The Works

Show #137 – Ed Latimore

Ed Latimore returns to the Boogie Street Studios to sit down with Eric. Topics include Ed being Roy Jones Jr’s sparring partner for the upcoming Mike Tyson fight, Ed’s continued growth on multiple social media and internet platforms, Joe Rogan’s move to Austin, Ed’s recent appearance on James Altucher’s podcast, blogging, travel, food and much more!

Show #136 – Dr. Rueben Brock

Dr. Rueben Brock returns to Boogie Street and sits down with Eric for EMP Episode #136. Dr. Brock touches on a variet of topics including the cost of college education, the importance of self-education, the changing landscape of communities, the continued growth of digital over human connection, social media influences, labeling, living in the ‘extremes’ as well as Dr. Brock’ thoughts on living, creating and earning with ‘purpose’.

Show #135 – Tom Megalis

Artist, Filmmaker all around funny guy Tom Megalis stops by the Boogie Street Studio to present Eric a commissioned original Megalis art piece as well as to film an EMP podcast episode. Greek Batpisms, Parallel Dimensions, Goat Poop, Punk Rock, the Moon Landing, Americans Abroad, the Browns and much more! Buckle up!

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.

Show #134 – UFO Show #1 with James Krug, Julia Mulligan & Sir Freddy Kowalo

UFOs, Area 51, Rosewell, Alien Abductions and so much more when UFO Expert James Krug is joined by Julia Mulligan, Sir Freddy Kowalo and Eric McKenna! Sit back, relax and take a trip down The Rabbit Hole with the crew!

Show #133 – Alex Simmons

Personal Trainer Alex Simmons returns for another sit down with Eric at the Boogie Street Studios. Alex discusses his customized approach to his work, goal setting, the mental challenges of any weightloss or fitness training, and the overall importance of good health. Also discussed is social media, Alex’s large following and the goal of continued positivity.

Show #131 – Julia Mulligan, Jerry Mulligan, Sir Freddy Kowalo

Eric sits down with Rock promoters Julia & Jerry Mulligan of Twist of Fate Production as well as Sir Freddy Kowalo. Topics include where Pittsburgh is today with Live music, challenges of the Pittsburgh music scene, marketing to chaning demographics and music genres, the importance of social media to individual bands and the entire industry and of course, more Kowalo stories from his upcoming book. All this and much more! Join us!

Show #130 – Mike Zydel

The very funny Mike Zydel sits down with Eric in the Boogie Street Studio to talk comedy life in Pittsburgh, comedy’s slow return to the stage and his thoughts on the notion of boundaries in comedy. Mike also shares a bit his story which includes battling drug and alcohol and his journey of recovery. A very funny, raw and fast moving converstion.

Show #129 – Jeffrey Jarzynka

Artist, Entrepreneur and owner of Zynka Gallery, Pittsburgh’s Jeffrey Jarzynka joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio for EMPshow #129. Contemporary Art, today’s Art Business, Art in Pittsburgh and a whole lot more are on the discussion table! Check it out!

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!

USA Political Rubbish.

Well.

Politics in America.

Sad? Yes. Caustic? Yes. Mindless? Yes. Well, at least that’s my viewpoint.

Left vs. Right. How about Up vs Down? Why can’t we play in 3 dimensions? Do you see how ridiculous this is?

Left and Right are not even consistent in their terminologies in today’s era. If you are a ‘Left’ thinking person in 2020, would your Liberalism match Liberals from say, JFK’s era? And if you are a Conservative in 2020, would your brand of Conservatism play in 1960? I doubt it.

Some are so extreme Left, they become Right. And vice versa. You can’t make this material up if you wanted to.

Politics has become, for the most part, a litmus test. Furthermore, America is chock full of 1-issue voters. Maybe the bulk of voters are 1-issue voters. And how many of those people really understand the issue, thoroughly, that they believe they feel passionately about?

It’s pathetic. And fascinating.

I suppose the American political 2-party system has always been the same. Dysfunctional.

All the progression as a species. The technology in 2020 is amazing. Yet, America’s unwashed masses are stupid enough to glue they brains to a video screen, choose a side as if it’s some kind of professional sport, and then ‘root’ for their team. But in this circumstance – it’s not a game of athletic ability played by skilled athletic professionals. No. The public is rooting for their ‘side’ and the execution of dirty deeds conducted by ‘players’, at the expense of our way of life.

Our way of life.

Sound heavy? Too heavy? Maybe. Maybe not.

It can’t be underestimated how both ‘sides’ wish to generate vitriol from their legions of loyal believers. Vitriol against the opposing viewpoint. And encourage literal destruction, no matter the cost. Decades ago, the term ‘scorched Earth policy’ was something to be feared. And rarely exhibited in actuality. Today? It’s the norm. It’s the norm every, single day.

No, it can’t be understated. Most Americans have chosen a side, either passively or fully engaged, and because these American ‘believe’ their views are righteous and correct, they are ready to go battle. Battle. Against who? Their fellow Americans.

