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The SmorgShow Podcast originates from the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord radio show which aired on suburban Chicago high school radio station WDGC-FM between 1982-1984. The show was known at the time for its edginess for a high school radio program. Chris and Dave’s all-talk format broke the mold by deviating from the station’s rock genre and often pushed the boundaries of acceptable community standards.

In 2010, Chris Bockay resurrected the Smorgasbord brand name and paired up with his daughter, Ally to create a new podcast series staying true to the original spirit and variety format of the old radio show.

After serving as co-host and contributing to nearly 100 episodes, Ally is now grown up and has flown the coop, leaving Chris to fend for himself. As a result, the show has taken a bit of a different turn. Chris now pairs up regularly with original Smorgasbord Radio Show co-host Dave Jackson as well as Jerry Malauskas who serves as the show’s Chief Conspiracy Correspondent (CCC). And let’s not forget ‘Master of the Wide Open Spaces Between the Ears’, Baba Gonesh – who after nearly 40 years of being featured on our show, serves as our International News Correspondent, sending his views and breaking news directly from his homeland of India.

While Seinfeld was said to be “a show about nothing”, the SmorgShow Podcast is a show about anything.

We love to hear from our listening audience! Call our studio hotline and leave a message! (312) 95-SMORG (957-6674)

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The SmorgShow Podcast originates from the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord radio show which aired on suburban Chicago high school radio station WDGC-FM between 1982-1984. The show was known at the time for its edginess for a high school radio program. Chris and Dave’s all-talk format broke the mold by deviating from the station’s rock genre and often pushed the boundaries of acceptable community standards.

In 2010, Chris Bockay resurrected the Smorgasbord brand name and paired up with his daughter, Ally to create a new podcast series staying true to the original spirit and variety format of the old radio show.

After serving as co-host and contributing to nearly 100 episodes, Ally is now grown up and has flown the coop, leaving Chris to fend for himself. As a result, the show has taken a bit of a different turn. Chris now pairs up regularly with original Smorgasbord Radio Show co-host Dave Jackson as well as Jerry Malauskas who serves as the show’s Chief Conspiracy Correspondent (CCC). And let’s not forget ‘Master of the Wide Open Spaces Between the Ears’, Baba Gonesh – who after nearly 40 years of being featured on our show, serves as our International News Correspondent, sending his views and breaking news directly from his homeland of India.

While Seinfeld was said to be “a show about nothing”, the SmorgShow Podcast is a show about anything.

We love to hear from our listening audience! Call our studio hotline and leave a message! (312) 95-SMORG (957-6674)

    152. The Adoption of Fezco

    152. The Adoption of Fezco

    Dog abandoned for being 'gay' has been adopted by same-sex couple. 5-year old Fezco, was dumped at an animal shelter by his previous owner for humping another male dog. Fezco has since been adopted by a same-sex couple in North Carolina.


    Drag Bingo is scheduled to be held at nearby Downers Grove Library.


    More woke emails from Jerry's HR department.


    Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022)


    Dave Jackson and Jerry Malauskas co-host.

    • 20 min
    151. 40 Smorgulous Years (Part 2 of 2)

    151. 40 Smorgulous Years (Part 2 of 2)

    It has been exactly 40 years since the launch of the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord, heard on suburban Chicago high school radio station WDGC 88.3 FM.


    Original Smorgasbord Show co-host Dave Jackson is back in the SmorgShow lounge, along with Chief Conspiracy Correspondent, Jerome Malauskas, to reflect back on the origins of the program. We dig up some of our favorite bits from yesteryear and reflect back on the high and low points of the show.


    More importantly, the occasion also marks the 40th anniversary of the friendships of Chris, Dave and Jerry which are stronger today than ever before.


    This is part 2 of 2 episodes that marks the special occasion. We pick up where the story left off in the last episode where Chris and Dave separate at the end of season 1 to explore their own personal show formats individually. We hear clips from their separate shows including 'Smorgasbord Saturday Night' where Chris Bockay teams up with Geoff Beran. We talk about the short-lived stint of bringing the Smorgasbord show to Cable TV, the successes and failures of our remote broadcast shows from the Tivoli Bowling Alley and the Barn in Naperville. We conclude the show with several clips of Chris and Dave's reunion in the summer of 1984 before the two left WDGC-FM for good in exchange for higher education.


