The Rotunda #142 3/12/18 - Scott welcomes noted cancer researcher and new Lincoln Democrat Party chair Abilgail Altabef in the the second segment. She talks about the challenges being a new chair and being somewhat new to the whole process, and her sincere hope that citizens of all political leanings get involved in the process. Lincoln is lucky to have her involved, check out what she has to say!
Dan Guilmette calls in for the third segment – this is the guy who wants to send David Cicilline to the retirement line! Can a newcomer to politics and a quintessential non-politician take on the machine and win? We will find out in November but here’s your chance to learn a little about him right now!
Of course, no episode of The Rotunda is complete without calling out social justice injustices. It’s the leadoff segment so tune in and let Scott know what you think!
The Rotunda #141 3/5/18 - Scott’s back with his social justice jerks of the week, and in an impassioned first segment, he emotes about the latest development in the ongoing saga of Rhode Island’s utter incompetence with regards to DCYF. If you aren’t moved by hearing what the latest issue is, and the state agency’s response, we don’t know what to tell you.
Matt Fecteau calls in fresh off his campaign for State Senate seat 8 in Rhode Island, and he shares his latest run in with candidates from another area in RI. Who is it, and what did they do to piss him off?
Calling in from Nashville, we have local singer/songwriter done good, Kim Petrarca! She tells the audience all about how she groomed her musical talents, what her inspirations are and most importantly, her tour dates right here in Rhode Island! The segment ends with her latest single, it’s a real treat!
The Rotunda #140 2/19/18- In what has to be one of the funniest episodes of The Rotunda on record, Scott is joined by WBOB founder Pal for his first segment, and the results are nothing short of awesome. Scott waxes nostalgic about places he took old dates and what exactly has caused him to go from all-around nice guy to the grumpy curmudgeon we hear on some shows. Pal even sticks around as Scott lays out his issues with this week’s Social Justice Jerkoff of the week, and at the halfway point local actor and correspondent Chad Michael lights up the airwaves with his rather ingenious solution to the gun epidemic that America is facing. This is something that’s sure to upset the left and the right but when you hear it, sounds like the most common sense way to avoid the unspeakable tragedies of the sort that we witnessed in Florida.
The funny news segment even takes a turn – can it be that POTUS lands himself in the funny news segment for the first time ever? Listen in and see for yourself!
The Rotunda #139 2/12/18 - Scott starts off this week's show by blasting a media report about the percentage of white males that write and direct Star Wars.
Scott begs the question, is this really where we are right now? Do we actually have to do a census on all our entertainment to determine some arbitrary ratio of ‘inclusiveness’?
Something to ponder for SciFi fans and social activists alike.
If that isn't enough to get your blood boiling, Scott also takes President Trump to task for his proposed military parade – who else even does a military parade anymore? Also, who does he expect to pay for this, and who’s even interested in watching it?
Also in the show, Jonathan Cipriano called in to talk local politics and discuss his popular YouTube channel. Plus, RI Senatorial candidate, David Norton checks in point to update us on the primary for the vacant Senate 8 seat.
What will he do if he wins? What are his plans to advocate from Smith Hill. Also – what if he loses, what will he do then?
Tune in and find out!
The Rotunda #138 2/5/18 - What!? The ProJo is the new talent pipeline to the State House?
Doesn’t that seem incestuous to you?
It sure does to Scott Rotondo, and he lays out exactly why in this episode of The Rotunda. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with switching jobs, many of us, probably all of us have done this before, isn’t it weird that the relationship between press and government would be that cozy? Also, who does Scott light up this week for being a social justice hypocrite? Listen in and find out!
Boston Radio DJ, Michelle Briand joins Scott for the second segment, to talk about her journey in the industry, favorite music, and she even starts schooling our host on wines. Truly an entertaining segment!
You’d think all this was enough but wait, there’s more! We have Paul Roselli, so far the only person challenging Gina Raimondo in the Gubernatorial primary, calling in to talk about why he feels the time is now for Rhode Island to make a change in leadership. He speaks form the heart about his own experiences and some of the things he thinks we need to see in the third segment.
We have something for everybody in this episode, check it out!
The Rotunda #137 1/29/18 - In his most ambitious Social Justice Jerk of the week segment, Scott takes on none other than the National Football League. Why the heck is he doing this right before the Super Bowl? You will find out in the first segment. As a special treat we also get his DACA solution which will be sure to piss off the left and the right, simply because it makes too much sense.
