Backyard Broadcasting Podcasts

WZXR's Ian Emerson talks with comedian Bert Kreischer

Ian took some time out of his day to speak with comedian Bert Kreischer about his upcoming show at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport on Thursday, Februry 2nd, 2023.  Bert also discusses his career and his upcoming movie.  

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - Forgotten Hits of February 1986.

Jake takes a look back at February 1986 for a few forgotten hits by artist like Simple Minds, Survivor, Jellybean and more.  He also flashes back to the movie "One Crazy Summer" starring John Cusack and Demi Moore.  He touches on events of 1986 and also fills you in on some new music news from our favorite artist of the 80's.

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Files of the Strange and Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 23, 2013

Did you miss any of Keith Kitchen’s “Strange and Deranged” last week?  The world's largest strip club is offering bouncers a giant robot suit, a woman on TikTok goes viral when her order of 1/4 lb of cheese results in a delivery of 50 lbs of cheese, a gamer playing Rainbow Six: Siege butt dials 9-11 and the operator hears him claiming to have killed two people and more this week on The Files of The Strange and Deranged!  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Ron Frick with Lycoming County United Way.

The Lycoming County United Way has a Spring Forward 5k coming up soon and will also play a big role in Raise the Region in March, cheering on all the area 501c3 organizations to hit their goals. Freddi Hammer talks with Ron Frick, CEO of the Lycoming County United Way and he’ll reveal more plans that the Lycoming County United Way will undertake this year to meet their 2 million dollar goal!

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Shawn Carey interviews students from the Uptown Music Collective

Get ready for Friends in Low Places: The Music of Garth Brooks & The Women of '90s Country, hitting the stage of the Community Arts Center for ONE NIGHT ONLY - SATURDAY, January 28th?!

Shawn Carey talks with the students of the Uptown Music Collective and gets a mini performance in studio.

Uptown Music Collective Online


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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 16, 2023

Did you miss any of Keith Kitchen’s “Strange and Deranged” last week?  Opening a mini fridge in your hotel room could cost you $50, dancing in Sweden requires a license, and an author fakes her own death...these stories and more this week in The Files of The Strange and Deranged!  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Little League District 12 Administrator Rich Lyons and Chris Downs

Little League District 12 is seeking energetic volunteers to be Little League baseball and softball umpires this year. As a volunteer for Little League you may have opportunities to help teach life lessons and enrich lives of children who dream of playing Little League baseball.

Little League District 12 Administrator Rich Lyons and Chris Downs share information with Freddi Hammer about several upcoming training options and the resources that can teach new volunteers Little League rules to get ready for the 2023 Little League Season!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Vinnie Reeder from Reeder Bros. Oil "Hats for Heat."

The 2nd Annual “Hats for Heat” event is coming January 28th 2023, and Vinnie Reeder from Reeder Bros. Oil this week tells us the amazing back story about this fundraiser got started.  (Vinnie) Reeder Bros. invites you to the Loyalsock Hotel to have a good time with music, food, raffles, and fun and help raise funds that provide the resources to fill the home oil tanks of those who are most in need in our community this winter.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - 80's Songs re-recorded by the original artist within the last 5 years.

The latest episode of Growing Up 80’s with Jake Michaels is about three hit songs from the 1980’s that were recently re-recorded or reimagined by their original artist.  One song has updated lyrics to reflect a message of resilience and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Another song features a reunion of the original members of the band to work with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and the third song is a remake of a #1 hit that features an orchestral incarnation.

Songs in this episode include "Space Age Love Song" by A Flock of Seagulls, "Never Surrender" by Corey Hart and "(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight" by The Cutting Crew.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Executive Director of the Central PA Food Bank, Joe Arthur.

