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  • Ep. 120 The Rising Apple Report: 'Twas the night before Game One; NLDS Preview

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    We have reached the eve of the New York Mets first playoff game in nine years.

    Senior staff writer Michael Lecolant will host Friday evening's Rising Apple roundtable discussion, with site editor Danny Abriano, staff veteran Rich Sparago, and recent additions to the team Jack Irving and Devin Lintao, providing all the Mets analysis, opinion, and insight one could reasonably ask for.

    Allowing us to share her omniscience in all thing Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers will be my friend and our featured guest, Emma Amaya from A Dodger Blue World at MLBlogs.

    When the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants eloped hand in hand to California, they left behind a lovechild whom the jilted citizens of New York City named the Metropolitans, or Mets for short.  The histories of these three teams, therefore, will forever remain intertwined.

    Generational differences finally came to a head when the old establishment Los Angeles Dodgers took their expansion era junior to task during the 1988 National League championship series.

    After 18 mostly trying seasons, the Mets finally exacted their revenge upon the Dodgers during the 2006 NLDS.

    Friday evening, and for only the third time in their respective histories, the New York Mets will oppose the Los Angeles Dodgers in post-season play.

    Family feuds are usually the worst kinds.

    Welcome to the 2015 NLDS folks.  And welcome to the 120th episode of the Rising Apple Report.

    The show starts at 9:00pm (ET) sharp!  Of course, you're welcome to participate.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.

  • 01:53

    Ep. #119 Rising Apple Report: Calm Before The Storm; Next Stop, Los Angeles

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    The Mets 2015 regular season ended on a high note thanks to Curtis Granderson.  

    The N.L. East champs did not, however, wrap up their final week of play in optimal fashion as fans would have preferred.

    On the west coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers took care of business winning 5 of their final 6 games to secure home field advantage through the upcoming NLDS.  

    The Mets, meanwhile, lost 5 of their last 6 games, as well as their last four home series, posting a 4-8 record in their final 12 games at Citi Field.

    The 2nd place Nationals also earned a measure of consolation over the Mets.  In a brilliantly dominating performance, Max Scherzer no-hit them in the first game of Saturday's (make-up game) double-header.   Washington then completed a sweep in the nightcap.

    Some question Terry Collins' strategy and implementation down the stretch, while others point to Yoenis Cespedes' decreased production as potential explanations for the team's recent slide.

    The crew at Rising Apple will attempt to make sense of it all.

    The omniscient Rich Sparago will host this evening's 119th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  He'll be joined by site editor Danny Abriano, senior staff writer Michael Lecolant, and the Converted Mets Fan Sam Maxwell.

    Together, they'll review the season that was, and discuss their major concerns as the Mets head into the post-season.

    The show starts at 9pm (EST) sharp.  As always, you're welcome to call and participate.  The number is 646-929-0337.

  • 01:30

    The Rising Apple Report: Ep. 104

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    The Rising Apple Report turns 104 today as Sam Maxwell and Michael Lecolant bring you the latest AND BEST Mets talk on the internet!

    The Mets bounced back after a terrible series in Pittsburgh to sweep the other Penn squad, pushing their record to 27-21. We'll break down the current Mets state, including the recent surge of Wilmer Flores. We'll also discuss the afternoon's trade of Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels for cash considerations.

    And we'll break down the players to wear #4 in Mets history, as well as the '04 squad. Yay.

    So, make sure to join us at 7 pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • Rising Apple Report, World Series Special - The Mets Play Baseball Tonight

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    I don't feel right now as if I'm living in reality, but sure enough, though it feels surreal to type, the Mets are playing in the 111th Fall Classic this very evening, and I can't be any more pumped, prouder and happier in this moment. Whatever comes next is up to the fates, but to echo what Terry Collins has been saying, take nothing for granted and soak it all up. That's what the New York Metropolitans will be doing, and that is what this fanbase will be doing as well.

    The folks from Rising Apple will gather briefly on the fiber-optic airwaves to bask in the moment pre-game, while discussing all the things on our mind about the baseball the Mets are about to play.

    Take a deep breath, take it all in, and get pumped for the Mets to play World Series baseball. We will convene here at 6pm ET.


    LET'S. GO. METS.

  • 01:27

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 121 - 2015 New York Mets Recap, & a Look at What's Next

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    The offseason is officially upon us, and it began much later than we Mets fans are used to. Before we look forward to 2016, The Rising Apple Report and some of it's most senior veteran writers will gather to discuss the good, the bad, and the eventual follies of the 2015 New York Mets season.

