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Fundamental Pete & the Rabbit: Great Sunday night radio listening
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The Assjamery: The ancient tradition of loading a donkey with gifts and sending it out across the desert.
The Assjamery: The ancient tradition of loading a donkey with gifts and sending it out across the desert.

Procrastination, a long commute, right wing zealotry or rarest of all genuine interest. No matter what your reason is for listening to local radio, you undoubtedly are looking for a new show to mix up your evening soundtrack.

I would highly recommend Fundamental Pete & the Rabbit, on WSUM (91.7 FM) at 10 p.m. every Sunday. Hosted by recent UW grad and Sconz commenter Pete Hnilicka, the show is nicknamed the "Assjammery," which, as the website explains, is a reference to "the ancient tradition of stuffing a donkey full of gifts and sending it across the desert."

Anal appellations aside, Fundamental Pete is the ultimate variety show. The perverse, the pathetic and the profound. They do it all.

Let's start with the characters. Lacey Myers is the friendly news girl. Brian Johnson, a former attorney and current barman, is the token renaissance man. Tuddle, who is known as "King Tut" when he's feeling more confident, does impressions. Mike Wolf is the head comedy writer and Leslie Howes is the awkward poet. Adam Morstad provides live organ and piano music. There are also recurring callers, including a drunken neurotic named "Goat" and my personal favorite, a crusading truth-teller from Westchester, Pennsylvania named Ezekiel.

Like all good variety shows, FP is rife with sketches. A good example would be "Over the Line," in which Pete debates with Wolf about whether one of Wolf's proposed jokes goes "over the line," and should be withheld from the listeners. The irony, of course, is that in having the debate, the joke is put on display to the listeners, no matter what objections Pete may raise.

Ideally, you should listen to the show live and call in, but a taste of the content can be gotten at the Fundamental Pete website, which has a list of streaming podcasts. They work very well.

My suggestions for the show are almost entirely restricted to its title, which I think should eventually evolve to become "Fundy Pete," and then from there, "Fundy P."

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