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#YaJagoffPodcast / The First Fireplace Stop: Can't Wait For Kate! Podcast

Summary: J&D Waterproofing joined us again for some hot dates in the winter months. The jagoffs kick-off the unique fireplace visits at Kate Benz’s humble abode in the Observatory Hill area of the ‘Burgh. We brought Harry from J&D Waterproofing, along with a scrumptious lunch provided by Cydney from CoreLife Eatery. The Justin Wade Band joined us so we can hear more about their newest endeavor while Tony Landolina discussed his artistic abilities about Pittsburgh Things, as well as his...


#YaJagoffPodcast Outside One Last Time for 2018

Summary: No one but the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership would indulge in the beauty of karaoke....well many would, but not holiday karaoke in the middle of Market Square. The jagoffs get in tune with the karaoke judges Dan Braddock of the CW and Melissa who is a member of three different bands. Plus, the DJ who ties it all together! Then the duo hit the Entercom Steelers tailgate at Rivers Casino lawn and discussed hat and helmet hair with style experts from Izazzu. Music: John and...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ A Black Friday Break-From-The-Bustle Podcast

Summary: Even though we could not get a massage therapist to take a break and accompany us for our Black Friday respite, we did snag some hard working and high profile guests. John and Rachael welcomed Front of the House Owner of Coast & Main Michelle Kirsop, Queen of Traffic Trisha Pittman, President of Dickerson Creative Christina Dickerson and renowned rocker Pete Hewlett to enjoy a Black Friday respite at the new Coast & Main restaurant. Music: Pete Hewlett, “We Need Love” SPONSOR:...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ A Spectacular Episode from Point State Park

Summary: John and Rachael walked from a parking garage on Penn with gear and equipment in hand to sink in mud…..and have great interviews at Santa Spectacular thanks to Entercom. The trek was worth the haul since we learned that Roberto Clemente, Jr is a story teller, athlete and inventor?! Plus, we chatted about the Pittsburgh comedy scene and John’s habits with his son Collin Chamberlin, Missy Moreno’s new comedic adventures and teaching stint. We also heard from a slightly angry elf on...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ It’s a Hockey DAY in Pittsburgh!

Summary: The podcast gang was hanging out behind the boards of a huge hockey event in Brighton Heights. Team Pittsburgh Dek Hockey hosted a “Grow the Game” initiative to bring awareness to ball hockey. Penguin’s forward Bryan Rust, PPG Paints Arena “ice whisperer” Brandon Radeke joined us along with the hosts of the day, Jason Kelly, Becky Dobson, and Corry Herschk. Oh! And we squeezed in an interview with Pen’s Matt Cullen too....who talked about his liking to dek hockey! Music:...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ The Reporter’s Role at the Tree of Life Tragedies

Summary: The tragic day, in which every Pittsburgher recalls in October, has reached its one-week mark. The community building, congregation healing, and overall #PittsburghStrong journey continues. John and Rachael sip and quite frankly sob at The Coffee Tree Roasters in Squirrel Hill with Owner Jean Grice along with Aaron Martin of WPXI and David Kaplan of WTAE to understand the reporter’s role in a tragic episode like the one in Squirrel Hill last week. Music: Jess Klein, “Ready,...


#YaJagoffPodcast A Low-Key Podcast

Just like yesterday's blog post, let's keep it low key. Prior to knowing about the Squirrel Hill tragedy, we recorded an interview with former Steelers J.T. Thomas and Donnie Shell. Given the current mood, you may find the brief interview an opportunity to be proud of who we are. Thanks for understanding our low-key approach this week.


#YaJagoffPodcast The Kudos to Kiddo’s Episode

Summary: This week warranted a few stops to learn about our Pittsburghers and influencers. Rachael needed no arm-twisting to attend the Steel City Sip & Sweets event at Nova Place benefitting Lending Hearts. Kidsburgh Editor, Sally Quinn, sips and ‘kid tips’ with us, and we collected stories with Internet phenomenon James Breakwell who wrote a book and continuously tweets regarding the quirkiness of kids. Plus, we got music and got to know how Township Road sounds like thanks to the WDVE...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ ‘Good Night Market’ and Hello Holiday Market

Summary: The jagoffs help prepare for the PDP Market Square Night Markets’ end with a scare tactic. Thanks to PDP Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Leigh White Koenig, ScareHouse Director of Marketing Kate Dudas, and Brian Laing, Bar Manager at The Oyster House, we pulled some deets out about Fright Up Night, the new retail home store opening near downtown, and the Holiday Market. Plus we take time to discuss live zombie wrestling, as well as the upcoming zombie presence in...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ Bazzy, a Dazzler and Some Locker Room Chatter

Summary: Screams for Heeeeeeath, Shazier, Gildon, Kirkland and Porter could be heard throughout the Mall at Robinson on the Ya Jagoff! Podcast stage yet again this week. The jagoffs were lucky enough to also interview Donna Groom, darling of song and stage, who has some love letters to speak about, as well as legendary pitchman and car guru, Richard Bazzy. We also welcome The Pittsburgh Business Show pioneer Linda Jo Thornberg to talk about her pregaming to next May’s Business Show as well...


