The Lorenzo Commentaries Podcast (general)
As heard on WMPG-FM, Portland, Maine

The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will bring its new 2017 show to Portland. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, are excited to debut their new program at Space Gallery (538 Congress Street) on Friday, October 13th at 6:45 and again at 9:30pm. Tickets to the Found Footage Festival are $12 in advance ($15 at the door) and are available at

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Thanks to Kevin Oates.

WMPG needs podcasts, because no one chose to air this before the concert!

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This Saturday is my Dad's Rememberence in New York put together by my brother Don.

Here's my tribute.

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Thank you Seincast for the shout-out!

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Miss you Dad. So much.

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That's right, Begathon March 16 to 23!

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Meanwhile we still have Paul LePage!

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Here we are, one divorce, two vehicles, one marriage, two employers, one relocation, and two grandchildren later.

And I lost my 160 gig iPod!

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At Port City Music Hall, Portland, Maine 12/18/16

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Live on WMPG.


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If you can't make it to the Portland Museum of Art 11/1/16 at 4pm (call 8741065 to RSVP) catch "The Reel Snow White" on YouTube:

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Numbers of downloads seem to dropping every month....please spread the word!

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Thanks Larry, you gave it 100!


2016: The Year. of the Monkees

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He was the best!

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live on WMPG

RIP Myron Samuels

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Thanks Sprout!

Thanks Spurwink!

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An inspiration!

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We haven't yet made our goal, so you may still donate at

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Adam Gardner. What a mensch!

The Portland Lights Festival promoters?  Not so much.

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Vacation's not over yet but I couldn't stay away.

i got half as many downloads in July as I did in June.  What's up?

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Lorenzo "Larry" Raffa Sr. And Steve Hirshon finally meet! and you are there!!

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I'm having trouble letting go!

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Chris Brown didn't answer my e-mails this year, but I have my audio files and the ability to edit!

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Too much good stuff for for one commentary!

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Are you a loser too?

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Steve and I review Steely Dan in Meadowbrook, NH

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Goodbye old friends!

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10th Anniversary Commentary (Recorded live on WMPG)

It all started in 2004 on the Fore River Gazzette...

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Sorry for the every other week deal. I promise from this point on to fill in the gaps even if the pieces fail to run on WMPG due to technical difficulties (or Steve messing up)

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Wish I could be there!

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Congrats, Coral!!!

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Three weeks later, the food truck fleet has arrived in Portland, Maine!

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Can anyone get my cell # from the beeps?

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John Lehman 1949-2013 RIP

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A blast!

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This Saturday, kids!

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If you live in Maine, check this out!

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An update from a few weeks back.

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Yes, literally a minute. Got one?


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This Saurday.

WMPG still has tix foe a $40 pledge! Call207-874-3000 now!

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This one didn't make it to air, but the MonkCon is this w/e, so here we go...

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Will post Fat Tuesday broadcast soon!

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Join us!

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Speaking of movies, check out "Nebraska". Excellent!

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Unlike last November, loving the current hoopla!

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You can check out "Lorenzo's First Commentary", "My Song", and the Radio Open Mic promo right on this site!   

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Heard on 'MPG Reports, slightly edited.

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My, Crys, and Sam's Hukkin' a Chainek show stream:

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Happy new year podcat listeners!!!

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A bare bones "Oh The Bells" for the new WMPG  newscast.

Merry Christmas!

Lorenzo, Crys and maybe even Sam hosting Hukkin' a Chainek on Boxing Day!

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I hope so!

WMPG Reports

Tuesdays @ 1pm

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Prof. Pierson is the author of Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series, available here:


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Sorry, original on-air file lost!

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Will I make this week's "WMPG Reports"?  Tune in this Monday at 1pm at and hit "listen" !

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Thanks, Coast City!

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See you there this weekend? Tickets still available!

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Guest commentator this #1 daughter Crys talks about turning 30. I'm proud and thankful to be her Dad. Happy Birthday, Boo!

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What more can I say?

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Live on WMPG's Hukkin A Chainek w/Steve

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Sorry for the tinny Baby Blue; a home, not studio production. Lynn & I were married 10/19/03, BTW.

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It's Begathon time!!! Please call 207-879-3000 to keep WMPG on the air, the home of The Lorenzo Commentaries!!!

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Back next week!

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Subbing Hukkin a Chainek 9/5/13!

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It's meds, man!

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I'm so confused!

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and the food trucks are slowlyarriving in Portland Town. Life is good!

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If you download the Renz Comm and enjoy them (or hate-listen?!), please e-mail me at! I'd love to hear from you!

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This Wednesday, July 24, 6:30-8:30 am ET is the final "Reasonable Music" program. Check it out at!

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Song: "Driving Along" by the late, great Harry Nilsson from the LP Nilsson Shmilsson

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I'm a lucky guy!

