The Catholic Guy
|Genre||Talk, religious, entertainment|
|Running time||2 hours (5 p.m.–7 p.m. ET, Monday–Thursday; 11 a.m.–1 p.m. ET, Friday)|
|Home station||The Catholic Channel
(Sirius XM 129)
|Air dates||since December 4, 2006|
|Opening theme||"My Hero" by Foo Fighters|
|Website||The Catholic Guy|
|Podcast||The Catholic Guy Podcast|
The Catholic Guy is a radio talk show currently aired on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service, since December 4, 2006. Hosted by Lino Rulli, Emmy Award-winning Catholic personality, The Catholic Guy show discusses life, religion, and theology in a humorous fashion through the eyes of an average Catholic guy.
It was first announced in May 2006 that The Catholic Channel would come to Sirius Satellite Radio later that year; the channel's purpose was to spread the word in a new way. It then was announced that Emmy Award-winning television host Lino Rulli would host the afternoon drive show (4–7 PM Eastern) on the new channel. The first broadcast of the show was on December 6, 2006 with Rulli alongside producer Maureen McMurray, technical director Lou Ruggieri, and phone screener Tom Falcone. Frequent appearances were also made by program director Ron Astorino. Father Jim Chern also began to appear frequently after his well reception from playing the game "Push-ups for Prayers".
In 2008 Falcone was the first of the original four crew members to depart from the show. Christine Stern/Lloyd became the new phone screener until 2009. McMurray left later that year to pursue a career with NPR, then later Martha Stewart Living Radio. The show was then introduced to Rob Keighron, who first appeared as a guest but began making weekly appearances. Ryan Stewert briefly filled the producer void in 2008, followed by Jared Rizzi until he departed in 2009. McMurray went on to return to the show in September 2009. Rulli described the show as being back to "the way it was ever meant to be" with himself, Ruggieri, and McMurray broadcasting together until 2011.
In April 2011, Rulli announced that long-time assistant producer/technical director Lou Ruggieri would depart from the show. Ryan Grant was hired in May to work alongside McMurray as assistant producer. Less than a month after Grant was hired, McMurray again left the show. Rulli and Grant continued to broadcast each day with frequent appearances by Father Rob Keighron. It was announced in September 2011 that Keighron would join the show full-time and serve as co-host alongside Rulli, as well as co-producer. Grant left the show in late 2011. In late 2012, the show moved to its current time slot, live Monday–Thursday from 5–7 PM Eastern, and Friday from 11 AM–1 PM Eastern.
On October 10, 2013 Father Rob Keighron announced his departure as co-host; his final full-time show was October 25. Rulli then announced his plans to change the format of the show, leaving the New York City studio to broadcast from a different city each week to focus on individual Catholic ministries. Keighron continued to make periodic in-studio guest appearances with Rulli until June 19, 2014, when he announced his full departure from the show and active ministry.
Show content and format
The Catholic Guy consists of an average "Catholic guy" (Rulli) discussing both current events and personal religious issues in a humorous (and sometimes off-color) light.
The original format was featured during its first seven years. The show would begin with Rulli discussing something on his mind, followed by callers' input and opinions. This usually led into many different segments, which could be caller input discussions, games in which callers won religious prizes, or in-studio guests. The show featured a relatively small number of celebrity guests during its original format run, with notable guests appearing once every few months on average during that time.
Following the departure of his co-host Father Rob Keighron in October 2013, Rulli announced a new format for The Catholic Guy. In the new format, each week Rulli travels around the world to various outreach ministries, colleges, youth organizations, and other Catholic institutions. In each show, he discusses the organization by often featuring guests from it and adding humor to the discussions.
Opening theme music
Cast, crew and guests
Current crew members
- Lino Rulli – host (2006–present)
- Mark Hart (Catholic author, Executive Vice President of Life Teen, host of "Fired Up" on The Catholic Channel) – periodic guest (2007–present)
- Kayla Riley (host on Sirius XM's Octane, Ozzy's Boneyard & The Message Amped) – periodic guest (2007–present)
- Father Jim Chern ("America's Favorite College Campus Minister"/chaplain at Montclair State University) – periodic guest (2007–present)
- Father Jonathan Morris (program director) – periodic guest (2012–present)
Past crew members and guests
- Father Rob Keighron – weekly guest (2008–2011); co-host/co-producer (2011–2013); periodic guest (2013–2014)
- Scott Shea – co-producer (2011–2012)
- Ryan Grant – co-producer (2011)
- Maureen McMurray – producer (2006–2008, 2009–2011)
- Lou Ruggieri – technical director (2006–2009); assistant producer (2009–2011)
- Krista D'Amore – intern (Summer 2010)
- Ron Astorino – program director (2006–2009)
- Jared Rizzi – producer (2008–2009)
- Christine Stern (aka Christine Lloyd) – phone screener (2008–2009)
- Tom "the Bird" Falcone – "Professional Phone Answerer" (2006–2008)
- Emily Dunning – intern (Summer 2008)
- Ryan Stewart – producer (2008)
- "Josh" – producer (2006)
Although Rulli often states he does not like having guests on the show, The Catholic Guy has featured many notable guests throughout its existence:
