Darwin and Cat Radio Show

Infobox Radio Show
show_name = The Darwin and Cat Radio Show

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format = Humor, Talk Radio
runtime = 6:00 - 10:00 EST
country = flagicon|United States United States
language = English
home_station = WZMR
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starring = Darwin
Intern Mel

announcer = Josh Goodman
creator = Cat Noel and Brian Bushner
writer = Cat Noel
director =
producer = Melanie Stark
executive_producer = Kevin Callahan & Nik Rivers
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first_aired = April 24, 2006
last_aired = Present
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website = http://www.darwincat.com
podcast = [http://ax.phobos.apple.com.edgesuite.net/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/browserRedirect?url=itms%253A%252F%252Fax.phobos.apple.com.edgesuite.net%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewPodcast%253Fid%253D118235966] iTunes Podcast Link

The Darwin and Cat Radio Show is a Broadcast radio show based out of WZMR in Albany, NY. It is hosted by Brian “Darwin” Bushner and Cat Noel, featuring traffic reporter "Gazer” and “Intern Mel” Stark.


Darwin and Cat both attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Darwin met Cat while she was working in a tattoo shop where he went to get his nipples pierced. She disinfected them, and the two began their friendship. In mid 2000 Cat moved back to Los Angeles and the two maintained minimal contact, finally losing touch altogether. In 2005 Cat moved to Vermont and was hired as a weekend and swing shift DJ at WEQX where Darwin had worked for the previous year as the night show host. Reunited as friends, Cat pressured Darwin to record a demo for a morning show. They began a weekly podcast which boasted an estimated 10,000 subscribers by episode 11. The week of episode 14 they announced that Pamal Broadcasting had hired them to host the morning show on WZMR, their newly launched station with “The Edge” moniker. [Glens Falls Post Star – 26 April 2006 Print Edition] [The Business Review 3 Nov 2006 http://pacific.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2006/11/06/story12.html?jst=s_cn_hl ]

=Show Segments= [ Official Show Website – July 2008 ]
*"Name That Disorder" Darwin and Cat read symptoms for some non-serious disorder and leave it up to the listener to call and guess what the disorder is. If they figure it out, they are rewarded with “a really crappy prize” such as an action figure of Jane Austen, Angel Snot, or a wind up nun that shoots sparks out her mouth.
*"Ask The Beaver" - A segment that airs on Thursdays. Cat reads emails from listeners asking for advice on relationships, sex, and occasional oddball topics.
*"Voicemails From The Park Masturbator" – Cat receives an excess of emails and voicemails from a fellow employee asking inappropriate questions. Darwin and Cat replay them on the air and have listeners call in to guess what the “Park Masturbator” wants to know. The term was a nickname Cat gave to the individual who harasses her. The identity of the person has never been revealed on air.
*"Deaf Movie Review" – Early in the show’s development, Darwin was approached by a woman who wanted to begin a career as a film critic. It was revealed in her interview that she was deaf. Darwin and Cat, seeing a chance to energize their own movie reporting, hired Jennifer Plovnik to provide weekly reviews.
*"Today’s Headlines" - A segment that airs at 6:20, and a second installment at 9:10. The audience is presented with three news headlines that are all “weird news”. Out of the three one is a fake, and it is up to listeners to decipher which is the phony.
*"Sh!t That Darwin’s Mom Buys Off TV" - A product Darwin’s mother has purchased on TV is put to the test by either Intern Mel or traffic reporter Regin, usually with a humorous result.
*"Darwin and Cat’s Drunk Dial" This segment, which appears to be on hiatus, presents audio of a drunk talking about the previous night. Listeners who can decipher the alcoholic ramblings win free cellular products.
*"Washington Park Idol" Introduced for the spring 2008 season of American Idol, this is a segment where various characters compete to remain in downtown Albany's Washington Park. When the losers are voted out of the park by the listeners, they must also surrender their helmet. Originally called "Short Bus Idol," the segment was renamed, as station management felt it might possibly be insulting to the disabled.

Other Segments

From time to time, the show will present [so-and-so] or a Fourth Grader. Examples have been Jewel or a Fourth Grader and President Bush or a Fourth Grader. “Let's Cook Fish” is a segment where the pair tries to cook fish in a coffee maker, heating duct, engine block, or other bizarre heat source. Recently they have played “Meaner Than a Texan,” challenging listeners to “out insult” a Texan. "The Stuttering Eight Ball" periodically comes up to determine if listeners win tickets or other prizes. Also, from time to time, Darwin and Cat play “Will It Blend,” in which the tickets to a concert end up in the blender if the listener cannot correctly answer trivia questions about the band. [ Albany Times Union interview – 24 November 2007 ]


On Saturday mornings Darwin and Cat host a four hour new music show called FUBAR that also features covers of popular Edge songs, live tracks, 90’s alternative, and “best of” segments from the previous week’s Darwin and Cat Radio Show. The show varies from being live and pre-recorded.


A topic discussed on The Darwin & Cat Radio Show was quoted in the 12 February 2007 edition of the National Enquirer. The incident led to the morning show being "suspended" for a week at the end of March 2007 into the beginning of April 2007. cite news |work=National Enquirer |title=Rachael Racist |first=Alexandar |last=Hitchen |url=http://www.darwincat.com/enq021207rayawl8.jpg|date=2007-02-12]

Their next foray into the mainstream came via the ABC Network and the March 5th 2008 episode of Wife Swap. Cat changed lives with Mrs. McGoldrick, a conservative owner of a pet crematorium in Texas. [ TV Guide http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=191895&more=ucepisodelist&episodeid=7592994 ] [ MSN TV http://tv.msn.com/tv/episode/wife-swap/mcgoldrick-noel ]

Charity Work

The Darwin and Cat Radio Show undertook their very first major charity event in December 2007. The duo lived in an RV for two weeks in various Price Chopper parking lots. Their goal was to fill the RV with food donations to deliver to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. After a two week stay with no heat at times, Darwin and Cat delivered the RV to the food bank, where they weighed in over two and half tons of food plus over $3,000 in cash donations.The regional food bank reported to the media that this was in fact the largest donation by far of their 25-year history. [ WNYT NewsChannel 13 http://darwincat.com/WNYT_RV_OF_JOY.pdf ] [ Capital News 9 6 Dec 2006 http://darwincat.com/CapitalNews9_RV_of_Joy.pdf ]


*Metroland Best of Capital Region 2005 – 2nd best DJ – Darwin (readers poll) [ [http://www.metroland.net/guides/2005_readers_poll/media.html Metroland Online - Best of 2005 - Readers Poll ] ]
*Metroland Best of Capital Region 2006 – 1st place best DJ – Darwin (readers poll) [ [http://www.metroland.net/guides/2006_readerspicks/media.html Metroland Online - Readers Picks 2006 ] ]


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External links

* [http://www.darwincat.com The Darwin and Cat Radio Show]
* [http://www.albanyedge.com 104.9 The Edge Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/radiodarwin Darwin on MySpace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/radiokitty Cat on MySpace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/albanyedge 104.9 The Edge on MySpace]
*imdb name|1997046|Cat Noel

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