Show #110 – Jim Shorkey Jr.

For Show #110, Eric sits down with Pittsburgh area businessman, entrepreneur and self-development specialist, Jim Shorkey Jr.

Jim shares his story of Jim Shorkey Auto Group, the determination 25 years ago to bring the dealership back from the brink and set it on a course for excellence and stunning growth. Jim also share his current life’s passion of helping others learn the principles he refined in his journey to address success and happiness in life. Jim’s work can be viewed at ResultsFromThinking.com

Show #109 – Sam DiBattista

Eric sits down with Pittsburgh restauranteur and chef, Sam DiBattista. Sam and his wife Lori own and operate Vivo Kitchen located in Sewickley, PA.

Sam and Eric set off on a fast paced and wide ranging discussion. Everything from the current Covid-19 Pandemic and running an upscale restaurant in that environment to eclectic music to military life to social media to the cancel culture to what’s allowed to be funny to — well, did we mention food?

Such a fun and lively chat with one of Pittsburgh’s finest chefs! Buckle up and join us!

Show #108 – Paul Alexander

Making his 2nd appearance on The Project, Pittsburgh Sports Personality, Commentator, Talk Show Host and one of the truly good guys, Paul Alexander joins Eric for a sit down in the Boogie Street Studio.

This 90 plus minute hits all bases including the current worldwide Covid-19 Pandemic, it’s effect on all sports, the state of sports talk with no sports to talk about, the DH coming to the National League, cheating in Pro Sports, will their be baseball this year, will their be football thie year, how the proposed NHL playoffs will start, the Michael Jordon mini-series, how the A’s and Ray’s out perform the Bucs with lower payrolls, Bradshow or Staubach, Brady or Belichick, Michael or LeBron, Sid over everybody, Antonio who?, Clint Hurdle, the MLB Steroid era, the Steeler Steroid era, our country’s failed leadership during the Covid-19 crisis and Believe Nothing, Question Everything.

Show #107 – Alex Simmons

Pittsburgh based Entrepreneur, Twitter early adopter and personal trainer Alex Simmons aka AverageBlackMan, joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for a wide ranging conversation from the Pandemic, Social Media, Comedy, Cancel Culture, the Offensive Mindset, Diet, Exercise, Training, Alex’s movment “Pray, Focus, Grind” and of course, Burgers!

Very fun, informative and fast moving conversation! Join us!

Show #106 – Jaime Chesney

Jaime Chesney is in the Boogie Street Studio for a conversation with Eric about her story including her work in and out of MMA, adversiting, social media and the development of her talk show, ‘One on One’.

Quicking moving and engaging conversation! Join us!

Show #105 – Ethan Merritt

Ethan Merritt returns to Boogie Street for another conversation with Eric – this time in the multi-suite, pandemic era studio setup at Boogie Street Studios.

Ethan is a soldier, entrepreneur, videographer, content creator and owner of First Victory Apparel. Ethan shares his thoughts on the current pandemic, operating First Victory in this crisis including the production of FV face masks, his recent struggle with internet hackers and having his identity stolen and new logos, products and campaigns he’s involved with at First Victory. And a bump or two of really greast Irish Whiskey! Join us!

Show #104 – Zachary Rutter

In the Pandemic, Multi-suite studio setup, Pittsburgh Artist and founder of Spread Love Army, Zac Rutter returned to the Boogie Street Studio to have a converstion with Eric which is Show #104

Zac updates his cresative work through the pandemic and the covid1-19 lockdown. Zac’s faceless series of digital art. Additional history of the ‘Spread Love Army’ movement. Studio Friendship proect. Zac’s new YouTube video project, ‘Studio Time with Zac’, Zac’s multi city Art Drops. The story behind the PAT Bus project and much, much more!

Join us!

Show #103 – Chris Dempsey

UFC Fighter, Pittsburgh’s Chris Dempsey joins Eric in the multi-suite, pandemic era studio setting at Boogie Street for Show #103.

Chris shares his journey from Ambridge to the UFC cage. His 4 UFC fights, his current training in jujitsu and his thoughts on the current covid-19 pandemic and PA’s handling of the matter.

Quick moving and fun! Join us!

