The Monsters in the Morning
|Home station||WTKS-FM Real Radio|
|Starring||Russ (Triple R) Rollins,
Drunky The Bear,
|Recording studio||Orlando, Florida|
The Monsters in the Morning is a morning talk radio show that is broadcast on WTKS-FM Real Radio in Orlando, Florida and simulcast on the Iheartradio mobile app. It was briefly broadcast on WBBM-FM in Chicago, Illinois through 2008 and once again in early 2009, but was dropped in fall of 2009.
The show's current staff consists of Russ (Triple R) Rollins, Dirty Jim, Drunky The Bear, and SBK. Former members include Jeff Howell, Bubba "Whoop Ass" Wilson, "The Sexy Savannah", "Black Bean", Daniel Dennis (Double D) and Bo "The Big Man" Rhodes. The Monsters in the Morning's' format features a mix of current events, comedy, and stunts. Guests include comedians visiting the local Improv comedy club, local celebrities, and sometimes national celebrities. Stunts have involved skywriting, hanging a Monsters banner on a local eyesore, getting married, and blowing oneself up with firecrackers.
The show was renamed several times before receiving the final title of The Monsters in the Morning. It was first named Party Talk w/ Russ & Bo, The Russ & Bo Show with Dirty Jim, and later The Monsters of the Midday. In 2004 The Monsters in the Morning was placed on XM Satellite radio. Attempts were made to simulcast the show in several other Florida markets as well as in Chicago, but were unsuccessful. It was eventually canceled in all other radio markets, bringing them back to local radio status. WXTB in Tampa Bay ended simulcasts of the show in favor of local programming.
- The Triple-R Segment @ 7 - Each morning at 7AM, Russ Rollins holds a short discussion on his topic of choice where daily prizes are awarded for the caller who's answer is best according to the other show members. This is where Russ reads and discusses loads of old trivia questions that he finds out of children's quiz books.
- The 6 things you just knew we'd talk about - A Monday morning bit in which callers try to guess the six big things that happened over the weekend that Russ deemed "segment worthy." The winner get something of their choice from Drunky's prize cave. This is a lazy way of having the listeners of the show do all of the work on a Monday morning.
- Drunky the Bear's one minute of comedy - Drunky the Bear mumbles his way through a "minute" of comedy, usually complaining about married life with his wife Elizabeth Longhair. Other times it will be concerning random subjects and usually ending with a "top 5". The actual "one minute of comedy" refers to the fact that no matter how long his segment is, it supposedly contains at least "one minute of comedy," something questioned by Russ' bosses Katherine Brown and Linda Byrd. "Fans are still trying to find the "one minute of comedy".
- Drunky's Prize Cave - The presentation of prizes awarded to listeners. Is used in the "6 things" segment and the "rrr segment at 7". Former incarnations of the segment have been called "Tiffany's Panty Drawer", "The Prize Hooptie", "Tuddle's Fanny Pack", etc. It was announced on November 15, 2007 that the segment would be formally referred to as Drunky's Prize Cave, or as Russ likes to call it, "the old bear cave", as it had been picked up by a permanent sponsor.
- Kramer Makes the Call - A weekly segment on Wednesdays with Attorney Steven Kramer, from the Kramer Law Firm. Two callers with a legal dispute, usually a divorce or family law related issue, call into the show and each present their case. After each side presents their case, Steven Kramer will make the "call" and tell the callers what a judge would potentially do in their case. As a benefit of participating in the segment, the callers receive a free mediation to attempt to work out their issues.
- Tell The Truth - Friday segment where listeners can submit questions to the show members that they would normally not talk about on the show. Show members then vote on the question that they think is the most entertaining and the listener who asked the question is awarded with both a prize from the prize cave and the "truthful" answer to their question.
- You Be The Lawyer - A segment where Dirty Jim takes a question from a listener that pertains to a certain legal problem for which the answer is complicated. Show members guess as to the proper legal approach to the problem and an attorney from Jacobs & Goodman ("Sweet Lou" Bouchard or "Best Beard in the Business" Glenn Klausman) speaks about the real legal approach to the situation.
Current cast members
- Russ "RRR" Rollins - Russ Ray Rollins
- Dirty Jim - Jim Colbert
- Drunky The Bear - Thomas C. Vann
- SBK - "Soul Brother Kevin"
Former Monster Cast
- Tuddle - Patrick Fowler
- Bubba "Whoop-Ass" Wilson - Donald Burton Wilson Jr.
- D Rolle
- Bo "The Big Man" Rhodes
- Jeff "Big Red Dog" Howell
- The Sexy Savannah - Heather K. Boan
- Black Bean - Carlos Navarro
- Tiffany Martin
- Daniel Dennis
|Monsters Volume 1||Red M||25|
|Monsters Volume 2||Blue M||22|
|Monsters Volume 3||Green M||19|
|Monsters Volume 4||Purple M||24|
|Monsters Volume 5||Red Silhouettes of Monsters Cast||23|
|Monsters Double Brown (Volume 6)||Brown Paper wrapping||22 & 21|
|Best of Bubba||Black & White Bubba||14|
|Best of Buddy (Original Dolphin Lube)||Blue and Yellow "Dolphin Lube" logo||27|
|Miss Monster 10th Anniversary||Miss Monster logo||17|
|WTKS-FM||104.1 MHz||Orlando, FL||6am - 11am||wtks.com|