Off The Beaten Podcast
Episode 17 - The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre w/Cris Rodriguez

Episode 17 - The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre w/Cris Rodriguez

February 19, 2020

Hello Friends!  This week I had the pleasure to sit and chat with Cris Rodriguez (@grlnxdr2513).  Cris is a former EMT, currently working in a hospital in the Chicagoland area. Valentine's Day has just passed, and I reached out on social media for anyone who was interested in talking about the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and Cris answered the call.  She'd been watching the docuseries Making The Mob: Chicago and was totally excited at the prospect of talking mobsters and murder. While getting there, we touch on a bunch of other topics.  Also, I lost a chunk of the audio in the recording process, but the episode turned out great.  Also, there is a treat at the end of the episode, so don't miss that. 

Here is a link to the show on Amazon Prime: The Making of the Mob: Chicago

What to know about Rising STD Rates Among Seniors: US Health

Want to win the war on drugs? Portugal might have the answer: Time Magazine

LA County DA moves to dismiss 66,000 Marijuana-related convictions: NPR

City of Chicago Cannabis Dispensary Locations: City of Chicago Website

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Music licensed from Purple Planet Music & Epidemic Sound

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23)

Episode 16 - The Divorce Playlist w/ Maria Degillo

Episode 16 - The Divorce Playlist w/ Maria Degillo

February 6, 2020

Hello Friends!  This week I had the pleasure to sit and chat with Maria Degillo.  Maria and I met through our 9-5's, and I shortly after one of our first real conversations, I was certain I had to have her on the podcast.  She is an amazingly dynamic and colorful personality, much like myself, and I knew we would have some great conversation.

Also, she revealed to me that she had a divorce playlist, even though she and her husband were happily married, in the event they should ever get divorced.  I was intrigued at the prospect, and asked her if we could chat about it. We hit on a host of other topics too.  This one is not to be missed!   

Here is a link to the playlist on Spotify: Maria’s Divorce Playlist 

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Music licensed from Purple Planet Music & Epidemic Sound

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23)

Episode 15 - Why Podcasts and How Can You Support Podcasts You Like?

Episode 15 - Why Podcasts and How Can You Support Podcasts You Like?

January 22, 2020

Happy New Year Everyone!!!  This episode I decided to take some to address how I developed a love for podcasts, and what has led me to this in my pod creation journey.  After noticing that many of my listeners are novices, I thought the top of the year is a great time to talk about why you should be listening to podcasts!  Additionally, after being inspired by some of my fellow podcasters, I decided to take  some time to offer some ideas on what you can do to support OTBP.  

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on:

  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Focusrite Scarlett CM25 Mkii Microphone. 
  • Shure KSM32 Microphone
  • Audacity

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23)

Introducing The Off The Beaten Podcast Fight Club!

Introducing The Off The Beaten Podcast Fight Club!

January 16, 2020

Hey there friends!

Happy 2020!  I've missed you all (well, I've actually talked and heard from many of you over the holiday break), and have definitely missed creating content and the interactions we have.  Hopefully, you've been keeping up with things in my world via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

We will be releasing a new episode next week.  In the meantime however, I saw a great opportunity for some new and interesting content, and an opportunity to not only interact with you all, but introduce some of you to one of my favorite past times: watching Mixed Martial Arts!!!

This weekend will be a huge fight card.  The "Notorious" Conor McGregor returns to the UFC octagon!  Let me assure you...this is a big deal.  

Not only is he returning, but he's returning against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.  For those of you not in the know, Cowboy Cerrone has fought 33 times in the UFC.  Of those 33 fights, he has won 23, which is more wins than anyone else in the UFC.  Cerrone has also finished 16 of those fights, and won 18 post-fight bonuses for all of his amazing performances...both of those numbers are UFC records.  Cowboy Cerrone is the winningest fighter in the UFC. 

This is going to be an amazing card, so not only will I be live streaming a fight companion during these bouts, but I called in reinforcement: My fight homie and fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner Veronica.  Veronica is a brown belt in BJJ, and a fellow fight fan.  We often watch together, and often talk about a myriad of issues as well, so you can join in on the fun.  

It'll be a good time, and we hope you'll join us. We will be livestreaming on both Podbean AND Youtube simultaneously!! You can pick your poison! So here are the deets:

UFC 246 Fight Companion - Youtube: https://youtu.be/6tYbzOXrTWg

UFC 246 Fight Companion - Podbean Prelims: https://www.podbean.com/lsw/Off+The+Beaten+Podcast/s-pOl7fEqubX

UFC 246 Fight Companion - Podbean Main Card:https://www.podbean.com/lsw/Off+The+Beaten+Podcast/s-7jNzIL1Hyj

This card is not to be missed. If you're not an MMA fan, this is a perfect card to become one, and if you are a seasoned MMA fan, we promise you we'll be way more entertaining than Jon Anik! Swear!!!!

See you all Saturday night! Here is a link to the rest of the fight card, which is packed with good fights.  
https://www.ufc.com/event/ufc-246

Episode 14 - Music, Roller Derby & Life w/ Amy “Fun Fetti” Litviak

Episode 14 - Music, Roller Derby & Life w/ Amy “Fun Fetti” Litviak

December 18, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks with music aficionado, roller derby girl, and mom Amy "Fun Fetti" Litviak (@kupkake_Amy)  In addition to staying active as a "band mom," working full-time, and helping take care of her family, Amy is a member of the Vindicated Vixens Roller Derby Team.  

