Episode: #39
Date Recorded: Tuesday November 2, 2016~
Title: I’m Not Teflon; Just a Reject
Running Time: 1 Hour & 44 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker~

In June, July, August and September Ron and John were on the road. Episodes of the Fireworks Brigade were recorded on location in North Dakota, Indiana and Michigan respectively. The guys were on location and talked a lot of fireworks with many passionate pyros. This episode finds Ron and John all alone and back home safely in Illinois. They are safely secured in Ron’s basement recording studio and John’s been out of pocket and in China for over a month. John travels to China twice a year to design, test and purchase fireworks for the Fourth of July season. Some of the topics covered in this 38th episode include:

~ John’s teflon tendencies
~ Creaky door or flatulent roommate?
~ Election madness and the need for a rape shower
~ Lick the Tomahawk
~ The painting village of Dafen
~ What is John buying for the 2017 Fourth of July season?
~ Finally a Fireworks Brigade 500 gram cake!!!
~ CPSC, PHIMSA, DOT, ATF
~ Pyro Playhouse, “A Bronx Tale”
~ Cub fan suicide watch
~ How do you make a 9-shot rack?
~ The good work of Starburst Fireworks
~ India restricts Chinese fireworks
~ Reindeer jerky
~ What would Johnny do?

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Date Recorded: Friday September 9, 2016
Title: Behai French Fry
Running Time: 1 Hour & 25 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Very Special Guest: Nancy Blogin, Executive Director National Fireworks Association (nationalfireworks.org)
Also Appearing: John Mo, Brothers Pyrotechnics (brotherspyrotechnics.com) ~ Bob Blake, Vice President National Fireworks Association (nationalfireworks.org) ~ Doug Burda, Red Apple Fireworks (redapplefireworks.com) ~ Chuck Decker, Uncle Sam Fireworks (unclesamfireworks.com
 

The mission of the NFA is to work diligently to ensure that the Fireworks Industry is regulated in a fair and sensible manner. They promote the safe use of fireworks in all sections of the industry. This is the second night of the NFA convention in Grand Rapids Michigan and John and Ron are recording from the “After the Smoke” party. They speak about the passion of fireworks with some of the most influential names in the world of pyro. Some of the topics covered in this 38th episode include:
 

~ Party Pooper
~ Too much of a good thing
~ That’s one disturbing statue!
~ Brothers Pyro is a classy and family affair
~ Nancy can’t listen to Bon Jovi in Peter’s car
~ Behai French Fries
~ John questions his life choices
~ “Starnac” the Magnificent
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Episode: #37
Date Recorded: Thursday September 8, 2016
Title: I Never Blew an Envelope
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Peter from Revolution Pyro (REVOLUTIONPYRO.COM) &
Ricky from Cannon Fireworks (CANNONFIREWORKS.COM)
Running Time: 71 minutes

The National Fireworks Association (NFA) presents their annual convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. John and Ron take the time to talk fireworks. Some other topics covered in this 37th episode include:
~ Is there anyone famous from Grand Rapids?
~ NFA recap
~ Turtle eggs and fireworks don’t mix
~ Political corruption night
~ What would Johnny do?
~ “Starnac” the Magnificent

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Date Recorded: Sunday August 7, 2016
Title: Johnny Starr Comes From a Long Line of Mavericks
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Running Time: 66 minutes

The Pyrotechnics Guild International presents “Fire in the Sky, The Sequel” the PGI’s 2016 Convention in LaPorte Indiana. John and Ron take the time to talk fireworks. Some other topics covered in this 36th episode include:

~ Indiana Wants Me
~ Cherry pickers convention
~ PGI
~ Danger zone
~ Olympics
~ Pyrolympics
~ John’s a Maverick
~ WWJD “What Would Johnny Do?”
~ Indiana Trivia
~ The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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Date Recorded: Sunday July 3, 2016
Title: Pappie Don’t Do No Bull****
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Mama Stol a/k/a Pauline
Running Time: 95 minutes
 

It’s late night during retail week at Starr Fireworks in Fargo. John’s feeling a bit disheartened as life after the Fourth of July once again slaps him in the face. Ron and his girlfriend Pauline try to cheer him up and they all manage to have some fun talking about fireworks. Some other topics covered in this episode include:
 

~ Pauline’s Long Train Ride to Fargo
~ Johnny Doesn’t Eat Vegetables
~ Pyro Purge: Wholesale & Retail Recap
~ Fargo Drama
~ Vicki Dog
~ You Eat and You Go
~ Grandpa Chucky’s Bathroom Habits
~ James Bond Replacements
~ Summertime Soundtrack
~ Dino Roast Redone
 

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Episode: #34
Date Recorded: Thursday June 30, 2016
Title: One Step Above Labrador
Running Time: 63 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Clay, Jeffrey & Isaac
Guest Contributor: Ryan The Non Pedestrian

It’s after midnight and it’s retail week at Starr Fireworks in Fargo. John, Ron and some guests a/k/a the “Diaper Dandies” have some fun talking about fireworks. Some other topics covered in this episode include:
~ John’s long road trip to Cabo
~ Firework scofflaw phone app
~ Pyro purge and the healing power of Jesse
~ Walmart fireworks incident
~ Canister shells versus double break
~ Johnny’s rating system
~ Ryan’s “Non-Pedestrian Movie Review”
~ The Real “Match” Game

