear the long-awaited story of how Chris meets Baba Gonesh, who has been with our show for the entire ride. Baba calls into the show and discusses the early days of his involvement with the show. Check out Baba’s story and the commercial that started it all here.

For those new to our show, these next two episodes are a great way to get to know us, learn a little about our history and why we continue to honor this program in podcast form today.

Chris and Dave: Keeping You Company until You Want it Back!”

149. Live from the Carlisle (Part 3)

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Smorgasbord Radio Rewind Episode

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Smorgasbord Radio show, we look back at our 30th anniversary celebration from 2012 when Chris and Dave returned to their old stomping grounds of Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL where they hosted ‘The Taste of the Smorg’ back in 1984. 

This is the third of three episodes leading up to the big anniversary where we look back at our special live event from the Carlisle. 

On this episode, we hear another live performance from UK’s Jordan Martyn as well as an interview with the singer-songwriter. We play some of the first radio bits of Jerry calling into the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord show as well as the bit that put Chris and Dave on WDGC-FM General Manager Fred Moore’s naughty list. Chris performs his song live about adolescence in the 1980’s.

148. Live from the Carlisle (Part 2)

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Smorgasbord Radio Rewind Episode

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Smorgasbord Radio show, we look back at our 30th anniversary celebration from 2012 when Chris and Dave returned to their old stomping grounds of Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL where they hosted ‘The Taste of the Smorg’ back in 1984. 

This is the second of three episodes leading up to the big anniversary where we look back at our special live event from the Carlisle. 

On this episode, we hear crooner Phillip Donald perform live on stage followed by an interview with Phillip. Dave and Ally check out the surroundings by heading over to the karaoke bar. Baba Gonesh‘s restaurant is represented at one of the food tables, we hear live performances from UK’s Jordan Martyn as well as from Ally performing her original ‘Untold Stories‘. Chris and Dave continue with their reminiscing of the old radio show with a classic bit of ‘Homework Hotline’. Also a look back on what was happening in 1982 when the Smorgasbord Radio Show first hit the airwaves.

Smorgasbord Buffet Bites: The Real Cause of Elvis’ Death

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Buffet Bites: From the SmorgShow Archives

August 16 marks the 45th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll. Chris and Ally discuss the real cause of Elvis’s death compared to how the media reported his passing at the time.

147. Live from the Carlisle (Part 1)

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Smorgasbord Radio Rewind Episode

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Smorgasbord Radio show, we look back at our 30th anniversary celebration from 2012 when Chris and Dave returned to their old stomping grounds of Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL where they hosted ‘The Taste of the Smorg’ back in 1984.

This is the first of three episodes leading up to the big anniversary where we look back at our special live event from the Carlisle.

On this episode, Chris and Dave reflect back on the original live event and we get a listen in on several major live acts from the evening including: Hawaii’s David Kamakahi & Ikaika Brown’, Iceland’s ‘Sjonni’s Friends’, and Richard Cheese. Chris and Dave reminisce on some old audio bits from their original high school radio show, and they visit the food stations around the perimeter of the venue.

146. Roadtrip!

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With Chris’s wife Kim visiting family in Texas over the weekend, Chris and Jerry finally take to the road for some male bonding, enjoying activities other than just podcasting for a change. Our original intent was to record this episode from the various sites on our roadtrip. But in the end, we ditch the idea and instead just recap the highlights and lowlights of the weekend back in the studio.

We celebrate Jerry’s 57th birthday by driving north to the Illinois-Wisconsin border to have a meal at all-vegan restaurant and brewpub, a 5-mile hiking adventure, and to another brewpub that is not particularly known for its vegan fare. However, Jerry convinces the server to modify an entree so that it is vegan but then gets upset at multiple members of the wait staff for getting his meal wrong. Don’t they know that brioche buns are made with egg?? Chris makes him feel guilty which then prompts Jerry to go out of his way to make things right.

In other news, Ally and Thomas are in a serious car accident which has consumed Chris’s attention over the past couple of weeks.

Chris joins his church cafe ministry as a barista.

145. Old Men and Their Aches

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It’s time for Chris’ annual physical so we decided to dig deep into the archives to create yet another ‘SmorgShow Rewind’ episode.

One thing has become clear about getting into your 50’s. Whenever guys get together, they don’t let an opportunity go to waste for discussing their health issues.

Sit back and enjoy listening to the SmorgShow gang’s medical war stories about emergency doctor visits, colonoscopy appointments, cholesterol readings, and the general aches and pains that come with getting older.

144. The Ceiling Fan Suicides and India’s Culture of Death

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In this ‘SmorgShow Rewind’ episode, we go back into our show archives to unearth a series of Baba Gonesh man-on-the-street news stories involving India’s culture of death.

We look back on the string of suicides throughout India involving ceiling fans, and other bizarre stories concerning strange deaths, suicides, or “flirtations” with death.

143. The Speech

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After 9 months, Chris decides to publish his “Father of the Bride” speech from September 2021.

On this retrospective episode, we listen to Chris and Dave discuss how to give a proper Father of the Bride speech.

Finally, we dig up an old Baba Gonesh recording where he shares a very touching moment he experienced as a new father to his firstborn, Ganesh.

142. A Pox on Both Their Houses!

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Monkeypox – What you need to know to survive the latest attack.  From the virus?  No, from the “Powers That Be”.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Economic Forum (WEF) meet in Switzerland to plot their next move.    

Chief Conspiracy Correspondent (CCC) Jerome Malauskas returns to the SmorgShow lounge to discuss the latest fear porn of Monkeypox. 

We then continue with our monkey theme with some lighter material.  We dig deep into the SmorgShow archives to search for the wisdom of Baba Gonesh and all his news stories and words of inspiration regarding monkeys, including the classic news story of “India’s Monkey Man”

141. Get a Life: The Complete Collection

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On this ‘Classic Rewind’ episode, we compile the complete collection of our ‘Get a Life’ game show series.

This game originally debuted in 1984 and became a favorite staple on the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord radio show. With the 2010 relaunch of the SmorgShow Podcast we decided to dust off the old concept and feature it on our podcast series.

‘Get a Life’ is where we take one pathetic caller who has a miserable life and give them the opportunity to swap their life for something more epic!

In this episode, we present all 10 installments as well as play a couple of original Get a Life segments from the original Chris and Dave radio show.