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Nancy Leson's amazing cherry-pitting secret revealed!

Say goodbye to broken nails. Bid adieu to those earsplitting pneumatic cherry stone extractors. Give the old heave-ho to the danger and expense of specially trained cherry-pitting Komodo Dragons. 

Now there's a safe, easy method for removing cherry pits, says Nancy Leson. And it's probably not what you think. 

What you want, says Nance, is a hair pin. She tried it on her husband’s recommendation.

“You know what? It works great. It works better than any of those olive pitters, and I insist that people try this," she said. "You can also use a paper clip. You want to dig that curved end of it right in there, and—woop!—(it) takes the pit right out!"

A tip of the Jazzoid (faux) leopard skin beret to Matt "BB Gun" Krause, this year's winner of the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship.

"I want to do to you what spring does with cherry trees."

– Pablo Neruda

Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.