By Nick Christophers
If you are looking for a fun and insightful radio show you won’t need to look far. It is called the Wiseguyz Show, and no it’s not about the mob. It first aired in 2014 on DDVRadio and is also available on DDVRadio on Tunein, on Free DDVRadio App and streaming Live on Wiseguyz Show Facebook Group page. You may be reading this and saying, “Hey, wasn’t there another show with a similar name?” Yes, there was one co-hosted by the late John “ChaCha” Ciarcia which ended in 2009. His show was broadcasted from his restaurant “Cha-Cha’s” in Little Italy. The developing cast of the Wiseguyz Show asked ChaCha for permission to run a spin-off of the show. He was all for it and hence the birth of the show.
“He supported us 100%. He even called into the show from time to time to join in with us right up until his passing. He is our/my inspiration and a big part of my strive to carry this show to a greater level. Without his advice there wouldn’t even be a Wiseguyz Show. He will always be a part of our show in one way or another. He will always be remembered and honored throughout our existence. May God Rest his Soul. He was an amazing man and my NY Little Italy Zio. I Miss Him every day. This is why the name The Wiseguyz Show,” said Freddy the Fireman.
The show has a diverse cast of characters; Freddy The Fireman, Jumpin Gennaro, The Chicken Man of Alcatraz, Mike The Magician, Peter KISS of Mini KISS, Rob The DJ, Bubble Gum Gangster Billy Gagootz, Annette The Talent Coordinator, Jerry The Plumber, Anthony The Photographer and newest member Prank Call Mafia Shane Coyle. There also those who lend a hand to the show like Comedian Mad Dog Mike Jenkins, Italian Singing Sensation Blaise Biagio Benevenga, Joe Cannoli Chocallo, Nicky Whispers, and The Sicilian Sleeper.
The show focuses on current events as they at times put a comedic spin on those events. They are also actively involved in promoting benefits / charity events. The cast has offered their time to festivals and have done Live Remote Show Specials. Since its inception there has been a string of celebrity guests on the show. Whether they are A-list or up and coming the show does not discriminate.
So far, they have had the likes of Eric Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Chuck Wepner, Big Ange, Lt Col Michael Waltz, Vinny Paz, Ray Mercer, Mic Foley, Judy Torres, Burt Young, Fasciation, Mo Vaughn, Mike Marino, Tony Saragossa, Jerry Mathers, Bernard Kerik, Greg Valentine, Lee Haney, Amanda Bearse, Rick Cerone, Taylor Dane, Billy Van Zant and more.
According to Freddy the Fireman they would hope to take the show to another level. He believes the show can serve as a key media source for mass information to the public. Also, as a conduit for those looking to promote themselves and for organizations looking to advertise their events on a large scale.
Their facebook group page has already reached 31,000+ members and still going. They are gearing up to work on charity events like Autism, Lupus, Bullying Heritage, and Special Needs.
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