The Central Pennsylvania Foodbank is a network of many counties working together to make sure every Pennsylvanian has fresh food on their table. Executive Director of the Central PA Food Bank, Joe Arthur, visits with Freddi Hammer to talk about the important work they do to collect and distribute healthy food, how they have worked hard to “Right the Ship” after struggling through the COVID years, and how they work tirelessly to eliminate food insecurity for every family.

centralpafoodbank.org

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 2, 2023

Did you miss any of Keith Kitchen’s “Strange and Deranged” last week?  This past week on The Files of The Strange and Deranged, predictions made 100 years ago...some came true, a man drove 100 miles before realized he had left his wife behind and Denmark had no bank robberies at all in 2022...these stories and more this week in The Files of The Strange and Deranged!  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - Number 1 Hits of 1983

In this episode, Jake starts off 2023 looking back 40 years to 1983 and the songs that were #1 hits in that year.  You'll learn a bit about the 18 songs that made it to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.  Songs like "Maneater" from Hall & Oates, "Billie Jean" from Michael Jackson, "Let's Dance" from David Bowie and "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.  Jake also looks back at some of the news and pop culture stories of 1983.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of December 19, 2022

A Norwegian woman faces jail time for hate speech, an investment banker takes things too far, a time traveler on Tik-Tok tells us of deep sea discoveries that will occur over the next 20 years and more...this week on The Files of The Strange & Deranged.  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Gabe Sinacropi, VP of Marketing for the Crosscutters.

The Williamsport Crosscutters invite you to their Hot Stove Banquet fundraiser on Tuesday, January 24th at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport. Meet Major League guests for a question and answer session, live and silent auctions of sports memorabilia to benefit Sojourner Truth Ministries in Williamsport.
Freddi Hammer talks with Gabe Sinacropi, VP of Marketing for the Crosscutters about the Hot Stove Banquet AND the Williamsport Crosscutters 25th Anniversary season - kicking off June 1st, 2023.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of December 12, 2022

This past week on The Files of The Strange and Deranged, a man is cited for driving in the HOV lane with an inflatable Grinch as his passenger, a dog is rescued from a Florida island, and speaking of Florida, it may be the home for more Strange and Deranged stories than any other state or country! Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - UPMC Grief Counselor

Grief affects each person differently.  Feelings of loss and sadness can show up without warning, even many years after losing someone you love.  The holidays, with traditions, events, group meals and difficult family time, can heighten or reignite these intense feelings of loss.  Freddi Hammer will go over 10 strategies of coping with intense feelings and grief over the holidays with a grief counselor from UPMC, who will review the ways you or someone you love can create a healthy approach to the holiday season.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of December 5, 2022

This week on The Files of The Strange & Deranged, a man is arrested for slapping a horse on the butt, a reckless driver in a Wal-Mart parking lot turns out to be a dog, a blind horse breaks multiple Guinness World records and much more!  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch (ENCORE) with Freddi Hammer - “ENGin” pairs young Ukrainians with English-speakers for FREE online English conversation practice.

(ENCORE AIRING)  The war in Ukraine has affected over 50% of the employment and ended school for many students, the non-profit group “ENGin” pairs young Ukrainians with English-speakers for FREE online English conversation practice and cross-cultural connection. Find out how this 2 year-old program is looking for volunteers like you to help young Ukrainians (ages 13-35) prepare for potential jobs in English speaking countries. Rose Tatum is the volunteer manager for ENGin, and teaches us about a program that some volunteers say is the most rewarding experience they’ve ever had.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 28, 2022

This week on the Files of the Strange & Deranged, an Annabelle doll is blamed for a mysterious illness, a criminal mastermind films himself stealing a surveillance camera, a bear destroys an inflatable Christmas decoration and more!  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - The Outfield Play Deep

In this episode Jake looks back at one of his favorite albums from the 80's, 1985's "Play Deep" from The Outfield.  Jake looks back on the year that was 1985 and shares his thoughts on the songs included on the "Play Deep" album, which includes the infectious power pop song "Your Love."  Take a stroll back with Jake to the year 1985 and learn about "New Coke," when The Outfield played in Williamsport and explore an album you may not have heard before in this episode.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - The Comfort Closet

A teacher at Canton Area High School has spearheaded an effort to provide donated hygiene products to students, called The Comfort Closet. Students who want to feel clean and confident before, during, or after the school day, are provided anything they might need; from deodorant and body wash, to laundry detergent and bath towels from the Closet supply.   Mrs. Kalyn Essick, English teacher at Canton, wants to inspire the community to help stock the Closet this year as well as inspire teachers at other schools to start their own Comfort Closet.


email:  kessick@canton.k12.pa.us

website:  canton.k12.pa.us

Canton Area School

509 East Main Street

Canton, PA 17724

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of Nov. 21, 2022

This past week, are sheep walking in circles a sign of the oncoming apocalypse?  A potbelly pig evades capture for days, a vintage steamer washed up on a Florida Beach and more this week in The Files of the Strange & Deranged! Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Robert Hunter, Students Preserving Mental Health.