    What were some of our favorite moments? Any player that stood out? With a season filled with so many memories, we look forward to discussing the best season in Citi Field history.

    And we will also briefly discuss the players to wear 21 in New York Mets history.

    So, make sure to join us at 9:30pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 02:00

    Red River Radio What's Write for Me

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    Dellani and Rachel are delighted to welcome back Janet and Chris Morris: authors, musicians, horse lovers....

    Janet's work has been a long time favorite of Dellani's, begun when she discovered The Thieves World books and fell in love with Tempus Thales. Delighted to find out that Janet was not only writing new material, but had brought out authors cuts of her favorite stories, Dellani was in heaven. (Unlike some of Janet's characters who are in hell.) Author of more books than one can easily count, we're thrilled to have her back.

    Janet's husband, Chris, is a fantastic musician and has co-authored some of the many books. He has also done recordings of several of their titles and, we hope, can be persuaded to read for us again. (Because, I'll be honest, he has one of the sexiest voices ever.) 

    We're going to have a wonderful time talking about books, writing, music and, of course, the beautiful horses that Chris and Janet raise. So tune in for a great time.


  • 01:54

    Red River Radio Dellani's Tea Time

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    Dellani Oakes and co-host Rachel Rueben welcome three authors of diverse genres.

    We welcome back former guest and resident paranormal investigator, Deborah Cihon, author of My Paranormal Diaries.

    Next, we welcome first time guest, Maria DeVivo, author of the fantasy, Coal Elf.

    Our final guest is another new voice, Candace Bowser, author of paranormal romance novels, The Dead Claim Their Own, Thirteen Pieces of Eight, Children of Lilith Series, Darkness in the Blood and many others.

    With this diversity of authors, this should be a fascinating show. As always, expect fun, laughter and good conversation. Each author will be sharing an excerpt from one of her books.

  • 00:04

    Red River Radio's Bulletin Board

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    Host Scheduling for Shows.   9-1-15

    The schedule is now in calendar format. There are many open days to be used. If you decide to use a different day than your scheduled on, Please, let everyone know. Thank you.

    Host, you can download the schedule, HERE. 


     Important Note to all Hosts:   Shows are listed in the Eastern time zone. Please, DO NOT CHANGE THE TIME ZONE. The settings area at RRRadio/BTR should only be edited by Dellani or someone she asked to do so.


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  • 01:55

    Red River Radio What's Write for Me

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    Buenes Tardes mi Amigos! Welcome back to our buddy Rico Austin, author of My Bad Tequila, Mexico Got Lucky, In the Shadow of Elvis and many others. Have a shot of tequila with us and get a double dose of reality in the bargain. Great to have him back!

    Weclome two newcomers! First up, Lyn Horner, author of Rawhide, Dearest Irish and White Witch, among others.

    Last, but not least, author Angela Raines, author of Angle of Salvation Valley, Cowboy Celebration, Home is for the Heart. 

    Welcome all of you. I know this is going to be a fun show!

  • Rising Apple Report, NLCS Special: 2 Down, 2 to Go, Off to Wrigley...

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    The playoffs march on, and so do the Mets! AND The Rising Apple Report! Sitting pretty up 2-0 on the Chicago Cubs, Mike Lecolant, Sam Maxwell, Devin Lintao and Taryn "The Coop" Cooper all know it ain't over till it's over!

    We'll recap the 1st two games of the series, as well as preview the following taking place on Waveland Avenue. Will the pitching continue to be filthy? Will Curtis Granderson continue to be an ex-factor? Will Daniel Murphy continue to be outrageous? Can the bullpen hold up? So many things to discuss, SO AMPED UP FOR IT!!!

    So, listen in at 8pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:12

    Red River Radio's No Limits with Barbara M. Hodges

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    Happy Holidays.  I can't beleive I am saying that.  Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving is around the corner. My two guests for November are rare treats, Amy M. Bennett and Virgil Alexander.  

    Amy M. Bennett was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, but has spent most of her life in New Mexico. ?

    End of the Road is the first book in her Black Horse Campground series. 

    When she’s not writing, Amy is a cake decorator at Walmart in Alamogordo, NM or  serving wine at Noisy Water Winery in mid-town Ruidoso.

    Virgil Alexander was born in rural Gila County, Arizona, and grew up in the area of Globe-Miami. An ardent Arizona history enthusiast

    he spent much of his boyhood reading about and experiencing historic sites and the natural environment. His latest book is The Baleful Owl.

    There is a chill in the air this morning, and both of these authors have books perfect to read, curled in a chair by the fireplace.  Hope you are able to

    stop by and chat with us.