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Behind The Scenes At The 2018 American Music Awards [Exclusive]

By Ralphie Aversa It’s that time of the trip for me here in downtown Los Angeles; jotting down newsworthy tidbits and notes from covering last night’s American Music Awards before (hopefully) getting a late check-out, grabbing dinner and taking the red-eye back east. – Speaking of food, let’s start with Camila Cabello, who saved the…MORE

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Backstage at the 2018 American Music Awards! [Exclusive]

By Ralphie Aversa We were backstage on Monday, ahead of Tuesday night’s 2018 American Music Awards – airing live at 8/7c on ABC. We spoke with performers and nominees past and present, including twenty one pilots, Benny Blanco, Khalid, Jesse McCartney and many, many more. Check out our video and photos below! Potential spoiler alert…MORE

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‘Extra’ AJ Calloway Talks ‘Bachelorette’ Couple Becca And Garrett [Audio]

By Ralphie Aversa “Extra” New York City Host AJ Calloway called in after chatting with Becca and Garrett following “The Bachelorette” finale. The newly-engaged couple flew overnight from Los Angeles to the city for a whirlwind day of press that included, “Good Morning America,” Live!” and of course an interview with Calloway for “Extra.” Catch…MORE

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Indie Songwriting Duo Score John Lennon Song Of The Year Honors [Exclusive]

By Ralphie Aversa For the fifth consecutive year, I had the honor of revealing the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 OWC Song Of The Year grand prize winner. The song is chosen by an executive panel of judges that include Fergie, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kevin Bacon, Switchfoot, Prince Royce and many others. Matthew…MORE

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Nick Jonas Told Me 2018 Would Be ‘A Really Good Year’ [Video]

By Ralphie Aversa Nick Jonas told me in Times Square on New Year’s Eve that 2018 would be, “a really good year.” But clearly the talented artist, who is navigating between the silver screen, the radio airwaves and the fashion runways, couldn’t have seen an engagement to Priyanka Chopra coming. People broke the story last…MORE

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Why I Can’t Listen To Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’ The Same Way Again [Video]

By Ralphie Aversa It has been seven years since Amy Winehouse’s death and after speaking with her first manager three years ago, I can’t listen to “Rehab” the same way again. Turns out the hit was quite autobiographical; the manager, Nick Shymansky, along with others believed the artist needed help. Shymansky actually tried to admit…MORE

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Here’s How ‘The Sopranos’ Inspired 50 Cent’s Show ‘Power’ [Video]

By Ralphie Aversa With “Real Time” and “Last Week Tonight” on summer breaks, I have only one television obsession at the moment (not including my beloved Yankees of course): Starz’s hit drama “Power.” Ahead of season five, which is currently airing, I had a chance to cover the show’s junket for DISH Network’s DISH Studio.…MORE

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Comedian George Wallace On Vegas Residency, Seinfeld And More [Interview]

By Ralphie Aversa Legendary comedian George Wallace chatted with me earlier this year ahead of his residency at The Westgate in Las Vegas. Wallace, who turned 70 this past July, talked about his Twitter account, his new show and his buddy and former roommate Jerry Seinfeld; Wallace lived on the Upper West Side for a…MORE

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Jesse McCartney Interview From HMH Stage 17 [Exclusive Video]

By Ralphie Aversa Jesse McCartney stopped by Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 and chatted with me about his “Better With You” tour and single, upcoming music and past tours with New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys. Plus Jesse reminisces a bit about Dream Street and talks about his roots in Ardsley, New York…MORE

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Phillip Phillips Backstage At Beacon Theatre [Exclusive Video]

By Ralphie Aversa Before his Bud Light “One Night Only” show at Beacon Theatre, Phillip Phillips chatted with me backstage at the venue about that night’s show, his upcoming tour with Gavin DeGraw and life since the release of his third studio album “Collateral.”MORE

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JAX On Performing At The White House, New Music [Exclusive Interview]

By Ralphie Aversa Friend-of-the-show JAX called in from our nation’s capital, where the next night she would perform at The White House for a special tribute to our troops on July 4th. The performance aired live on the Hallmark Channel. JAX’s entire family, including her father who was a firefighter and first-responder on 9/11 along…MORE

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Psychotherapist On Suicide Discussions Following Kate Spade [Audio]

By Ralphie Aversa Megan Devine, a psychotherapist and author of “It’s OK That You’re Not OK,” called in to the show after the death of designer Kate Spade so that we could have an honest conversation about discussing suicide and mental health in 2018 and on a platform like mine. Sadly after we taped this,…MORE


Ralphie Aversa is a quadruple threat. His platforms in television, radio, print, and the Internet allow him to tell compelling stories in a variety of fashions to a vast audience.

“Ralphie Tonight” currently airs on Cumulus Media’s 95.5 PLJ in New York, 92 PRO-FM in Providence, RI, Q105 in New London, CT, and 97 BHT in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA. Aversa offers exclusive interviews, hit music, and candid commentary on the stories of the day. His assignments include everything from interviewing A-list acts like Taylor Swift to covering The GRAMMYs on location.

Aversa has also ventured outside of radio. In June, he became the host of “Inside Rising Star.” The 30 minute program was a companion show to the ABC singing competition “Rising Star,” and aired on Music Choice Play. In November, he returned to Music Choice to co-host the network’s year-end video countdown, “MC 100.” Aversa also served as a host and reporter for Yahoo News, fronting the popular “Trending Now” segment until this past June.

“The Ralphie Report” began running in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s The Weekender (Circulation: 170,000) back in 2008. The column is a weekly, print version of the best content from “Ralphie Tonight.” A TV version also ran on NBC affiliate WBRE TV from 2011 to 2014.

Aversa has also contributed to WPIX TV (New York), ABC News, OK! TV, FOX, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, TMZ, Life & Style Weekly, and MTV News.

Ralphie attended Syracuse University. He hails from Niagara Falls, NY and currently resides in Manhattan.