One suicide is too many.  Find out how Danville native Robert Hunter got on board to support a group from his alma mater, “Students Preserving Mental Health.”   Find out how Rob’s song called “Permanent” is about hope and understanding, and uses music and lyrics as a catalyst to spread a positive message about mental health.

www.nami.org
The National Alliance on Mental Illness

RobertHunterMusic.net

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 14, 2022

This week, we find the oldest living person in the U.S., a Guinness World Record goes to the man who visited the most pubs in 24 hours and the house from "A Christmas Story" is up for sale!  These stories and more in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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St. John Neumann "The Not So Grimm Version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Jake speaks with Director Beth McKelvey from the St. John Nuemann Regional Academy Theatre Tripe about their upcoming production of "The Not So Grimm Version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th at 7pm along with a Sunday, November 20th performance at 2pm.  Listen as students from St. John Neumann presents the many characters within the production.  

St. John Neumann Regional Academy

901 Penn St. Williamsport

570-323-9953


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WILQ's Shawn Carey Speaks with the Group "Sweet Tea Trio" from Alabama.

WILQ's Shawn Carey has visitors to the studio on Tuesday, November 15th... "Sweet Tea Trio" from Alabama.

Find out:

-what nickname they call their manager Kid Rock

-which Trio member that doesn't root for either Alabama or Auburn

-what rock songs they've added to their set lists

-plus the one essential food item that makes Thanksgiving the best

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Victorian Christmas – “Arts of the Era – Music and Theater”

Victorian Christmas – “Arts of the Era – Music and Theater” is November 18th thru the 20th.  Under the direction of Preservation Williamsport, you’re invited to the 23rd Annual Victorian Christmas Tour of Homes, Historic Sites and Museums.  Peachy O’Connor of the fundraising committee, Jill Confair – President, and Cindy Perry - Advertising and Public Relations, join Freddi Hammer to talk about the special mission of Victorian Christmas; to preserve the beautiful historic homes in Williamsport. is November 18th thru the 20th.  Under the direction of Preservation Williamsport, you’re invited to the 23rd Annual Victorian Christmas Tour of Homes, Historic Sites and Museums.  Peachy O’Connor of the fundraising committee, Jill Confair – President, and Cindy Perry - Advertising and Public Relations, join Freddi Hammer to talk about the special mission of Victorian Christmas; to preserve the beautiful historic homes in Williamsport.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - Power Ballads of the 80's

Power ballads of the 80's is what this episode is all about.  Whether you were heartbroken when your steady broke it off with you, or you were getting hot and heavy in the front seat of your dad’s car with your high school sweetheart, some of these may have been playing on that mixtape you made.  This episode will feature power ballads from the hard rocking hair bands of the 1980's like Europe, Cinderella, Stryper, Night Ranger and more.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 7, 2022

This past week on The Files Of The Strange & Deranged...Potterheads are asked to stop putting socks on Dobby's grave, bees just might have emotions and The National Park Service is asking people to stop licking frogs!  These stories and more are in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged! Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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Uptown Music Collective - Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Ladies of the 80's with Shawn Carey on 93.3 WBZD

The Uptown Music Collective presents "Girls Just Want to Have Fun:  Ladies of the '80's" on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.  They stopped into the Classic Hits 93.3 WBZD studio to pay Shawn Carey a visit and give a little sampling of what you'll hear at their show.  

To purchase tickets for the show... CLICK HERE

To learn more about Uptown Music Collective... CLICK HERE

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - “Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead with Mr C!”

Students from nine area school districts have the opportunity to field trip this year to the Community Arts Center’s for several professional shows during 2022-2023 season, but why should the kids have all the fun?!? Bring to whole family to also enjoy the first show in their Educational Series in the evening;  “Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead with Mr C!” November 15th @ 7pm 

Tickets are available for just $5 so you can learn about what the kids are learning, too!   Tickets can be purchased here.

