NEPA Scene Podcast Episode 19 - Pushing the envelope with radio personality and DJ Freddie Fabbri

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In Episode 19, we hear some stories and opinions from the hilarious and outspoken Freddie Fabbri, a radio DJ and on-air personality on 98.5 KRZ, Froggy 101, WILK Newsradio, and Max 102 who also does stand-up comedy and even managed Breaking Benjamin in their early days. Before and during the interview, we drink some crowlers of Olly, Chasing the Dragon, Cloudy with a Chance of Apricots by Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, all beers that were featured in a tap takeover at Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre, our newest sponsor, and our tastes vary greatly on these unique brews. Then we talk about what “Fast Freddie” has been up to lately; working in the radio business and how it stays relevant in the digital age with more competition than ever; the freedom of speech he enjoys on the radio despite working for a large company; using innuendo, pushing the envelope, and how he’s gotten in trouble with previous stations he’s worked for; the infamous “dildo-gram” story; being politically incorrect in 2017; legalizing weed; a baseball team rivalry with Johnny; going on tour with Breaking Benjamin and Staind; taking risks and putting his livelihood on the line for Breaking Benjamin and his opinion of singer Benjamin Burnley these days; how Freddie got started doing stand-up; translating his sense of humor into a stand-up routine, choking on stage with his “more extreme” material, and steadily improving; local music; getting nominated in the Steamtown Music Awards; and more. We also answer some questions and comments from live viewers and give away free tickets to see Dashboard Confessional at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The NEPA Scene Podcast covers arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania. It airs as a live video stream every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page and is available afterward on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, YouTube, and nepascene.com. This episode and all previous episodes are available now on NEPA Scene, the award-winning independent arts and entertainment website that combines the accuracy and professionalism of a print magazine with the immediacy and convenience of a blog, offering a wide variety of content to readers in NEPA, Philadelphia, New York, and beyond. The show is made possible by local sponsors Beer Boys, The Keys, and the F.M. Kirby Center, Coal Creative, and viewers who tune in every week.

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