Show #102 – Dave Grimm

Eric is joined in the Pandemic era, multi-suite studio setup at Boogie Street by Slippery Rock Hockey Head Coach, longtime and Pittsburgh Nurse, Dave Grimm.

Fast, wide ranging and often funny discussion on parenting, parenting in the pandemic era, the quarantine, social media frustrations, covid-19, booze, small business shutdown, wheelchairs full of vodka, where’s the real news, russian elf on the shelf, the new normal, bat burgers and of course – Hockey!

Show #101 – Khama Worthy

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!

Show #100 – Mia Tarducci

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!

Show #99 – Adam Milstead

In the multi-suite, pandemic Boogie Steet Studio setup, Adam Milstead sits down with Eric for a conversation about Covid-19, the quarantine, the PA business shutdown. Adam also brings us up to date on his future fight plans as well as his escapades as 1/2 of the ‘Thirsty Outdoorsmen’.

Fast, funny and certainly opinionated discussion. Join us!

Show #98 – Sid Riggs

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.

Show #97 – Nikki Geiger Holloway

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!

Show #96 – Mat Simmons

Pittsburgh Real Estate Entrepreneur and Activist, Mat Simmons sits down in the Boogie Street Studio with Eric to discuss Pennsylvania’s Small Business Shutdown and the group he spearheads, PA Small Busineses Against Gov Wolf’s Shutdown.

Join us for conversation relevant to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the actions taken in Pennsylvania.

Show #95 – Julia Mulligan

Pittsburgh show promoter Julia Mulligan sits down in the Boogie Street Studio with Eric to discuss Pittsburgh’s Rock and Heavy Metal Scene. Julie’s firm, Twist of Fate Projections, promotes Rock and Heavy Metal shows in the region as well as works to enlarge and support the ‘metal community’ here in Pittsburgh.

Eric and Julia discuss Pittsburgh region show promoting, the state of ‘Live’ music in the town and the trials and tribulations not only in her work as a promoter but the obstacles young bands face today with self-promotion, creativity and more. A fast moving and fun discussion! Join us!

Show #94 – Rocco Cozza

In the New multiple suite, social distancing complient studio setup, Rocco returns to Boogie Street Studios for his 3rd appearance on The Eric McKenna Project.

Eric and Rocco discuss the current Covid-19 Pandemic, Pennsylvania’s ‘stay-at-home’ order from the Govenor, life is quarantine, the difficulties of the business shutdown, the hardship the shutdown has caused small businesses, the outlook ahead and much, much more.

Show #93 – Freddy Kowalo

Killin’ time w/ Freddy K! The Pandemic Boogie! EMp #93

1st Show in our new Pandemic, multi-suite studio setup. While effectively practicing social distancing, Freddy Kowalo is back!

On tap is Coronavirus, PA’s quarantine, business closures, quarantine drinking, eating & exercising & observations while pandemic shopping. Netflix, Tiger King, Doc Martin, geese- a love story, photographer Fred, pricey drinking with Zakk Wylde, Ozzy’s road stories, setting Bill Ward on fire, sipping Wigle Whiskey & more!

Show #92 – Jeff Verszyla

Jeff Verszyla returns to Boogie Street Studio to share what’s new with Pittsburgh Weather Now and Jeff’s very successful web-based weather service, White Board Weather! Jeff was KDKA TV’s cheif meterologist for 23 years and a Pittsburgh favorite. In 2019, in his first year fo creating White Board Weather, Jeff was voted Pittburgh’s magazine ‘Best of the Burg’ 2019!

Show #91 – Brian SIKES Howe

Eric sits down with Pittsburgh area musician, artist, signer, songrwiter, producer and host of his ‘Start the Beat’ podcast — Sikes! Fast and lively discussion on the Pittsburgh based music scene, social media, ‘Start the Beat’ and the new landscape of podcasting. Join us!

Show #89 – Chris Klein

As a marketer, podcaster and founder of Pittsburgh Beautiful, this regions largest and most engaged social medial company, Chris Klein is a busy guy! But he took the time to sit down with Eric and chat about Pittsburgh and it’s last 25 years development, what makes Pittsbughspecial, social media marketing, podcasting and his wildly popular, Pittsburgh Beautiful app a company. And throw some comedy in as well. Join us!

