The Junkies

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The Sports Junkies
GenreTalk, Sports
Running timeMonday through Friday 6 am to 10 am
Country of originUnited States
Home stationWJFK-FM,[1] NBC Sports Washington (2016-Present)[2]
StarringJohn Martin "Cakes" Auville
Eric "EB" Bickel
Jason William "Lurch" Bishop
John-Paul "J.P." Flaim
Produced byMatt Cahill, Matt Myers
Original release1996 – present

The Sports Junkies, also known as The Junkies, are the hosts of an eponymous morning drive time radio show aired in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. The hosts are John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop, and John-Paul Flaim. Their show is heard on WJFK, 106.7.[3] Their show focuses on a mix of discussions about sports, women, popular culture, and the day-to-day lives of the Junkies.

The show debuted at #100 in the 2008 edition of Talkers Magazine Heavy 100, moved up to #84 in the 2009 edition[4] and #75 in the 2010 edition. It fell to #88 in the 2011 edition and were not mentioned in the 2012 Heavy Talkers Top 250 List. In the 2019 edition, The Junkies are listed as #7 in the TALKERS Sports Heavy Hundred.[5]

On-air hosts[edit]

John Martin "Cakes" Auville[edit]

Known as "Cakes", Auville, (has also been credited as Martin Auville, and J.A. from Olney) was born in 1970.[6] He was raised in Bowie, Maryland alongside fellow Junkies Eric Bickel and John-Paul Flaim, and attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. After high school, Auville studied communications at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, about which he is occasionally ridiculed for achieving a 1.5 grade point average (GPA) one semester;[6] he then managed a local Toys Я Us store until making radio his full-time occupation in 1996.[7] Auville's family currently lives in Olney, Maryland. He married his wife, Amy, in 1995. They have three children, Kurt Joseph (1997), Juliet (2002), and Brendan Craig (2004). After the birth of their third child, Auville had a vasectomy and has since been mocked with the name "Johnny Blanks".[7] Auville is the most successful poker player among the group with multiple cashes in the annual JPO and a surprise 15th-place finish in the PPC Aruba World Championship.[8]

Eric Carlton "E.B." Bickel[edit]

Bickel was born in 1960 and grew up in Bowie, Maryland where he grew up across the street from fellow Junkie John-Paul Flaim and in the same neighborhood as John Auville. Bickel attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he befriended soon-to-be-Junkie Jason Bishop. After high school, Bickel attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in psychology, worked as a study hall monitor before becoming a "Junkie" in 1997. Bickel married his wife, Dina, in 1996 and they have three children, Stephen, Megan and Kate .[6]

Jason William "Lurch Poppa" Bishop[edit]

Nicknamed "Lurch" because of his 6'6" height (a reference to The Addams Family butler on the television show), Bishop grew up in Lanham, Maryland and befriended fellow Junkie Eric Bickel while attending DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he played basketball for legendary coach Morgan Wootten. Bishop received a scholarship[9] to play basketball at the University of Richmond, then eventually transferred to Salisbury State University to pursue a degree in communications.[7] He currently lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife, Theresa, and their two daughters Madden and Ava.

John-Paul "J.P." Flaim[edit]

"J.P." Flaim was born in 1970 and grew up across the street from fellow Junkie Eric Bickel in Bowie, Maryland. Flaim attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, and then went on to major in international business at the University of Maryland, College Park before studying law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[6] In 1997, he failed the Maryland bar exam, reading his results publicly while on the air; however, he passed the exam the following year and can now legally practice law in Maryland.[7]

Flaim has also fought as a professional middleweight boxer. His record is 0–1, having lost his December 9, 2006 debut fight to Jay Watts by TKO in the first round, just days after the death of Flaim's father-in-law.[10] In 2007, he was ranked 991st out of the top 999 boxers in the light middleweight division.[11]

Flaim and his ex-wife Carol, have two children together, a daughter Kelsie (2000),[6] and a son, Dylan Carlos (2007).[citation needed]

On February 3, 2010, Flaim announced that he and Carol would divorce.[citation needed] On August 24, 2012, he married Jessica "Jess" Boughers,[12] a professional fitness model[13] and former Hooters girl,[14] and a former Arena Football[14] and Washington Redskins cheerleader.[13]

Other show staffers[edit]

  • Executive Producer Matt Cahill (aka Drab T-shirt): Drab joined the show in 2012 after producing other shows on WJFK. Drab graduated from Arizona State University and worked in radio in Phoenix before moving to D.C. in 2007 with the Big O and Dukes Show.[citation needed]
  • Producer Matt Myers (aka Matt Valdez): named show producer in July 2009. He grew up in Pasadena, Maryland and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism.[citation needed]


