Brad’s Cactus Shack Episode 6 – Dial-A-Payphone

On Wednesday night I sat in my moderately comfortable chair and took calls from viewers for about an hour, who all seemed to think it’s funny to make prank calls to me. This is a serious show, people, and if the prank calls don’t stop I will end it.
The song in this one is called Rocking Chair by Dean Friedman. It’s a song about sitting in your rocking chair and broadcasting while people call you. The background music during the live part is With You by I Fight Dragons.

Brad’s Cactus Shack Episode 5 – I Think I Broke A Nail

This episode gets back to the business of clearing out my hard drive and playing a few of the interesting things I find along the way. You’ll hear some transfer files I made to more effectively trick phone company employees, some stuff I’m pretty sure came from my good pal Legend, a weird method of getting free calls and hiding your caller ID, and a broken Phone Show drop.
The ending song is Chiron Beta Prime by Jonathan Coulton. If you want to see that exciting ANSI video that stopped me from doing a show last week, here it is.

Episode 4 – An Intimate Evening On The Pay Phone

Today’s Cactus Shack episode is an hour-long call in show where I sit in my comfy recliner and take calls on the pay phone and we basically just scream at each other a lot. Enjoy!

Listen to Neon every single Sunday night because she never misses a week
Here’s a Jack Nicolson soundboard prank to KFC
You can’t trust those Australians – FoTC says so
Those guys at are a bunch of hobos who can’t keep their website up, so here’s a link to their Twitter
Listen to the Do You Know Who Jason Segel Is podcast – I’ve listened to 2 episodes now and it’s fun stuff
The Bone Zone podcast
Jack Helliquinn does a bunch of creepy-ass videos on YouTubez
Join the Hijinks Discord and watch Home Alone 3 this weekend
Here’s the link to the video of this show
The ending music is Carol Brown by Flight of the Conchords – it was the next video that played after I looked up their Australian video
For some reason, the background music I was using last night (by Emergency Pizza Party) reminded me of this old Disney song from 50 years ago. That’s the intro music I used.

Episode 3 – Crossroads Chaos

I found more phone company recordings scattered around various drives, buried several sub-directories deep. Hopefully these aren’t calls that I played on the first episode. We also listen to some so-called chaos that I caused at a mall in the mid-2000’s, and we revisit my old neighbor Warren and his super exciting lifestyle.
On that part where I couldn’t understand what she was saying – she said she was haulin’ balls. Who says stuff like that? I’m surprised they didn’t all communicate via CB radios instead of borrowing my phone.

I found a few old posts that reference Warren, but nothing specific about the blender timer. And haha, in that picture I can see that I had it set to go off FOUR TIMES A DAY. The timer automatically randomized the start/end times by about 15 minutes. I should have set up a sensor on the wall to count how many times it was banged in that 2 weeks.

I found a few old blog posts that reference Warren. Here’s where my car stereo gets stolen. There’s this one about contemplating moving. My first bike theft. Here’s where I badmouth Warren to the landlord. My breakdown of Warren-related living costs. Still bitching about Warren here. Here’s a picture of my broken car window and missing radio. Looking back on all this stuff really makes me love living at the Situation Room. Not that my stereo didn’t get stolen from here too about 5 years ago, but it was a normal random theft and not something that my neighbors did. Or did they….

Episode 2 – What’s Your Bid?

In this milestone episode of Brad’s Cactus Shack, I grace you all with radio auction pranks I did in the 1980’s that contain comedic on-the-air gold like “Duuuhhhh, bid on football…” and just yelling garbled crap until the hosts hang up on me. You don’t want to miss this episode.

Here’s the original What’s Your Bid phone mob
Here’s the old phone mob page on
Cal’s old forums sort of still exist on
Here’s some info about the infamous John Sever who inspired me to prank radio shows
He also reminded me a few years ago that I made a bomb threat to our grade school during recess while on the playground.
Looks like my cassette-to-mp3 conversion mostly happened in 2007, as you can see here and here. How ironic, one of those posts has me making fun of a Metro PCS lady for not knowing what “dr” means.
1-800-THE-POOL commercial
What if C.A.T. really spelled dog?
Music in this show was Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder. I don’t even like that song, but the opening lyrics are awesome.

During post editing I realized that “dr” might mean deaf relay, but all of those messages began with dr, even the ones that were just regular voicemails left on my machine about wrasslin’ tapes and stuff.

Want to know the time and temperature in Alton, IL? Call 618-465-4545. I’ve been calling this number regularly my entire life. As a kid I called it each morning before school to find out how much walking to school would suck. As an adult I still call it at least once a month when I’m testing out new phone equipment or making sure my show recordings sound okay.

I’m kind of sad that the number was recently taken over by a new company and it sounds nothing like it used to. Before it was always run by St. Anthony’s hospital and would contain advertisements for dying old people by a lady who sounded like Pat Fleet. Now it’s all computerized and is run by a local website. Awesome of them to take it over though, so it didn’t die.

Episode 1 – Telephone Company Assholery

This past weekend I’ve been reorganizing my hard drive IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN and trying to make more sense of the kajillions of files I’ve collected over the years, and I’ve decided that the best thing to do is permanently delete them all. But not before playing them for you guys to hear in everyone’s favorite new show – Brad’s Cactus Shack.
This is just an experimental thing and there’s a good chance I won’t make it past 3 episodes, but I’ve got a ton of audio scattered throughout my hard drives. It’s stuff that wouldn’t make a lot of sense to put on the Snow Plow Show and only slightly more sense to put on a Hobosode. So hopefully ya’ll will enjoy this new show before I completely forget about it just like I did with The Big Beef Bueno Show.

I can’t remember if I ever played the original What’s Your Bid files from the 1980’s. The sound quality on them is terrible and the calls are barely funny, but I was pranking that same radio station from the What’s Your Bid phone mob back in middle school and I recorded the calls. Have I ever played those anywhere? If not, I plan to play them in the next episode.

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