Mr. C is a ‘Bill Nye’ type guy with 20-years of classroom experience, who uses humor, media, and the engineering design process to make the ordinary EXTRAordinary.


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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of Oct. 31st, 2022

This week on The Files of The Strange and Deranged, self-proclaimed human vampires exist among us, pranksters turn a sculpture into a scene from E.T. and a man who runs out of candy hands out marijuana gummies!  These stories and more are in The Files of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Dr. Rebecca Jordan, breast surgeon and oncologist with Geisinger Medical Center”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Dr. Rebecca Jordan, breast surgeon and oncologist at Geisinger Medical Center, talks about the advances in detection and treatment of breast cancer and will discuss the process a person who is given a breast cancer diagnosis may be going through.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - #1 Hits from 70's Re-recorded in the 80's

So this episode is about songs that were #1 hits in the 70’s and then were remade in the 80’s by other artists.  In a few cases, the remake had just as much success as the original, but most failed to do anywhere near as good as the original.  Being as the 70’s can be thought of as the decade of the singer/songwriter, it kind of makes sense for artists of the 80’s to re-record some of these classics.

This episode will feature #1 hits songs from the 70's like "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green, "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers and "Play that Funky Music" by Wild Cherry and more that were re-recorded in the 80's.  

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 24th, 2022

This week on The Files Of The Strange & Deranged...a woman puts "fun" in funeral, New York is NOT the #1 location for rats, a Tik-Tokker uses recipes from gravestones and a man who orders an X-Box...gets cat litter instead.

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Jake Michaels talks with Alivia Tagliaferri about "Tag's Take Out."

If you grew up in the Williamsport area in the 1960's, 70's, 80's and even the early 2000's, Tag's Restaurant on Memorial Ave. was a staple of the community with wonderful dining and atmosphere.  Tag's Restaurant no longer exist, but you can enjoy the taste of Tag's Restaurant once again with "Tag's Take Out."  In this podcast episode, Jake speaks with co-owner Alivia Tagliaferri about the offerings of their new store at 1116 Market St. in Williamsport.  Tag's Take Out, the taste you remember.

For more you can call 570-865-TAGS (8247)

Online at tagstakeout.com

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Words of Warriors: A Message from Combat Veterans”

"Words of Warriors: A Message from Combat Veterans" is a FREE show Sunday, October 23rd at the Community Arts Center.  Local Veterans tell their story of before during and after the combat experience. There is a video presentation by Box of Light, performances by the Repasz Band and guest speakers, as well as a reception for veterans and their families to follow. Williamsport Vet Center Director, June Moser describes the process of making “Words of Warriors” and how the courageous veterans wanted to share their combat experiences with those of us who might not understand otherwise.

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Strange and Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 17th, 2022

This week in The Files of The Strange and Deranged, a cat does not help write a book, champagne is designed for space travel, a woman attacks police with bees and much more!  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Dwell Orphan Care

Dwell Orphan Care exists to support and encourage foster and adoptive families in Lycoming, Montour and Columbia Counties! Jennifer Lake, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, talks with Freddi Hammer about their second Dwell Orphan Care ‘Hope Chest’ location that opened in Bloomsburg, and how through community donations, they lovingly provide bedding, clothing, shoes and other essentials to support children and families starting foster care.

dwellorphancare.org

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Growing Up 80's with Jake - Single releases from John, Paul, George and Ringo in the 80's

This episode focuses on some of the single releases by John, Paul, George and Ringo… The Beatles in the 1980’s.  Jake is joined with his special guest Rob Foust, a local Beatles fan to discuss the history and stories of these select songs.

Singles featured are George Harrison's 1981 release, "All Those Years Ago" and the 1988 Traveling Wilburys single "Handle With Care."  Ringo Starr's 1981 "Wrack My Brain" and 1982's "Private Property."  Paul McCartney's 1983 single with Michael Jackson "Say, Say, Say" and his 1989 release with Elvis Costello "My Brave Face."  Lastly, John Lennon's singles "(Just Like) Starting Over" released in 1980 and "Woman" also released in 1981.

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