Tom Scharpling, writer, producer, director, Woolery-taunter, and host of The Best Show on WFMU, is hosting his final #TomThon show tonight as part of the beloved radio station’s fundraising marathon. For those unfamiliar, WFMU is a freeform, listener-supported station out of New Jersey. Their programming is dictated entirely by the DJs (imagine that), resulting in some of the last great radio on American airwaves. And, yes, Scharpling’s show is quite likely the best, featuring great and varied music, as well as some strange and subversive comedy sketches, celeb interviews, live calls, and sometimes all of this at once. It is quite often the funniest thing on radio (sorry Mad Pig in the Morning or Whatever) and tonight the host pulls out all the stops with appearances from Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, and The New Pornographers‘ AC Newman, plus some amazing, one-of-a-kind, prizes.
This pledge drive will literally determine whether WFMU stays on the air for another year, so if you’ve got it in you, tune in (listen online) and maybe give what you can. 9-midnight. And when you have some time, delve into the incredible archives.
Meanwhile, check out Scharpling’s most recent directorial effort, The Postal Service Auditions: