Episode 118: Star Wars, the Bird Box CES 2019 Challenge and The Firing Range (it’s back…)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Adrian Doughty, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as the welcome their guests:

Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications
Renee Benson – Vertical Sales – Education at NEC Display Solutions of America
Jimmy Paschke – Director of Sales at SurgeX Residential
Jonathan Webster – Recruiting Manager at TierPM

Follow us here – it’s all necessary information as a listening guide for this podcast.

Act 1: Star Wars

Right off the bat, the Crew intro says it all as you’ll hear dialogue from a scene in one of the greatest movies ever made. From there, well, get ready for a Star Wars podcast trip as the Crew and guests discuss some of the movies, ones they liked, disliked and a character that should never have entered a galaxy far, far away. One of the Crew members looked the part – we believe Tim is ready to star in Episode 9.

One of the guests did admit to never seeing any of the Star Wars movies, but he did see another one of epic proportions – and we gave him extra credits for it. Many of them.

Act 2: The Bird Box CES 2019 Challenge

Netflix has warned fans against participating in a potentially dangerous online challenge that’s inspired by its recent original horror film Bird Box.

Yet they didn’t mention anything about it to the guests on this show.

Well, the good thing is that everyone blindfolded on the podcast are inside and sitting down. The bad thing is they have no idea what’s going to happen after they remove the blindfolds.

Some of the Crew members, as well as the guests are challenged with questions about certain weird CES 2019 tech products.

Get ready to play the “CES Price is Right” where all of them try to guess the price of these items while not being able to see a thing:

The weirdest gadgets from CES 2019 – One of the stories: Las Vegas gets weird(er) – One of these items, Lovot (the cuddly robot from Japanese robotics startup Groove X), has one mission in life, and that is to make you happy.

I tried out Foldimate’s laundry-folding bot at CES 2019 – The story: Bots to fold laundry – a device that promises to fold a “full load of laundry,” has gained widespread attention at CES and online.

Kohler’s smart toilet promises a ‘fully-immersive experience’ – The story: 146-year-old plumbing company Kohler has already stolen the show with what will undoubtedly be 2019’s hottest gadget: an “intelligent toilet” with built-in surround sound speakers, ambient mood lighting, and Amazon Alexa voice controls.

Act 3: The Firing Range

Impossible Foods Rolls Out The All New Impossible Burger 2.0 At #CES2019

The tech conference seems an unlikely place to unveil a food product (as Kym alludes to) and indeed, the Impossible Foods launch of its new plant-based formula is the first food product to launch in the show’s more than 60-year history. They say it’s brown and charred, and smells like a real burger. Umm, and it bleeds? As always, there are for and against teams – and did the winning team really win? Not if they end up having to eat this thing.

Sit back, plug in, and join the Crew on this rollercoaster ride to wherever 2.0 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 117: A New Year – Perspective, Prediction and Intervention



This episode is sponsored by TierPM.

Join the Crew host Corey MossKym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC

Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University

Welcome to the New Year 2019, and the first order of business is introducing the guests and the new Crew members – Kym, Tim and Maura.

After this – a very important discussion about ‘Bird Box’ and the Bird Box Challenge.

Which leads to #AVBirdBox, and possibly even the #AVBirdBoxChallenge.

No kidding.

Next, all talk about perspectives and predictions for 2019. Cory begins with business and some resolution discussion, and Maura relates to the importance of mindfulness in terms of preparation and achieving. Corey talks about how this discussion was actually influenced by Alex and an e-mail he had sent detailing his perspectives, you’ll hear them here – along with some very good ones from the guests and Crew.

All get to meet Joe Way who is brand new as a guest to the show, he talks about a number of things including his industry podcast Higher Ed AV, as well as his best-seller book Producing Worship.

And then there’s the predicted death of something that the AV industry can’t stop talking about. Listen in for this.

Kym talks about some predictions for 2019, influenced by her tech and data knowledge – being the resident The AV Life data expert (and #DataGeek).

There was a little nostalgia next, as Corey read a TierPM Hot Job. Make sure to listen in especially if you live in NY or NJ.

Finally, it’s time for something that’s been a long time coming – an intervention to deal with Corey’s long-time podcast co-host addiction. Did it work, or did Corey try to draft another Crew member on this show? Maybe Joe is thinking about bringing on a few co-hosts now?

Some excellent conversation (and perspectives here as well) along with the intervention – and as for the answers to the questions, you’ll just have to listen and find out.

Sit back, plug in, welcome to 2019 and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

(The Firing Range will be back next week).


Special Episode: Flavors of Reality



Join the Crew host Brittney Lanni, Rachel Schwerin, Corey Moss and Kasie Grant as they welcome their guests:

Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne and Techno-Shaman at VIRTULARIUM

Emory Craig – Cofounder, Digital Bodies (Speaker/Futurist/VR, AR, XR)

On this special edition of The AV Life, the Crew and their guests – creative technologist Jon 9, and speaker/futurist Emory Craig – dive into applications and implications of immersive technologies and experiential media. 

