Episode: # 20

Date Recorded:  Monday June 29, 2015

Title: The Greeks: They Bring Nothing to the Table

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker  

Very Special Guests: Joe

 

Running Time: 1 hour 14 minutes

It’s retail week in Fargo and Ron makes the trip to help out on the sales floor. They take some time on a busy Monday night to talk about fireworks.

Some other topics of conversation include;

~ Top ten things you don’t want to hear at Starr Fireworks

~ Thunder shirt

~ David Letterman

~ Syndey Australia’s NYE fireworks show

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Episode: # 19

Date Recorded:  Saturday June 27, 2015

Title: My Zamboni Has A Breathalyzer

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker  

Very Special Guests: Charlie Harper, Dino & Erica The Cleaning Lady

 

Running Time: 1 hour 21 minutes

It’s retail week in Fargo and Ron makes the trip to help out on the sales floor. They take some time on a busy Saturday night to talk about fireworks and play rock and roll Jeopardy.

Some other topics of conversation

~ Kick start my fireworks show

~ Zamboni DUI

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Episode: # 18

Date Recorded:  Sunday May 31, 2015

Title: When the Starr’s Away the Banker Will Play

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker  

Very Special Guests: Pat, Debbie & Pat

 

Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes

Noted filmmaker and podcaster, Kevin Smith is the inspiration of this episode. Ron gathers his mother and cousins to talk while Johnny is in Fargo getting ready for the busy 4th of July season. We hope you enjoy.

Some other topics of conversation

~ Introductions

~ Memories of fireworks, smoldering garbage and home made nuts

~ Can you keep a gun in a safe deposit box?

~ Fireworks mishaps

~ Iggy sold fireworks, was crooked, landed in jail, but he was such a sweet guy

~  Sammy’s was also crooked, but he had wavy hair

~ Who let Frankies stinky feet in the kitchen!

~ The legend of “The Elegants”

~ What does a dream including fireworks mean?

~ Starr Chamber (“Purplicious” vs. “Movie Time” vs. “Happy Panda”)

~ Ron the Banker wore “feety pajamas”

~ Changing campfire colors

~  Pyro Playhouse “Very Bad Things”

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Episode: # 17

Date Recorded:  Saturday May 2, 2015

Title: Grab Your Batpoles!

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker  

Guests: Devyn, Dino, Louie & Steve

 

Running Time: 1 hour 17 minutes

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded around 1:00 am in Fargo, North Dakota. Johnny, Dino and the rest of the staff at Starr Fireworks were busy preparing for the annual Dealer Show when Ron the Banker shows up with a script, sound effects and his good friend Louie. Like most men their age, Johnny and Ron grew up watching Batman television shows with Adam West and Burt Ward so they decided to pay tribute in their own pyro sort of way. This episode is the Pyro Thespians dramatization of the Pilot Batman episodes “Hi Diddle Riddle” and “Smack in the Middle” which originally aired in January of 1966. This may very well be their “Citizen Kane”!

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Episode: # 16

Date Recorded:Saturday April 4, 2015

Title: Uncle Solly Is Our Leverage

Hosts:Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Guests: Jim the Banker

 

Running Time:1 hour 22 minutes minutes

Thisepisode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded on Easter Eve in Chicago. John and Ron sit with Jim the Banker to discuss what it takes to finance a fireworks store. Some other topics of conversation include:

~ Banker jokes

~ What’s a consumer loan?

~ Can I use equity in my home to start a business?

~ Typical HELOC terms

~ Investors

~ Who’s Uncle Solly?

~ Will my supplier give terms?

~ The drought of 2012

~ The five C’s of credit

~ What’s does “Unlimited Recourse” mean?

~ A true business-man is a risk taker

~ What is Mezzanine Financing?

~ Inventory, receivable and business assets financing

~ Loan covenants

~ Pyro Playhouse – “Too Big To Fail”

~ What happens if you light a firework in space?

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Episode: # 15

Date Recorded:TuesdayMarch 3, 2015

Title: Den of Thieves

Hosts:Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Guests: Dino

 

Running Time:53 minutes

This special episode of the Fireworks Brigade was recorded during ASD Market Week at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas Nevada. Starr Fireworks is an Exhibitor at ASD and this episode was recorded on the convention floor. Dino (the Firecracker Kid)from Starr Fireworksjoins the conversation. Some other topics of conversation include:

~ Johnny’s Moon Pie deficiency

~ Johnny turns to Judaism the Jew and Dino the Gentile, will it sell more fireworks

~ Ron talks about powerful women

~ How to make an illegal Caesar Salad

~ Stripper, hooker or porn star?

~ Is La – Sa a name?

~ Congratulations to Mountain Ridge Little League Champions

~ Pyro Playhouse “Back to School”

~ How much to carry the box upstairs?