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Google Jackie Vernon. Thank me later

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Radio Open Mic streaming link:

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It's not to late to send an MP3! (unless the show has ended) E-mail an MP3 to with ROM in the subject line. DO IT NOW!!! The show airs today, Thursday 6/6/13 3-5pm ET and streams on (and is dedicated to my friend John L.)

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Send an MP3 file for Radio Open Mic #10 to radioopenmic@gmail with ROM in the subject line. Broadcasting on WMPG 90.9 and 104.1 FM in Southern Maine and streaming at on Thursday 6/6/13 3-5pm ET. C'mon podcast listeners!

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Includes full "Talking Woodstock with John Lehman.

Goodbye, my good friend.

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Hope to get back in costume one day!

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I'll even miss Toby!

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It's all to much!

(psssst...Radio Open Mic!!! June 6 3-5pm Live In-Studio and live on WMPG and Send MP3s to be played between live acts to, please!

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Includes 2011/2012 edited interview with organizer anthony disalvo

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...with one really tragic one.

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The Beagathon's over for now, but you can still go to to donate. On to Papa Nez!

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This is the "unplugged" version, recorded in-studio during WMPG Spring Begathon. the server was down, so the on-air version (w/music from Eels) is lost in the ozone. Support the podcast by supporting the commentary by supporting WMPG by calling 207-874-3000 or give online at . Thanks!!!

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Next week: Begathon!

Love you Dad!

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BTW, this year's Spring Begathon is April 4-10, with Hukkin' a Chainek kicking off the fesivities

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Anyone know printer repair?

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The snow can"t stop us!

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The Bio:

