Hometown favorite Sponge is this week’s “Pic of the Week!”

Sponge is a band from right here in Detroit, Michigan! Formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Tim Cross, Jimmy “Vegas” Paluzzi, and Joey Mazzola. Vinnie, coming off a band that almost broke into the mainstream at the time, Loudhouse.

In early 1994, Jimmy “Vegas” Paluzzi and myself took a trip to Vegas with some friends and he told me the story of a “new” project he was working on since leaving Detroit’s Trash Brats. I was doing mornings at Z Rock at the time when Jimmy gave me a demo to play and I threw it on the air right away. The record company was not happy and sent me legal papers to tell me to stop playing cuts off the forthcoming album. Still happy to be the 1st radio personality to play Sponge in the United States. The pic pictured here comes from the bands 4th release, “All the Drugs in the World.”  The album marked a major change in the group lineup, with the only remaining original members being vocalist Vinnie Dombroski and guitarist Joey Mazzola. The album hit “Treat Me Wrong” was one of my favorites. Vinnie gave me this pic back stage before a show at the Royal Oak Music Theater.

Rock the biggest bar night of the year this year with Sponge for their 2nd annual Thanksgiving Eve show on November 27th! This year Sponge is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their album, “Rotting Pinata” and performing the entire album live that night. https://wrif.com/event/sponge-2nd-annual-thanksgiving-eve-show/

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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