Show #220 – Rocco Cozza

Pittsburgh, attorney, speaker and entrepreneur Rocco Cozza is back in the Boogie Street Studio for another conversation with Eric. Rocco offer his perspective on the state of the world, what lies ahead and other ‘heavyweight’ topics. They wrap up the show with a discussion on what is body shaming, ideas on promoting healthy living and the obstacles to good habits and nutrition.

Show #219 – Fred Kowalo

Sir Fred Kowalo returns to Boogie Street Studio for another one on one sit down with Eric. On tap are Fred’s upcoming book, thoughts on the origins of rock guitar, who actually started ‘heavy metal’, touring memories and more. The guys finish up the show with memories of the people and artists of Boogie Street Guitars as well as the development of The Project

Show #217 – Chad Medved

Pittsburgh podcaster Chad Medved joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for a wide ranging discussion podcasting, the web, social media and the lost art of ‘real’ conversations. Chad hosts a Pittsburgh based podcast entitled “I’ll Call You Right Back” and bring his unique perspective creating content, show development, video vs. audio podcasting, guest selection, format and much more.

Show #216 – Mike Shereck, Rocco Cozza

Business coach and author of ‘Manhood Manifesto’, Mike Shereck, joins Eric and Pittsburgh attorney, speaker and author Rocco Cozza, for a discussion of Mike’s book as well as thoughts on better communication, humility, common ground and much, much more.

Show #215 – Fran Stueber, Sir Freddy Kowalo

Fran Stueber, touring professional and long-time guitar tech and assistant to Paul Stanley of KISS joins fellow touring pro and guitar tech Sir Freddy Kowalo and Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for conversation on KISS, Paul Stanley, Boogie Street Guitars, Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, David Lee Roth, INXS and many other hilarious tour stories.

Show #212 – Squad Episode #5 – Cassidy Bauer, Julia Mulligan, Jerry Mulligan

Eric is joined once again by Julia, Jerry and Cassidy, as the EMP Squad reconvenes for Episode #5. What constitutes a ‘conspiracy’? How do we define that? Has the past 18 months been leading society toward something larger? These questions and much, much more. And as always, EMP delivers relaxed and frank discussions with no agendas. Discussions that are thought provoking, unvarnished and ‘real

Show #204 – ‘Four Friends’ Episode #7 – Christen Yacoviello, Kristie Crisci, Dave Grimm

For Episode #7 of EMP’s ‘Four Friends’ series, Eric is joined by Christen Yacoviello, Kristie Crisci and Dave Grimm. Super fun and lively conversastion including various thoughts on daily life in 2021, social media, pre vs post internet realities, online dating and a whole lot of music memories! Always unvarnished, always unscripted and always 100% ‘Real’!

Show #202 – Four Friends Episode #6 – Mandi Pryor, Nathalie Steindl Fleck, Chad Reed Shipley

Episode #6 of EMP’s ‘Four Friends’ series included Mandi Pryor, Nathalie Steindl Fleck and Chad Lee Shipley. Topics include fitness and health motivation, personal drive, parenting, bullying and much more. Frank, unvarnished and ‘real’ talk. And some humor as well!

Show #167 – Dr. Shannon Thieroff

Dr. Shannon returns to EMP for another fast moving and super fun conversation! From Groundhog Day to Furries to Online Dating to Social Media to the Importance of Curiosity and Skepticism to the Pittsburgh Yinzer to the insanity of Tiger King and so much more fun! Join us!

Show #163 – The Squad Episode #1 – Julia & Jerry Mulligan, Cassidy Bauer

Julia and Jerry Mulligan, Cassidy Bauer and Eric sit down to share some honest, fresh and authentic conversation, touching on random observations and life. The crew also share memories of growing up through the discovery of music, concert events and much, much more. Relaxed, comical and absolutely ‘real talk’ amongst friends. Join us!

Show #159 – ‘Four Friends’ Episode #1, Rocco Cozza, Dave Grimm, Sir Freddy Kowalo

Rocco Cozza, Dave Grimm and Sir Freddy Kowalo join Eric for a real and often comical discussion on the year that was 2020, goals and ideas for 2021 and what lies ahead for us all. Kick back and enjoy ‘Four Friends’ Episode #1.

