Category Archives: Noise Nation History

Working on World Wide Domination

Last year I posted this image of how many countries in the world viewed The Horn & Bell blog:

Noise Nation around the World!

Noise Nation around the World!

It’s been a year or so since then so wanted to share the current viewing map:


As you can see.. we are slowly reaching every country in the world.. Muah Ha Ha…

When we do accomplish touching every country in the world I’m going to make DiPro learn this song:


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This Week in Noise Nation

To continue on with Kram’s end of week review…

We were pretty busy this past week.

Kram led off with commentary on the Ryne Sandberg effect as a manager.

Phillies Fans Not Respecting the Ryne Sandberg Effect

We followed up with a Photo essay on where the 2013 IronPig roster is today.

Where are the 2013 IronPigs Now?

Dan went on to vent about his distaste for the Winter Olympics…

What if Baseball was Scored Like the Olympics…

Some promotions for That Baseball Team out in Reading..

Gnewest Gnome Giveaway Gnews!

A transaction note..

Miner Signs With Mariners

More promotions for That Baseball Team out in Reading..

Bunning & Bobbleheads – Reading Stepping Up!

A fun video…

Best Pig Video I’ve Seen in a While!

Another transaction note..

Strike One IronPig from the 2014 Roster

The entire Phillies Spring Training Roster..

Phillies’ 2014 Spring Season Roster

Even more promotions for That Baseball Team out in Reading..

A Closer Look at the @ReadingFightins Promo Schedule

Finally, Kram continued his survey on which IronPig wore each uniform number best. Make sure to vote!

Who Wore It Best? @IronPigs Number 9

Who Wore It Best? @IronPigs Number 8

RePost: @IronPigs Who Wore Number 7

Who Wore It Best? @IronPigs Number 6

Who Wore It Best? @IronPigs #5


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Fan Free Agency Notes 2-8-14

It’s still early but the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks have jumped out with a commanding lead in the Noise Nation Free agency market.

Steelhawk's 2014 game balls.

Steelhawk’s 2014 game balls.

That’s right. The Noise Nation logo on their official game ball!

In other news…

That baseball team out in Reading took a move forward with the following:

“Baseballtown will once again blast off in 2014 when the Human Cannonball, David “The Bullet” Smith, returns to FirstEnergy Stadium on Friday, August 8th thanks to All Star Distributing. For nearly two decades, Smith has been electrifying crowds as a human cannonball. He has performed over 500 cannon shots around the globe. As part of his death-defying feat on August 8th, Smith will project himself over 150 feet out of his world-famous 35-foot-long cannon directly from centerfield to home plate.”

Human Cannonball! Oh yeah! That’s a good start Reading!

Reading also announced their rescheduled Winter Charity banquet:

The Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will kick off Fightin Phils Opening Week on Monday, March 31st when they hold the Meet the Fightins Banquet at the Reading Crowne Plaza. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

The season-debuting banquet will feature the introduction of the entire 2014 Fightins Opening Night roster, including manager Dusty Wathan and his coaching staff. Wathan, pitching coach David Lundquist, and hitting coach Rob Ducey will take part of a question-and-answer session during the dinner.

Fans will have the first opportunity to meet the team through an autograph session with the entire team and staff. There will also be a raffle and silent auction of various sports collectibles and memorabilia.

The kickoff event will also double as the King of Baseballtown Banquet, which was postponed from its original date in January.

2014 King of Baseballtown Charlie Flannery will also be crowned at the event. The legendary coach of the Gregg Post American Legion team and Reading Hot Stovers Banquet Chairman will be the 12th king crowned by Baseballtown Charities.

Tickets for the King of Baseballtown Banquet cost $65 for adults and $25 for kids and are available now online at, by phone at 610-370-BALL, or by visiting the Fightins Ticket Office located at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Ticketholders from the postponed January event will be admitted with their original ticket.

The entire team available for autographs! Nice!

Also happening this week, the Noise Nation has entered negotiations to film promotional spots with an undisclosed Roller Derby team here in the Valley. Details are sketchy but could be the beginning of solidifying the 2014 season coverage.

