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Episode 44 - Matt Kaulig

This episode I got a chance to connect with Matt Kaulig. Matt is an entrepreneur and businessman. He’s the Founder/Owner/CEO of LeafFilter Gutter Protection, owner of Kaulig Racing and Chairman of Kaulig Capital LLC. Our conversation topics included: - How Matt stated his business - Myths about entrepreneurship - Challenges and rewards of running your own business - Competition and sports - Matt’s upbringing and experience as a College quarterback - Owning a NASCAR team - Who he thinks the...


Episode 43 - Bill Squire

This episode I got a chance to connect with Bill Squire. Bill is a Comedian and Radio personality on the Alan Cox Show (WMMS 100.7). Bill is hilarious but in this conversation you’ll get to hear another side of his personality. Our conversation went deep and it traversed many wide-ranging topics including: -How decisions influence our lives -How Bill is rebuilding life after a recent breakup -What it’s like to be a father in a blended family -The unconditional love we have for our children...


Episode 42 - Russ Mitchell

This episode I got a chance to connect with Russ Mitchell. Russ is an American journalist and new anchor. You may know him from CBS where he was anchor of The Early Show on Saturday and weekend anchor of the CBS Evening News. In 2012, Russ joined WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio as a lead anchor. Our conversation covered many topics including: • How the storyteller Spalding Gray brought us together • His career and experience at CBS • What it was like to work with Dan Rather • The time he was...


Episode 41 - Matt Fish

This episode features my conversation with Matt Fish. Matt is a restaurant entrepreneur, musician and founder of the popular Melt Bar & Grilled. I visited Matt, at the Melt (Independence, OH)location, and had a great talk about many topics including: • The powerful nostalgia of grilled cheese • Our grilled cheese stories from the past • How a five year old Matt learned how to butcher chickens on his family farm • When his love of Rock and Roll and KISS started • Why Matt decided to create...


Episode 39- Re-branding This Podcast (An Explanation)

For 38 episodes you've been following the Authentic Audio Podcast. Starting with Episode 40 this podcast will be called "The Connect". This short transitional episode explores the reasons why I'm doing this re-brand, what the podcast will sound like and what to expect moving forward!


Episode 38 - Brandon Chrostowski

​The amazing Brandon Chrostowski was my guest this episode. Brandon is the founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute and is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. The idea was born from "a break" that Brandon received early in life and has grown into a six-month program conducted at EDWINS restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio as well as in prison. His approach is simple: arm those re-entering society from prison and jail sentences with a skill set and a smile....


Episode 36 - Brandyn DeVante Armstrong

This episode features my conversation with Brandyn Devante Armstrong. Brandyn is an entrepreneur originally from East Cleveland. He is the creator and founder of the Studio Stick, the World’s first portable recording studio for smartphones and tablets. The Studio Stick has been featured on NBC, Yahoo News, CBS, and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. In this episode Brandyn and I talk about things like: -The realities of growing up in East Cleveland -Neighborhood Pride -Conquering difficulties and...


Episode 34 - Mark Klaus

Happy Holidays Authentic Audio Pod listeners! This special festive episode features a conversation with Mark Klaus. Mark is an eccentric personality and the brilliant mind behind Castle Noel, the largest indoor Christmas attraction in the country. Castle Noel is located in my hometown of Medina, Ohio located about 30 minutes south of Cleveland. Mark and I recorded this episode on location at Castle Noel and talked about his insatiable passion for Christmas, the incredible impact his family...


Episode 32 - Christopher Johnston

This episode features a conversation with writer Christopher Johnston. Chris is a dynamic writer and journalist from the Cleveland area whose work is wide ranging. From writing about and covering human trafficking, medical miracles and serial killers, Chris has some incredible insight you'll want to hear. You’ll also want to hear us talk about his upcoming book which is so very timely in the light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The book titled Shattering Silences: New Approaches to...


