Podcast: March 18

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Born in South Africa, musician Dave Matthews spent the bulk of his childhood growing up in Yorktown, but he’s now lending his voice to TV commercials for the tourism board of the next state he called home. Which state is that?

A) South Carolina
B) Vermont
C) Virginia

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Dave Matthews conveniently forgets upbringing, lends voice to Virginia tourism ads

dave.jpgMusician Dave Matthews spent his childhood in Yorktown and South Africa, but he’s now lending his voice to TV commercials for Virginia’s tourism board.

Yes, Matthews formed his band in Charlottesville, Va., in 1991, but what about 1969-1977, when his tiny feet used Yorktown Heights as his stomping grounds? Where’s his “I (Heart) New York” pitch?

Wouldn’t “Ants Marching” be an appropriate tourism song for the place where Matthews probably first recalls seeing the picnic creatures on parade?

(AP Photo/Michael Kim)

Man(ning)’s best friend: Eli continues to help guide-dog charity

eli-manning.jpgA few years ago, some New York Giants fans might have complained quarterback Eli Manning was playing football like a dog. This June, the Super Bowl MVP will again be playing golf for man’s best friend.

It was announced today that Manning will return to host the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic on June 23 at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. Entering its 31st year, the event raises money and awareness for the Yorktown Heights-based organization that trains guide-dogs and offers them to the blind for free.

eli2.jpgIn a press release, Guiding Eyes CEO and President Bill Badger said at last year’s fundraiser — held June 25 at Mount Kisco Country Club — Manning golfed with sponsors and stayed at the banquet until the event’s conclusion. Badger continued to rave about the recent Super Bowl champ:


Everyone here — even our blind graduates, who couldn’t watch the game but listened instead — is moved by Eli’s association with Guiding Eyes. On behalf of our staff, our graduates, and our volunteers, Guiding Eyes for the Blind extends its heartiest congratulations to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.


Hear hear! Or should I say woof woof?

(Game photo: Julie Jacobson/AP; golf photo: Ricky Flores / The Journal News)

Happy 41st birthday, Dave Matthews!

dmb.JPGAlthough many frat boys and sorority girls are still on winter break, they’re probably hoisting a frosty beverage to honor former Yorktown resident Dave Matthews, who turned 41 today.When he was two years old, his family moved from Johannesburg, South Africa to Yorktown Heights, where Matthews’ father, John, worked for IBM, according to Biography.com. The family headed back to Johannesburg after John died, then returned to the States to live in Virginia after Dave finished high school.

Hopefully as the DM in DMB celebrates the big 4-1, he won’t “eat too much (or) drink too much. Too Much!”

(Photo courtesy of dmband.com)

‘History of Howard Stern’ spends 90 minutes on Westchester days

howard.jpgThirty years ago, Howard Stern launched his career as a professional deejay in Briarcliff Manor. The radio world would never be the same.

With Stern and his crew off for holiday break, Sirius satellite radio has been broadcasting the premiere of “The History of Howard Stern� in lieu of his live morning radio show this week. Featuring first-person interviews and narration by Jim Forbes of “Behind the Music� fame, the first 90 minutes of Tuesday’s broadcast alone were dedicated to Stern’s days spinning vinyl in Briarcliff and plugging various businesses and events throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.

“My first radio job really was WRNW in Westchester and that was a very difficult situation for me,� Stern said during the special. “I was not a good broadcaster; I was not a good straight broadcaster, and I wasn’t thought of much.�

Recently completing his second year of a five-year, $500 million contract at Sirius satellite radio, Stern said he launched his full-time career with a $5,000 annual salary on Jan. 1, 1977 at 107.1 FM. He was 11 days shy of his 23rd birthday.

“My first shift, when I got on the air, I was so nervous my hands were shaking,� he said. “The station was empty, thank God, because it was New Year’s morning. I hit the button to play the record, the whole board jams up. I must’ve hit it too hard.�

Reflecting on the incident with sidekicks Robin Quivers and Artie Lange, Stern said he woke up the program director when calling him in the ensuing panic.

“The engineer came in and started yelling at me – this big fat guy – and he fixed it at some point, I guess,� he said. “And all the other jocks heard me and they think I was horrible. I was the laughing stock of the station. The program director was going to fire me, I heard, because I woke him up. And again, I had to beg for his mercy. I said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ He goes, ‘You’re terrible; you’re horrible.’ It’s a miracle I sit here today.�

In addition to Briarcliff, check out the “King of All Media’s” direct connections to Armonk, Elmsford, Tarrytown, Bronxville, Scarsdale, White Plains and Yorktown after the break.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Letterman’s the ‘get,’ Moll’s on the ‘Net, and Amurri’s tête-à-tête

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview of North Salem resident David Letterman; “Night Court” star Richard Moll’s Yorktown Heights shoot for an Internet mockumentary; and Eva Amurri’s rejection of the risque role that her mother, Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon, made famous.


After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and his nephew ran into the family of Al Gore’s oldest daughter at what unusual Manhattan location a couple of weeks ago?

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EXCLUSIVE: Actor Richard Moll chats about Yorktown shoot

richardmoll21.jpgToday I spoke with Richard Moll, who played bailiff Bull Shannon on TV’s “Night Court” and appeared Monday in Yorktown Heights to film his role in an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.

