Episode: #8

Date Recorded:Saturday October 25th, 2014

Title: Holy Macau

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Running Time:1 hour 3 minutes

Episode #8

Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker are in Macau China to record this episode of The Fireworks Brigade. The guys spent a lot of time a considerable amount of cash and were nearly killed trying to find a mixing board in China. But, thanks to $350.00, a patient cab driver and Tom Lee’s Music in Hong Kong, “Holy Macau” is now a reality. Not that we check this sort of thing, but as far as we know this is the first time ever a podcast hosted by 2 guys from North Dakota was recorded in China. This episode was recorded sometime around 6:00 pm on October 25th. Some of the topics covered include:

 

~ What’s a cold open?

~ John’s China experience and what’s new for next year

~ How some big name fireworks companies are cheating consumers

~ Ron and John’s near death experience(s) in Hong Kong

~ Why is Macau so freakin cool

~ Johnny’s sermon

~ Let’s design a Halloween 500 gram cake

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Episode:#7
Date Recorded:Friday August29, 2014
Title: My ALS Challenge is Complete and I Think I’m Missing an Eyebrow
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guest: N/A
Running Time:1 hour and 24minutes

Episode:#7

Its early evening on a Friday and Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker are back in the studio to record this episode of the Fireworks Brigade. The Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) convention is over and John is about to travel to the National Fireworks Association (NFA) convention. After discussing self-checkout strip clubs, fireworks, current events and Motley Crue John and Ron accept the ALS Challenge. And we learn that everything is better with fireworks!

Additional topics covered in this episode of Fireworks Brigade the Pyropodcast include:
~ Thunder Dome
~ When John wipes, he likes to make a mitt
~ Recap of the PGI convention
~ Self- checkout strip clubs
~ Fascinating names from PGI
Green Eggs &Blam Pyro Swag Nice Rack Say Hello to My Little Friend
Call Me Maybe Truck Yeah Spud Gun Kick Ass Konocki
~A look ahead at the NFA convention
~ “Starr Chamber”
Cakes: Under Pressure Die Hard Born to Ride
Reloadables: Street Kings Goliath Excalibur

~ The science behind the pyro of a Motley Crue concert
~ The involvement of the ATF
~ ALS Challenge

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Episode: #6

Date Recorded: Saturday August 9, 2014

Title: Invasion Iowa

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker and Dino

Special Guest: Robin Cleveland, Membership Services Manager (PGI)

Running Time: 57minutes and 30 seconds

Episode: #6

Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker meet at the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) Convention in Mason City Iowa. This year’s convention “Iowa Thunderstorm” is held at the North Iowa Events Center from Saturday, August 9th through Friday August 15th. The PGI is everything fireworks and includes public displays, seminars, a trade show, open shooting and much more. For more information about PGI please visit their web site at www.pgi.org.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode include:

 

~ What is the PGI and what’s all the noise

~ Why Johnny doesn’t go camping more often

~ Boating tales with “Peter Pan” on the Chicago River

~Ron’s depressing dinosaur story

~ How to make shells with hemi’s

~ We don’t dust crops in the winter time and Buddy Holly doesn’t fly on February 3rd

~ The fireworks effect planned for the evening’s shoot and what to expect

~ Great Escape

~ Assorted Candle

~ Tommy Gun

~ Energizer Battery

~ Glint in the Eye

~ Angry Cock

~ Crack the Whip

~ End of the Line

~ Wild Bill

~ Dino’s irony impaired story

~ A possible trip to the “Stinky Finger” in Hong Kong

~ Generic wrapped fireworks and the women that sell them

~ Dino gets a chance to redeem himself but talks about the Pirate Convention

~ A conversation about PGI with Robin Cleveland, Membership Services Manager

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Episode: #5

Date Recorded: Friday August 1, 2014

Title: At 25 Below Even Ice Struggles

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Running Time: 1hour & 4 minutes

Episode #5

Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker meet at Ron’s home studio on August 1st 2014 in the early evening. Sadly the fourth of July is over and John laments over the loss of all his friends and the tumbleweed blowing through his apartment. Some additional topics covered in this pyropodcast include:

 

~ In anticipation of New Years, North Dakota residents are now allowed to purchase fireworks on January 26th

~The pros and cons of cold weather fireworks

~ An online Bostonglobe.com article titled “How many fireworks do we use on the 4th?”

~The popularity of consumer fireworks compared to commercial fireworks since 2003

~ The crew of “Deadliest Catch” launches fireworks from a boat

~ What besides black powder is in a firework?

~ How much powder is in a typical firework and what is a joule?

~ A man is struck by lightning 10 times and when it’s cloudy his friends stay away 100% of the time

~Ron’s excellent Las Vegas adventure and “Tie Your Mother Down” is a great name for a firework

~ Sting’s estate planning

~ Pyro-Playhouse: Ingrid and Brady play “Guess the fake Firework.

