• 00:03

    Mike Piazza Montage

    in Sports

    Hear a montage of highlights from Mike Piazza's career in New York on the day he is elected into the Mets Hall-of-Fame. 

  • 00:42

    Ep. 53 - No Piazza Party for the Kids in the Hall

    in Sports

    The Rising Apple Report reconvenes again for its 53rd episode! Dan Haefeli will be hosting this week, joined by Report veteran Sam Maxwell, as well as returning guest Gary Mack, host of his own podcast, Mets Musings, on which Sam was a guest last month.

    The big news of the day, of course, is the Hall of Fame. We Mets fans are dismayed that former Mets catcher Mike Piazza was not elected, appearing on just 62.2% of the ballots. We'll break down this year's inductees, and project ahead to what continues to look like a stacked ballot for the next several years.

    Last time Gary joined us, we discussed our hopes for the 2014 Mets roster and outfield in particular. Since then, it has shaped up with the signings of Chris Young and former Yankee Curtis Granderson to surround defensive ace Juan Lagares, and the rotation was bolstered by the signing of Bartolo Colon. We'll break down what we'd like to see the lineup look like, and where we'd like to see any additional moves before spring training starts next month.

    So, join us at 6:30PM ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 00:30

    Ep. 39 - A Closing Day Piazza Induction Special!

    in Sports

    And we have reached the (unfortunate) finale!
    The Rising Apple Report wraps up its first season with a bonus Closing Day special! Sam Maxwell will host, with Rich Sparago calling in live from the Citi Field parking lot!
    The last series of the season has been a microcosm of how poorly the Mets have played at home all year (32-48). We'll discuss some theories on why they played so much better in other people's ballparks (41-40).
    Terry Collins will receive, as speculated, a 2-year extension. We'll discuss how we feel about this first bit of offseason news.
    And Mike Piazza will be a Mets Hall of Famer in a couple of hours. We'll reminisce on some of our favorite memories regarding the all-time catcher.
    So, tune it at 11:30AM ET for the last in-season episode of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 00:46

    Watchdog HR 3: Yanks Future, Piazza and Puck Talk

    in Sports

    Mike discusses the future of the Yankees post Mariano Rivera, and remembers Mike Piazza on the eve of his induction to the Mets Hall of Fame. Watchdog contributor Nick Pearl talks about the new NHL playoff setup, and previews the Rangers and Islanders going into the 2013-2014 season. 

  • 00:40

    Landscape designer Vivian Piazza joins this week's podcast

    in Lifestyle

    Join co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we welcome ally, friend and guest Vivian Piazza. Vivian is a landscape designer and owner of Earth Angel Garden Design in Nassau County, NY.    After spending over 20 years in the music business, Vivian left the corporate world and, following her passion for plants and design, re-invented herself.
    At the height of her music business career, Vivian was VP of Media Relations for Epic Records, part of Sony Music.   Spanning 24 years and four record labels, she has handled PR campaigns for Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jeff Beck, Luther Vandross, Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Raitt, Crowded House, and hundreds of other musical artists.  
    In 2003, as the music business was changing and labels were downsizing, Vivian was laid off.  Although music was (and still is) a huge part of her life, instead of staying in a shrinking business, she went back to school (at the age of 44) and studied Horticulture and Landscape Design.   She designs rooftop and terrace gardens, as well as residential and commercial landscapes.   She literally went from having an office with a view of the park to working in the park!  

  • 00:41

    Jo Piazza: Hollywood, Writing a Best Seller, Every Day Life

    in Lifestyle

    Jo Piazza is Executive News Director for the magazines In Touch and Life & Style. She is  regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York, Glamour, Gotham, The Daily Beast and Slate. Jo has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.
    She is the author of the highly acclaimed bestseller  “Celebrity Inc.: How Famous People Make Money,” an economic case study of the Hollywood Industrial Complex.
    Jo joins us today to discuss her newly released novel, “Love Rehab: A Novel in 12 Steps.”
    Jo holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and a Masters in Religious Studies from New York University.  
    Visit  http://www.jopiazza.com   @jopiazza
    Connect with Deb:  Website  @GreenSkyDeb

  • 01:38

    Episode 85: Nothing in this podcast should be construed as legal advice

    in Baseball

    In the "We should really be watching Jacob deGrom instead" edition, Jeffrey and Greg made the mistake of scheduling their host segments while Jacob deGrom was breaking records and stuff. So get ready for short and disjointed commentary on the Mets dashed playoff dreams, stompgate, and how being a Mets fan is kind of icky now. Fortunately we have a couple guests to do the heavy lifting. First, Jay Jaffe of SI.com talks about various Mets Hall of Fame cases. When will Mike Piazza get in? Will David Wright get in? And is there any hope for John Olerud? Then, Jason Wojciechowski of Beaneball and Baseball Prospectus is here to discuss the Castergine lawsuit in more lawyerly detail. And of course, we wrap things up with your e-mails, wherein Jeffrey threatens to quit #MetsTwitter again.