Episode 31 - Joey Sprinkles

This is an episode for musicians, music lovers & music nerds. Joe Boyer aka Joey Sprinkles is a dynamic musician, songwriter and experimental punk-pop artist. Several months ago we sat down, drank some coffee and had a conversation about his love of music, his passion for punk rock and his deeper mission with music and as he tours the country as a solo-artist. Joe, who has played in local bands based in Cleveland for over a decade, was most notably the former guitarist for the Cloud...


Episode 30 - The Danger of Storytelling

In this story episode I implicate myself in a moment of questionable judgment. This past month in America we’ve been immersed with the talk and violent actions of Nazis, white supremacists and race-baiters during protests in Charlottesville, VA. In response to this, I recorded a monologue that examines a moment in my life where I encountered a bit of hypocrisy of my own. In my life I've always strived to be a progressive, open and loving person to all people but in the situation that this...


Episode 25 - Derf Backderf

This past Fall 2016 I recorded a conversation with John Backderf. Derf aka Derf Backderf is an artist, writer, cartoonist and graphic novelist. Episode 25 starts with a story/confessional about why I was nervous to interview Derf to begin with and then leads into our conversation (which starts at 11:45). Among many other topics our talk explores his career, ideas about art and creativity, the Rustbelt, the bizarre political climate of Fall 2016 and his international bestselling graphic...


Episode 24 - Kasumi

This is Kasumi. She is uncanny. She is a recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim fellowship. She's a force in the experimental film and art world. Her latest film Shockwaves will jar your senses awake! Kasumi is an artist who works in a broad range of media: directing and producing short and feature length experimental films, performing live shows and VJ, creating looping electronic sculptures, designing motion graphics and animated gifs, producing immersive 360 virtual reality pieces and making...


Episode 23 - Eric Coble

It was great privilege to record a conversation with a gentleman, distinguished artist and award winning playwright Eric Coble. Eric's plays have been staged in Cleveland, throughout the Midwest, on Broadway and across the entire country. His wide ranging writing style has earned him respect in the American Theatre. His 2014 play "Velocity of Autumn" made a long journey to Broadway. Veteran actor Estelle Parson's performance in the play was nominated for a Tony Award that year. ​This...


Episode 22 - Scott Plate

The first #authenticaudio episode of 2017 (Episode 22) features a wonderful conversation with Scott Plate. ​Scott is the Associate Professor of Music Theatre and Area Coordinator for the Music Theatre Program at Baldwin Wallace University. He’s also an award winning actor, director, writer and one of the most gentle and warm personalities I've ever come across. Scott and I talk about his fascinating personal and artistic journey that ranges from New York City, Cincinnati, Montreal,...


Episode 16 - "Honestly, Most Bios Lie"

This episode of Authentic Audio is a stand alone story. I do this every couple of months to mix it up. In this story entitled "Honestly, My Bio is a Lie" I talk about layers of truth and lies that we create to conform to society and I reveal the real reason why I started doing this podcast. That truth is found somewhere between a broken marriage, following my dreams and being a father. Is it possible to have it all? Or at least a little part of everything that leads to an authentic and...


Episode 3 - Raymond Bobgan

Raymond Bobgan is the Artistic Director of the Cleveland Public Theatre. Raymond and the crew at CPT are at the forefront of theatrical innovation in ‪Cleveland. I sat down with him at CPT in the heart of the Gordon Arts District and had a really insightful and intimate conversation about connecting with audiences, being an artist in Cleveland, and the deeper reasons for why he devises theater. I also found myself thanking Raymond for something that I never would have imagined. This...


Episode 1 - Bill Squire

This is the first episode of The Authentic Audio Podcast with Aaron Calafato! Bill Squire is one of the top comedians in Cleveland and is recognized around the country. Bill's journey took him from Medina Ohio, to the Philippines on a mission for the Mormon church, to having a nervous breakdown and finding his true calling as a stand-up comedian. Bill's story is an amazing journey of hard-work , perseverance and finding ones creative voice in the industrial Midwest. This episode is...