I watched many an episode of “Night Court” as a preteen when it was syndicated locally on Fox, so when the 64-year-old Moll agreed to a phone interview, I was genuinely psyched and had to stop myself from pulling my own version of “The Chris Farley Show.” Remember that time when Bull scored so well on an IQ test that scientists tested him to see if he could unlock the mysteries of life, including the reason why men have nipples? That was awesome.

Because we talked about both his Yorktown visit and career in general, I’m publishing the parts of the interview about his Yorktown experience here and about the rest of his career on Remote Access. Enjoy!

Suburbarazzi: Did you enjoy your visit to Yorktown?

Richard Moll: It made me want to put on my Revolutionary War garb and shoot a gun at anyone who was wearing red. [Pause.] It was fine! It was very nice. We shot at (“Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy Newberger’s) home and it was very beautiful. I love Westchester County. I don’t know that I’ve ever been there before. It’s so close to Manhattan, so lush and rural-looking. I love the dense deciduous forests. It’s very beautiful.

Suburbarazzi: I could tell by the photos of the film shoot that you were really into the character, who wears a black leather vest and pants combo.

Richard Moll: I appreciated the fact that they let me use my own clothes.

Suburbarazzi: What attracted you to the role?

Richard Moll: Desperation for work. No, I see it as a fun character. I do like to work and generally, given my type, the characters I play are almost always quite a bit of fun. So it’s not too hard to persuade me.

Click here to read the rest of the interview, including Moll’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the “Night Court” cast; his inaccurate filmography on Internet Movie Database; his choice to live life these days without a TV or computer; his career in cartoon voice-overs, including the recurring role of Two-Face on the critically acclaimed “Batman: The Animated Series”; and his legendary prowess on “Super Password” and other game shows.

(Photo by Tanya Pann, courtesy of Ironbound Films/Broadband Enterprises)

No Bull! ‘Night Court’ star Richard Moll hits Yorktown Heights for shoot

richardmoll2.jpgIs it wrong that I watched hundreds of “Night Court” reruns as a 12-year-old? Perhaps that’s why I remain disappointed when I encounter judges who don’t do magic, prosecutors whose first names aren’t Reinhold and courtrooms severely lacking the presence of Mel Tormé (R.I.P.).

Because of all this, I wish I had known in advance about a Yorktown Heights shoot this week. Richard Moll, who played Bull Shannon — the tall, bald bailiff with a heart of gold on “Night Court” — stopped by the hamlet Monday to film “The Fantastic Two,” an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.

“The Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy Newberger, 33, welcomed the 64-year-old actor to the Aug. 27 shoot at the Fox Meadow Road home where Newberger lives with his wife, Michele, and son, Samson. The five-year Yorktown Heights resident raved today to Suburbarazzi about Moll, who wore a black leather vest and pants combo to play an intervention deprogrammer in the Web series.

richardmoll1.jpg“He was an absolute pleasure to work with,” Newberger said in a telephone interview today. “It’s going to be a great visual cue for anyone who loved or grew up on ‘Night Court’ and loved Bull.”

Newberger said he was able to secure Moll, who lives outside of Los Angeles, for the shoot after a few phone calls and after being told that the actor “loved the script.” Summoned from an unspecified Westchester County hotel, Moll arrived at the house Monday to film from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Newberger said.

“Between takes, he would sleep in the daybed in my child nursery — all 6-foot-7 of him,” Newberger added. “Then he would come on the set, and as soon as we said, ‘Action,’ he came alive. … He was just the most agreeable, funniest guy.”

“The Fantastic Two” is described by Newberger’s production company, Ironbound Films, as “The Odd Couple” of fantasy sports:


Charly is a thirty-five-year-old New Yorker—a five-foot-two metrosexual with a nasal voice—who co-owns a sports marketing company. Mitch, a thirty-five-year-old ex-jock child psychologist, lives in New Jersey, smokes Cigars, and measures in at about 5-5, 200 pounds. He sits in front of his desktop with a gray hat, fancying himself a virtual Vince Lombardi.


Moll’s character is summoned by their families, who think Charly and Mitch are addicted to fantasy football.

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Trump promotes his caddy to Carolyn’s old job

(Karl Rabe / The Poughkeepsie Journal)

It’s one thing to get the ol’ “You’re Fired!” routine. Then having your sidekick stint on “The Apprentice” given to the boss’s daughter has got to be tough. But getting replaced in your job by one of your former caddies—that’s just cruel.

As our sister publication to the north, The Poughkeepsie Journal, reported, Trump has promoted 30-year-old, Yorktown Heights native Dan Scavino to the position of General Manager of Trump National, the post once held Carolyn Kepcher. As a caddy and bag-room attendant at the Briarcliff Manor golf club, Scavino got in good with The Donald, who said in a press release, “Everybody loves him. He practically grew up there and he’s going to be a star.”

Scavino apparently also rubbed elbows with Joe Torre, Rudy Giuliani, and Bill Clinton on the links. Ah, yet another reminder of what a horrible, life-ruining mistake I made by passing on that caddy gig in 1993 and taking a job at Brooks Brothers instead. Wish I could take a mulligan on that one.

Photo by Karl Rabe / The Poughkeepsie Journal