By Rick Morris
After The Opening Statements of The FDH Lounge Dignitaries (which will be punctuated by an on-air apology from Sports Talk Network President Paul Belfi to FDH New York Jets correspondent Ira Lieberfarb for his mocking of Ira’s alleged rah-rah coverage of the J-E-T-S last week) and This Week in The FDH Lounge, we revisit a clip from Episode #72 on September 9, 2009 when Bob Barker visited The Lounge for the second time two days after his epic guest hosting slot on Monday Night RAW. This sets up his third appearance, where we will continue to keep up with his post-Price is Right activities, including his best-selling tome Priceless Memories.
As if that were not huge enough in and of itself, our third conversation with Bob Barker is followed up by one with one of the greatest pro wrestling legends of all time, former WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham. He is one of the most influential figures in the history of the business, with his flamboyant muscles/tie-dye/barking charisma template being modified by the likes of Hulk Hogan, Scott Steiner, HHH and many others. In recent years, he is best known for his ministry and his rapidly fading health. He has announced that his last public appearance is coming up in the near future and we’ll certainly discuss that in the course of our conversation about his incredible career.
We then gather some FDH Lounge Dignitaries, including some “Charter” Dignitaries dating back to Episode #1, for a look at some of the show’s classic moments over the first four years.
Hour Three starts with a new friend – one of many we have been privileged to make along the way. Gary Herman is known as “The Prince.” He and his traveling cohort “The King” have averaged seeing over 350 sporting events per year for the past 15+ years. They have been to every stadium or arena in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL (and a great many ones no longer in use, thanks to the great turnover in facilities over that period of time) and a great many other college and minor-league stadiums and arenas. His blog Royalty Tours USA chronicles their ongoing journeys and offers opportunities for ambitious fans to join them in their adventures. “Prince” and “King” were at the Jets-Pats tilt Sunday and will be in Pittsburgh this week to cheer on their beloved Jets and so Gary will have much to discuss with us.
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