#YaJagoffPodcast- It’s the Three C’s Podcast: Comedy, Carrie Underwood and Catches...Legendary Ones

Summary: Total Sports Enterprise sets the scene for local comedians Derek Minto and John Dick Winters to discuss their partnering at Hambone’s Pub, to bring “Buring Bridges” the only independent stand-up comedy club to Pittsburgh. Plus, Sunday Night Football bus tour manager, Sean Martin, discusses his drive through the Burgh leading up to Ravens-Steelers game, and we catch some heartwarming pre-game stories from JuJu, Hines and James....who need no other introduction. Music: North Hills...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ It’s A Pierogi Kinda Podcast

Summary: Kennywood Park Pierogi Festival is stuffed with pierogi vendors, and the jagoffs followed suit with the podcast guests, including Lisa from Kennywood’s Sponsorship and Events Department to boast of Pierogi Fest Part Two. The Western PA SNPJ Buttonbox Polka band, known as the Palastros, return with toe-tapping favorites. Victoria Bradley tells us what is on the table in the next issue of Table Mag, Joe Landolina chats up the ‘Mazathon’ happening in October for Pirate fans, and...


#YaJagoffPodcast - Hanging at the Mall with a Pittsburgh Icon – Edgar Snyder

Summary: it is the first gridiron signing of the 2018/2019 Steelers season and the jagoffs are at the Mall at Robinson to find out the newbie rituals, superstitions and maybe some locker room banter. Plus, veteran attorney Edgar Snyder “points out” what contributed to his longevity in Pittsburgh and Femme Frugality, who teaches us how to shop and save, has written a book. The jagoffs met Ms. Carrie Collins, our musician, at open mic night at Howard’s and thought her sound would be...


#YaJagoffPodcast /It’s a McDreamy O’Podcast

Summary: It’s a Ya Jagoff! Christmas at the Riverplex at Sandcastle for the 28th Annual Irish Festival. Not just because the jagoff pair can celebrate their own Irish roots, but celebrate the highly anticipated festival that includes geneology, Celtic axe throwing, traditional Irish entrees and non-stop powerhouse Celtic music. But wait... the PG’s Tony Norman chose to hang out with us too! Music: Cornedbeef and Curry SPONSOR: Total Sports Enterprises is revving up for Steeler season...


#YaJagof Podcast /Trinkspruch Ausbringen Labor’s Day Parade

Summary: A slightly shortened, holiday, version of the podcast! This might be the most we have EVER sweated during a podcast! Culture is our middle name—Ya Cultural Jagoff. Afterall, John and Rachael learn authentic German culture thanks to Bela Pater, German musician, and Jessica Rand, organizer of the first Pittsburgh Oktoberfest at the Big Butler Fairgrounds. In addition to the German tradition, we chatted with tradesmen about family time and the rich tradition of one of the largest...


#YaJagoffPodcast / Wall-to-wall giving at Wahlburgers

Summary: We met dozens of new people, ate plenty of Ernie Ricci’s sausage, and most importantly collected massive amounts of items for Zachary’s Mission. Today we crown the first ever Zachary’s Mission collection drive champs! Four families packed packs and hosted podcasts just to get to this coveted day. To commemorate, John and Rachael interview media icon Mike Prisuta, Web series royalty Jonathan and Marianne, musician Hank the Businessman, GM extraordinaire Candice Craig from...


#YaJagoffPodcast / Conway Cribbin’ with Porch Tour #4

The 3rd Annual J & D Waterproofing & Remodeling Summer Porch Tour Summary: It’s the fourth stop thanks to J & D Waterproofing and Remodeling. Where else could you find renowned pathologist, Cyril Wecht and Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes, sipping lemonade on a porch swing than on the YaJagoff! podcast? This J&D Waterproofing final porch stop at the Conway’s in Bloomfield lands the duo interviews with these two legends, comedian Ray Zawodni and music sensations Chase and the Barons. It’s...


#YaJagoffPodcast - A Grandslam Podcast at PNC Park

Summary: What happens when the most beautiful ball park in the United States hosts a wine and craft beer event with a VIP experience? John and Rachael get the greenlight to ask a few questions to some pretty hard hitters. We welcomed the Pittsburgh personality and podcaster Anthony Freeze, City Paper Associate Publisher, Justin Matase, Pittsburgh clothier extraordinaire, David Alan and enjoyed a little Pirates fanfare with Chris Miller of Renegades of the Rotunda Music: Molly and the...


#YaJagoffPodcast/ Riding the Waves and the Burger Fave

Summary: John and Rachael started the weekend early by eating #BigMac50 breakfasts and chatting with McRoyalty like Michael Delligatti. Then on Saturday battled the humidity to talk to some water warriors who heightened the excitement at the 2018 EQT Three Rivers Regatta. Ya Gotta listen in! . Music: Andy Masich, Heinz History Center with John: “Big Mac Song” Rachael, John and Typhoon Tommy: “Don’t Stop Believing” Johnny Angel and the Halos: “Happy Birthday Big...


#YaJagoffPodcast / Porch Tour #3 The Kennedy Coup with the Aversas

Summary: It’s the third porch tour in the West Hills. The Fine folks who own and operate the Stroll Inn host the jagoffs on their porch... and what company they keep! Kiya Tomlin, clothing royalty discusses her fashion empire move, Jim Doc Mendholsen, chats about his new book "Life Lessons" about his life behind the bar, Kennywood PR Director Nick Paradise talks about the newest rides like Thomas and Friends and the 2019 Steel Curtain. Plus, musical guests include Johnny Angel and Mike...