#98: I’d Send Bruce Zoldan

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded at Fireworks Brigade Studios in Chicago, Illinois. There’s a lot of unique challenges facing the consumer fireworks business in 2020 and Ron and John dis-cuss it all. They talk about the disappointment of missing the NFA Expo and the 30 MM rule that is threat-ening to challenge the industry further.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • NFA Expo 2020 Cancellation discussion
  • NFA Spring Expo Scheduled for Mobile, Alabama
  • 30 MM Rule issue
  • Pyro Purge
  • Spider Nebula From Winda
  • Pyro News
  • Welcome to the Demo Sing Parody
  • Fireworks Brigade – Master Class “Smoking Gun
  • What Would Johnny Do?
  • Other News
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#97: I Coulda Been a Contender

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

Special Guests: Steve Houser, President NFA & Larry Farnsworth, Gavel Public Affairs

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded at Fireworks Brigade Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Ron and John have had some time to relax after the hectic selling season and aside from some Covid talk they get into a new episode of “What Would Johnny Do?” In addition, the guys talk to Steve Houser, President of the National Fireworks Association about the after effects of the season and what to expect for 2021. You can go to our YouTube channel to see video of the Steve and Larry discussion.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Pyro Purge
  • Covid Talk
  • What Would Johnny Do?
  • “Go Big Go Loud” song parody
  • Interview with Steve Houser and Larry Farnsworth
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#96: Yucca Flats After the Blast

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded at Starr Fireworks in Fargo, North Dakota. It’s July 4th and Ron and Johnny have just endured one of the most challenging fireworks seasons ever.

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • War Machine
  • Media Coverage
  • Politics and Fireworks News
  • 2021 Outlook, What Do You Buy Next?
  • Mt. Rushmore Fireworks Recap
  • You Have a Choice
  • Light The Fuse World Premiere
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#95: Pyro Poser

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded at Starr Fireworks in Fargo, North Dakota. It’s June 30th and the selling season has arrived!

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Cold Open
  • Best of 2019
  • Fireworks News
  • Fireworks Safety
  • Pyro or Poser Debut
  • Cabo Update
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#94: It Aint My Glovebox

Hosts: Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded at Starr Fireworks in Fargo, North Dakota. It’s June 26th and the selling season has arrived!

Some of the topics covered during the discussion include
  • Joe Dirt Intro
  • Pyro Purge
  • Fireworks News
  • Mount Rushmore Pyrotechnics Update
  • Isis Alarm Clock Master Class
  • Fireworks Show Cancellations Across the Country
  • Steve Houser and Larry Farnsworth Interview
  • Pyro’s Smilin’ Song Parody
  • Johnny Starr Fireworks
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#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
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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.
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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.
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