Welcome to BurghCast!

There are countless interesting stories and fascinating people in the Pittsburgh area. Remember the columnists who told these stories on a daily basis in the pages of local newspapers? Similarly, BurghCast tells today's stories via the audio medium.

Sometimes, the most interesting people are our own next-door neighbors; people with unusual careers, fascinating hobbies or those who are doing remarkable things. There's also a lot of local pop culture and history to be explored.

BurghCast was created, and is produced and hosted by, John Fries, who has been a storyteller, journalist and media producer since his student days many years ago at Duquesne University when he produced and hosted a weekday afternoon drive show on WDUQ, the campus' former 25,000-watt NPR affiliate. He interviewed scores of people and produced numerous broadcast features.

In the years since, John has been a contributing writer for a diverse range of newspapers, magazines and websites; authored a few books; and written/produced hundreds of hours of film, video, television, and radio. BurghCast is the third podcast he's produced and the first he's hosted.

John is also founder and principal at Fries Communications, an innovative marketing, communications and media consultancy and studio. Visit his website at www.johnfries.com

 
  Episode 3: Michael Rupert

Actor, singer, director, and composer Michael Rupert is a bona fide Broadway legend. The Denver native, who grew up in Los Angeles and acted in numerous television programs during the 1960s, moved to New York at age 17 to play a role in the Kander-Ebb musical The Happy Time On Broadway. He received a Tony Award nomination for his efforts.

In 1986, he starred in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity and WON the Best Actor Tony. Since then he's appeared in numerous shows On Broadway (Ragtime, City of Angels, Pippin, and Legally Blonde) and Off (Falsettos, Putting in Together, and others). He's also an accomplished singer with numerous tracks; check out the Varese Sarabande collection.

Currently (February 2019), he's in Pittsburgh directing Point Park University's student production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George.

Listen to episode | Contact


BurghCast, Pittsburgh, John Fries Communications   Episode 2: John Oliver

John Oliver is a Pittsburgh native who has been singing, writing songs and playing piano and keyboards virtually all his life.

During the early 1980s, the Carlynton High School graduate was part of a band called Endless Summer that he formed with several friends. They played Beach Boys-inspired surf music in a wide variety of Pittsburgh-area venues from Crafton Park and at least one 3WS Radio Gateway Clipper cruise to  countless shows in area nightclubs. Oliver was the front man, lead singer and keyboard player.

In 2018, he was inspired to write a full album of solo material, which will be released in 2019. Recording the tracks in his home studio, often accompanied by vocal and instrumental parts provided by his longtime friends and former Endless Summer bandmates (including bassist Jeff Hoffman on nearly every track), Oliver is taking his music in a new direction.

Listen to the tracks that open and close this edition of BurghCast, and follow this website for details about when his album will be available.

Listen to episode | Contact



  Episode 1: Trevor Ley

If you lived in Pittsburgh during the 1970s and were a rock music fan, it's very likely that you listened to Trevor Ley, who ruled the airwaves on WDVE Radio. A proud Pittsburgh native (Shaler Township), Trevor worked at FM97, 3WS and several other stations across the U.S. before retiring and moving back home to the Burgh.

On this episode, John Fries talks with his former co-worker and longtime friend about his journey through the radio industry.

Listen to episode | Contact


©2019 Fries Communications. All rights reserved.

Writing Film & Video Web Design Home page Writing Graphic Design Film Contact About John Home page Homepage Writing Graphic Design Film Web Design About John Contact Writing Film Web Design About John Contact

writing graphic design film video consulting John Fries contact Blue Myst Road John Fries writing About John Fries Contact John Fries Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on LinkedIn John Fries on Twitter John Fries on LinkedIn John Fries Communications on Facebook Facebook John Fries Communications Twitter John A Fries LinkedIn John Fries John Fries writer copywriter John Fries Film Video John Fries Photography John Fries Public Relations Branding Marketing John Fries writing John Fries film video John Fries graphic design John Fries photography Connect with me on Twitter writing, copywriting, pittsburgh graphic design pittsburgh video production pittsburgh web design pittsburgh photography pittsburgh writing graphic design web design video production consulting about john fries communications contact john