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.

Pandemic Football Mom Blues

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.

For example:

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.

Show #128 – Jeff Fieldhouse

For EMP Show #128, Eric is joined by Stand-up Comedian and host of the Babyface Assasin, Jeff Fieldhouse! A funny, fast moving conversation which includes Jeff’s takes on whether there should be ‘rules’ in comedy, maneuvering the new media including the formation and format of his Podcast and much more!

Show #127 – Sir Freddy Kowalo

UFOs, photography, mosh pits, local music, band jealousy issues, mushrooms, brownies, the trials of social media, pandemic boredom and sobriety are just some of the tops on hand as Sir Freddy Kowalo returns to Boogie Street Studio for another sit down with Eric. Fun, funny and real. As always! Join us!

Show #124 – Joe Marini

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.

Show #119 – Rocco Cozza

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!

Show #117 – Dr. Shannon Thieroff

Pittsburgh area Entrepreneur & Chiropractor Dr. Shannon Thieroff joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for Project Show #117. Dr. Shannon discusses her journey into medicine, her Chiropractic work along with the holistic approach to medicine and the cutting edge treatments and technologies she utilizes at her practice, for her patients. Dr. Shannon also discusses her work in Animal Chiropractic and much more. Join us!