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Show #88 – Jed Simon

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!

Join us!

Show #87 – Dr. Patrick Cooper

Theoretical Physicist and Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, Dr. Patrick Cooper, sat down with Eric at The Boogie Street Studio for an great discussion! And down the rabbit hole they went! ‘Coop’ was tremendous. They discussed a bit of the history of Physics, the Standard Model, Einstein, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Entanglement, String theory, Gravity, the Big Bang, Cern, Spacetime, Time travel, the Multiverse, the Many Worlds theory and much, much more. Fascinating and eye-opening! Join Us!

Show #86 – Dr. Jackie Gartner-Schmidt

Dr. Jackie Gartner-Schmidt joins Eric for EMp Show #86. Dr. Jackie is a renowned Otolaryngology researcher and clinician and on the Show we discuss aspects of vocal function including how are emotional and physical ‘state’ greatly effect our voice output and thus our communication. Wonderful discussion!

Show # 85 – Gab Bonesso

Gab Bonesso joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for a lively, fun and fast moving show! Gab is a Pittsburgh based, comedian, actress, writer, producer and mental health advocate. She is 1/2 of Gab & Josh, an entertainment team seeking to spread an anti-bullying and self respect message to children and adults alike. Gab also has a Tedx talk under her belt. Buckle up! It’s Gab Bonesso on The Eric McKenna Project!

Show #84 – Dr. Christian Conte

Dr. Christian Conte visits the Boogie Street Studio for a conversastion with Eric! Dr. Conte is one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management. A familiar figure on TV and radio, he is also a prolific writer, powerful communicator, and sought-after media expert. He was co-host of the reality shows Coaching Bad on Spike TV and The Secret Life of Kids on USA Network. He was also the resident therapist for Family Therapy on VH1. Dr. Conte produces daily Emotional Management Minutes that air on more than 300 radio stations across the country, as well as hosting his own weekly call-in radio show on KDKA in Pittsburgh. In July 2015 he conducted the TEDx talk, “Why I Chose to Go to Prison.” His latest book, “Walking Through Anger”, was released in October of 2019 DrChristianConte.com EricMcKenna.com

Show #83 – Rick Sebak

Rick Sebak joins Eric in The Boogie Street Studio for EMp Show #83. Rick is the award winning PBS and WQED producer, writer and narrator. Through his ‘scrapbook documentary’ style, Rick has endeared Pittsburghers through is many documentaries about the people, places and the history of Pittsburgh. In this Show, Rick discusses a bit of his own personal story and his journey into television and straights into the hearts of the people of southwestern Pennsylvania. Join us! EricMcKenna.com

Show #82 – Freddy Kowalo

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!

Show #80 – James Simon

From the early 70’s through the late 90’s, James Simon has traveled through Europe, Africa, Australia, North America and South America. From hitchhiking, to hopping rails cars to air travel, James spent nearly 3 decades experiencing this earth’s peoples and cultures. This journey brought him to complex art of violin making. And his travel experiences are also infused in his sculptures and mosaics. A ‘public artist’, James creates his work in large scale in his studio in uptown Pittsburgh. A studio which has also served as a venue for music, poetry and readings. Fascinating guy and a wonderful conversation. We bring your James Simon on EMp Show #80. Join us!

Show #79 – Dr. Jim Withers

Medial Director and Founder of Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute, America’s Doctor to the Homeless, Pittsburgh’s own Dr. Jim Withers is my guest at the Boogie Street Studios. Dr. Withers shares his personal story into medicine and his choice in the early 90’s to bring medical care, service and dignity, directly to Pittsburgh’s homeless popluation and how in his efforts evolved into Operation Safety Net through Mercy Hospital. Dr. Withers also discusses his travel, being chosen as 1 of 10 CNN Heroes in 2015, his Tedx talks, his creation of the Street Medicine Institute and much more.

Show #78 – Seth Neustein

Mentalist, Magician & Luxury Event Curator Seth Neustein joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for a lively discussion on Life, Philosophy, Social Media, Music and more! Seth covers the differences between Mentalism and Magic as well as how he created his Secret Speakeasy Events.