CHAPTER 1: THE RADIO HOOLIGANS ADVENTURE BEGINS
The Radio Hooligans started their terrifying ascent in the radio world shortly before their miserable decline. Not much is known about the Hooligans, and the Forces of the Universe want to keep it that way. The Radio Hooligans are recognized - but only by the initiated - for some of the most outrageous comedy in the history of humor...and that must be true...after all, it says so right here on their very own web page. And as everyone knows, anything on a web page MUST be true.
JOE SPINS THE REELS IN THE "BACKROOM"
The Radio Hooligans originally began in
the early 1980's with Joe Tyburczy and Henry Dane, working in the
enigmatic Backroom Studios in Newton, Massachusetts,
USA.(Backroom was also the origin of the infamous "Verbal Assault",
with host Rocco Giuliano - heard on Pirate Radio stations
EARLY 'BACKROOM PRODUCTIONS' POST CARD
In the dank, festering chambers of Backroom Studios, the boys created their trademark "Radio Sitcoms", like "Zak" (the '60s Burnout whose words came one syllable at a time), "Voice Over Detective" (who didn't "do divorces - just Voice Overs"), and "You Lied To Me!" (starring Donald, perpetual victim of the sadistic boys & girls of Tibbetown High); all of which originally aired on WBRS-FM Radio 94.7, at Brandeis University in Waltham.
The Radio Hooligans's theme song, at the
time, went like this (to the tune of "The Alvin
Show"):Hooligans,those Hooligans!/The radio is nutty with those
Hooligans!/They're on the air from six 'til ten;/And every Saturday
you'll find them back again;/You'll find 'em on the air at
ninety-one-seven!/Hooligans on the air.../Saturdays if you dare!
CHAPTER 2: THE BOYS'
METEORIC RISE TO FAME & IGNOMINY
As mediocrity rockets to the top, so did the Radio Hooligans go from a virtually unknown, low-watt college outpost (where they dutifully completed such coop work as scrubbing toilets, paving driveways, bandaging wounded, etc.) to the pinnacle of Boston Radio in the late '80s: WBCN's The Big Mattress, with Charles Laquidara.
With the generous help of the internationally lauded audio genius, Bill Wangerin (of BWA, Inc.) the Hooligans entered a new level of production excellence. Some of their greatest hits on 'BCN included: "Sumner!", "Hey Wicked High Where Are You?", "The Reagan Show" (another Alvin Show ripoff!!), "The Santa Wrap", "Hooligan Hilites" and of course dozens of "Color Of the Day" sketches.
THE BOYS ON THE AIR AT WBRS
Naturally, it was only a matter of time before the Radio Hooligans had their very own fan club. Unlike most other famous cult comedy entity fan clubs, this one only had two members, Steve Currier & Ellen Henry (no relation), and never expanded. But that's the price of fame.
FAN ELLEN HENRY ENJOYS A CLASSIC SHOW
Joe and Henry even made occasional excursions to other stations, like WZLX, to do promos for Morning Man (and Hank's pal) Bill Smith, and WROR, in a rare (disguised) appearance on the Joe and Andy Show, with as Momar & the Mallomars, performing "Gulf of Sidra" (to the tune of the Chi-lites "Have You Seen Her".
Joe & Henry hosted but one single radio show in their long history together: "The WMRE Sunday Showcase". One rainy Fall Sunday (what else?) in 1988, the boys hosted an afternoon of their various old and new bits on this AM station. One listener commented: "I was tied up in a store burglary, and they left the radio on to keep me company. I heard almost the whole show. It was a while before the police got there to untie me".