Cameron Pond, longtime friend of the show, calls in for segment number 2, in which he outlines why the Massachusetts Gaming Board commissioner needs to go. Wait till you hear the case against this guy and you will be left wondering, how does he hang in there through Democrat and Republican administrations alike?
As if all this weren’t enough, new WBOB personality Mad Mel hops on to discuss her show, which is going to be heavy on the horror movie genre. Scott gets his geek on while asking her about her favorites, what makes a good movie, and what the hell is up with Pinhead and Freddy Kruger anyway?
Those of you who tune in just for the odd news segment will be disappointed this week – Scott cut it out for this show in order to call out the DCYF yet again. It’s really something to think about, give it a listen and I guarantee you will DEMAND answers and accountability!
The Rotunda #136 1/22/18 - This episode has a little bit of everything. Scott goes north of the border again and has CFL podcaster Alex Dormuth join the show to talk about the CFL. For folks who want to get their football fix in the NFL offseason, there’s not a better place than the CFL. How come there’s only three downs? What exactly is an import ration, and can someone please explain a crossover rule? You’ll find out all this and more in the second segment as these two Saskatchewan Roughrider fans hash it out.
You ever think about running for office, and what motivates someone to put their name out here? Nathan Luciano has that covered in the third segment. The Pawtucket GOP chair has tossed his hat into the ring for the vacant State Senate seat and is facing a primary opponent. Can a member of the minority party break the Democrat vise grip on that seat? Tune in and listen to Nathan’s plans to get this done!
Of course, no recent episode is complete without Scott’s Social Justice Jerk of the week. This new segment is getting a LOT of buzz, and he certainly swings for the fences this time. Who gets the dubious distinction this week? And what’s Scott’s thoughts on the latest RI budget? Have a listen and find out!
The Rotunda #135 1/15/2018 - This week, Scott Rotondo announces his Social Justice Jerk of the Week Award – who got it this week, and for what?
Scott also goes international again, breaking down French actress Catherine Deneuve’s response to the #metoo movement – is she right to claim that they are overzealous, or is she excusing bad behavior simply because ‘that’s the way it is’?
And you definitely do not want to miss Scott’s impassioned plea for more oversight into DCYF after this weekend’s news of Rhode Island children living in awful conditions. After hearing this, you will definitely want action!
Special guest Ethan Shorey, Editor of the Valley Breeze, calls in to discuss next month's special election in Pawtucket for the recently vacated seat of Senator Jamie Doyle. Who’s in? Who’s out? And who’s thinking about it?
Tune in and check it out!
The Rotunda #134 1/8/18 - WBOB kicks off 2018 in grand style, welcoming The Rotunda back to the airwaves after the holiday break. Scott introduces a new special segment he’s starting, called “Social Justice Clown of the Week” and brings us the first two dubious winners. Give a listen and see if you agree that two Hollywood actors said things so utterly stupid that they earned themselves this award. Scott’s also joined by local actor Chad Michael – what does an actor know about health care you say? Chad gives us his thoughts on what he’d like to see for national healthcare, what it would cover, and most importantly to Scott- how the hell would this be paid for?
Major Matt Fecteau chimes in at the halfway point, and he pulls no punches lighting up his potential opponent in the September primary, calling out what he says is an absentee politician. This is a prelude to an upcoming show where we dive deep into the details of what a potential State Senator Fecteau would do in order to make things better for Rhode Islanders. For good measure, the guest and the host take turns poking holes in President Trump’s ill-fated commission on voter fraud. When, in electoral history, has a winner ever been so laser focused on uncovering voter fraud?
Listen in and let Scott know your thoughts!
The Rotunda #133 12/18/17 - This week on The Rotunda, we hear from Mr. Paul Pence, who has announced his intention to run for Lieutenant Governor or Rhode Island. How much of a change agent can a political outsider be? What skill sets will be bring to the position? What is he doing right now to get his name out there, and where can you go to learn more about him? These questions and more get discussed in the third segment.
Not to be outdone, WBOB’s own David Clyde calls in (twice??) to tell Scott how he really feels about him and to rub it in about the hapless Cleveland Browns.
With all this fun, there is also a very serious side to the show, as we hear about a popular ESPN reporter having his livelihood jeopardized over a consensual conversation with a fellow employee. Scott’s Hot Topic gives you his take on the personality, the network that defended him and also what he thinks of the accuser. Will there be more incidents like this, and will we all become Sexual McCarthyists? And just when you think you’ve heard it all, wait till you hear how the RI democrat party treated it’s women’s caucus last week! This jaw dropping story will have you wondering what would possess someone to treat women this way in 2017!!
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