Pittsburgh radio personality Cris Winter returns to EMP to share more music stories and opinions from her decades in Pittsburgh radio, including her time with the ‘alternative rock’ station 100.7 WXXP and of course,102.5 WDVE. Cris also shares her thoughts on ‘Classic Rock’ as well as stories about Elton John, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Johnny Rotten and much, much more!
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!
Vocalist for North of Mason Dixon, David August, sat down with Eric in the Boogie Street Studio to discuss his story into music, influences, music labels and genres, technology’s weight upon the industry and much, much more! Fast moving, fun and drenched with rock and popular music from the 70’s to today! Join us!
The Uncrowned King of Pittsburgh Rock & Roll, Norman Nardini, returns to Boogie Street Studio to preach more of the Gospel according to Norman! This trip, Norman has his guitar and keyboard in hand as well. Stories and viewpoints on people, life and music as only Norman can deliver! From Diamond Reo to his band the Tigers to his work as a solo artist. Kick back and enjoy Norman Nardini on Boogie Street! Special 2020 edition!
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!
Humbled to be invited to appear and share a bit of my story on Jaime Chesney’s show, One on One.
We can learn from everyone. And everyone’s story and journey is unique and valid. I enjoyed the opportunity to share a bit of the challenges and successes of my journey. Overcoming personal and career setbacks, discovering and refining my personal philosophy, the raw emotions of loss, grief and recovery and more. It’s my hope that others will find similarities with their unique stories and maybe some comfort in knowing that anything is possible if one wants it bad enough.
Eric sits down with recording artist, filmographer and creator Cut Jones for a wide ranging and fast moving conversation on music, film creation, technologoy, social media, self promotion and more! Join us!
If you dig Rock & Roll, you’ll enjoy Sid Riggs!
Sitting down with Eric in the new pandemic, mult-suite Boogie Street Studio setup is Sig Riggs. Sid is a nationally touring and recording artist, drummer, producer, engineer and a survivor of the 80’s LA Metal Scene.
Sid shares his unique story from his time in LA with his band to his time on the creative team with Guns & Roses to his time in Rob Halford’s band to his journey into production and recording to his move to Pittsburgh and subsquent rennovation of a church building into his home, art studio and recording venue.
Sid shares stories about GnR, Tony Iommi and many other artists he worked with along the way.
Eric and Sid also discuss growing up with music, the changing landscapes in music consumption, genres and production. Sid also shares his thoughts on various rock drummers and legendary producers.
Over a 31 year old bottle of Single Malt, Rock Guitarist Jed Simon joined Sir Freddy Kowalo and Eric McKenna in the Boogie Street Studio for a rowdy and fun conversation!
Jed shared his journey into music from the humble beginnings in Western Canada. Influences, travels, tours, gear and – stories! Included are Jed and Freddy’s stories from the SYL and BLS Tours in Canada.
Guitar talk. Plenty of it. Washburn, Boogie Street, ESP, Jackson and – of course, Bernie Rico Jr. Amps. The good, the bad and the ones that got away.
The rigiuors of touring while getting older and raising a family.
Dimebag memroies. And all the influences – KISS, Aerosmith, Zep, Sabbath, RUSH, BTO, April Wine and many, many more. Jed even brings up Ritchie Sambuca!
Fred’s back! Fresh off another tour. This time with TSO. And Fred is just back from NAMM! Sneaking backstage a Dimebash, a typical day on the road with TSO, trials and tribulations of the TSO ‘Tesla Machine’, spotlight madness, tour bus life, tour sobriety, Fred tries juicing, setting up a violin, boredom, chip reviews, big tours vs his early Black Label tours, trouble with grubhub, Zakk Wylde’s toxic sweat, studio wrestling on the bus with BLS, the worst tour bus in all of Europe, the tour bus driver labeled ‘Stinky Britches’ and much, much Kowalo madness! Join us!
Sir Freddy Kowalo is back for Episode #5 of The Kowalo Chronicles.
Before Fred heads back out on tour with TSO, he makes another appearance on EMp pOdcast #47. Fred (aka ‘shifty guy #1’) shares more road stories from tours with Megadeth, Black Label Society, Ozzy, Alice in Chains, TSO and more. Not to mention, Fred’s recent snafu while woking an Eagles show. Eric and Fred also take a trip down the Boogie Street Guitars rabbit hole as they talk about how it all started including Fred’s rather odd ‘first day’ at Boogie Street. As well as how ‘strip clubs’ played an odd, yet important role in the launching of Boogie Street.
Fred also shares his favorite memories from Pittsburgh’s concert venues including the Civic Arena, the Palace Theatre, the Stanley Theatre, Graffiti, and Consol Center.
All this and much more on EMp pOdcast #47 with Sir Freddy Kowalo!
For over 25 years, Rich has entertained tens of thousands as ‘The Starchild’, the ringleader, in arguably the world’s Finest, most Authentic, most Powerful, Rock & Roll KISS Tribute bands — Mr. Speed.