'The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show' 'Live At Night' Draws 2,000 To Grand Rapids Hall
April 27, 2015 at 12:51 PM (PT)
The COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS' nationally syndicated "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show" hosted its "Live At Night" at DeVOS PERFORMANCE HALL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI, last SATURDAY, drawing a crowd of almost 2,000 paid spectators.
The show, which was off the radio and completely uncensored, took elements from the daily radio show, mixed in interactive video elements, crowd participation and special guests.
Among the segments was "Instant Feedback," where comedians have their 10-minute set instantly roasted after completion. Another highlight was when host ERIC ZANE’s son and daughter joined him on-stage to take part in a round of "Family Feud," leading to some incredibly awkward moments.
This was the fifth annual show produced by "Free Beer and Hot Wings"' "Live At Night" show to date, with a sixth one scheduled for MAY 22nd in PORTLAND, ME.
The "Free Beer & Hot Wings Show began as an afternoon show in OMAHA, NE at noncommercial radio station KIWR in MARCH 1997. The show was comprised of two former
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY roommates who eventually moved to mornings several months later where they remained until the summer of 2000 when they moved to WBON in Knoxville, TN. It was there that they met the show's eventual third member and fellow CMU grad, ERIC ZANE, who was, at the time, their direct competitor at WIMZ. When ZANE was fired, he immediately drove across town and joined "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show."
In JUNE 2002, the dhow moved to NEW JERSEY, where they were simulcast on WTHK in TRENTON and WCHR on the JERSEY SHORE. The show began full syndication in 2004 with the addition of WGRD in GRAND RAPIDS, MI, and is now heard on radio stations in 25 different states, syndicated by COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS.