Tuesday, September 8, 2009

FDH Lounge Show #72: September 9, 2009

By Rick Morris

The second week of the new 6-9 PM Wednesday timeslot edition of THE FDH LOUNGE on SportsTalkNetwork.com will have more of the variety that has come to define us over time. Oh, and we're the one place where Bob Barker will be debriefed on his Monday Night Raw guest hosting job -- that too.

As we unveiled last week, our two "show-within-a-shows" now occupy Hour One of the proceedings. THE GOON SQUAD takes a deep look at the landscape for hockey pools in 2009-2010 as we get ready to preview our forthcoming FDH mock draft and our FANTASY HOCKEY DRAFTOLOGY 2009 guide, which will be out next week. Speaking of fantasy, NFL Week 1 occupies the entirety of THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER. These segments, and the show as a whole, now have the addition of the newest FDH Lounge Dignitary, Cleveland radio veteran Ryan Isley.

Hours Two and Three will feature an extended FDH Lounge Pigskin Report. All of Hour Two is given over to our 2009 college football preview panel with The Dignitaries of The FDH Lounge. Much of Hour Three will be devoted to our NFL roundtable with a unique FDH Lounge twist on the proceedings: we are joined by both WFAN sports talk show host Joe Benigno from New York and someone who has grown to be a friend of his over the years. If you're one of the most prominent talk show callers in New York, then you pretty much are for the entire country also. "Ira from Staten Island," Ira Lieberfarb will bring his chemistry with Joe to The Lounge as we collectively hash out the 2009 pro football season. After that, and we know it's out of order, we move on belatedly to The Opening Statements of The FDH Lounge Dignitaries.

And then ... a very special bit of overtime!

To accommodate two very special guests, we are extending the program tomorrow night. At 9 PM EDT, we welcome back the one and only Bob Barker to discuss his guest hosting slot this week on Monday Night Raw. It was awesome. Sample the first ten minutes or so here (or at least until YouTube yanks the video):

As we did when Bob first came on with us on May 20 of this year, we'll also talk about his incredible memoirs PRICELESS MEMORIES. It's a fun, classy read that has so many enjoyable stories in it and it benefits the animal charities for whom he has worked tirelessly.

Then, right after that, we move into Part Two of the OT when we are joined by a man who, coincidentally, had a long and storied career in the industry that Bob visited on Monday night: the one and only Luscious Johnny Valiant! He was one of the great wrestlers of the 1970s in the New York territory and one of the great managers of the 1980s in the same area when New York took over the world. We like multi-talented people with interesting lives and Johnny V fits the bill like few we've ever had on. Now an actor and comedian, his one-man show "An Evening with Johnny Valiant" has garnered much critical praise. Here's a clip with Johnny V and Brutus Beefcake and a subsequent one with Captain Lou Albano and George "The Animal" Steele -- would we be putting ourselves over too much if we noted that The Captain is the only one of the four not to appear in The FDH Lounge yet?

It’s going to be a great program and we hope you can be a part of our audience. As always, we urge you to watch the show live (or listen if you’re on dial-up), but if you can’t catch this as it’s happening, you can always catch the FDH archives 24-7 right here or catch us now on iTunes!

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