KBBJ: Back When We Recorded Radio Shows on a Boombox

Most people know me these days for my ADuelGet! YouTube channel, but very few know that it all kinda started with a radio show that I used to do with my cousin and brother going all the way back to 1996 when I was just 12 years old. This show, eventually dubbed The KBBJ Show, is also where “3-2-1 Hey” comes from–my intro for all of my videos.

KBBJ Show Intro (2008)

When The KBBJ Show was first created, I wasn’t a part of it and it even had a different name. First known as The Chronicles, the show featured my cousin Johnny and my brother Glenn mostly focused on them talking crap about the two other kids that my aunt used to babysit at the time. The two used a cassette tape boombox (very similar to this one) with a built in mic to record these shows and with no scripts or editing, everything had to be done in one take.

It wasn’t long before I finally joined the cast and the show then became known as These Are the Facts. With a new format, the show began to include interviews from celebrities and other personalities impersonated by the show’s three hosts. In between segments, we would take turns coming up with ridiculous commercials that were weird, funny and/or obscene.

Fan Calls into The KBBJ Show (2008)

My cousin Johnny was the one that first came up with the idea of recording a radio show together and led a lot of the shows early on. Johnny came up with the show’s intro and was responsible for some of the most hilarious stories and guests on the show. His unique sense of humor often caught my brother and me off guard, leading to many laughs on the air.

My brother Glenn was known for some of the most insanely vulgar comments and commercials that would make anyone blush. He was the hardest one to keep motivated with the show at times but he contributed a lot of hilarious moments to the show.

…the show featured a high level of vulgarity and was more obscene than an episode of The Howard Stern Show.

As time went on, I started to become the driving force behind the show, helping better organize and plan things before recording and also keep things on track during the actual show. I always hated my voice during most of these recordings and as you can tell from some of the clips I have shared, it was a long way off from it’s current incarnation.

I’m sure there are still tapes of the early episodes of These Are the Facts somewhere at my cousin’s house but they likely wouldn’t be suitable for sharing. Even back then, the show featured a high level of vulgarity and was more obscene than an episode of The Howard Stern Show. As a matter of fact, it was even an undertaking finding bits from the 2008 episodes (that I still have copies of) and censoring the language.

Monopoly Argument (2008)

These Are the Facts lasted a couple of years, but the shows became few and far between once my brother and me moved out of my aunt’s house and back with our mom. It wasn’t until March 17, 2002 that the show returned from a long hiatus and was re-dubbed KBBJ–a play on radio station call letters and the initials of a create-a-wrestler that Johnny had made in the past named “Big Bad John”. A few months later, The KBBJ Show was shared online for the first time ever–previously the shows that we recorded were rarely ever shared with anyone else.

The KBBJ Show became far more infrequent than previous incarnations of the show, often going a year or more between episodes. Eventually, we stopped recording the show altogether as it became impossible to get Glenn motivated to record with us.

On February 2, 2008, the show finally made its come back once more with the story that Glenn had finally ended his “contract disputes”. Alongside the return of the show, a domain was also purchased and for the first time, I actively shared The KBBJ Show with people I knew and worked with. Now that we were sharing the show, we made an attempt to tone down the obscenity just a bit and even parodied this idea with a segment where our fictional producer demanded that we no longer swear on the show.

No More Swearing (2008)

With alternate words replacing swear words (example: stuff instead of shit), we interviewed guests with the joke being that they were unaware of what we were saying to them or how we took what they said based on these rules. Later on in the episode, we got sick of not swearing and went on a tirade, revealing that we had gone behind the producers back and got the rule revoked.

For the first time, The KBBJ Show was recorded on a computer with sound effects and editing. This allowed us to do a lot of things we couldn’t do before such as playing a text-to-speech recording of a character that was to be Johnny’s stalker. It was also a lot easier to make copies of the show to share with friends.

Unfortunately, the 2008 revival of the show only lasted for two episodes and nearly 10 years later, there has yet to be another recording of anything that has included all three of us.

In August 2012, I started a let’s play gaming channel on YouTube called ADuelGet! My original plan was to eventually get Glenn and Johnny to join me–I knew they were both hilarious and needed to be heard by a large audience. While I had minimal success on my own and even convinced my brother to record a couple videos with me, I was never able to convince Johnny to do the same.

We were dumb kids when we recorded these shows, but as vulgar as they were, they were also hilarious. I still crack up listening to some of the stuff we rattled off with to this day and when I finally got the courage to play them for my wife, she literally rolled on the floor laughing. While the show as it was in the late-90s and 2000s wouldn’t fly with today’s PC climate, some variation of the show that featured Glenn, Johnny and myself is something that I will forever hold out hope for.

Walking on Egg Shells (2008)

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Gary Liebler

My name is Gary and I am the founder of ADuelGet.com. Since 2001, I have been creating websites, graphics, games, videos, podcasts and more on the internet. Most people know me from my ADuelGet! YouTube channel or Pro Wrestling Nexus.

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2 thoughts on “KBBJ: Back When We Recorded Radio Shows on a Boombox

  • June 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    This is awesome. Reminds me of being creative with my brother and dusters when we were kids. Would love if it evolved into something new now with the 3 of you.

    • June 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks. I had to go through some of the bits and pick the safest ones because we said some crazy stuff. I even bleeped out stuff in these clips at the request of my wife. If we did a reunion show, I’m not sure how it would go, but it would be hilarious no matter what.

      Right now, I don’t know if it will ever happen. My brother seems like he would be down, but my cousin probably wouldn’t.

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