Pittsburgh fire fighter, author, professional fitness trainer, former professional boxer and co-owner of Southside Boxing Club, Sam Suska, joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for a discussion on boxing, training, discipline and entrepreneurship.
Christian Simmons with Pennsylvania Libations and Travis Tuttle with Butler Brew Works sit down with Eric for a wide ranging discussion including the history of Craft Beer, Spirits, small business challenges and the upcoming launch of Travis and Christian’s brand, Bonafide Beer.
Entertainment writer Scott Tady joins Eric to discuss moments from his career covering music and entertainment for the Pittsburgh region. Scott also shares his thoughts on the state of live music and live events and what may lie ahead. And of course, lots of Rock and Roll, from the 70’s to today! Join us!
The third installment of EMP’s ‘Four Friends’ series features Katie Smith, a corporate attorney and currently a stay at home mom of 4, Tia Marshall, an Elementary school teacher and touring and stage professional, Sir Freddy Kowalo. The crew tackles various subjects including virtual schooling and the challenges facing parents and teachers, thoughts on whether we effectively communicate in with each other in 2021, are we using critical thinking in our daily lives, online dating and much, much more! Often hilarious and certainly a very ‘real’ conversation! And added hilarity with Sir Freddy sharing his story of his appearance on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show! Don’t miss show super fun EMP show!
Pittsburgh Concert and Live Event promoter Brian Drusky with Drusky Entertainment sits down with Eric and Sir Freddy Kowalo to discuss the challenges live music is facing. As we enter 2021, Brian discusses his thougths on the industry’s recovery, the art of smart promotion and much more! Join us!
Photojournalist Dan Speicher returns to Boogie Street for another sit down with Eric. Photography, travel, people and the art of seeking common ground for better communication. Dan’s always insightful and this time is no different. Join us!
Dan Speicher is a well traveled photojournalist and professional photographer. Topics of Eric and Dan’s discussion include running, social media, finding common ground and the importance of neighborhoods and communities.
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.
The very funny Comedian Terry Jones returns to Boogie Street Studio. Terry shares his philosophy of practicing empathy everyday. And he brings us up to date on the creation and release of his latest comedy double album as well as his plans for 2021, which also include his first music release.
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.
Comedian Matt Light stops by the studio and sits down with Eric for a fast moving, irreverant and very funny conversation! Pittsburgh comedy, Matt’s fight on Barstool Sports, standup hecklers, boundaries for comey and life in 2020.
Hard not to have Pandemic Blues. Nearing the end of August and so much of this entire ordeal really does not make sense. But not in a global, big picture kind of way. And no, not in a big conspiracy kind of way. No, from this writer’s vantage point, it’s the cumulation of all the smaller events, rules, attitudes and decisions that when thrown into a bucket and looked at as whole, really can make one’s head hurt.
We’ve proven, as a country, that by and large, we have safely gathered in peaceful protests. We have, as a citizenry, proven our ability to come together, peacefully protest and bring attention to injustice. This does not mean the injustice is gone. Far from it. However, what it does mean is that people can get together and look out for each other. Furthermore, it’s proven that most of America is not caustic toward each other for any reason, including race. And that, as a people, we do understand the importance of doing our part to slow down and eventually moving past Covid. And while mainstream media, social media and every politician from every persuasion does their absolute best to convince you everything I just expressed is untrue, to anyone really taking the time to breathe, look around and think, it’s apparent that the world is not burning. I’ll repeat. The world is not burning. It’s an illusion of media theatre.
With all of that said, I’m perplexed that PA’s Governor Wolf will not permit safe and limited attendance at high school sports this Fall. As it stands now, parents will be unable to attend or watch their children participate in High School sports. Especially difficult to understand for the sports played outdoors.
Certainly, with correct social distancing, the use of masks and just common sense, parents could attend high school football, soccer, lacrosse and track – safely.
Sadly, many Pennsylvania residents, including myself, remain deeply troubled with Gov Wolf and his administration over policies and new laws relating to our State’s Covid lockdowns, restrictions, and business shutdowns. And I’m afraid with this latest decision to prohibit attendance at high school sports, it is just another restriction which will certainly not help the social narrative in this State.
I personally can only point to the abject hypocrisy of this latest decision. In a long list of decisions and actions by Gov Wolfe in the past months which leave so many in this Pennsylvanians bewildered.
Joe Marini shares his musical journey, including his current work with Jim Donovan’s Sun King Warriors. Joe and Eric discuss the virtues of classic rock and jazz drummers Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Steve Gadd, John Bonham, and many others. And they take a special trip down the Rush rabbit hole with a detailed discussion of the late Neil Peart.
Matt Farago joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for a conversation fast moving conversation about Pro Sports starting in the Pandemic, Matt’s work and travel with the Harlem Globetrotters and Matts share his story into the sports business.
Rocco Cozza returns to the Boogie Street Studio to discuss with Eric thoughts on how business and sports are maneuvering during the current environment, thoughts on the state of entrepreneurship in 2020, areas of Leadership on display, critical thinking, pragmatism, the late Jim Roh and much more!
Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) and UFC Fighter, Pittsburgh’s own Khama ‘The Deathstar’ Worthy joins Eric in the pandemic era studio setup at the Boogie Street Studio for Show #101.
Khama discussing surving the pandemic ‘stay at home’ order with kids, recently moving his training gym ‘The Academy’ to a new location and his recent knockout of Devonte Smith in a 1st round Knockout in UFC 241.
Khama expounds on fighting, running with bulls in Spain, the pitfalls of social media and his upcoming plans
Fast moving, funny and fun conversation! Join us!
Abstract visual Artist Mia Tarducci joins Eric for Show #100 in the Multi-suite, pandemic era, social distancing complient Boogie Street Studio.
Mia discusses life in the pandemic with kids, temporarly painting from her home, her GoFundMe campaign of smaller painting, her ‘mini-Mias’, in support of the staff of Pittsburgh restaurant Superior motors and her return to her Studio.
And much, much more. Join us!
In the new pandemic era, multi-suite Boogie Street Studio, Eric sits down with Pittsburgher Nicole Geiger Holloway to dicuss Covid-19, life in the lockdown, parenting in the pandemic, Gov Wolf’s PA Business shutfown, Nicole’s infrared sauna business Pure Sweat and her charity ‘I Will Be Your Friend’, inspired by her daughter, Carson. Nicole also discusses the daily challengs of living with Lupus.
The conversation is fast moving and often very funny! Join us!