The show kicks-off by attempting to define reality and better understand how adding a digital layer onto the world around us could take the human experience to the next level. 

All then look at applications of wearables vs. handhelds, and unpack what it means to develop relevant experiential media in education, retail, and corporate arenas. 

In addition to this, all discuss the importance of leveraging multidisciplinary partnerships to develop impactful content, as well as ways to incorporate AI into AR/VR-based training. 

Finally, Jon 9 and Emory talk about what they would consider to be an ultimate dream VR experience, and the ultimate nightmare.

Sit back, plug in, and we thank all of our incredible listeners for an amazing 2018 – we look forward to an even bigger 2019 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 116: Still Snowbound – A festAVus for the restAVus



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank and new Crew member Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

George Fournier – Design Engineer – Workplace Technologies at dancker

Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions (she was there, then she wasn’t – you’ll hear)

So if you listened to the last episode of AV Road House (the holiday edition), you’re ready for this episode of The AV Life. If not, don’t worry we’ll get you prepped on this podcast. AV Road House host Joe Whitaker, who is now officially a Crew member of The AV Life, had just a little too much fun. Maura took his place, now she’s a Crew member (Corey’s Crew member intervention is coming up in 2019). Some of the AV Road House guests apparently made it out before the storm hit, Spence remained, somehow John and George made their way there. And in no time, it basically became a show about nothing.

And just then, festAVus came to The AV Life.

Of course, all began to air grievances. AV grievances? Technology grievances? Someone’s wife aired a grievance and told him to get his butt up and take care of the tree? Yes, just listen in.

Feats of strength? Hold on, we’re getting to that.

Since all are in the Road House, it was decided they’d discuss an article – of course one related to outer space (yep – Kym):

The “Humans are not welcome on Mars but Martians are welcome here” dept.

Dangerous life on Mars? Humans could be infected and we could kill microbes on the Red Planet

Is there really any safe place for humans to be anymore? Will we soon see little people from Mars walking around on earth with surgical masks on their faces?

Then, of course, you can’t have a The AV Life/AV Road House episode without…

Feats of strength performed in the Firing Range (but this one’s a three on three):

The “Internet-connected devices and the monetization of every move you make (and every breath you take)” dept.

The Coming Commodification of Life at Home

We carry internet-connected devices and use internet-connected appliances. Data is collected and distributed at will.

What’s wrong with us?

Did the Crew and guests finally get out of the Road House? Will they be snowbound for the holidays? Will anyone even send a search and rescue party for them?

Sit back, plug in, enjoy the show, and the holidays as we live…

The AV Road House Life.


Episode 115: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Women in the Industry, WWE Stories (and more Bourbon) Part 2



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, and guest Crew member Linda Moss as they welcome their guests:

Veronica Esbona – President at InGear Communications

Chuck Frame – Vice President Global Sales at Mimo Monitors

Bill Cherne – Director of Field Engineering at Sonic Foundry Inc.

Penny Sitler – Marketing Manager at Draper, Inc.

Jimmy Vaughan – UC Technical Product Manager at Crestron

Maura Quinn – Communications Specialist|IT Business Analyst at TierPM

On this part two all begin talking about “festive” holiday wear, Linda helps judge finalists on this episode (as George Fournier did on episode 114), and they talk bourbon and more as well. After this, all discuss women in the industry – Veronica is a part of Women in Consumer Technology (CT). Maura is involved in Women of AVIXA and Penny as many know has a major role in Women of AVIXA. Chuck and Bill talk about women in the industry, support, mentoring and more. Jimmy joins and Corey asks him to tell a WWE story (Jimmy was a producer for the WWE before entering the tech space). Jimmy also talks about Crestron, as well as women in the industry (two in particular that have a major connection with Crestron).

Finally, as in episode 114, all provide inspirational messages for the new year – make sure you catch this.

Join us for this show, a great conversation with great people in the AV industry (and Corey’s daughter) – sit back, plug in, listen to…

…and Live the AV Holiday Life.


Episode 115: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Women in the Industry, WWE Stories (and more Bourbon) Part 1



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, and guest Crew member Linda Moss as they welcome their guests:

Veronica Esbona – President at InGear Communications

Chuck Frame – Vice President Global Sales at Mimo Monitors

Bill Cherne – Director of Field Engineering at Sonic Foundry Inc.

Penny Sitler – Marketing Manager at Draper, Inc.

Jimmy Vaughan – UC Technical Product Manager at Crestron

Maura Quinn – Communications Specialist|IT Business Analyst at TierPM

On this part one all guests begin with introductions, talk about what they do, as well as their their companies – Maura talks about being newer to the industry and Linda talks about what she does which is not quite AV (but we do give her an industry role of sorts). There is also discussion of the user experience, and 2018 innovation and trends.


