“The Jonathon Brandmeier Show” is an offbeat mix of news, pop culture, sports, celebrities and compelling real people.
Episode 50 – Living in the Future
In this last episode of the season, Jorianne the Coffee Psychic predicts the future of the show, JB & Buzz discuss some news from the week, talk to a listener live on a plane (with no unruly passengers in sight), listen to your voicemails, and more. Plus, from the Brandmeier Archives: Billy Crystal’s random calls and a summer kickoff bonus – Jimmy Buffett live at Navy Pier.
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24/05/2021 • 1 hour 26 minutes 33 seconds
Episode 49 – “It’s a Bad Business Plan, but a Lot of Fun”
JB hears listeners’ offers for a new studio space, Buzz reports that the Chinese are on Mars, we talk about Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who bought himself a boat that needs a boat, and more. Plus, from the Brandmeier archives: in honor of Conan’s final shows and CNN’s “The Story of Late Night,” Conan O’Brien and Ed McMahon live in studio.
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17/05/2021 • 1 hour 3 minutes 39 seconds
Episode 48 – Bear Down
We talk about airplane passengers gone mad, why the Carters “ain’t no hobbits” in their viral photo with the Bidens, the national chicken shortage, and more. JB dials Wisconsin to try and convince people that Aaron Rodgers has been traded to the Chicago Bears. And speaking of the Bears, Chicago Tribune sports writer Dan Wiederer joins us to talk about former Super Bowl champion Steve “Mongo” McMichael’s fight against ALS and what we can all do to help.
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10/05/2021 • 48 minutes 18 seconds
Episode 47 – Crank Yankin’ It
The rental car crisis and possible gas shortage has JB heading to truck driving school, JB is asked to speak at a former mayor’s funeral and Buzz thinks there’s “money to be made” in it, we talk with a bowler who put his father’s ashes in his ball – and bowled a perfect game! Buzz prepares for the end of the world with his new stiletto knife. Plus: we celebrate the return of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Crank Yankers” with Wanda Sykes and David Alan Grier in studio.
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03/05/2021 • 1 hour 44 seconds
Episode 46 – Be Kind, Rewind
We talk with the star of Netflix’s “The Last Blockbuster,” pay tribute to the oldest living American, and discuss the man who yanked a bobcat off his wife! Voicemails lead to an instant request from the archives – that time a listener interviewed “douchebag” Meatloaf. In honor of Earth Day, Johnny remembers his love calls to the tree where environmental activist Julia “Butterfly” Hill lived. Plus: we break down Buzz’s bedtime routine (melatonin, weed, AND wine!).
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26/04/2021 • 1 hour 7 minutes 14 seconds
Episode 45 – Mack Attack
UK broadcaster Graham Mack on why more than 100,000 people complained about the wall-to-wall coverage of “cheeky” Prince Philip’s death, the theft of the world’s largest rabbit, and why some pubs have banned Johnny’s favorite London drink. Thanks to a listener, Buzz remembers an R-rated experience he had on a plane. Plus: Johnny wants a life coach, we’ve got some picks to click, and more!
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19/04/2021 • 1 hour 11 minutes 30 seconds
Episode 44 – Hyper Rooster & Harry Beaver
Our man Gino reports on gunshots that interrupted his drinking, we try to find out why a 12-foot rooster statue was stolen from a Wisconsin restaurant, Buzz considers joining a rally to protect invading beavers, we talk with a listener stuck in Kuwait because of COVID, and more. Plus: we celebrate Cheap Trick’s 20th new album with a flashback interview from the Brandmeier Archives.
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12/04/2021 • 1 hour 13 minutes 45 seconds
Episode 43 – Think About It
Aunt Marcia is the new Alexa; the April Fools’ Day call you can’t stop repeating; Easter egg hunts gone bad; Johnny talks about the passing of his mother-in-law Millie and the Six Degrees of Buzz; Chris Rock has the answer to all the gun violence; So long, civility! We read tweets about bad airplane behavior. Plus, from the Brandmeier Archives, a studio interview with Ike Turner in honor of the new Tina Turner doc on HBO. Note: There will be no show out next week. Happy Easter!
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29/03/2021 • 1 hour 2 minutes 44 seconds
Episode 42 – Piece of Sh*t Show
We talk about the “skyrocketing” catalytic converter thefts (turns out Buzz wasn’t the only one!), angry Americans in the news (“why are we fighting??”), NOT screaming on roller coasters, why Three Dog Night should be in the HOF, and more. Piers Morgan got a record number of complaints for his Meghan Markle comments, but was it as many as Adam Sandler got for SNL’s Canteen Boy? Plus: your emails, voicemails, and a March Madness flashback to the time we hooked up Dickie Vitale and Senator John McCain (awesome, baby!).
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22/03/2021 • 1 hour 16 minutes 9 seconds
Episode 41 – Catalytic Cancel Culture
Buzz’s stolen catalytic converter is worth more than the stimulus check! The cancel culture continues, from Dr. Seuss to a Chicago sportscaster – are Irish jokes next to go? The Royals’ “two-hour trashathon” with Oprah makes Piers Morgan “boil over.” JB watches the Woody Allen HBO doc “Allen v. Farrow” – is it a pick to click? Dolly Parton is “the one good thing in our empire’s twilight” and still the sweetest thing, even when we wake her up! Plus: Dr. Buzz explains quaaludes to little Johnny.
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