- John L. Allen, Jr. – journalist
- Kurt Angle – professional wrestler
- Mark Burnett – television producer
- Tia Carrere – actress/model/singer
- Jim Caviezel – actor
- Tom Cotter – comedian
- Tom Coughlin – football coach
- Robert Davi – actor/singer
- Gary Dell'Abate – radio producer
- Roma Downey – actress/producer/singer
- Emilio Estevez – actor/director/writer
- Joe Eszterhas – screenwriter
- Jim Florentine – comedian/actor
- Kirk Franklin – singer/author
- Andy García – actor
- Newt Gingrich – former Speaker of the House
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar – actor
- Bear Grylls – television presenter/writer
- Vinny Guadagnino – television personality/actor
- Matt Hughes – mixed martial artist
- Derek Jeter – professional baseball player
- Sugar Ray Leonard – professional boxer
- Tom Leopold – comedy writer
- Matt Maher – singer
- Cheech Marin – comedian/actor/writer
- Ed McMahon – comedian
- Chazz Palminteri – actor/writer
- Vincent Pastore – actor
- Dennis Quaid – actor
- Al Roker – weatherman/actor/author
- Mike Rowe – reality television host
- John Schneider – actor/singer
- Paul Shaffer – musician/actor
- Martin Sheen – actor/political activist
- Joseph Simmons – rapper/reverend
- Tom Sizemore – actor/producer
- Mark Wahlberg – actor
- Nik Wallenda – daredevil
- George Wendt – actor
Special editions of The Catholic Guy
The Catholic Guy broadcast taped shows from Vatican Radio in Rome nine times to date:
- December 3–7, 2007: celebrating the first anniversary of The Catholic Guy Show
- December 1–5, 2008: celebrating the second anniversary of The Catholic Guy Show
- July 19–23, 2010: week of broadcasts after the first listener pilgrimage (to Italy)
- April 29, 2011: celebrating the beatification of Pope John Paul II at the beginning of the second listener pilgrimage (to Greece and Turkey).
- October 24–27, 2011: week of broadcasts after the third listener pilgrimage
- February 16–17, 2012: a joint broadcast with The Busted Halo Show celebrating New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan's elevation to the College of Cardinals
- October 15–19, 2012: week of broadcasts during the sixth listener pilgrimage, with listeners in studio.
- March 18–22, 2013: week of broadcasts during the seventh listener pilgrimage, again with listeners in studio (these broadcasts also occurred just after the papal conclave).
- October 21–25, 2013: week of broadcasts during the eighth listener pilgrimage with listeners in studio, coenciding with Father Rob Keighron's final full-time show.
The Catholic Guy also broadcast from these locations:
- March 31–April 2, 2008: live "Spring Break" broadcasts from the home studio of fellow Catholic Channel host Gus Lloyd in Tampa, Florida.
- October 2–3, 2009: live broadcasts from the campus of the University of Notre Dame in conjunction with The Catholic Channel's annual contest to win a trip to a Fighting Irish game.
- December 2–6, 2009: live broadcasts from the "Seven Deadly Sins Suite" at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to celebrate the show's third anniversary.
- February 15–17, 2010: live broadcasts from New Orleans to cover Mardi Gras celebrations leading up to Ash Wednesday.
- September 27–29, 2010: live broadcasts from Lino's parent's house in St. Paul, Minnesota to celebrate the official declaration of "Lino Rulli Day" in both St. Paul and Minneapolis.
- November 30–December 4, 2010: live broadcasts from the "Seven Deadly Sins Suite" at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to celebrate the show's fourth anniversary.
- August 16–19, 2011: taped one-hour shows from World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid, Spain
- December 1–2, 2011: live broadcasts from San Diego (12/1) and Los Angeles (12/2) to celebrate the show's fifth anniversary.
- March 5–7, 2012: live broadcasts from a lodge in Saskatchewan, Canada, where Lino was staying while participating in a retreat with priests from the Diocese of Saskatoon.
- April 27, 2012: live broadcast from a former convent in Missoula, Montana where Lino was speaking at events to raise funds for Catholic schools in the area.
- June 8, 2012: live two-hour broadcast with The Catholic Channel program director Father Jonathan Morris from Galway, Ireland.
- September 21–22, 2012: more live broadcasts from University of Notre Dame campus, this time covering the Notre Dame-Michigan football rivalry game (with Father Jonathan Morris).
- February 11–15, 2013: a week of live broadcasts from multiple locations in Texas for listener appreciation week.
- September 25–29, 2010: live broadcasts from Lino's parent's house in St. Paul, Minnesota to celebrate the third anniversary of "Lino Rulli Day"..
Rulli has also occasionally hosted the show from other special events, such as Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States in 2008 and the New York City Columbus Day Parades in 2009 and 2010. The show was put on temporary hiatus in March 2013 for the papal conclave. Before and during the conclave, Rulli hosted a special show titled Holy Smokes: The Road to the Papacy from Vatican City with Father Dave Dwyer, fellow Catholic Channel host. Father Rob Keighron also hosted the Papal Election Show from New York City, recapping each day's conclave news alongside Tom Leopold (also a Catholic Channel host).
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- Catholic Guy Podcast #147: The Decision. (And Fr Rob cries...). Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- TCGS Podcast #175: In NYC with Lino's mom, Pope's health, and Fr Rob's bye!. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
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