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Episode: # 33
Date Recorded: Monday June 27, 2016
Title: Poke the Bear
Running Time: 53 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Dino

It’s about midnight and it’s the first day of retail week in Fargo. If you have noticed anything in the previous 32 episodes it’s that John likes to give Dino a hard time. Ron has prepared a montage of some of John’s best Dino “digs”. Some other topics covered in this episode include:
~ Minot fireworks show financing
~ Choteau City Montana City Council
~ Dubai students study firework safety
~ Poke the bear
~ Ways to beat a DUI

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Date Recorded: Friday May 6, 2016
Title: If People Didn’t Lie
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Charlie Harper, Steve, Devyn, Dean, Stoli a/k/a The Pyro Players

Running Time: 85 minutes
On the eve of Starr Fireworks annual dealer show, Ron travels to North Dakota to meet up with John. In what has become somewhat of an annual occurrence, he brings with him a script from a beloved 1960’s television show and the Pyro Players attempt to get through the script without too many flubs or edits. It might not be Shakespeare, but the Players version of the classic Twilight Zone script “To Serve Man” dares to consider what would happen if aliens offered pyro utopia to mankind. Some topics covered in this episode include:
~ College visit recap
~ What’s a “Hammock Club” and where do I join?
~ Going to college is a lot like being on a cruise ship with homework
~ Queue the coed
~ Saturday morning cartoons
~ Prince
~ Pyro Purge
~ China Trip
~ There’s nothing better than discount pie
~ The Pyro Players present “Too Serve Man”

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Episode: # 31
Date Recorded: Monday April 4, 2016
Title: I Know Girls and You Think Like One
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Running Time: 89 minutes
The Starr Fireworks Dealer Show is a month away and the selling season is right behind. Things are getting interesting; the orders are coming in and John’s ready to embark on trips to Cabo San Lucas Mexico and China. Some topics covered in this episode include:
~ Johnny attends Don Rickle’s 90th Birthday Party hosted by Regis
~ Johnny’s Make – A – Wish moment
~ Mexican and Poland fireworks factories explosions
~ APA Safety report… fireworks are less dangerous than baseball
~ Keegan’s going to dental school and now Starr Firework’s can finally have a dental plan
~ Ron’s and Pauline’s “Couples” personal training sessions are sick?
~ John explains “Tomb Sweeping Day”
~ Possible fireworks restrictions in England
~ Texas Independence Day fireworks
~ Brackets recap
~ Creative ways to disburse your remains / I wanna look like Seabiscuit when I die
~ Jim Nantz’s burnt toast
~ Batman v Superman recap

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Episode: #30
Date Recorded: Saturday March 12, 2016
Title: Rock Chalk Madness
Running Time: 114 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Things heat up after a show or two with not much to talk about in the world of pyro. John and Ron re-focus their efforts and take a comprehensive look at recent pyro events. John talks about what to expect for the upcoming 2016 selling season. Some topics covered in this episode include:
~ The Apple falls far from the tree
~ March Madness Pyro Style
~ Year of the Monkey
~ Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor Fireworks
~ NDSU Bison win again
~ Blowfish Baseball
~ Do fireworks really effect egg production?
~ Pioneer Day
~ 3 Tunisian Camel Jockeys and 1 Tasmanian Firework Holiday
~ Under no circumstances do you ever shoot a rocket through your ex girlfriends bedroom!
~ Who wants to take a Pyro Cruise?

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Episode #29
Date Recorded: Saturday January 9, 2016
Title: The Non Pedestrian Non Pyro Pyropodcast
Running Time: 68 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Exclusive Guest: Ryan a/k/a “Ryan the Non Pedestrian”
Other Guests: Liz, Sharon, Chris a/k/a “The Casual Film Fan”

As most everyone knows, the fireworks business is quite seasonal. After some increased activity around New Year’s Eve, things tend to slow down. January through March can definitely be classified as the “dog days” of the fireworks industry. John and Ron took a break from their typical show and had some fun with a group of longtime friends. The guys will be back with their usual pyro and fireworks discussions next time.
Liz and Sharon have been friends of the guys for over 30 years. Sharon’s son is Ryan; he really loves movies so the guys asked him to give his review of Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful 8”. This is really two podcasts in one. The first half can be affectionately titled, “Gluten Free Toast Sounds Romantic” and includes a discussion about the evil that is gluten. The second half includes Ryan’s Non Pedestrian Review and can be titled “Ryan the Non Pedestrian’s Movie Review.”
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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.

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~ 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.

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~ 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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Episode: #9

Date Recorded: Wednesday October 28, 2014

Title: Four Floors of Singapore

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Running Time:1 hour

Episode #9

Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker are in Singapore to record this episode of The Fireworks Brigade. After a day of sightseeing and a night of drinking this episode was recorded sometime around 3:00 am on October 28th. Some of the topics covered include:

 

~ Why did Ron get felt up by a dude

~ New products for next year

~ Singapore’s architecture

~ Ron’s nervous travel habits

~ What does a firework agent do?

~ Seaweed French fries

~What does an $82 pizza taste like?

~ American rock n roll with an Asian theme

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