Auville, Bickel, and Flaim grew up as friends in Bowie, Maryland. Auville and Flaim attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School; at the same time, Bickel met Bishop at DeMatha Catholic High School. Bickel and Flaim also attended the University of Maryland together. After graduating from college, the foursome and other friends hung out and often shared living quarters. In 1995, the four began their broadcasting career as a hobby with a 30-minute public-access television cable TV show in Bowie, Maryland featuring sports chat and irreverent humor.[citation needed]

The show focused on the interplay of the foursome, featuring guests such as Playboy models, rock notables, and local sports celebrities such as University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams. Their high local ratings lead to their national debut on May 18, 1999, airing on about 50 affiliates of Westwood One's radio network.[15]

Through the show's history it occupied a night slot from 7-11 p.m. and 8-midnight from mid-2001 until early 2002. In October 2002, the show moved from WJFK to WHFS during the morning drive time slot.[7] When WHFS changed formats from alternative rock to Spanish-language, the show returned to WJFK-FM in a lunchtime spot. In 2006, the Junkies' show returned to the morning drive, replacing The Howard Stern Show when it ended its run on terrestrial radio.[citation needed]

In 2013, the Junkies returned to television with "Table Manners," a half-hour show on Comcast SportsNet Washington, featuring the four friends interviewing sports personalities over dinner at The Palm restaurant in Tyson's Corners, Virginia.[16][17][18] The program debuted for an initial eight-episode run[17][18] on February 6, 2013.[citation needed] About a decade earlier, the Junkies had been in negotiations with ESPN to do a television show, but the project fell through.[18] "We just felt like we had unfinished business," said Junkie Eric Bickel. "We've been doing radio for almost 17 years now. There's more you can do. It just seemed almost wasteful for us to do our show, be done at 10, and then not doing anything else the rest of the day."[18]

On May 6, 2016, the Junkies celebrated 20 years on the air. In honor of their achievement, Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed Sports Junkies Day in Washington during their broadcast.[19]

Beginning on September 6, 2016, NBC Sports Washington simulcasted the show.[20] In June 2018, the Junkies celebrated the first major championship for a Washington team in the show's history – the Capitals' 2018 Stanley Cup win – and NBCS Washington Capitals announcer Joe Beninati announced in-studio that the Junkies would be part of the parade.[21]


Junkies Poker Open[edit]

The Junkies have sponsored an annual "Junkie Poker Open" event typically held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Texas hold'em poker tournament has gained some notoriety as former World Series of Poker contestants (Lee Childs, among others) have participated in the events. As part of their 20th year celebrations they held a special JPO in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort and Casino. In October 2017 they held their first JPO in the Washington D.C. area, hosting it at MGM National Harbor.[citation needed]

Event Location Date # of Players Purse Winner
JPO 1 Borgata Hotel Casino November 30, 2006 300 ≈$28,000 Derrick Childress
JPO 2 Borgata Hotel Casino May ??, 2007 ≈420 ≈$32,000 Gary Heffner
JPO 3 Borgata Hotel Casino November 29, 2007 365 ≈$28,000 Andrew Phillips
JPO 4 Borgata Hotel Casino May 29, 2008 310 $29,934 Al from Brooklyn + 10 Player Chop
JPO 5 Borgata Hotel Casino November 13, 2008 535 $39,000 Scotty Baggs + Chop
JPO 6 Borgata Hotel Casino May 21, 2009
JPO 7 Borgata Hotel Casino November 12, 2009 597 ≈$23,000 Matt Stohlman + 7 player Chop
JPO 8 Borgata Hotel Casino May 20, 2010 ≈$25,000 "O"
JPO 9 Borgata Hotel Casino November 11, 2010 708 $41,425 Christopher Grove
JPO 10 Borgata Hotel Casino November 2011
JPO 11 Borgata Hotel Casino December 6, 2012 476 $30,678 Timothy Irish
JPO 12 Borgata Hotel Casino December 5, 2013
JPO 13 Borgata Hotel Casino November 6, 2014 397
JPO 14 Borgata Hotel Casino November 2015
JPO Vegas
(20th Anniversary Special Event)
Aria Resort and Casino June 4, 2016 42 ≈$31,000 Bret Oliverio (former producer of the show)
JPO 16 Borgata Hotel Casino November 10, 2016 360
JPO 17 MGM National Harbor October 12, 2017 656 $16,000 split + chop Chris and Dave
JPO 18 MGM National Harbor September 7, 2018 696
JPO 19 MGM National Harbor September 6, 2019 751

