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 #206- Rocco Cozza

Attorney, Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur Rocco Cozza returns to EMP! Mistrust in media and public information, the art of deception, aliens, black budgets, the inequity of MLB and much more. Wideranging, freeform conversations that are always ‘Real’. Join Eric as he sits down with one of Pittsburgh’s best – Rocco Cozza!

Show #205 – Aaron Kleiber

Stand-up comedian and filmmaker Aaron Kleiber joins Eric in-studio to share his unique story. Aaron discusses his work in filmmaking and comedy, how he began up doing stand-up, the challenges of ‘live’ performances, how he maneuvered through the past 16 months, his current special ‘Grown Ass @%$ Dad’ streaming on Amazon and much, much more.

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 #200 – Squad Episode #4 – Cassidy Bauer, Julia Mulligan, Jerry Mulligan

The EMP Squad reconvened for a 4th episode of frank, unvarnished and real talk. This time they cracked open topics including is free will an illusion, is social media an illusion, do humans truly desire what they say they do, why actions seldom match words, human expectations and much, much more. The deep and the hysterical in an amalgamation of fun!

Show #198 – Katie Smith, Fred Kowalo

Katie Smith joins Sir Freddy Kowalo and Eric in Boogie Street Studios. The trio crack open topics including the changing ‘norms’ in today’s society, the concept of asking questions instead of giving statements, the importance of birthdays, Katie’s karaoke skills, Fred’s hair and much, much more. Unvarnished, real and fun conversation with the expected hilarity.

Show #194 – Four Friends Episode #3 – Alisha DeLuca, Cassidy Bauer, Sir Freddy Kowalo

For EMP’s ‘Four Friends’ Episode #4, Eric is joined by Alisha Fraizer DeLuca, Cassidy Bauer and Sir Freddy Kowalo. Topics include how difficult the year has been on the beauty industry and finding one’s own originality. And predictably, hilarity ensues with topics including the mystery of the McRib and the reveal of Sir Fred’s monker, ‘Long-haired Peaceful Warrior.’ Real, Unvanished and Super Fun discussion!

Show #182 – Kevin Budkey

Comedian Kevin Budkey sat down with Eric in the Boogie Street Studio to share his journey as a stand-up comedian, his life while in LA working for Pauly Shore at the Comedy Store, comedic ‘training’ at the legendary Second City facility in Chicago, his plans to move to Teaxas and much more in this fast paced show!

Show #181 – Ed Latimore

Former heavyweight boxer, best selling author, speaker and competitive chess player Ed Latimore returns to EMP. Ed shares his practical approach to life, ideas on self improvement and motivation, his thoughts on travel, cultures, human expectations, sobriety and much, much more.

Show #179 – Mike Zydel, Jack Welsh

Mike Zydel and Jack Welsh of Greenfield’s Finest Podcast sat down for a converstation on their show, what they have learned in a year of podcasting, the pursuit of electric toothbrushes, the woman who was a cat and other hilarity!

Show #176 – David August, Sir Freddy Kowalo

Vocalist and songwriter David August along with rock touring veteran and guitar technician Sir Freddy Kowalo sit down to share stories and thoughts on popular music, today’s recording process, various producers, social media’s effect on popular music and more. The boys also share stories of their experience filming the 2009 movie, The Road.

Show #174 – Cris Winter

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!

Show #172 – Christian Simmons, Travis Tuttle

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.

Show #170 – Scott Tady

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!

Show #169 – David August

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!

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 #166 – Brian Drusky

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!

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.

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.