~ Handling logistics and conference costs for your fireworks business

~ Personal service will help you secure and keep customers

~ Congratulations to NDCP Varsity hockey team for beating Providence

~ Hockey logistics

~ Las Vegas wedding chapel nightmares

~ Johnny wants a piece of Caesar’s ass

~ Dino’s professional shave

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Episode: # 13

Date Recorded:SundayFebruary 1, 2015

Title: I’d Like to Have One of Those Cages in My Bedroom

Hosts:Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Very Special Guest:Blitz Firework’s John Malam

(Blitzfireworks.com / Blitzeventsolutions.com / @blitzfireworks)

 

Running Time:1 hour 22 minutes

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade includes a comprehensive depiction of pyro and fireworks in England compared to the United States. Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes, pyro mesh, government restrictions and shipping differences are all discussed. Some of the other events covered in this episode include:

~ 3 strippers, an oiled-up birthday boy, and a small fire can only mean alcohol and bad decisions

~ “Very Bad Things” with Cameron Diaz, Jeremy Piven and John Favreau

~ Kobe Tai sounds like a menu item

~ NDSU Bison The “The Thundering Herd” are saluted

~ Teaching Dino responsibility

~ Blitz Fireworks (Blitzfireworks.com / Blitzeventsolutions.com / @blitzfireworks)

~ The traditions and origins of Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes

~ Be careful what you agree to give up, you may never get it back

~ UK fireworks restrictions

~ Firework shipping variances between UK and US

~ Pyro mesh

~ Bunker Storage

~ Import versus Wholesale

~ Best firework displays

~ Boomer the Firework Mascot

~ Passfire

~ Pyro Playhouse – Seth Rogen, James Franco, ”The Interview

 

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Episode: # 12

Date Recorded:Saturday January 10, 2015

Title: I’m Not Sure I Like People Who Like Katy Perry

Hosts:Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker / Special Guest: Louie

Running Time:1 hour 10 minutes

Episode #12

This episode of the Fireworks Brigade takes a look at how fireworks is portrayed in our culture and has an effect on entertainment. Movies, songs, poems, games and live events that include fireworks are discussed. Some of the other events covered in this episode include:

~ “The Firecracker Thief” children’s poem

~ Pyro effects in live music; Metallica, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Queen, Rush, Motley Crue, Rush, Guns and Roses

~ Pyro effects in live sports; WCW, baseball, football

~ Fireworks in movies; Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bugs Life, Brokeback Mountain, Coneheads, Meet Joe Black, Harry Potter, Manhattan, Mary Poppins, Return of the Jedi, The Little Mermaid, The Natural, Tangled, To Catch a Thief, V for Vendetta

~ Pyro Playhouse; V for Vendetta

~ Songs named “Fireworks”; Moby, Kelis, Gin Blossoms, Tragically Hiop, Katy Perry

~ Pyrochopper traffic reporter “Louie” reports on the tragedy in Michigan

~ Starr Chamber; neon sparklers, bamboo sparklers, Morning Glory

~ Pinball machines with fireworks theme; Coney Island, Pinball Wizard, USA Soccer, Kiss

~ New Twitter followers; Moshe Alnis (@mrkmim), Sirius Pyrotechnics (@SiriusPyro), Fabulous Fireworks (@fabfireworks), Piro-Efx (@PiroEfx), Pinball Podcast (@pinballpodcast), Fully Fused Fireworks (@FullyFused), Cobra Firing Mexico (@CobraMexico), Kissman (@KISSman), Skyburst Fireworks (@SkyburstTFCo)

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Fireworks Brigade Episode #11

Date Recorded:MondayDecember 8, 2014

Title: Should Old Disco Balls Be Forgot and Never Shined Upon…the ballad of “Auld Lang Sigh”

Hosts: Johnny Starr & Ron the Banker

Special Guest: N/A

Running Time:1 hour 34 minutes

Episode #11

 

Recent news is full of stories about the regulation and de-regulation of fireworks. Many local municipalities succumb to PC pressures and cancel holiday fireworks displays and the organizers of the events often replace the fireworks with curiously disappointing alternative forms of entertainment. Ron and Johnny discuss the issues and John gets ready to travel to Hawaii to sell firecrackers for the New Year holiday. The ballad of “Auld Lang Sigh” was recorded on Monday December 8, 2014 in Libertyville, Illinois.

 

Additional topics include:

~ Johnny meets the God of Thunder

~ Johnny plans a dinner party with Gene Simmons and Sammy Hagar, but only if Leo DiCaprio is OK with the guest list

~ Hawaiian firework traditions and poems

~ Why fireworks are important on New Year’s Eve

~ Red paper firecrackers versus clay

~ Grandpa Chucky goes to Cabo

~ The Starr Chamber (Black Cat,                Thunder Bomb,                Wise Guy)

~ Pyro Purge (Malaysian “Ménage a trios”, Baccarat soap opera)

~ Fireworks News

Why is Lois Henry so angry?

Are40,000 people standing on roof tops pointing lasers at a giant disco ball safer than professional fireworks?

The Bright Green Star Man apologizes after a disappointing night

~ Ryan is phenomenal

~ Pyro Playhouse (Breaking Bad)

~ A shout out to our recent Twitter Followers

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Episode: #10

Date Recorded: Friday October 31, 2014

Title: Hong Kong Halloween

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Running Time:1 hour 9 minutes

Episode #10

Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker are in Hong Kong on Halloween to record this episode of The Fireworks Brigade. After a day at Hong Kong Disneyland this episode comes to you from “Club L” on the 36th floor of the Langham Place Hotel. Some of the topics covered include:

~ Boo! It’s Halloween in Hong Kong

~ An evening with KK Lam’s

~ Halloween fireworks ideas

~ Hong Kong Disneyland

~ American rock n roll with an Asian theme

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