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Corps340 Podcast #34: Scott Paulsen, Part 2

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We pick up part two of the Corps340 Podcast with Scott Paulsen by diving into the release of his new book, “Dirty Hippies” beginning with his unvarnished critique of how it sounds on tape to him currently and then explore the people, places and music that were the inspirations behind the characters and the stories in the book. We finish up with why we are both drawn to history, a little dip into politics and end on some Warren Zevon thoughts.

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Corps340 Podcast #34: Scott Paulsen, Part 1

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This week’s guest on our Corps340 podcast is Scott Paulsen. Scott’s self-described job title lists him as the former dishwasher for The Waterford Inn but most people will probably remember him for his 30-plus years as a thoughtful, intelligent and entertaining radio personality with the likes of WDVE, WRKZ and ESPN1250.

In addition to the writing he did for radio, Scott has been pursuing other literary paths as well by writing a weekly newspaper column and authoring several books, most recently his new one titled “Dirty Hippies”, which is about how a disparate group of eccentric characters from a small town deal with a Woodstockian-style rock concert that descends upon their town one summer in the early 70’s and is drawn from his days growing up in Chester, WV.

We had a lot of fun talking with Scott – so much so we’ve decided to split the dialogue into two parts. Part one covers his broadcast path, the early influences and seismic industry changes that occurred over his still on-going career in the medium. Part two delves into the craft of his writing, the rhythm of writing dialogue and bringing his characters to life. Available on iTunes, Soundcloud, or

You can still catch Scott on the airwaves occasionally. To order a copy of his book visit his page on Amazon at

Corps340 Podcast #27: Damon Claus

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One of the earliest employees of the innovative Pgh-based company 4Moms, Damon sits down with us to discuss the heady early days of the company he was intimately involved with for over 6 years and his decision earlier this year start down his own entrepreneurial path with the formation of Castus Consulting.

He’s been a Hampton Talbot, a Virginia Tech Hokie, a band roadie and a sound engineer – all of which prepped him to lead the expansion of the 4Moms product lines into international markets – it’s quite a journey. We also geek out a bit on golf – dissecting the country club culture as well as a shared frustration and joy with how freaking hard it is to play.

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Corps340 Podcast #26: Karla Boos

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Karla Boos is more and more pursuing a lack of control. She has become increasingly comfortable and confident with using the phrase “I don’t know”. She works every day as an artist – which has manifested itself most passionately through her role as Founder and Artistic Director for Quantum Theater. She takes us through the process she employs to advance the intimate and progressive experiences Quantum contributes to the Pittsburgh cultural scene and what has attracted her to the physical buildings and landscapes this region has to offer and the parts they play in the eclectic presentation sites for their work.

Karla has built an extraordinary theater as laboratory that is constantly forging new and inspiring creative ground.

Corps340 Podcast #32: Michael Killen

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Today is quite possibly one of the most important days of Michael Killen’s professional life. First, he makes his podcast debut on Corps340. Then later, the network premier of Michael’s ABC series Downward Dog on which he is co-creator, co-writer and executive producer. We talk with Michael about his early days at CMU, how he discovered his passion for filmmaking and the improbable, unpredictable path to getting Downward Dog from concept to prime time.
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Corps340 Podcast #30: Alice Greene

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This week’s guest on the Corps340 podcast is Alice Greene, VP of Research Services at Campos, Inc.
Alice is constantly listening. It’s a habit she developed early on when she started a newspaper at the age of 10 that reported on the daily happenings in her Winchester, Massachusetts’ neighborhood and has continued through her forays into journalism, radio and of course, parenthood. She has honed all of this into a highly successful career trajectory at Campos with focus group moderation, survey design, big data analysis and user experiences work.
However, she really enjoys employing her listening chops in the area of emerging trends – where she is responsible for Campos’ annual trend watching reports. We cover a wide range emerging currents including gender fluidity, social warfare, user centricity, artificial intelligence as potential co-workers, managers and even, gulp, as elected officials and the burgeoning digital detox influence. All in all, it’s a good listen.


Corps340 Podcast #29: Mark Chambers

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Mark Chambers managed to arrange for a seat at one of Pittsburgh’s most exclusive locations: around the podcast table with Gordon and Brian. In this episode, we chat with Pittsburgh’s only inductee of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or, the national association of professional hotel concierges. Mark enlightens us in the subtleties of his unique profession with his natural class and humor. He has enjoyed a front row seat watching the cultural and culinary growth of Pittsburgh, and has the thick black book to prove it.


Corps340 Podcast #28. Michael Lotenero.

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This week’s guest on the Corps340 Podcast is artist Michael Lotenero. Michael is particularly interested in pursuing creative joy. It comes in the form of his singing, which he does with his band Chupacabra. It comes in the form of design projects, a discipline he started with one-time partner and still close friend, Rick Bach. But it manifests itself most remarkably and demonstrably through his paintings, which are showcased in both national and international galleries and forums and are almost purely based on self-expression vs. commissioned work.

He talks about his 17 – yes, 17 – different moves he made as a child growing up between Ohio and Florida and how he pretty much ran into the same type of kid no matter where he lived and basically treated the whole experience as akin to camping. He discusses how art shouldn’t be a committee experience, compares the process to cooking, that the art of creating everyday is an act of defiance and reveals to us his favorite part of the day.


Who said radio is dead?!

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Moxie USA tasked us to come up with some new original music that fit the brand of their client Piada Italian Street Food. This was a fun challenge as it meant going against the obvious to create something modern and cool, to recreate the experience of being in their restaurants. We love this brand, our client, and these spots. Radio is very alive!

Corps340 Podcast #25: Yvonne Cook

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Every week (or thereabouts) we host the corps340 podcast along with Brian Bronaugh of Landesberg Design and Gordon Robertson of Hullabaloo Agency . We talk with various people from around the Pittsburgh area who have interesting personal stories and contribute in their own way to this vibrant community. This week’s pod features Yvonne Cook, President of the Highmark Foundation and VP of Community Affairs for Highmark.