Options Best Show Gems with Tom Scharpling: Playlists and Archives

Best Show Gems: The Best Of The Best Show On WFMU is a twice-monthly podcast featuring highlights from the full radio show. Classic Scharpling and Wurster calls, amazing phone-ins, random weirdness and more! It's a perfect way for a beginner to get on board, or for a longtime fan to look back and remember when. (Visit homepage.)

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  • Options December 23, 2013: Philly Boy Roy Reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Philly-Style', featuring Kurt Vile (originally aired on December 21, 2010) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 9, 2013: A Call from Tom's Godfather Butch Daffodil (originally aired on June 9, 2009) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options November 25, 2013: Recording Engineer Rick Spangler Thinks a Lot of Things Smell (originally aired on July 13, 2010) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options November 11, 2013: Mike Sajak Is Having a Meltdown (originally aired on March 22, 2005) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 28, 2013: A Halloween Interview with The Creature from POUT (originally aired on October 31, 2000) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 14, 2013: A Call from Basketball Coach Rich McGuiness (originally aired on July 13, 2010) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options April 29, 2013: An Interview with Terry Fritch, Director of 'Weapons of Mass Deception' (originally aired on July 8, 2003) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options April 15, 2013: Craig Cooper from Radio Hut Calls About the hutPod (originally aired on February 21, 2006) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options April 1, 2013: Psychic Kelvin Juniper (originally aired on January 6, 2009) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options February 18, 2013: A Visit from Beatles Expert Milt Mortner (originally aired on March 30, 2010) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options February 4, 2013: Philly Boy Roy and Patton Oswalt Talk About Rambocky (originally aired on July 10, 2007) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 24, 2012: Philly Boy Roy Is Having a Reggae Christmas (originally aired on December 23, 2008) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 10, 2012: Author Steven Jennings Talks About His Bruce Springsteen Book (originally aired on November 30, 2010) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options November 26, 2012: Phil from Newishbridge Talks SNL Trivia with John Mulaney (originally aired on July 27, 2010) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options November 12, 2012: Tom Calls Corey Harris to Settle a Bet (originally aired on November 19, 2002) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 29, 2012: The 2008 Newbridge Mayubernational Debate (originally aired on August 19, 2008) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 15, 2012: Bryce Calls About Frank Zappa (originally aired on November 24, 2009) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 1, 2012: Philly Boy Roy Talks About the World Cup with John Hodgman and John Oliver (originally aired on June 22, 2010) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 31, 2011: Bill from Consolidated Cardboard Can't Keep His Story Straight (originally aired on May 13, 2008) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 17, 2011: A Visit from Del the Pizza Guy (with In-Studio Guests Aimee Mann and Patton Oswalt) (originally aired on May 12, 2009) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 3, 2011: A Call from Maurice Kern and Hot Rockin' Ronny (originally aired on December 21, 2004) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options September 19, 2011: An In-Studio Appearance by Seth Galifianakis (originally aired on April 24, 2007) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options September 5, 2011: Shawn in Rampridge Survived a Plane Crash (originally aired on December 30, 2008) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options June 27, 2011: Tom Gets a Call from High School Bully Troy Dershman (originally aired on August 14, 2001) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options June 13, 2011: A Call from Linus, a Blogger from South South Newbridge (originally aired on February 13, 2007) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options January 24, 2011: Matthew Tompkins is Back on the Shout! Network (originally aired on January 15, 2008) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options January 10, 2011: Polyphonic Spree and Brian Wilson Unfair Record Reviews (originally aired on July 27, 2004) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 27, 2010: Reggie from Survivor (originally aired on December 16, 2003) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 13, 2010: Tom Zings WFMU DJ Hova, Talks to a Caller About Studio 54, and Sings Belle & Sebastian (originally aired on July 27, 2004) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options September 20, 2010: Tom Interviews 'Mr. Loophole', Tony Torgvort, Author of 'The System' (originally aired on June 19, 2001) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options September 6, 2010: Tom's High School Classmate Has Found Freedom (originally aired on May 25, 2004) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 28, 2009: A Call from a Reality Show Celebrity with a Rock Star Swagger (originally aired on October 24, 2006) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 14, 2009: Tom's Co-Worker Ron Templeton (originally aired on November 12, 2002) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 19, 2009: Bob from Newbridge Offers Unique Takes on Current Events (originally aired on July 24, 2007) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 5, 2009: A Call from Dr. Dandy Dan Dannington (originally aired on October 12, 2004) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options March 23, 2009: Augie Richards, owner of Ye Olde Burger Barn (originally aired Jun 26, 2001) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options March 11, 2009: Philly Boy Roy's first call (originally aired Jan 15, 2002) | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • March 10, 2009: Special Marathon Podcast #2 - CORRECTED!!
  • March 9, 2009: Special Marathon Podcast #2 - CORRECTED!!
  • Options March 2, 2009: Special Marathon Podcast | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!

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