A source also reported that the good folks up at Scranton Wilkes Barre have been in touch with the Noise Nation. Stay tuned for more details on this…

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BREAKING: #NoiseNation Fan Group Elects Free Agency


BETHLEHEM, PA  –  Sources close to the NoiseNation fan group, authors of the award-winning Horn and Bell Blog, have revealed this morning that the group has elected free agency after being denied fan-arbitration by all of the Lehigh Valley Professional Sports Franchises.  With six years experience, the group was eligible for fan-arbitration starting in 2014 but has elected to explore other fan opportunities.

Reached at the home offices in Bethlehem, PA, the columnist known only as “Kram” stated, “We enjoy all that we do as fans and group members.  But unfortunately, it’s a business.  This isn’t our favorite part, but it is necessary.  We love the Lehigh Valley and our fellow fans here, but we do have responsibilities to our families.”  Asked if the fan group would consider the so-called “home town discount” Kram would say only, “We’ll see.  We have to see what our options are and let the chips fall where they may.”

We caught up with The Artist Known As DiPro at the Black Forest Deli in Bethlehem.  He refused comment, stating only, “I do what I do.  We have people who handle this stuff.  Stroganoff. “

The NoiseNation Fan Group is represented by the so-called “Joe-Rob Corp.”  An official statement from the agency this morning read:  “The NoiseNation Fan Group has done so much for the Lehigh Valley Professional Sports scene.  Considering the number of blog reports, NoiseNationTV including the Piggy Patrol, the NoiseCast Podcast, and the awards they’ve won, we’re not sure there’s anything more to be done for the Lehigh Valley.  We’ll listen to all offers and we’re not ruling out a return, but we need to test the market in order to determine our client’s value.  We were surprised not to receive a fan-arbitration ruling.  We expect to have a decision in the coming weeks.”

The free-agency period ends July 1, so it is expected that the group would have an agreement in place by then.  The editor and president of NoiseNation, Dan, was unavailable at press time.  A recording from his office suggested that the Seahawks had won a football game and that he may be on his way to Disney World, but the details were not clear.

The NoiseNation Fan Group has supported and reported on all of the Lehigh Valley Professional Sports Franchises, including the IronPigs, Phantoms, SteelHawks, Velodrome, Rollergirls, and others since 2008.  Sources suggest that with the high cost of travel including gasoline prices and hotel accommodations, that despite high ticket prices, the fan group would probably accept the so-called “home town discount.”   However, the source did allow that a newly-refurbished stadium in Moosic could lure the group.  Baseball is also available in nearby Reading as well as Trenton, NJ.  There are hockey arenas in Reading, Wilkes-Barre, Binghamton, NY, and Hershey, PA.  There are two new PIFL football teams in Trenton and Harrisburg this year.


We’re playin’.  But keep in mind, as fans, we’re all free agents.  Always.  Free to choose which teams to support with our time, money and hearts.  There are no contractual obligations.

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Hail and Farewell 8-20-2013

If you look at the top left of this page you will see a change we implemented today.

Hail and Welcome to Noise Nation TV!

Farewell to the Noise Nation Calendar. You served us well.

What exactly is Noise Nation TV? Well, first and foremost… it’s for fun!

Periodically we will be posting fun videos as we capture them, throw in some specials using Kram’s “Piggy Patrol” segment as well as the newly minuted “Dijon Dipro” and occasionally a “Vast Valley of Sports” feature.

To access Noise Nation TV simply click on the image on the left side of this page! Enjoy!

Kram’s Piggy Patrol

Episode 1 of Vast Valley of Sports – “Day of Dipro”


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Vast Valley of Sports: “The Day of Dipro”

We at the Noise Nation have been busy! They say pictures can be worth a 1,000 words and we wondered how many words a video would be worth…?



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Look Out for the Quiet Ones…

We’ve been kind of quiet here on the Horn & Bell this week.

Someone once told me that I shouldn’t worry about chatty folks but to “Look out for the quiet ones, they are up to something.”


We’re up to something!

We’re up to something good!

Ebay has been involved. A seamstress has been involved. Many hours of silence bringing this together, just for you!

It won’t be done overnight and you’ll be the first to witness its debut so stay tuned!


Hats off to Ethan Martin for his first MLB win today as well as Cody Asche for his first MLB home run!

Oink! Screech! Roll on!

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