Unauthorized Redskins Pre-Game Show[edit]

Since the 2004 season, the Junkies have hosted a two-hour pregame show prior to the kick-off of each Washington Redskins game. The show is broadcast live from a Washington area restaurant or bar and airs on WJFK-FM. The show is considered "unauthorized" because they have continued doing the program even though WJFK no longer holds the rights to broadcast the team's games.[citation needed]

Upersay Owlbay Party[edit]

The Junkies host a party for the NFL championship game at a Washington area restaurant or bar. The name is based on a Pig Latin version of the phrase "super bowl" due to the NFL's active pursuit of trademark issues with the Super Bowl name.[citation needed]

Junkies' Spring Break Party[edit]

An annual spring break themed party held at the State Theater in Falls Church, Virginia. This event is no longer held.[citation needed]

Sundress Sillies Party[edit]

First held in 2008, the Junkies host an annual end-of-summer party. Women are encouraged to attend wearing a sundress. They also promote a "V.I.P. section" for women who do not wear underwear, but do not actively check to verify "V.I.P." eligibility.[citation needed]

As of 2011 the Junkies were forced to change the name of the party to "Summer Dress Party" due to trademark issues.[citation needed]


The Junkies had cameos in Season 2, Episode 8 of The Wire, in which their show is visited (though only Flaim is shown) and also in The D-Train, in which the four of them play Pittsburgh sports radio hosts. The Junkies also released audio of them reading their lines in their Washington studio ahead of the film's release.[22]

Notable Interviews[edit]

Justin Gimelstob[edit]

An interview with tennis player Justin Gimelstob made international headlines because of comments Gimelstob made about Anna Kournikova and other female tennis players. Gimelstob was reprimanded by his employer, Tennis Channel, and made a donation to the Women's Sports Foundation as a result of the incident.[23]

Rob Ford[edit]

The Junkies created an international controversy on December 5, 2013, when they interviewed Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At the time of the interview, Ford was embroiled in a scandal resulting from his admitted use of drugs and alcohol.[24][25] The interview was conducted while the Junkies were hosting their periodic gambling tournament at The Borgata. Producers Matt Cahill and Matt Myers arranged for the interview by appealing to Ford's interest in the National Football League and most of the interview focused on Ford's predictions for that weekend's upcoming NFL games. During the course of the interview, Bishop asked Ford to confirm the latest press accusations that he had tried to buy the incriminating video that allegedly showed him smoking crack cocaine. Ford denied the accusation and shifted the interview back to the topic of football.[24]

Canadian media closely followed the interview especially since Ford had yet to respond to their questions about trying to purchase the incriminating video.[24] At the end of the interview, Ford invited the Junkies to host the show in his Toronto office and also agreed to come on the show periodically to discuss football. Within hours, major American media outlets, including CNN and NBC, featured news stories about the interview.[24][26][27]


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  14. ^ a b Genovese, Peter, The Jersey Shore Uncovered: A Revealing Season on the Beach, Rutgers University Press (2003). p. 168. ISBN 0813533155. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Called up to 'The Show'" Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal article (06/07/21999) Archived 2007-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Table Manners with The Junkies web page on CSN Washington website Archived 2013-02-05 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  17. ^ a b Joynt, Carol Ross, The Sports Junkies Plan to Debut New Show "Table Manners" on Comcast SportsNet, The Washingtonian, 3 January 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013
  18. ^ a b c d Steinberg, Dan, Junkies launch 'Table Manners' on Comcast SportsNet, The Washington Post, 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  19. ^ DC Mayor declares May 6 "Sports Junkies Day" CBS Local Washington
  20. ^ [2] CSN Mid-Atlantic
  21. ^ Junkies Parade Announcement (6/11/2018) 106.7 The Fan on YouTube
  22. ^ The Sports Junkies read their D-Train lines Archived 2016-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Fault! Tennis star's sexist attack on Anna Kournikova was way over the line, The Times, June 27, 2008
  24. ^ a b c d Steinberg, Dan (December 6, 2013) Ford call-in puts radio show atop scoreboard" The Washington Post, page C4. Retrieved December 7, 2013 [3]
  25. ^ "IN HIS WORDS: Mayor's full apology about admitted crack cocaine use". Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  26. ^ Fantz, Ashley (December 5, 2013) "Mayor Rob Ford on radio show: Accusations about tape outright lie" CNN. Retrieved December 7, 2013 [4]
  27. ^ Connor, Tracy (December 5, 2013) "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to join U.S. sports radio show" NBC News. Retrieved December 7, 2013 [5]

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