Dion and Amy met years ago while enjoying bands in the local Chicago rock music scene, so that's where the conversation begins.  From there, Dion aims to learn more about roller derby.  Finally Dion and Amy talk being parents of teenagers, and what it's like being so busy and maintaining a happy and fruitful relationship.    

Also, there was so much talk about music, we went ahead and asked Amy to create a playlist of some of her favorite songs.  Go on over to Spotify for the OTBP Episode 14 Funfetti Playlist

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on:

  • Blue Yeti Microphone
  • Audacity

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)

Episode 13 - Basking In The Heartland w/ Heather Calvert

Episode 13 - Basking In The Heartland w/ Heather Calvert

December 11, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks with Off The Beaten Podcast Graphic Artist Heather Calvert (@HCAL23). Dion and Heather got together recently for the 1st Annual OTBP Podcast Retreat, in the fun and fabulous Quad Cities. 

When Dion needed a logo for his soon to be released podcast, and was stressing over the price for a good logo, Heather offered to create it for free.  Since then, she has supplied all graphic design needs for OTBP, and has asked for nothing in return.  After 4 days of brainstorming, and doing a lot of behind the scenes work, we thought it was a great time to finally get Heather behind the microphone so that you all could get to know the face behind the artwork.  

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Calling all musicians!!!  Would you like your music featured on an episode of OTBP? E-mail us a streaming link: beingsillyinthecity@gmail.com 

Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on:

  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Focusrite Scarlett CM25 Mkii Microphone. 
  • Shure KSM32 Microphone
  • Audacity

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)

Episode 12 - I’m Still Alive!

Episode 12 - I’m Still Alive!

December 4, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks about a plethora of revelations and thoughts he had while laid up over the weekend with a horrible bout of food poisoning!  It was really bad!  

Dion discusses not only being sick and his subsequent recovery, but also dating and cuffing season.  He also shouts out podcasts that he's been listening to over the past two weeks, and a few other topics to boot! 

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Calling all musicians!!!  Would you like your music featured on an episode of OTBP? E-mail us a streaming link: beingsillyinthecity@gmail.com 

Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on:

  • Focusrite Scarlett CM25 Mkii Microphone. 
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Audacity

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)

Episode 11 - Throwing Shade w/ Sarah Chung: Paralympian Judoka

Episode 11 - Throwing Shade w/ Sarah Chung: Paralympian Judoka

November 20, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks to Sarah Chung (@jdognasian).  Sarah is a Paralympian Judoka, having competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, as well as a musician, and recent Adler University graduate. 

Sarah and Dion met this summer while both marching in the Lakeside Pride Marching Band.  Dion said the minute he learned that Sarah was a Paralympian, a fact which she was reticent to divulge, we had to have her on the show.  The conversation covers everything from Sarah's self-proclaimed embarrassing moment with Barack Obama, to the faux pas' that people make in every day life when interacting with the visually impaired. Sarah was extremely open, and the conversation was surprisingly candid and intimate.  Not to be missed. 

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Calling all musicians!!!  Would you like your music featured on an episode of OTBP? E-mail us a streaming link: beingsillyinthecity@gmail.com 

Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on:

  • Blue Yeti microphone
  • Audacity

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)

Episode 10 - Bonus: Reflections on Veterans Day w/ Dion

Episode 10 - Bonus: Reflections on Veterans Day w/ Dion

November 11, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) spends some time reflecting on his thoughts on Veteran's Day, and takes some time to recount his time in the Illinois Army National Guard and his 2008 deployment to Afghanistan. If you are a veteran, or have veterans in your life, this is one not to be missed.  

Also, though he had trouble remembering the name while recording, the base that Dion refers to in Afghanistan was PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) Sharana

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Although not mentioned during this episode due to the subject matter:
Exclusive offer for OTBP listeners! Visit reppinpins.com and get 20% off your entire order with code OTBP20.  You won't find this deal anywhere else!
  

Follow Reppin Pins on Twitter: @ReppinPins
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Calling all musicians!!!  Would you like your music featured on an episode of OTBP? E-mail us a streaming link: beingsillyinthecity@gmail.com 

Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on:

  • Blue Yeti microphone
  • Audacity

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)

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Episode 9 - Reppin What You Love with Francis Almeda

Episode 9 - Reppin What You Love with Francis Almeda

November 6, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks to Francis Almeda (@almedagrill), founder of Reppin Pins. Reppin makes pins that represent what you love, and does it in amazingly stylish fashion! 

After a few weeks of back and forth emails, we were able to finally pin Francis down (get it?) and talk all things pins.  We've been a fan of Reppin for a few years now, so we were super excited to talk about the business, how it started, and what the future may hold for the Chicago based company. Francis and Dion also talk Jiu Jitsu, which is how they met, and additionally, as per usual, Dion digs in for tips on successful relationships from Francis, who is a married man.  Knowledge is Power! 

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Calling all musicians!!!  Would you like your music featured on an episode of OTBP? E-mail us a streaming link: beingsillyinthecity@gmail.com 

Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on:

  • Blue Yeti microphone
  • Audacity

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)