Daddy Unscripted

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  • Bill Protzmann: The Life Saving Power of Music

    Episode 62 features a semi-lengthy and fully beautiful conversation with Bill Protzmann, a man with a unique and fascinating life story. The common thread weaving through Bill’s entire life is music. And it’s music that literally saved his life, some nearly 12 years ago now.

  • Rob Gorski: The Autism Dad

    In episode 62, I had a life-altering conversation with Rob Gorski, creator of “The Autism Dad”. Life-altering is an appropriate and not exaggerated description of our discussion. I, of course, am hopeful it has anywhere close to that effect and meaning for at least some of you.

  • Will Henson: Living a Unique Adventure

    In episode 60, Will Henson tells us all about the adventures of his life. These are not just his adventures, but those of his Dad and his Mom during his youth, as well.

  • Benjamin Dixon Is Building A Great Legacy

    Benjamin Dixon is a co-founder of the revitalized and re-imagined The North Star. You can also follow his work at The Benjamin Dixon Show on Youtube and podcast apps as well as his website The Progressive Army. The son of a pastor, Benjamin has truly lovely stories about his Dad in this episode. We uncovered…

  • David Newhan: Living a Major League Miracle

    In Episode 58, former major league baseball player David Newhan tells some remarkable stories. He fought through his minor league journey and when his shot for making a big league roster arrived, he made it impossible for them to put him back on the bench. When he had a horrific accident nearly 10 years ago,…

  • Michael Shields: Writer, Podcaster, Father

    Episode 57 features Michael Shields, editor in chief of Across The Margin (in its written and Podcast format). Michael not only has his “Beyond The Margin” podcast on the Osiris Podcast Network; he also is a part of the Welcome To The Party, Pal podcast and the God, Ween, Evan podcast. Yeah… I thought I…

  • Jon Loomis of Baseballism

    Episode 56 features Jon Loomis, one of the founders of Baseballism. Jon has a really interesting and unique story of his life. From being a military “brat” to his lifelong passion with baseball that led toward him being one of the founders of the fantastic clothing brand “Baseballism”, built for the love of the game…

  • Former MLB Pitcher Ryan Dempster

    Episode 55, the final episode of 2018, features Ryan Dempster as my guest. Ryan is a former MLB pitcher who spent time on 5 different teams from 1998 – 2013. He may be most well identified for his 8 years with the Chicago Cubs, but the final pitch of his career was for the final…

  • Brando Rich of Cash or Trade

    Episode 54 is my conversation with Brando Rich, co-founder of “Cash or Trade”. If you enjoy going to concerts, you should definitely check Cash or Trade out (either via their website or their app on your smartphone).

  • Evan Kaufman: Formerly a Dude, Now a Dad (and so much more…)

    Episode 53 is my conversation with Evan Kaufman. He is a weekly contributor to Fatherly, a comedian, an actor a fellow podcaster and, of course, a Dad! Evan has a truly unique story to tell not only about his own upbringing but also of his life as a Dad. His stories are pretty real and…

  • Chris Plowman Talks Fatherhood and Card Collecting

    Episode 52 is my conversation with Chris Plowman. He is heavily involved with Kidority Kards, a fellow collector and sports fan and, of course, a Dad! Chris has a truly unique story to tell not only about his own upbringing but also of his life as a Dad. His stories are pretty real and raw,…

  • Brian Brinkman: Beyond Beyond The Pond

    Episode 51 is the second half of my conversation with fellow podcaster, fellow Dad, fellow music and baseball fanatic: Brian Brinkman. Brian makes up one half of the team that brings you the Beyond the Pond podcast. Beyond the Pond focuses on taking Phish listeners into music that the hosts get triggered into thinking about…

  • Brian Brinkman: Beyond The Dad

    Episode 50 is the first half of my conversation with fellow podcaster, fellow Dad, fellow music fanatic: Brian Brinkman. Brian makes up one half of the team that brings you the Beyond the Pond podcast. Brian has a very close relationship with his Dad… from his time as a youth to today. He describes pretty…

  • Father’s Day 2018

    Episode 49 is my 3rd Annual Father’s Day episode with the podcast. These holiday episodes are always little mini-episodes since they are me sharing some wisdom with all of you and don’t have a guest. On this episode, I shared my first shout-outs and inclusion of some of you out there! Listeners and followers on…

  • Chris Lizotte: His Music History & Is There Good Christian Music?