Lorenzo Raffa is a legend in his own mind.
Lorenzo hopes that's not what people perceive, but that's his favorite quip when someone mentions that they've heard him at some point on WMPG in the last quarter century. Lorenzo (or Lo, Zo, Renz, or Renzo, the only current nicknames come from clipping off a syllable or two) grew up loving radio, and being raised in the New York City suburbs in the 1960's He got to hear some of the best soundwaves ever broadcast: MusicRadio WABeatlesC, Dan Ingram, the WMCA Good Guys, "Cousin" Brucie, Scott Muni on WNEW-FM, Punk and New Wave breaking out on WLIR, even ImusInTheMorning before he became a cranky old man, and Howard Stern before you needed special hardware and a monthly fee. It was all glorious audio and his hope was one day he could recreate radio as he remembered it: the DJ playing records and an audience of one...the listener.
Flash forward to Waterville in the late-seventies/early-eighties (Lorenzo never really felt at home in New York; Maine seemed a much better fit for this neohippie), there was WBLM, Today widely considered the Snidley Whiplash of local commercial radio. 'BLM back then was the real deal. Have a request? pick up the phone and chat with the DJ. As much fun as Cousin Brucie was, there were many gatekeepers between you and your cuz.
Lorenzo was born in Dobbs Ferry, NY (a Westchester County suburb outside of New York City) on June 17, 1957. Lorenzo has almost an obsession about his birthday, as listeners to The Lorenzo Commentaries can attest. Celebrities such as Barry Manilow, Joe Piscapo, M. C. Escher, Newt Gingrich and Venus Williams share the date, as Lorenzo will tell you ad nauseum.
Lorenzo was the first born to his parents Janet and Larry (yes, the Anglisized version of Lorenzo, but please don't call him Junior), a year and a half later in Hastings brother Donald joined them, and after buying a house in Haverstraw, a village in nearby Rockland County, sister Nancy made the family complete.
Larry, a post-Korean War vet, was a plumber, active in the union. Janet, also known as Jenny, from a German family in upstate New York was a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loved reading and bingo. It was an idyllic suburban family, whose happiness was altered only by Jenny's declining health, suffering from emphysema, and passing away when Lorenzo was 15.
Fifteen was a big year year for Lorenzo. His mother's passing hit him hard, his father, while a great provider, had no idea how to be a suddenly single parent. Lorenzo met his first love Terre at North Rockland High School, soon after that Larry met a divorced woman, Marilyn, with 3 sons in their father, a successful psychiatrist's, custody. When the doctor passed away suddenly of a brain aneurism, Larry and Marilyn quickly got married to gain custody, which retrospectively may not have been a move benefitting anyone involved; however, the deed was done, custody was achieved, and the two families, virtually strangers, became one, with Lorenzo and siblings moving across the Hudson to White Plains. Lorenzo and Don spent their first year in the new home on rollaway beds in the former Doctor's office, under Marilyn's orders to keep the environment as as it was found. No Alice Cooper posters here! For Lorenzo and Terre it might as well been worlds away; shortly after that Lorenzo was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Being 15 sucked.
Life did get better, Lorenzo and Terre would be reunited in time (more on that later). High school was a welcome change from the hell that was middle school. Lorenzo , who would grow to six feet by age 12, but had little or no athletic ability or interest (putting to rest the "you should be a basketball player" comments by strangers and family members).
At White Plains High Lorenzo played tuba in the concert band, Sousaphone in the marching band (to this day, even after sitting through 100+ games Lorenzo has no idea how football is played), and stage crew, where one could be involved in theater without memorizing lines. Being different was finally OK.
After a year at Mercy, a local commuter college in hometown Dobbs Ferry (or, as Lorenzo is fond of calling it, 13th Grade), he decided it was time to move on from New York, a place that never quite seemed the right fit. Waterville, Maine came first, discovered when father Larry couldn't find a local plumbing work in the Ford/Carter era recession, finally finding work building a New England paper mill. Then the short lived Lorenzo/Terre reunion in Manitou Springs, Colorado, followed by stints in Texas and Alabama, and finally back to New York to crash with family.
The "lost years" continues: Lorenzo met a free-spirited woman who called herself Sunshyne, and in a month long whirlwind romance they eloped as the eighties began. To say it was a rocky marriage would understate it. Daughters Crystl (now known as simply as Crys) and Faye were born in quick succession.
Lorenzo craved the serenity he found years back in Maine, and for the most part found it in Portland; he was able to slip into the stay-at-home-Dad role. This was the time Lorenzo discovered the then 50 watt WMPG discovering a "become involved" flyer at Cumberland Electronics. After a phone call and a two hour training "Emotionally Bankrupt & Morally in Debt", a Thursday afternoon formatless program where Lorenzo joyfully recreated the free form radio of his youth. The show had a six year run, and off the air he would go on to become volunteer Music Director (CDs started to trickle in at this point), Promotions Director (coming up with a regular snarky 2"x3" ad in the Casco Bay Weekly in this pre-Twitter world), and a volunteer board member, a role that continues today.
When preschool rolled around, and days were freed up, finally getting a degree seemed like a good plan, and Lorenzo enrolled at USM, majoring in Communications. One thing the move to Maine didn't fix was Lorenzo and Sunshyne's rocky marriage. They spent as much time apart as they were together; it was during one of the separation that Lorenzo met Lynn, a divorced mother of two, also attending USM as a nontraditional student. The attraction was immediate, but was not to be. Not yet.
Although no longer in love, Lorenzo assisted Sunshyne as her health declined; with the worst sense of déjà vu: COPD, emphysema, and oxygen tanks existed alongside smoldering cigarettes. It was a difficult couple of years ending with Sunshyne dying before her time, but during this Lorenzo finally found his career direction and started working with people with physical and developmentally disabilities, a profession to this day Lorenzo likes to say where "I don't wake up dreading the day."
As the new millennium dawned, Lorenzo found himself a single father, but thankfully reunited with Lynn, truly his soulmate. Married a couple years later by Lynn's daughter Heather, Lorenzo's wedding ring reads simply "lobsters" because "lobsters mate for life."
Which brings us to today. For nearly a decade, Lorenzo has produced a weekly short feature entitled, appropriately, The Lorenzo Commentaries, heard on WMPG Thursday mornings at 7:45 on Steve Hirshon's Hukkin a Chainek. The RenzComm's format is as varied as Emotionally Bankrupt & Emotionally in Debt's was in its day: it might be his views on popular culture and life in general, interviews (Paula Poundstone, Harry Shearer, Guster's Adam Gardner), and all out studio productions (does adding sleigh bells to "Eve of Distruction", "99 Problems", "Girlfriend in a Coma", and "Hurt" make them holiday songs?). Lorenzo refers to the Lorenzo Commentaries as "cheaper than therapy and more fun." The RenzComm is one the the few WMPG shows podcast and can be found at and on iTunes.
Another source of pride for Lorenzo on WMPG is Radio Open Mic, created when Lorenzo guest hosted Some Folk some years ago without a scheduled guest; he invited all comers to the studio, many came, and a tradition was born. There have been eight or so since, and the last few have been presented in front of an audience, live and unedited on WMPG! Another edition is in the works, because the shows been legendary, which brings us back to...
Lorenzo Raffa is a legend in his own mind.

The Sonds:

There's Nothing To Do Today - Soupy Sales (Spy With a Pie)
As We Go Along - Monkees (Head Soundtrack)
Deacon Blues - Steely Dan (Aja)
Better Things - Kinks (Give the People What They Want)
Roll With the Flow - Michael Nesmith (...and the Hits Just Keep On Coming)
Jesus, etc. - Wilco (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
I'm So Tired-Nellie McKay
Rocket Man- Samuel James ( And For the Dark Road Ahead)


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Has anyone seen Steve's tastebuds?

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Coming soon...the Desert Island Discs show!

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