     


    For those new to our show, these past two episodes are a great way to get to know us, learn a little about our history and why we continue to honor this program in podcast form today.


    "Chris and Dave: Keeping You Company until You Want it Back!"

    • 2 hr 10 min
    150. 40 Smorgulous Years (Part 1 of 2)

    150. 40 Smorgulous Years (Part 1 of 2)

    It has been exactly 40 years since the launch of the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord, heard on suburban Chicago high school radio station WDGC 88.3 FM.


    Original Smorgasbord Show co-host Dave Jackson is back in the SmorgShow lounge, along with Chief Conspiracy Correspondent, Jerome Malauskas, to reflect back on the origins of the program. We dig up some of our favorite bits from yesteryear and reflect on the high and low points of the show.


    More importantly, the occasion also marks the 40th anniversary of the friendships of Chris, Dave and Jerry which are stronger today than ever before.


    This is part 1 of 2 episodes that marks the special occasion. In Part 1, we focus on the backstory of the program - how all the contributors were led to follow their passion for radio and how they team up to host the original Chris and Dave Smorgasbord Radio Show. We listen back to some of Chris's very early 'basement' recordings, clips from the first Chris and Dave Smorgasbord season and conclude with the split of Chris and Dave, where the story will pick up in Episode 151.


    As an added highlight we finally hear the long-awaited story of how Chris meets Baba Gonesh, who has been with our show for the entire ride. Baba calls into the show and discusses the early days of his involvement with the show. Check out Baba's story and the commercial that started it all here.


    For those new to our show, these next two episodes are a great way to get to know us, learn a little about our history and why we continue to honor this program in podcast form today.


    "Chris and Dave: Keeping You Company until You Want it Back!"

    • 1 hr 29 min
    149. Live from the Carlisle (Part 3)

    149. Live from the Carlisle (Part 3)

    Smorgasbord Radio Rewind Episode


    As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Smorgasbord Radio show, we look back at our 30th anniversary celebration from 2012 when Chris and Dave returned to their old stomping grounds of Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL where they hosted ‘The Taste of the Smorg’ back in 1984. 


    This is the third of three episodes leading up to the big anniversary where we look back at our special live event from the Carlisle. 


    On this episode, we hear another live performance from UK's Jordan Martyn as well as an interview with the singer-songwriter. We play some of the first radio bits of Jerry calling into the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord show as well as the bit that put Chris and Dave on WDGC-FM General Manager Fred Moore's naughty list. Chris performs his song live about adolescence in the 1980's.


     

    • 54 min
    148. Live from the Carlisle (Part 2)

    148. Live from the Carlisle (Part 2)

    Smorgasbord Radio Rewind Episode


    As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Smorgasbord Radio show, we look back at our 30th anniversary celebration from 2012 when Chris and Dave returned to their old stomping grounds of Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL where they hosted ‘The Taste of the Smorg’ back in 1984. 


    This is the second of three episodes leading up to the big anniversary where we look back at our special live event from the Carlisle. 


    On this episode, we hear crooner Phillip Donald perform live on stage followed by an interview with Phillip. Dave and Ally check out the surroundings by heading over to the karaoke bar. Baba Gonesh's restaurant is represented at one of the food tables, we hear live performances from UK's Jordan Martyn as well as from Ally performing her original 'Untold Stories'. Chris and Dave continue with their reminiscing of the old radio show with a classic bit of 'Homework Hotline'. Also a look back on what was happening in 1982 when the Smorgasbord Radio Show first hit the airwaves.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Smorgasbord Buffet Bites: The Real Cause of Elvis' Death

    Smorgasbord Buffet Bites: The Real Cause of Elvis' Death

    Buffet Bites: From the SmorgShow Archives


    August 16 marks the 45th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll. Chris and Ally discuss the real cause of Elvis's death compared to how the media reported his passing at the time.

    • 5 min

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