Show #151 – Rocco Cozza

Accomplished speaker and author Rocco Cozza returns to Boogie Street Studio to chat with Eric on a variety of subjects including the search for truth and facts, what can drive public narratives, the merging of social media with traditional media, the pursuite and importance of personal responsibility in an effort for social harmony and how common ground should be a goal for everyone. Always a thought provoking discussion between Eric and Rocco. This show is no exception.

Show #150 – Sir Freddy Kowalo

Sir Freddy Kowalo is in-studio talking about maneuvering through this unique year, the future of touring and rock and roll performance, adventures in telephone customer service, the continued hilarity of social media, McDonald’s and much more. Always a hilarious time with Sir Fred! Grab your favorite beverage and join us!

Show #140 – Rocco Cozza

Pittsburgh region Attorney & Entrepreneur Rocco Cozza returns to Boogie Street Studio for another discussion with Eric. Rocco shares his thoughts on better communication, better leadership and better civility as America is facing multiple challenges in the Fall of 2020, some unprecedented.

Show #139 – Kathi Finch

Pittsburgh region Communications Specialist Kathi Finch sits down with Eric in-studio to discuss communcation challenges we face both in business and within our personal lives. Kathi discusses the art of good communication including listening to understand, specific tactics to improve communication quickly, recognizing and tailoring communication around individual personality traits and much, much more. Join us!

Voting by mail. Really?

Politics in 2020? Whatever. I suppose I’m simply indifferent at this point.

Really. I am.

It’s Sept of 2020, in the year of Covid. I’m quite confident that I’m feeling similar feelings that most Americans share. Similar feelings that Entrepreneurs feel. Similar feelings that my fellow Realtors are feeling. Similar feelings as my Pittsburgh neighbors feel.

I’m over it. As I write this – there is a section of any readership group who will be ‘offended’ by these words. Offended that I’m ‘over it’. And – that emotion of being offended is part of the problem.

I’m over it.

I’ll restate. I’m over it. Over it. The destruction of the economy. The pitting neighbor against neighbor. Watching so much negativity dominate our conversations. Social media. TV. Even sports.

I’m over it.

Oh, I guess I should mention politics. The upcoming Presidential election. A complete shitshow. Again – a complete shitshow.

Lunacy vs. Senility. That is our option. The options the American political system puked out to us — 2 very, very poor choices. In the middle of a worldwide pandemic. In the middle of racial tension. Riots. Burning. Destruction. Murders. All sides – all races – all opinions. A shitshow.

I’m over it.

And now – there is a movement to get Americans to vote by mail. I’m assuming one political side sees this as an opportunity. The other sees it as a detriment. Whatever.

As pragmatically as I can look at the ridiculous notion of voting by US Mail, I find the premise laughable. If we, you know, the citizens, are permitted to go to Wal-mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Grocery Stores under various statewide and federal Covid-19 laws…we can go vote.

Those who must vote by absentee ballot, can still vote by absentee ballot.

But mail in votes for the able bodied citizens? No fucking way.

We have enough shakey confidence in this country in 2020 — adding doubt to the integrity of our Voting procedure can not be another area of citizen suspicion.

And our Presidential choices? Lunacy vs. Senility. Nice, eh? However, can it get worse? You’re damn straight it can. Put the absolutely increased chance of voting manipulation and outright fraud into the mix — our country’s shitshow will grow exponentally.

We need certainty. We need a clear winner. Whether this country moves in a new direction or we retain our current administration, at this point, the decision is not as important as providing this battered, bruised and suspicion electorate – certainty.

I’m over it.

Show #129 – Jeffrey Jarzynka

Artist, Entrepreneur and owner of Zynka Gallery, Pittsburgh’s Jeffrey Jarzynka joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for EMPshow #129. Contemporary Art, today’s Art Business, Art in Pittsburgh and a whole lot more are on the discussion table! Check it out!