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Monday, Dec, 22 2014

It is a tradition on the PhilCast each Christmas show and this year is no exception.

A while back, in another radio life, I once did a reading of something called "An Italian Christmas Eve" with my brother in broadcasting, Mark Reardon.

I laugh at myself reading it every year I hear it played back.

It's just plain funny.

And if you ARE actually Italian you really get it!

The bit will play toward the end of the 4:00 hour today.

Then I'm off for Christmas break.

Merry Christmas, and GO PACK!

posted by: Phil Cianciola 8 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

From Texas to Syria

Thursday, Dec, 18 2014

Somehow this poor guy who owns a plumbing company in Texas is now taking all kinds of heat through no fault of his own.

He thought the dealer that bought his truck would remove the company info on it.

Clearly, that didn't happen.

And somehow the truck shows up in a picture on the internet with Syrian fighters on board.

Not the kind of 'advertising' "Mark-1 Plumbing" wants!

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Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Wednesday, Dec, 17 2014

Do the terrorists win if they don't show this movie?

Do the terrorists win if you don't go see this movie?

I'm going to talk about this to open the show today because it's a sticky situation.

I think the popular answer to the above questions is 'yes', therefore theaters need to show it and people need to go see it.

The problem with that is can you begin to imagine the backlash if something terrible were indeed to happen at the New York premier tomorrow night?

All the Monday morning quarterbacks yapping about how we knew there were threats but did nothing about it would have a field day....not to mention the lawsuits to follow.

So which way do you go on this thing? Show it or not?
Damned if you do (maybe) and damned if you don't (certainly).

posted by: Phil Cianciola 8 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

"Wonderful" show

Saturday, Dec, 13 2014

The picture of the standing ovation from the packed house says it all.

It was a standing ovation kind of day Friday on the PhilCast.

"It's a Wonderful Life" was a smashing success, from the performance, to the crowd, to all the food and cash we collected for St. Joe's Food Program.

My only regret from the entire production was the fact that after the show I learned what was going on outside while I was up on stage.

People were being turned away, unable to watch because the building was filled to capacity. This both warms my heart but disappoints me as well.

I want to apologize to all those who came out with the intention of watching us do this live radio play but were unable to remain inside to watch.

We had no idea that many people would attend.

It warms my heart as well because once again, the PhilCast Family was there in force to help the cause. I also heard that many people who were not allowed in made their donations anyway.

Thank you for that.

I'll talk more about some behind-the-scenes stories and share some of the wonderful (pardon the pun) emails I have received from listeners about the production.

I guess it sounded pretty good on the radio. I have no clue really....hard to tell from up there performing and directing your baby. I'll be listening to it for the first time myself on Christmas Eve Day when it is re-broadcast on WHBY at 10:00 a.m.

Additional pictures will be posted to what is already at the PHOTO page here at
So check back there from time to time.

We are also putting together a video of the production, including clips from the dress rehearsal and interviews with some of the performers. We may make that available at some point down the road.

....and for those of you who have asked me if we'll do it again next year, the answer is no.
However, I DO have a couple of ideas kicking around in my head for a similar show next Christmas!

We'll see.

For now it's time to rest a little and recharge the batteries while enjoying the Christmas season.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 8 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Watch Old-Time LIVE Radio this Friday!

Saturday, Dec, 6 2014

Fast Facts: The PhilCast Players bring you "It's a Wonderful Life", an old fashioned live radio performance

--Friday, Dec. 12th from 3:00 to 5:00-ish as the PhilCast show goes on the road and on stage.

--OuterEdge Stage, 303 Oneida in downtown Appleton.
Free parking in a lot next to the building, and a parking ramp to park in across the street.

--Admission fee is a donation to St. Joe's Food Program of Menasha.
Non-perishable food items, cash, check or credit card accepted.

--Doors open at 2:00 p.m.

--Stay for as long as you like, watching many of the people you hear on WHBY every day acting out this timeless classic live on the radio complete with sound effects, music clips and live singing from newVoices.

I'm finally going to be able to cross this off my radio career bucket list, and I hope you'll be a part of it all on Friday.

Merry Christmas!

posted by: Phil Cianciola 9 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

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