    Episode 48 is the 2nd half of my conversation with Christian music recording artist Chris Lizotte. As I said in the last episode: I’m a little nervously excited for any of my non-religious audience to hear this episode… to see how possible it is for a “Christian artist” to be listened to by people who…

  • Chris Lizotte: Humble Son, Dad & Rock n’ Roller

    Episode 47 is special for many reasons: 1) I love this man. Don’t raise your eyebrows at that… this isn’t a confession. I love him like a brother and I love him because I have the utmost respect for him. 2) Chris Lizotte embodies so many pure and good things in the way one lives…

  • Ryan Michler Defied the Odds Without a Solid Manly Leader

    Episode 46 of the podcast is one I’ve been holding onto for a while now. Another great guest that I waited for the Osiris Pod Network to launch. So, here it finally is: a groundbreaking, inspiring and relentless conversation. My podcast is fairly different from Order of Man, which Ryan created a few years ago.…

  • James Breakwell: Dad, Author and Exploding Unicorn

    Episode 45 of the podcast is one I’m excited to bring to all of you. I was thrilled to receive a favorable response quickly after I originally reached out to James Breakwell. When I stumbled onto his Twitter feed some months ago, I felt a kindred spirit connection right away. James is probably known to…

  • Tom Keeley Inspires Us To Live Boldly

    Episode 44 of the podcast is the second half of my conversation with Tom Keeley. If I was a fancier type guy who maybe also lived in England, I would probably describe Tom as a rather lovely fellow. He really was a fantastic bloke (look at me being even more British-y!) and I thoroughly enjoyed…

  • Tom Keeley: From Rockstar To Dad

    Episode 43 of the podcast is the first half of my conversation with Tom Keeley. If I was a fancier type guy who maybe also lived in England, I would probably describe Tom as a rather lovely fellow. He really was a fantastic bloke (look at me being even more British-y!) and I thoroughly enjoyed…

  • Why Do I Do This Podcast?

    Episode 42 of the podcast is another of my smaller episodes that doesn’t involve a guest. This episode was born from my desire to further explain the whole point of this podcast. Why does it exist? Why do I keep putting all of this time and energy into it? There is more than this text…

  • Jonathan Hart: Raised on the Grateful Dead & Phish

    Episode 41 of the podcast is the second half of my conversation with fellow podcaster Jonathan Hart. I don’t normally dedicate episodes, but I have to dedicate this one to my other favorite 41 that is out there right now: Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. Don’t get in a huff about that dedication; we don’t…

  • Jonathan Hart Went From Surprised Single Dad To Much More

    This is Episode 40 of the podcast. My wife is a huge U2 fan, so she would enjoy me saying that as: “This is 40”.  However, this episode does not feature Bono as its guest, or any other musician from Ireland. Don’t be dismayed; Jonathan Hart has a pretty darn interesting story to tell. It…

  • Dr. Anthony Balduzzi & The Fit Father Project

    Episode 39 of the podcast is extremely special because it features my first ever guest that is not actually a Dad. Have you picked yourself up off the floor now? Close your lower jaw… I know this is mind-blowing news. But, you’ll come to see why I made this decision once you’ve listened to this…

  • Terry Ogburn Lives Beyond Loss

    In this, the 38th episode of the podcast, I found myself talking with Terry Ogburn. In a few of my experiences at conferences, for marketing or podcasting, I’ve run into Jessica Rhodes a few times now. Jessica is the CEO & Founder of Interview Connections. I honestly didn’t know if anything would ever come from…

  • RJ Bee Talks Phish & Podcasts

    This is episode 37 of the podcast, and number 2 of 2 with fellow podcaster and music lover, RJ Bee. Although this episode is heavily steeped in our discussion about music and the band Phish, this may be the most that one of my “Fork in the Road” episodes focuses on fatherhood. Usually, these secondary…

  • RJ Bee is a Dad

    This is episode 36 of the podcast, 1 of 2 with fellow podcaster RJ Bee. RJ is quite an intelligent man. I don’t just say that because we share a very common interest in music, but because he has been working for years in the world of politics and communications. When RJ and I first…

  • Sam Jennings & His Time With Prince

    Episode 035, for those keeping count. This is the 2nd of 2 episodes with web designer and artist Sam Jennings. Sam is my second guest that has a large connection to a man I adore: Prince. A lot of this episode is us talking about the period of 9 years that Sam worked very closely…

  • Episode 034: Sam Jennings

    This is episode 34 of the podcast, 1 of 2 with web designer and artist Sam Jennings. Sam is my second guest that has a large connection to a man I adore: Prince. Even with this being our episode to talk about fatherhood, we do touch on some of the personal and business aspects of…

  • Episode 033: Brad Rothschild the Filmmaker

    The 2nd half of my conversation with Brad Rothschild, we pick up right where the previous episode left off: having a very laid-back chat which eventually leads into what Brad does for a living. He’s a documentary filmmaker with films you may have even seen on Netflix or iTunes (Tree Man and Kinderblock 66: Return…

  • Episode 032: Father’s Day 2017

    Father’s Day is a good opportunity for a quick little episode. There are a few holidays I will do this with. Something that should please some of you who may get frustrated that my episodes don’t fit into your shorter work commute. This is my 2nd Annual episode to celebrate Father’s Day. It’s now my 27th…

  • Episode 031: Brad Rothschild

    The 1st of 2 episodes with Brad Rothschild, this conversation is now becoming a line that is stretching out from its epicenter: my previous guest, Bruce Mendelsohn. So, again, a ton of thanks to Bruce for starting this rolling ball. Brad makes up half of the team that does The Amen Corner podcast. His partner,…

