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Episode 144: Making Our Technology Worlds Go Round, Brainwave EduTech, and a Cold Tasty Beer



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Maura Quinn, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as the welcome their guests:

Pro AV’ers Andrew Davis, Renee Benson and Gina Schneider

The usual banter takes place, and to begin Spence is introduced as a new Crew member. His reward for this is something that all Crew members and guests want – but hurry, it’s only going to be around for a very short time. All talk about how —- hot it is (or may not be) in their living place. Maura makes everyone jealous of course (the beach, y’know), and our Canadian guest talks about what’s going on outside his window.

First, a tech question: What to you makes the technology world go round now?

Guests and Crew talk about what technology (AV or not) is currently making their world better.

Cybersecurity and AV: We discuss Andrew’s article ‘Imminent Disaster — The Looming AV Threat‘

We do get serious here for a bit, as this has been high level discussion in AV for some time now. Andrew talks about why he wrote this article, and some of his perspectives concerning the AV industry and network/cyber security.

From Andrew’s article:

Worst case scenario, front page news tomorrow is an enterprise data attack worth millions that is traced back to AV equipment. All the AV equipment you installed will be ripped out, and the prophecy from my last article about the end of AV hardware will happen in the span of a week.

Some excellent perspectives here from Andrew and others.

(This discussion to be continued on another podcast – stay tuned).

And on another note entirely, this article:

The Welcome to the new utopian brand of education. Or is it dystopian? dept.

Quartz In 15 years we’ll be able to upload education to our brains. So can I stop saving for my kids’ college?

Tim is worried – very worried. Find out why.

If Elon Musk and other brainwave technology entrepreneurs have their way, brick and mortar colleges will no longer be relevant in the coming few decades. We will be able to download education from computers directly into our brains.

Sounds great, parents of young ones rejoice! However, how do we know what exactly will be uploaded into their brains – will we be producing more scientists and engineers for the greater forward advancement of humanity… or mad bombers and doomsdayers?

Then, as we know what happens at the end –

The Firing Range!

The When your beer tastes like a kid’s drink, does it become an extraordinary experience, or a violation on many levels? dept.

Vinepair Pabst Debuts Hard Coffee And Everyone Says it Tastes Like Yoo-hoo

This time Maura and Tim are the team leaders (Corey takes a break with Kym being off), and each choose pretty good teams to take on this subject.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, the 174 year old beer known and loved by so many, is now side by side with a coffee/YooHoo-like hard drink made by Pabst Brewing. So what’s the problem? Yes, we hear your argument PBR (or maybe all beer) die-hards, and while some of us may agree, others of us are really happy with this.

Or we’re pretending to be. This is a debate segment.

Who wins? Kym’s not here (she ended it big-time for the win last time), but we had yet another big-timer on this one – listen in to find out just how exciting (and happy) an end it was.

That’s it – sit back, plug in, and get ready to listen to a good one while cracking open a cold hard YooHoo as we live…

The AV Life.

Happy 4th of July!


Episode 126: When Tech, Music and Vinyl are Life



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart, Maura Quinn and Jennifer Gertz as they welcome their guests:

Rob Sheeley – CEO / President at Williams AV and Owner at Mill City Sound

Joe Whitaker – President at The Thoughtful Home

Mike Loss – Manager – Scientific Web Programming Group and lead guitarist for a DC Metro band

After some intro discussion on vinyl and more with the Crew and guests, you’ll get to know AV industry legend Rob Sheeley who has been a part of it beginning as a sound guy, and then starting an AV integration company in 1987, a pioneer in audio and video conferencing integration. He’s well-known as Founder/CEO of Vaddio (2003 – 2014), who also opened up a record store – Mill City Sound in Minnesota in 2014. He is currently the CEO/President at Williams AV (Williams Sound and Pointmaker Brands), and he’s still the owner of Mill City Sound – where he joins us from on this podcast.

Next, Mike Loss talks about the tech and music sides of his life, along with how he builds his own guitars. It was Mike who influenced the theme for this show, and you’ll find out what else he’s done for The AV Life – music-wise that is. As for being a guitarist, you’ll hear about the Washington DC Metro rock/dance band he’s a part of the ‘Drunk Naked Pirates.’

Joe Whitaker is back, talking about listening to vinyl – the right way. He talks about industry tech companies and how they try to make the other types of music media sound great, but still to him (and the others) nothing replaces the unique sound of vinyl. Those traditional days of music, and life.

There is another round talking about favorite vinyl, a lot of great artists and bands talked about here, along with more talk about listening to vinyl (and the album covers) vs. CD’s, streaming and more. Mike drops some vinyl knowledge here too. Corey reminisces about his early days buying albums, and names some of them too (along with some stores he shopped in). There’s also talk about some of the older portable media players, and viewpoints on streaming services too.

Rob finishes up the conversation here, talking about how he’s been a long time collector, and how he’s spent time going all around the country seeing record collections and picking up albums. He also talks about stories that have come out of certain places he’s visited. Rob talks about how music entered the picture when he started with Williams Sound, along with the business and culture of the company as it’s transformed to Williams AV.

Sit back, plug in and think vinyl as we live…

The AV Life.


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).