~ The first episode of “Johnny’s Choice” compares: “Cheer Up and Smile” “4th of July” & “Movie Time”

~ The PGI is bearing down on Mason City Iowa and John and Ron talk about the convention

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Episode: #4

Date Recorded: Thursday July 3, 2014

Title: The Dog Dying Isn’t Part Of The “No Dud Guarantee”

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guest Host: Charlie Harper

Episode #4

Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker adjourn to John’s office at Starr Fireworks in Fargo, North Dakota. This podcast is recorded on July 3rd in the mid afternoon. Retail week is winding down and everyone is running on fumes. Fireworks legend Charlie Harper takes the time to join the guys in the Pod cast studio. Some of the topics covered in this pyropodcast include:

~ Charlie Harper intro

~ Area shows (MSU, Bonanzaville, Fairgrounds)

~ PGI returns to Fargo in 2016, should we increase our insurance coverage?

~ How much does a good municipal fireworks show cost?

~ Watching a show without critique

~ Chinese salt trucks

~ Fast and Furious show

~ Pattern shells

~ Starr Fireworks reality show…..

~ Blowing up a car is much more fun than towing a car

~ Charlie’s visit to an Argentinean fireworks factory

~ The dying novelty fireworks industry

~ Please don’t smack your buddy with flaming balls

~ Fireworks and your pet

~ More cooking tips from Johnny Starr

~ Don’t ask us for 3D glasses, we’re not Pixar

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Episode: #3

Date Recorded: Sunday June 29, 2014

Title: Grandpa Chucky Goes to the “Flame N’ Go”

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guest Host: Keagan

Episode #3

Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker adjourn to John’s office at Starr Fireworks in Fargo, North Dakota. This podcast is recorded sometime after midnight after a long day of working at Starr Fireworks. Retail week has begun and the days just got longer. Keagan, a Long time Starr colleague, joins the guys in the studio. Some of the topics covered in this pyropodcast include:

 

~ Is it possible to cook a pork chop using a 4 foot sparkler?

~ The Fargo fireworks scene

~ Droughts in Sacramento and “linchpins” with an agenda against consumer fireworks

~ Are lasers better than smoke rockets?

~ Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show returns and people are paying lofty prices to get a bird’s eye view

~ Grandpa Chucky, herding kittens, and John’s responsibilities have finally come home to roost

~ APA facts and figures regarding the growing fireworks industry

~ A late night visit from John’s dad

~ Courtney and Justin play guess the fake firework

~ Savannah and Kris play guess the fake firework

~ What does a half mil get you in Las Vegas and how does it tie in to pyro?

~ Pyro Playhouse visits the Las Vegas strip on the 4th of July

~ Let’s all go to the Flame N’ Go

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Episode: #2

Date Recorded: Sunday – May 11, 2014

Title: Red and White Striped House of Death

Running Time: 58min 12 sec

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Episode #2

Your adored and esteemed hosts, Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker assemble for the second episode of Fireworks Brigade. This explosive, incendiary and flammable podcast is sure to inform and entertain.  Johnny Starr, owner of Starr Fireworks in Fargo, North Dakota, has been designing, importing and selling fireworks and pyrotechnic effects for over three decades. Ron the Banker, part time volunteer and collaborator, spends his Fourth of July with Johnny in the Fargo / Moorhead area selling fireworks to local consumers and wholesalers.

~ Useful tips that will help keep fireworks safe and dry on the day of a show

~ Different fuse types, how fast they burn and which is best

~ The best received 500 gram cakes from the dealer show

“Kiss of Death”                 “Hit Man Artillery”                            “Dark Knight”

“Alligator Alley”             “Protecting Lady Liberty”              “Tribute to USA”

“Fire in the Hole”            “Red Neck Mafia”                               “Insight”

 

~ The myth of “NEON” fireworks is debunked

~ How to budget your fireworks display

~ “Real Men of Genius” and the Red and White Striped House of Death

~ Most often injured body parts as reported by the U.S. Federal Government

~ “Pyro Playhouse

~ Can a Sucrets tin full of Vaseline be a sure fire cure for chapped lips?

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Episode: #1

Date Recorded: Monday – April 28, 2014

Title: Welcome to Fireworks Brigade / Cam Starr Tribute

Running Time: 49min 38 sec

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Episode #1

Your adored and esteemed hosts, Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker assemble for the foundational episode of Fireworks Brigade. This explosive, incendiary and flammable podcast is sure to inform and entertain.  Johnny Starr, owner of Starr Fireworks in Fargo, North Dakota, has been designing, importing and selling fireworks and pyrotechnic effects for over three decades. Ron the Banker, part time volunteer and collaborator, spends his Fourth of July with Johnny in the Fargo / Moorhead area selling fireworks to local consumers and wholesalers.

~ Introductions and qualifications

~ “Backdraft” and the fireworks packed van of doom

~ Puck Bunnies is not a good name for fireworks groupies

~ The late Cam Starr and his contributions to the fireworks industry

~ Recent trip to China and expectations of the 2014 fireworks season

~ Factories and the machines used to manufacture fireworks in China

~ Pizza man, toilet “habits” and what to do with your pants while pooping in China

~ Possible trips to India to purchase fireworks

~ “Pyro Playhouse”

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