Episode 114: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Bourbon and Bacon (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, George (Santa) Fournier, Brandy Alvarado and Kym Frank as they welcome their guests:

– Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions (and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC
– Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
– Rob Ziv – Director of Business Development at Almo Professional A/V
– Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
– Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM

All guests (along with George and Brandy) begin with introductions, talk about their companies and what they do. You’ll also hear each person talk about their beginnings in AV and tech. Kym Frank joins a little later replacing Brandy.

Next, all talk about perspectives of 2018 – the industries, technologies, important things that have taken place and more.

Finally, all provide inspirational messages for the new year – make sure you catch this.

Join us for this show, a great conversation with industry leaders – sit back, plug in and…

Live the AV Holiday Life.

(Note: this podcast is in two parts).


Episode 114: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Bourbon and Bacon (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, George (Santa) Fournier, Brandy Alvarado and Kym Frank as they welcome their guests:

– Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions (and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC
– Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
– Rob Ziv – Director of Business Development at Almo Professional A/V
– Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
– Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM

All guests (along with George and Brandy) begin with introductions, talk about their companies and what they do. You’ll also hear each person talk about their beginnings in AV and tech. Kym Frank joins a little later replacing Brandy.

Next, all talk about perspectives of 2018 – the industries, technologies, important things that have taken place and more.

Finally, all provide inspirational messages for the new year – make sure you catch this.

Join us for this show, a great conversation with industry leaders – sit back, plug in and…

Live the AV Holiday Life.

(Note: this podcast is in two parts).


Episode 113: The Holidays Begin with Emily Linscott and Friends – Formula 4, The Race in Malaysia, Branding, Social Media, and the Career Ahead



Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests:

Emily Linscott – Racing Driver – multi award winning 16-year-old Champion athlete – Brand Ambassador at Ropelet, Marchand Watches, BeeMetics (and pupil) #thereal99

Mark Linscott – Managing Director at iQ Communications Ltd and Director, Moose Motorsport Ltd

Bob Yusko – Owner at GoBobby.uk, Go Bobby.net (Emily’s main sponsor)

Mike Powell – Motorsport Marshal, racing enthusiast

Toni Sabatino – Designer Owner at Toni Sabatino Style and National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) Manhattan, NY Chapter President

This third episode with Emily focuses on her recent Formula 4 race in Malaysia (Formula 4 SEA), her first ever F4 race. She and Mark talk about going to Malaysia for the first time, what happened when they got there, and they break down all three races. Bob and Mike, who has closely followed Emily’s racing career, also provide opinions and overviews for the race. Toni who has become a big fan of Emily’s over the last several months, talks about Emily and her achievements, along with the rest on the podcast.

Corey talks with Emily and Mark about her high-level exercise regimen. Corey and the others also talk with Emily about personal branding, and engagement on social media – this along with being an ambassador for several brands (including Go Bobby). Emily also talks about how she became “The Real 99”.

All finish talking about the holidays, and find out that the day after the podcast is Emily’s 16th birthday too.

Also listen in for sponsorship information (and investment opportunity) for Emily’s racing, in 2019 and beyond.

Sit back, plug in and begin the holidays with Emily Linscott and friends as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 112: Play the Game – A Discussion of Video Gaming and Esports



Join the Crew host Kym Frank and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Talking gaming:
John Vielee – Lead Animator at Wise Web Connections, LLC dba WisEngineering
Russ Crespolini – Award-winning journalist, educator

Talking Esports:
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

Kym Frank hosts this excellent discussion with good friends John Vielee and Russ Crespolini who are the gamers (she’s a gamer too), and with John Greene who is one of the voices in the industry concerning Esports.

Esports (also known as electronic sports, e-sports, or eSports) is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players and teams. Although organized online and offline competitions have long been a part of video game culture, these were largely between amateurs until the late 2000s, when participation by professional gamers and spectatorship in these events through live streaming saw a large surge in popularity. By the 2010s, esports was a significant factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing toward a professional esports subculture.

There’s discussion of gaming systems that Kym, John V. and Russ are using along with “the glitch” that befalls John V at times. They also talk about VR gaming.

John G. talks about Esports, and how the company was approached by a local university to install an Esports facility. He talks about the technology, the competition (they’re called Esports athletes) and the market – including major opportunities.

Kym asks about the games they play in Esports, John G. talks about games and hardware that they use, Russ and John V. also add to the discussion. John G. talks about the experience of watching Esports competition. Corey talks about Esports by the numbers.

John also refers to the residential market here too, and Kym talks about how her office is a gaming environment.

There’s also discussion of Gamergate, controversy which stemmed from a harassment campaign. Corey introduces an article ‘Record number’ of girls engaged with esports. Kym also talks about mobile gaming, and how women are dominating that space.*

Kym and the guests talk about about gaming hardware as a smart hub (and drops another good friend’s name). She also brings up an interesting conversation about monetizing billboards and advertising in video games. There may be some trash talk here too (and giant panda heads)…

John G. finishes the episode talking about Esports in 2019, industry and opportunities.

Sit back, plug in and listen to an excellent conversation on gaming and Esports as we live…

The AV Life.

* See The Biggest Mobile Gaming Consumers In 2018 (And Beyond) Are Women