Episode: # 28

Date Recorded:  Tuesday January 5, 2016

Title: You Can’t Get Shaved Ice at Camp David?

Running Time: 70 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guest: Nick Como, Salt Lake City, Utah – ‎Senior Director of Communication & Marketing at The Downtown Alliance – DOWNTOWNSLC.ORG

 

Johnny has returned from selling fireworks in Hawaii and he’s no longer “salty”. The guys recap fireworks traditions in Hawaii and around the globe. In a call back to prior episodes, they discuss the giant disco ball and Nick Como, ‎Senior Director of Communication & Marketing at The Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake joins the discussion. Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ Hawaii Recap

~ What’s Wrong in Hawaii?

~ How Well Does John Know Hawaiian Words?

~ Increased Fireworks Related Police Complaints in Hawaii

~ The Chinese tradition of Red Packets

~ Firecracker Tradition & The Chinese Legend of Nian

~ NYE Fireworks From Around the Globe

~ Sydney

~ London

~ Dubai

~ Rio

~ Hong Kong

~ New York

~ Salt Lake City

 

~ Nick Como Interview

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Episode: # 27

Date Recorded:  Thursday December 10, 2015

Title: You Can’t Fit a Bomb in a Ham Sandwich

Running Time: 89 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

 

John is about to leave for Hawaii and wants to get his pyro purge before he leaves. John’s a little “salty” as he prepares to leave, but the guys still manage to revisit the giant disco ball in Salt Lake City and provide their own rendition of the “12 Days of Christmas (pyro style). Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ My Blue Heaven

~ Has Uncle Al Fresco ever eaten Sweet Potato Parmesan on Thanksgiving?

~ Episode 27 of a well traveled podcast

~ Johnny’s “salty” demeanor before he leaves for Hawaii

~ New perks for airline travelers

~ Hawaii fireworks forecast

~  NYE plans Fargo style

~ Santa Maria California and their pyro issues

~ Why can’t I bring a peach from Georgia to Florida?

~ Heroin, cocaine, stun gun, fireworks (two out of three aint bad)

~ Bottle Rockets

~ Salt Lake City’s disco ball

~ Internet search by state

~ The 12 Days of Christmas (pyro style)

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Episode: # 26

Date Recorded:  Saturday November 14, 2015

Title: Touch My Pork

Running Time:  103 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guest: Raymond Greenwood a/k/a “Mr. Fireworks” & “The King of Bling”

 

Ron and John are back in Chicago. John has just returned from his annual China purchasing trip and has lots to talk about. The guys dust off their copies of “2112”, pop open some Molson and talk Canadian pyro with “Mr. Fireworks” from Vancouver British Columbia. Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ When did you realize you were old?

~ What should I do if an erection lasts for more than 4 hours?

~ “Wild Things” & movies about “Things”

~ NFA competition recap

~ China trip recap

~ Dino’s playoff beard

~ 2016 pyro predictions

~ Professional sports pyro mishaps

~ Raymond Greenwood interview

~ The nice and polite people of Fargo

~ Halloween Whopper

~ Playboy’s new image

You can learn more about NFA at: www.nationalfireworks.org

You can find Raymond Greenwood at www.mrfireworks.ca

3219 W. 2nd Avenue, Vancouver BC V6K 1K9, Canada

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Episode: # 25

Date Recorded:  Friday September 11, 2015

Title: It’s How They “Cull the Herd”

Running Time:  59 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guests: Dino and Steve

The guys remain in Kingsport Tennessee for one more day. The annual NFA Expo is winding down and during the initial portion of this episode, Ron talks with Dino and Steve from the exposition floor. Johnny Starr is noticeably absent as he networks with all of his Chinese suppliers. The second portion of this episode takes place back at the hotel where John and Ron wrap up the expo and talk about things to come. Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ Passfire movie review

~ The quality of Mexican fireworks

~ Famous people born in Tennessee

~ Real Men of Genius

~ The Final Countdown

~ How the Greeks cull the herd

~ Silver Anniversary

~ Hanging up with Johnny Starr is NOT an option

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Episode: # 24

Date Recorded:  Thursday September 10, 2015

Title: NFA Special

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

 

Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

 

John and Ron are in Kingsport Tennessee for the annual NFA Expo. The nightly demo that was held at the nearby Bristol Motor Speedway has just ended. The attendees head back to the host hotel for an evening of food, drinks and great conversation. John and Ron see the opportunity and set up shop right outside the banquet hall doors. There’s a lot of great fun fireworks conversation and some good fun. Learn more about the special passion that we all have for fireworks and how fireworks play an important part of our lives.

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Episode: # 23

Date Recorded:  Saturday August 22, 2015

Title: “But I’ve Never Played Tennis”

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker  

 

Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

Retail week is long gone and John has just returned from PGI. The guys get together in Chicago to talk fireworks and some other nonsense. Make sure to join us next month in Kingsport Tennessee when we record from NFA.

Some other topics of conversation include:

~ 4th of July Recap

~ New USDOT Regulations for Shipping Novelties

~ PGI Recap

~ NFA Preview

~ Unfortunate Firework Injuries

~ Brigade Book Club “Paul Stanley A Life Exposed”

~ Kevin Bacon’s Ice Cream Challenge

~ Caitlyn Jenner

 

 

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Episode: # 21

Date Recorded:  Wednesday July 1, 2015

Title: I’ll Take Ex-Wives For $200 Alex

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker  

Very Special Guests: Rob, Clint and Erica “The Cleaning Lady”

 

Running Time: 1 hour 24 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 Wednesday night to talk about fireworks and play a friendly game of Fireworks Jeopardy

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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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