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Low Budget FM

Live from the heart of San Diego, it's some guys talking on the radio.

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Goin' Deep

Let's dive in deep on the pathology of Tod's need to dive in deep.


4 May 2018

Rank #1

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June 27, 2012: The News Monster That Never Was

John Salwin laments the loss of this week's episode.


28 Jun 2012

Rank #2

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June 4, 2012: Pickup Line of the Week, Listener Mail, Hockey Hockey Hockey

It's a scramble as the show struggles to hold itself together. A rather abstract Pickup Line of the Week is field tested. The crew rummages around the bottom of the Listener Mailbag. Marc started trying to get into hockey and is now stuck with it.


4 Jun 2012

Rank #3

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Aug. 19, 2012: Marc The Social Outcast, The Dumb Sea, News Monster

Marc's been locked in a room doing some app thing for months, and he's starting to become weirdly reclusive. Cioffi, Marc and Salwin discuss the concept of the Dumb Sea. Salwin's News Monster tackles some hard-hitting issues.


20 Aug 2012

Rank #4

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Aug. 5, 2012: Forbidden Olympics Sex, Conflicts of Interest, News Monster

Marc is dismayed when he can't get any support for his plan to sleep with a forbidden Olympian. Cioffi's a one-stop shop when it comes to legal advice, real estate brokering, Federal laws and more. Salwin rides in on the News Monster with some great stories, one of which is oddly adorable.


5 Aug 2012

Rank #5

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July 9, 2012: Comic-Con Approacheth

With the San Diego Comic-Con this week, the big question is: is "cosplaying" okay, and if so, what should Seena cosplay as? Cioffi sticks by his stance that Marc (and no other dude) is allowed to wear a costume on any day other than Halloween. Plus: Cioffi mourns a great loss, Marc's boundless rage is only meant for use on the ice and more.


9 Jul 2012

Rank #6

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Aug. 16, 2012: Chalk Protests, Razing Downtown LA, Listener Mail

Our man Cioffi may have had something to do with the Artwalk Chalk protests in Downtown Los Angeles, but Low Budget FM has the perfect replacement for the Artwalk. Plus: the Listener Mailbag is wide open and the Extreme Topic Bonanza makes a triumphant and unexpected comeback.


16 Aug 2012

Rank #7

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Marc has to take a long look in the mirror after a lady friend made a comment about dating geeky guys. Cioffi delivers his Lock Of The Week, and launches an investigation into a scandal that could take down the entire NFL. Salwin runs down a Deadspin article that explains why the San Diego Chargers are a terrible, terrible team.


19 Aug 2013

Rank #8

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Festivals & News Monster

The entire concept of outdoor music festivals totally repulses Cioffi. Salwin brings in all the news stories you've been aching to know about.


19 Aug 2013

Rank #9

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Murder Mysteries, Yahoo Answers & Dark Thoughts

Cioffi pitches the show on how and why you should organize your very own "murder mystery dinner." The show does the Internet a favor by tackling open questions on Yahoo! Answers. Dark thoughts are explored.


19 Aug 2013

Rank #10

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Tough Talk and Aubrey Drama

Cioffi and Salwin have some Tough Talk for people who oppose steroid usage in professional sports. Marc got some bad advice when he ran into Aubrey Plaza at a party.


13 Aug 2013

Rank #11

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Padawan McGuillicuty's

Cioffi's co-workers tried to convince him that James Gandolfini had passed away, but he was not fooled. Marc announces his plans for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. The show's Lock of the Week is so good, you can secure a bank loan with it.


13 Aug 2013

Rank #12

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Aug. 4, 2012: Marc Phones It In (Bonus)

Marc is stuck in his car on the freeway but calls in to try and help with the show anyway. (Bonus content! Full show coming tomorrow!)


5 Aug 2012

Rank #13

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Notary Snipers and Phony Closed Captions

Marc's confused about the whole "Johnny Football" thing. Cioffi explains how you can make over $6 million in one weekend of sports gambling. The show's either already got or is considering a closed captioning racket. Salwin drops some news about stucco-eating snails, helpful labradors and more.


10 Sep 2013

Rank #14

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Insta-Wingmen and News Monster

Marc updated his relationship status and Facebook treated it like we just went to war with Syria. There's a hole in the market that can only be filled by "Uber for Wingmen." The News Monster visits Ft. Lauderdale, targets deadbeat gamblers and more.


1 Sep 2013

Rank #15

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Sep. 24, 2012: There Will Be Bad Jokes, Beer Catastrophe, News Monster

Marc starts to tell a story about showing his ex-girlfriend the movie There Will Be Blood, but is quickly derailed by a questionable joke. Cioffi made a horrifying, life-altering decision involving some Miller Lite. Salwin rides in atop the News Monster with tales of intrigue and crimes on the high seas.


25 Sep 2012

Rank #16

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Aug. 26, 2012: Cioffi Is Wasting Away, Salwin's Dark Thoughts, Top Ten Science Failures

Cioffi's hours got cut at Forever 21, so he's been spending that time playing Starcraft 2 instead. Salwin has some thoughts that could be considered dark. Marc, Cioffi and Salwin run through a questionable list of the top ten failures of modern science.


27 Aug 2012

Rank #17

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Sep. 17, 2012: Marc Runs For School Board

It's finally time: Marc declares his candidacy for public office.


18 Sep 2012

Rank #18

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July 2nd, 2012: Let's Punch Up That Craigslist Ad

In their never-ending quest to do the Internet a favor, Marc, Cioffi and Salwin try to punch up some Craigslist ads so the posters will get more responses.

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2 Jul 2012

Rank #19

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Sep. 14, 2012: Clint Eastwood's Theft, Salwin's One Man Show, Facebook Questions

Marc and Cioffi watched in horror as Clint Eastwood perpetrated a theft on national television. Salwin discusses his new highly-political one-man show. The show takes questions from Facebook about getting that Mr. Ed, Marc's ongoing trouble with the ladies, lunesta and much more.


14 Sep 2012

Rank #20