The Works

Show #208 – 4 Friends Ep. #8, Natalie Bencivenga, Rocco Cozza, Mandi Pryor

On EMP’s 8th installment of it’s ‘4 Friends’ series, three dynamic entrepreneurs, Natalie Bencivenga, Rocco Cozza and Mandi Pryor join Eric in the Boogie Street Studio to discuss entrepreneurship philosophy, the importance of mentors, recognizing decisive moments in life and much more.

Show #207 – Ryan Peters

Insanely popular Pittsburgh based chef, pasta guru and social media phenomenon Ryan Peters joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio! Ryan discusses his career journey as a chef and the whirlwind that has been the last 18 months with his pasta making explosion on TikTok. Ryan also discusses the launch of Peters Pasta and much more.

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 #203 – Dr. Patrick Cooper

Dr. Patrick Cooper, Physics professor at Duquesne University returned to Boogie Street Studio for another sit down with Eric. During this visit, Coop discusses topics including the history of Mathematics, infinity, the measurement of Time, the size of The Universe, quantum physics and the standard model, the possibility of aliens and much, much more.

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 #199 – 4 Friends Episode #5 – Fred Vogel, Eric Wasinski, Fred Kowalo

Eric is joined by filmmaker Fred Vogel, Eric Wasinski and Sir Freddy Kowalo for an in-depth conversation on popular music. The guys crack it wide open with discussion and debate on popular music, rock & roll, greatest bands, greatest guitarists, greatest bass players and favorite decades. Spirited and fun music talk! Always ‘real’ and full of unvarnished stories and opinions.

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 #197 – Sean McDonald

Record producer, engineer and owner of Red Medicine Studio, Sean McDonald, sits down visits Boogie Street to share his thoughts on the challenges of the past year, his recording studio, insights into his projects and clients, both past and present, his history of working with PBS, recording innovations through the years and much, much more.

Show #195 – Dr. Matt Ryan, Philip Clarke

Duquesne University’s Economics Professor Dr. Matt Ryan, as well as Director of Student Affairs Philip Clarke, sit down with Eric in the Boogie Street Studio. Topics include thoughts on changes in higher education post 2020, the effectiveness of virtual classrooms, the value of higher education and potential changes in the college experience going forward. The 2nd half of the show is free-form discussion on major sports including baseball’s universal DH, the quality of umpiring, violence within the sports, rule changes vs tradition and much, much more.

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 #193 – UFO Episode #5, James Krug, Julia Mulligan, Fred Kowalo

The UFO crew is back! Julia, Sir Freddy and Eric join UFO James Krug for another discussion. Topics this show include: Famous people and UFOs, Time Travel, Remote Viewing including Sir Fred’s personal experiences, The Battle of Los Angeles, Space Force and much more!

Show #192 – Dr. Rueben Brock

In this visit to EMP, Dr. Brock shares a change in direction he is undergoing as he closes his private practice and shifts his concentration to television, filmmaking and other creative content endeavors. Also discussed are big picture ideas on community, our need for belonging coexisting with our desire for individuality, motivation, kindness and much more!

Show #191 – Jim Donovan, Joe Marini

Eric sits down in-studio with Jim Donovan and Joe Marini! Jim shared a bit of his life and journey in music starting with Rusted Root, then through the years of solo work and onto his most recent project, Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors, a band where Joe is the drummer!

Show #190 – Rocco Cozza, Tiffany Battaglini

Attorney and professional speaker Rocco Cozza along with insurance professional Tiffany Battaglini-Leitner join Eric for a discussion of topic including entrepreneurship, mentors, creativity, having a growth mindset, asking yourself hard questions, making tough decisions, developing a dynamic sphere of influence, practicing indifference and much, much more.

Show #189 – Tony ‘T-Robe’ Roberson

Stand-up Comedian T-Robe returns to Boogie Street Studio! Tony shares what the past months have been like, his thoughts on ‘virtual’ comedy shows, drive-in comedy and the return to live performance again. He also shares his recent travel, enduring the recent snowstorm in Texas and much more in this fast paced show!

Show #188 – Sam Suska

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.

Show #187 – Dr. Steve Greene

Dr Steve Greene sits down with Eric to discuss his return to Ghana to resume work with his charity “Hope for Ghana”. For 35 years Dr. Greene has been traveling to Ghana to help some of the country’s most remote people with the construction of schools and wells for fresh water.

Show #184 – Nan Cohen,Somer Obernauer

Nan Cohen and Somer Obernauer visit Eric to discuss end of life planning and the booklet published by Somer entitled “Before You Go – Plans & Wishes”. Somer’s booklet helps familes structure and prepare for the important after death decisions which are often never addressed or planned for while our loved ones are still with us.

Show #183 – The Squad Episode #3 – Julia Mulligan, Jerry Mulligan, Cassidy Bauer

The EMP Squad, Julia & Jerry Mulligan, Cassidy Bauer and Eric reconvene once again again. Honest, straight-forward and ‘real’ conversation touching on many topics including the shelf life of human relationships, whether the ultra wealthy have a civic responsibility for helping the greater good and can capitalism be harnessed to help solve social issues such as homelessness, hunger and mental health.

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 #180 – Rocco Cozza

Pittsburgh attorney, speaker, author and entrepreneur Rocco Cozza makes another return to EMP. Rocco and Eric touch on the concepts of revenge, life before the web, the challenges of immediate communication and availability, new privacy concerns in the remote workplace and much, much more. But first, Eric addresses concerns and misunderstandings regarding the purpose, direction and the guest selection procedure for EMP.

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 #175 – The Squad Episode #2 – Julia Mulligan, Jerry Mulligan, Cassidy Bauer

Julie and Jerry Mulligan along with Cassidy Bauer return to EMP for Episode #2 from ‘The Squad’. This time tacking topics including why it’s so difficult to ‘turn the other cheek’, the pursuit of awards and why we struggle with differences. Also discussed is memories and comparisons between life before and after the internet. All of this and much, much more, including ‘Misfortune’ cookies! Relaxed, opinonated, funny and very ‘Real’ conversation. Join us!

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!