#93: The Starr Abides

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Special Guests: Steve Houser, President of the National Fireworks Association and Larry Farnsworth, President of Gavel Public Affairs

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded in the Pyro Podcast studios in Chicago, IL. It’s late May and a typically confident Johnny Starr is somewhat apprehensive about the challenges facing the fireworks industry this year. Fresh off the success of the Livestream Event / Dealer show in Fargo on May 16, John and Ron recap the event and discuss the sales expectations for July 4, 2020.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Pyro Purge
  • Dealer Show and Livestream Event Recap
  • 2020 Sales Expectations
  • Cartel Night Master Class
  • Fireworks Show Cancellations Across the Country
  • Steve Houser and Larry Farnsworth Interview
  • Welcome to the Demo Song Parody
  • Other News
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Episode #92: NFA Spring Expo 2020, Nancy Blogin

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Very Special Guests: Nancy Blogin, Executive Director of the National Fireworks Association

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade Pyro Podcast was recorded directly from the Fireworks Brigade booth on the trade show floor of the NFA’s Spring Expo 2020 in Columbus, Georgia. Nancy Blogin of the NFA sits with John and Ron to discuss all that is going on in the fireworks industry. There is a lot to discuss, including recent explosions in China and the potential effects of the Coronavirus on the supply chain. This special episode of Fireworks Brigade includes an update on all things going on in the industry.

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Episode #91: NFA Spring Expo 2020 Trade Show

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Very Special Guests: Steve W. Houser, Secretary of the National Fireworks Association & Robert Kellner, Treasurer of the National Fireworks Association

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade A Pyro Podcast was recorded directly from the Fireworks Brigade booth on the trade show floor of the NFA’s Spring Expo 2020 Tradeshow in Columbus, Georgia. Steve Houser and Robert Kellner of the NFA sit with John and Ron to discuss all that is going on in the fireworks industry. There is a lot to discuss including recent explosions in China and the potential effects of the Corona Virus on the supply chain. This special episode of Fireworks Brigade includes an update on all things going on in the industry.

To learn more about how to get involved go to SAVEOURFIREWORKS.com or email the NFA at nfasafe-ty@gmail.com and tell them how the CPSC’s proposed rule change would affect you. Please contact the your local Congress representative or Senator and let them know your views on the proposed regulations change.
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Episode #90: Lady Loves Big Gun

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

The big game is over and the Kansas City Chiefs are now the football champions. As they usually do, John and Ron sit down at the Casa Starr in Cabo San Lucas Mexico to review the year in pyro and discuss next year’s expectations. Some of the other topics discussed include:

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Eagles & Doobie Brothers special event in Cabo
  • Babalou vs Skybacon
  • Pyro Purge – China problems
  • Coronavirus and how it effects your 2020 fireworks
  • NFA Spring Expo update
  • Fireworks News
  • Kansas City Chiefs fan mishap and other stories
  • Fireworks Judge
  • “My Pyro” parody song premiere
  • Soy Sauce and other dips for your junk
  • Sun tan man
  • That’s why boats are named after women
  • WWJD

To learn more about how to get involved with the NFA, go to the link below. The NFA provides a valuable service to pyros everywhere, please tell them how much you love what they do and donate to the cause.
National Fireworks Association

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Episode #89: Poetry’s Not in My Toolbox

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

The holidays have recently passed and John and Ron are shivering cold back in Chicago. They spend some time recapping the year in fireworks and planning for 2020.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Pyro Purge
  • China Problems (Hunan Explosion)
  • Stocking Issues (Wholesale vs. Retail)
  • Face the Fear & Love Mondays
  • Spring NFA Expo Preview
  • Washington Update
  • Fireworks News
  • “Go Big Go Loud” Song Parody
  • Pyro Playhouse
  • London NYE Fireworks Show Soundtrack Review
  • Master Class “Double Trouble”
  • WWJD

To learn more about how to get involved with the NFA, go to the link below. The NFA provides a valuable service to pyros everywhere, please tell them how much you love what they do and donate to the cause.
National Fireworks Association

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Episode #88: 19.5588 MXN

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Very Special Guests: Joey Indiana

John and Ron head to Cabo San Lucas for the Holidays. The guys spend some time in the sun and even more time getting ready for the 2020 fireworks season. Joining them for this episode is Joey Indiana! Joey runs N. J. Gary Distributors in Gary Indiana and he tells us about his 2020 expectations.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Pyro Purge
  • China Mishap
  • Joey Indiana @ NJDISTRIBUTORS.COM (Coming Soon)
  • What does exchange rate mean?
  • Fireworks News
  • Fireworks Judge
  • Pyro Playhouse
  • Master Class “All In One Eruption” (With Cody B.)
  • Rudolph the One Hand Pyro (A Pyro Parody)

To learn more about how to get involved with the NFA, go to the link below. The NFA provides a valuable service to pyros everywhere, please tell them how much you love what they do and donate to the cause.
National Fireworks Association

You can find Cody and his 40,000 subscribers at Cody B. Pyrotechnics on YouTube.
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Episode #87: That’s Not How Flow Charts Work

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Very Special Guests: Steve W. Houser, President of the National Fireworks Association

Contributing Guests: Cody B., Cody B. Pyrotechnics

John has returned from China and we go Festival Balls deep into November pyro. Just before carving the turkey and after a brief discussion of John’s purchasing trip in China we talk to Steve Houser, President of the NFA. Steve keeps us informed about the recent obstruction being applied by the APA regarding 87-1.

