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Tom and Jon have been making their radio magic for going on ten years now. And as a result, they've amassed a huge back catalog of bits that have not been released on CDs. We will be posting these audio gems for your listening pleasure. Keep checking back for new postings!

Tom Scharpling recently moderated a historic roundtable discussion marking the twentieth anniversary of Chapel Hill, NC’s Merge Records (home of the Arcade Fire, Spoon, She & Him, etc). The panel included a who’s who of the Best Show on WFMU’s most beloved/loathed characters, including Ronald Thomas Clontle, Philly Boy Roy, Timmy von Trimble, The Gorch, Barry Dworkin, Hammerhead and Bishop Fontana to name just a few. Needless to say, the sparks did fly.

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CategoryKenny Dupree Pt. 2 (May 27, 2003) August 18th, 2007 by Roger Devlin

Tom prank calls country singer/patriot Kenny Dupree and tries to get him to write pro-Iraq songs. 

CategoryKenny Dupree Pt. 1 (March 25, 2003) July 31st, 2007 by Roger Devlin

Goin’ way back!  A patriotic country singer calls in to promote his new single, “Freedom Bombs.”  Stay tuned for Pt 2! 

CategoryBob Bogle Jr. (April 5, 2005) July 22nd, 2007 by Roger Devlin

The son of the bassist for instrumental-rock pioneers The Ventures calls The Best Show.  Listen in and get the full lowdown on the surf-rock/water fountain connection!

CategoryOne On One News (Oct 25, 2005) July 2nd, 2007 by Roger Devlin

A free ‘One on One’ news report from an enterprising Newbridge journalist has Tom wishing he’d never answered the phone.

CategoryThe TV Star (Oct 26, 2006) June 10th, 2007 by Roger Devlin

Tom gets a lot of calls from a lot of creeps…and this guy might just be the creepiest of all time. Yikes!

CategoryRunning with ‘The Cheetah’ (Aug 5, 2003) May 23rd, 2007 by Roger Devlin

Hosting a radio show is easy, no?  All you have to do is play records and read ad copy for foot powder, right?  Here’s a classic S&W call that addresses this very issue.

CategoryBefore Newbridge, there was…Western Maine May 21st, 2007 by Jon Wurster

When we launched back at the dawn of this century we thought it would be interesting to shine a spotlight on one of America’s most fascinating yet little-known regions.

CategoryhutPod (Feb 21, 2006) April 30th, 2007 by Roger Devlin

A Best Show fave. Craig Cooper, owner of Radio Hut’s Newbridge Commons’ store, brings Tom up to speed on too many insane things too mention.

CategoryZachary Brimstead (Nov 28, 2000) April 18th, 2007 by Roger Devlin

Here’s a Scharpling and Wurster classic from way way back. Listen to Barbershop Sweat frontman Zachary Brimstead tangle with Tom and a couple of listeners.


Philadelphia’s favorite hoagie maker calls with news of his psychic son… and something called ‘Laser Allin’.