  • 00:31

    Indigenous Voices on NOWTIME Radio

    in Spirituality

    September 19, 2014 at 12noon Eastern Time, 11am Central Time and 9am Pacific Time - join Audri Scott Williams and Alessandra Belloni on NOWTIME Radio. To join the call during Indigenous Voices on NOWTIME Radio Call  424-243-9656. You may also  Live Stream or listen to the podcast at any time at:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nowtimeradio

    Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA", an Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble. She specializes in traditional Southern Italian folk dances and percussion combined with Southern Italian singing. Alessandra holds annual healing dance and percussion workshops in Tuscany, Italy and together with writer, philosopher, healer  Angelo Tonelli. She has spent many years participating in authentic drumming festivals in remote areas of Southern Italy, held as rituals of purification in honor of the Black Madonna. An award winning tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Ms.Belloni was born in Rome, Italy and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture. Alessandra will be discussing her recent voyage: THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA, A Musical journey to the Ancient Sacred Sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy, Spain and the Mediterranean.


  • 01:05

    Red River Radios' No Limits with Barbara M. Hodges

    in Books

    My guests for June are Tony Piazza and Susan Tuttle.

    Susan describes herself as a "slightly twisted" author. She is also a professional book editor, writing mentor and teacher.

    Susan's first suspense novel, "Tangled Webs," was published in 2005 to great acclaim from readers.

    In 2014 she launched her next novel, the paranormal suspense story titled "Proof of Identity. And in May of 2014 her latest suspense novel, "Sins of the Past," became available in both print and e-book format through Amazon.

    Also slated for release later in 2014 is "A Matter of Identity," an historical romantic suspense tale that takes place in England in the 1860s and 1870s.

    Writers, take note, available on Amazon in Kindle format, are the first 6 units of her 12-unit writing program, "Write It Right: Exercises to Unlock the Writer in Everyone," on which her weekly classes are based. The entire program will be available as print workbooks in the summer of 2014.

    Tony Piazza was employed in the film industry for 10 years during the 1970s as an actor, extra, and stand-in. During that time he had worked with such legends as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, and Karl Malden. He earned a Biology degree in 1980 and worked in scientific research at U.O.P. and U.C.S.F., and for the Pathology Department at San Francisco's Veteran's Administration Hospital. He now lives with his wife on the California Central Coast.

    Tony is also a member of the prestigious crime writer's associations, Sisters in Crime, active in both the Central Coast and L.A. Chapters, and the SLO NightWriters organization of San Luis Obispo. Presently he is at work on his fifth novel- the third, of his bestselling Tom Logan mystery series.

  • 00:35

    Equal Protection Under the Law in Arkansas

    in Politics

    Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said: "Arkansas's marriage laws discriminate against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection Clause ...."
    "Although marriage is not expressly identified as a fundamental right in the Constitution, the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized it as such,"
    EUREKA SPRINGS — Two women from Fort Smith became the first same-sex couple in Arkansas ever to receive a marriage license.Kristin Seaton, 27, and Jennifer Rambo, 26, got the license at about 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carroll County courthouse in Eureka Springs, which normally issues marriage licenses for four hours every Saturday. Arkansas online


  • 00:59

    Blues Harmonica Master - Tony Holiday

    in Entertainment

    Tony Holiday is a rising figure in the blues harmonica world! Touring 8 months a year he plays the semi pro circuits. Tony has played with many of blues great.  He is friends with Lazy Lester and Guitar Shorty, who is recording Tony's song Weep and Moan.  With mentors like Adam Gussow, Brandon Santini, Rod Piazza and Ronnie Shellist, Tony has come a very long way in just 3 years on the harmonica.  For this interview he will be on West Coast tour with one variation of his Velvetones.

    Even though the musician has a tattoo of a harmonica on his forearm as well as the words “True Blue” on his fingers, he doesn’t classify himself as a strict Chicago-style bluesman.  Holiday can be seen on local stages most weekends with multiple bands, including honky-tonk outfit Smoke in the Tavern and ’50s-country-influenced Antique Cadillac, and his main band, The Velvetones, to which he contributes smoky lead vocals, harmonica, guitar and original compositions. 
    At the prompting of Bad Brad Wheeler, Holiday founded the Utah Blues Society six months ago with the help of KRCL’s Brian Kelm, host of the Monday night, Red, White & Blues program. Brian was recently appointed as the society’s president.

    In addition to keeping busy with the Utah Blues Society, Holiday is soon to release two new albums with the Velvetones, a live album called Live at Fats Grill, which released this month and a studio full-length titled Happy to Have the Blues, which will be out in June. Holiday says Happy to Have the Blues will have a funky and heavy-blues feel, and is “just all about harmonica.”

    Tony’s talent will amaze, it is as if he was born to play the blues and definitely has mastered the art of the harmonica. Be sure to check Tony out at Facebook and share his talent with others, for this is surely someone whose talent will take him far. 


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