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Boombox Guy’s Return: What You Need To Know

Another class at Penn State will be graced with the presence of our celebrated star, Brian “Boombox Guy” Cronauer. But this year he won’t be toting his boombox on his shoulder for a sixth year of college; instead, will be his focus.

For those unfamiliar, Boombox Guy is an Altoona transplant who transferred to University Park junior year. Having a hard time making friends as a sober junior, he took his boombox to the streets, captivating the hearts and minds of a generation of Penn Staters. After a wild spring break in Panama City Beach two years ago, where he found himself double fisting a handle of Everclear and Jack Daniels, he became a force on the State College bar scene.

 “Cancun is for 18 year-olds and lightweights. PCB is where it’s at. It’s either blackout or back out” – Boombox Guy’s STATE in PCB

He graduated that year (2012) with a degree in Political Science, but came back again last year to complete another degree in broadcast journalism, which he felt was a more lucrative field.

After passing down the boombox torch to @bilbodatoad, whom he met outside of Canyon Pizza, Boombox Guy found himself having a minor identity crisis this summer while he was planning his next life move.

While making his own plans for his third PCB spring break, Boombox Guy realized that his gift of planning should be shared with the rest of the student body. “Why should people overpay for spring break if I can give them a break?” he asked.

Good point.

The home page of State in PCB reads:

“Planning on heading to Panama City Beach for Spring Break 2014? On a budget and looking to save as much money as possible for a new bikini for the beach, food, drinks at the bar, or a flight there? Well look no further.

You all know me as the (former) Penn State Boombox Guy. You know I love partying & having a good time. That’s why I started this website; to help fellow STATErs stay (and party) cheap in Panama City Beach, FL for Spring Break.

I work directly with you to help you find the best place to stay at the cheapest price so you and your friends can have one hell of a time. I’ve been going to PCB for the past two years and I’ve heard numerous stories of people over paying by hundreds of dollars to stay at the same place I was, or right next door…..

***Here’s a tip: Penn State finally has Spring Break when most other colleges do (March 8th-15th), places are going to be more expensive generally and fill up fast. I’ll help you navigate around the expensive “deals”***”

State in PCB

The site is sprinkled with advice on where to stay, eat, and party, including insider tips. Oh, and in case you missed out the first time, there’s a link to buy Boombox Guy T-shirts, too.

In regards to a condo building, Boombox Guy said: “I stayed here and loved it. I’ll be here again for PCB 2K14. The only let down is 24 hour security cock-blocking you when you try to bring a girl from a different condo back…but all the condos do this. Real shame.”

He also gives his warning about the bar Hammerhead Fred’s: “Be on the lookout for people pick pocketing the iPhone from the girl you’re making out with” (This is inspired from a true story, in which Boombox Guy was making out with a girl, who then spent the rest of the night in search of her phone and not with Boombox Guy.)

He also talks a lot about the waffle shop, the free pancake breakfasts presented by the Panama City church groups, as well as the free van service they provide. (The catch is that you pray with them during the ride.)

State in PCB BBG Tshirt


In short, Boombox Guy has decided that he is not quite ready to leave us and is milking his Boombox fame for all its worth. How much is it worth? We’ll find out soon enough.

BBG is living and working in State College this year with no plans, other than planning for Spring Break and saving up to move to New York City.

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Maggie McGlinchy

Senior. Print Journalism Major, Spanish Minor. My only childhood memory involves me playing with a toy circus car.

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