Tom Scharpling

The Classical

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Hey, Friends of Tom, listen up! Tom Scharpling (former writer for Monk and host of The Best Show on WFMU) is working with a team of terrific journalists (including Bethlehem Shoals [founder of FreeDarko] and Lang Whitaker [editor at SLAM magazine]) to create an "Awl-like" website about sports called "The Classical."

The project promises to be smart, funny, creative, passionate and refreshingly independent. But like any independent creative start-up, they need help to get up and running. Please hit their Kickstarter page and help influence the future direction of sports coverage on the web!

Tom Scharpling's New Pornographers Video

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Our good friend Mr. Tom Scharpling, from Show Business, has created this delightful video for a little band from Canada you may have heard of. It features numerous Show Business personalities, including past Sound guests like Ted Leo, Julie Klausner, Wyatt Cenac and Todd Barry.

Enjoy it, America.

Podcast: The College Years: Free-est Form Radio

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Guests: 
Tom Scharpling
Guests: 
Jon Wurster

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Free-est Form Radio

This is the first ever piece of original programming that Jesse put onto the internet as a podcast. And, as they say, the rest is history. Now a world-famous podcaster, Jesse starts this episode by explaining the then-newfangled technology of podcasting in simple, yet brilliant terms that an idiot can understand and a genius can appreciate. Thanks Jesse, I appreciate it.


Next, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster talk to Jesse about the age-old technology of radio (which, beyond podcasting, Jesse is also famously brilliant at).

Scharpling and Wurster show off their own radio prowess in the back half of this episode in a hilarious bit from the Best of the The Best Show on WFMU.

Ted Leo - Bottled in Cork

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What's this? A new video from two-time Sound of Young America guest Ted Leo? Directed by two-time Sound of Young America guest Tom Scharpling? With special guest two-time Sound of Young America guest John Hodgman? And two-time MaxFun guest Paul F. Tompkins? And one-time Sound of Young America guest Julie Klausner?

SIGN ME UP!

Below: Ted performs "Bottle of Buckie" on The Sound a couple of years ago. Check out two more performances, plus the interview here.

Podcast: The College Years: Free Form

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Guests: 
Tom Scharpling
Guests: 
Eugene Mirman

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Free Form


To begin the show, Jesse speaks with Tom Scharpling. Known for his writing on shows such as Tom Goes to the Mayor and Monk. Tom talks about his radio programme, The Best Show on WFMU. Why don't you become Tom's friend?


Next up on this episode, Eugene Mirman! Listen as Eugene shares memories of childhood alienation and loneliness. Meanwhile, Jesse talks about Gallagher. If you're feeling lonely and don't want to listen to another Gallagher album, pick up some of Eugene's hilarious work.

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