I have no answer what a fix could be. Not a clue. Thinking would be a start yet I fear that Americans are forgetting how to think. Talking with each other would be a start. Yet, there appears to be a continual move away from real, human communication. Talking will eventually become a thing of the past.

When you throw in the utterly laughable choice American’s are left to pick from and will pick from in November, as they decided who becomes the most powerful person in the world, it’s easy for anyone to see how utterly ridiculous it’s all become.

And in the year called 2020, should we really expect anything less?

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!

I do stuff. It’s what I do.

Yes. Its’ what I do.

Stuff.

I do things. I create things. I try things. Take a risk. A shot. A gamble. Expose myself to critics. Whatever.

Actually, if I’m being bluntly honest, it doesn’t really phase me. All of it. Certainly, not anymore.

Thankfully.

I gather that maybe I’m wired a bit different. For the most part, I gave up any concern I had about a decade or so ago. Gave up any concern for wide acceptance.

My late father once told me that I was a bit odd. He further went on to say that I ‘wasn’t for everyone.’ Kind of an ‘acquired taste’. And he lamented how powerful this fact was if I came to grips with it.

The question is then… did I come to grips with it? No idea. Not a clue.

I do know that I really don’t give a shit about my likeability quotient. Actually, I don’t even give it a passing thought any longer.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I want and enjoy friendships. I value them. I value my reputation with my clients and my reputation at my chosen craft. Whether that be as a Real Estate Agent, Podcast Show Host, Guitarist, etc. And of course, more importantly, as a Husband, Father & Friend. I value those relationships and the opinions of those people as to my work for them and/or my connection to them. Naturally.

But gaining wide acceptance? I honestly can’t be bothered. Not any longer. And so, I create. Selfishly, at this point. I create primarily to make myself happy. If acceptance is gained on a small or large basis – great. And so be it. But it’s not my purpose. The ‘inner spark’ does not come from any place connected with acceptance. Not any longer.

Reflecting back over the past decades, it worked out. We did OK. Folks were happy. Our reputation appeared solid.

While never intimidated by risk – I believe I would have done more. Taken more creative risks. Maybe started another guitar brand. An instrument mfg company. Done more branding. More lines of clothing. Who knows what else.

The pull of acceptance. The acceptance of others. It held me back. Really held me back.

With life experience comes clarity. Shame really. Shame to have this clarity, this much emotional freedom, this much lack of fear – so late in life.

Best I start crackin’.

Show #126 – Dr. Matt Ryan

Eric sits down with Dr. Matt Ryan for a wide ranging discussion. Topics include the emergence and impact of legal wagering in all major sports, especially Major League Baseball and Matt’s work analyzing the data. Also discussed is the misconception and often misuse of the terms socialism and capitalism and much more! Join us!

Show #125 – James Krug

James Krug is in-studio with Eric for a conversation that includes UFOs, Aliens, the Paranormal, Roswell, Area 51, Bob Lazar and Jeremy Korbell appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience, Stanton Friedman, abductions, Travis Walton, the Kecksburg incident, the Rendlesham Forest incident and much, much more! 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 #121 – Lori Jakiel

The accomplished and very funny Author Lori Jakiela visits Boogie Street Studio to share her journey as a writer, discuss her memoirs, poems and essays, the stories behind the writings and much, much more! Her discussion with Eric is Project Show #121! Join us!

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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 #118 – Dr. Rueben Brock

Dr. Rueben Brock sits down with Eric for a conversation which became ‘Project’ Show #118. Dr. Brock discusses his unique story and the motivation that came from early childhood which propelled him into formal education, self-education, counseling, teaching and his current venture into visual media as host of the web series ‘House Call’. Enlightening, ‘real’ and inspiring discussion.

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!

Show #115 – The Thirsty Outdoorsmen

On Show #115 Eric sits down with The Thirsty Outdoorsmen! UFC & MMA fighter Adam Milstead and outdoorsmen Tyler Maluchnik started the video show years ago and the guys take us through the beginning, the misadventures and all the typical shenanigans

Show #113 – Dr. Patrick Cooper

Take a trip down the Rabbit Hole! Theoretical Physicist and Duquesne University Professor, Dr. Patrick Cooper returns to Boogie Street to sit down with Eric.

Their fast moving discussion covers a lot of ground and Coop makes many complex topics easier to understand for fans of science. Fascinating stuff! Join us!

One on One with Eric McKenna

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.

Show #112 – Ed Latimore

Eric sits down with the dynamic Ed Latimore and the filming of their conversation is Show #112.

Ed is a Pittsburgh based professional heavyweight fighter, best selling author, scholar and competitive chess player.

Ed’s writings are based around self-improvement and Ed’s stoic and practical guide to self developement.

Ed shars his unque story of self discovery and his thoughts on living and excelling with a stoic lifestyle based on critical thinking.

Excellent conversation and certaimly a wide ranging topics. Including life in the pandemic era for Ed. Join us!

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.