Whenever I’m feeling low, there’s one thing that picks me up without fail: the episode of The Best Show where host Tom Scharpling and guest Paul F. Tompkins talk about the Gathering of the Juggalos. Generally The Best Show lightens my mood a lot, but that episode in particular is absolute gold. You can give it a listen here (starts at 1:27:10).
The Best Show is one of many great programs on WFMU, the longest-running freeform radio station in the United States. Based in Jersey City and run by Ken Freedman, it’s all independent, it’s all listener supported, and it’s all awesome. (And you can listen to it online.) Tim K. Smith is working on a documentary about the station and is looking for funds to complete the film. There are just 12 days left to go on their Kickstarter campaign, and he’s very close to the goal. To learn more about the project, visit the Freeform or Death Kickstarter page.
After the cut, Ted Leo sings a song by Barry Dworkin on The Best Show (as illustrated/animated by kidcolin on YouTube).