To round out the show, we talk to YouTube pyro sensation Cody B. In an episode of Master Class, we dissect and grade the 500-Gram cake called “Literally Lit”. This cake is produced by Boom Wow fireworks especially for Cody and his YouTube subscribers. Cody also shares some behind the scenes from his recent celebration for 40,000 YouTube subscribers.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Pyro Purge & Recent Purchasing Trip to China
  • 2020 New Product Review
  • 87-1 Update from Steve Houser, President of the NFA
  • Fireworks Brigade Master Class – Literally Lit w/Cody B.Pyrotechnics
  • WWJD “Netflix” Story

To learn more about how to get involved with the NFA, go to the link below. The NFA provides a valuable service to pyros everywhere, please tell them how much you love what they do and donate to the cause.
National Fireworks Association

You can find Cody and his 40,000 subscribers at Cody B. Pyrotechnics on YouTube.
Cody B. Pyrotechnics

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Episode #86: Super Glue & Syrup

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

In what has become somewhat of a tradition, Ron and John get together just before Halloween to talk about fireworks amongst the “Trick or Treat” festivities. This is important because John is headed for China and will be buying product for the next season.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Pyro Purge
  • Message from Steve Houser, President of the NFA
  • WWJD
  • Pyro Judge
  • PGI Parody Song
  • Master Class Zombie Raiders
  • Other News

To learn more about how to get involved go to SAVEOURFIREWORKS.com or email the NFA at nfasafe-ty@gmail.com and tell them how the CPSC’s proposed rule change would affect you.
www.saveourfireworks.com

Also, please contact the your local Congress representative or Senator and let them know your views on the proposed regulations change.

If you would like to keep up with the show you can do so at:

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Episode #85: Breaking News: We Saved Our Fireworks…For Now!

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Very Special Guests: Steve W. Houser – President of the National Fireworks Association & Larry Farnsworth – President of Gavel Public Affairs

Just hours after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted down the staff pack-age on a proposed rule to amend current fireworks regulations, NFA representatives Steve Houser and Larry Farnsworth talk with John and Ron about the events of the day and where do we go from here. For a better understanding of the proposed rule changes, tune in to Episodes 68,71,82, and 84 of the program or check out our YouTube Channel under the hashtag #SAVEOURFIREWORKS.

Please contact the your local Congress representative or Senator and let them know your views on the proposed regulations change.

To learn more about how to get involved go to SAVEOURFIREWORKS.com or email the NFA at nfasafe-ty@gmail.com and tell them how the CPSC’s proposed rule change would affect you.
www.saveourfireworks.com

If you would like to keep up with the show you can do so at:

YouTube – Fireworks Brigade
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We are proud to announce we are now available on Android devices and Spotify!

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STARR-FIREWORKS.COM

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Episode #84: NFA Expo 2019, Afterglow Roundtable

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Very Special Guests: Steve W. Houser – Secretary of the National Fireworks Association & Larry Farnsworth – President of Gavel Public Affairs

Directly after the second night of demos, National Fireworks Association representatives Steve Houser and Larry Farnsworth sit with Johnny and Ron for an update and some long overdue fun. This special episode of Fireworks Brigade includes a further update on the proposed sweeping changes that could have a long term adverse effect on consumer fireworks. For a better understanding of the proposed rule changes, tune in to Episodes 68,71, and 82 of the program or check out our YouTube Channel under the hashtag #SAVEOURFIREWORKS. This episode of Fireworks Brigade was recorded around midnight during “Afterglow” on night 2 of the NFA’s Annual Expo in Branson, Missouri.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Demo Recap
  • CPSC Update
  • NFA Organization Update
  • Lesser attended Seminars
  • Most Interesting Man
  • Sweet Pyro Time (Pyro Parody)

Google #SAVEOURFIREWORKS to learn more about the sweeping changes proposed by the CPSC and how to voice your concerns!
www.saveourfireworks.com | www.nationalfireworks.org

If you would like to keep up with the show you can do so at:

YouTube – Fireworks Brigade
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We are proud to announce we are now available on Android devices and Spotify!

In search of the best and widest variety of fireworks in North Dakota?

STARR-FIREWORKS.COM

Get in touch with the Fireworks Brigade crew and our special guest at:

INFO@FIREWORKSBRIGADE.COM