  • Episode 030: Matt Thorne

    This is episode 2 of 2 with author and critic Matt Thorne. Like I said on the last episode, if you’ve been here for a while, you noticed that his episodes were released in reverse order. Again: don’t call the authorities. I did that on purpose. The previous episode came out first because it was…

  • Episode 029: Matt Thorne & I Love Prince

    This is the 1st of 2 episodes with author and critic Matt Thorne. For those of you who are regulars, you’ll catch that his episodes are being released in reverse order. That’s not an error. I held off on releasing this episode so as to not completely coincide with the 1 year anniversary of Prince’s…

  • Episode 028: Steven A Cook Knows Politics

    This is the 2nd episode with Steven A Cook. He is the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before speaking with Steven, I not only had no clue what all that meant, but it made me laugh a little at the idea of my…

  • Episode 027: Steven A Cook

    My conversation with Steven A. Cook was made possible by last episode’s guest, Bruce Mendelsohn. So, many thanks to Bruce for that. I did my research on Steven immediately when Bruce mentioned him. My first thought, frankly, was that he was going to be out of my league if or when we touched on things…

  • Episode 026: Bruce Mendelsohn & His Boston Marathon Bombing Experience

    This episode with Bruce Mendelsohn sincerely has changed my life. Bruce tells his story of the day’s events back in 2013 of the Boston Marathon Bombings. He was a bystander, just there to meet his brother who ran in the marathon at the finish line and hang out with him afterward. The day’s events, of…

  • Episode 025: Joe Bruzzese Loves Sports & Music

    This is the 2nd episode with Joe Bruzzese, a SAHD who is a Northern California transplant from Boston. Joe and I connected over Twitter some time back and I couldn’t help but become friends with him, due to his extreme loves for Boston sports teams and music. Those common interests of ours made it easy…

  • Episode 024: Joe Bruzzese

    This is the 1st of 2 episodes with Joe Bruzzese, a SAHD who is a Northern California transplant from Boston. Joe and I connected over Twitter some time back and I couldn’t help but become friends with him, due to his extreme loves for Boston sports teams and music. Those common interests of ours made…

  • Episode 023: FITR w/ Kevin Browning

    This is the 2nd episode with Kevin Browning, aka KB, the manager of the band Umphrey’s McGee. In our 1st episode, we really dug deep into some parenting philosophies and uncovered the background on Kevin’s upbringing to piece together some of what has helped build him into the Dad he is today. Kevin successfully balances…

  • Episode 022: Kevin Browning

    This is the 1st of 2 episodes with Kevin Browning, aka KB, the manager of the band Umphrey’s McGee. Kevin has always really been someone I’ve wanted to be able to have a lengthy conversation with, as I’m always so impressed with the way he has been able to balance a very busy work life…

  • Episode 021: Giving Thanks

    Episode 021: Giving Thanks Here’s a little brief episode I created this week. With Thanksgiving coming on Thursday and my birthday happening the following day, it felt like it was time to finally sit down and get some things recorded that have been weighing on my heart for a while now. 2016 has been a…

  • Episode 020: FITR w/ Ross Newhan

    In this second episode with Ross Newhan, we focus almost entirely on what he spent his life and career covering as a renowned writer: baseball. Again, for those of you who didn’t catch this from his 1st epsiode, Ross covered the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Angels starting in the early 60’s until he retired…

  • Episode 019: Ross Newhan

    Ross Newhan The 1st of 2 episodes with Ross Newhan, we get to take a very introspective look at the life of one of Major League Baseball’s best beat writers. For those of you who are not familiar with Ross and his work, here’s a little of what you’ll be able to hear during these…

  • Episode 018: FITR w/ Ryan Stasik

    In this second episode with Ryan Stasik (bassist for the band Umphrey’s McGee), we tap into a lot of things left untapped from our 1st episode. We start off with his time in school at Notre Dame, his hard work at school, if nothing else, to put together a band. We spent a good deal…

  • Episode 017: Ryan Stasik

    At long last, the 1st episode with Ryan Stasik has arrived. Ryan is the bassist for the band Umphrey’s McGee, a band I have been listening to since some time in 2001. I don’t think my friendship with Ryan depends on the fact that I was able to meet him and other band members back…

  • Episode 016: FITR w/ Bob Ruff

    In this second episode with Bob Ruff, we delve into a little bit of why either of us does this: podcasting. If you want to remind yourself what exactly one of the “Fork in the Road” episodes mean, click here. Bob and I discuss how we both took a very keen interest in the 1st…

  • Episode 015: Bob Ruff

    This episode with Bob was very exciting for me to record. If you don’t already know the name Bob Ruff, I give a sizable introduction to him at the beginning of this episode. Nutshell: Bob has two podcasts of his own, one that is much more popular and familiar, known as “Truth & Justice”, that…

  • Episode 014: FITR w/ Austin Eich

    In this episode, Austin and I discuss the most obvious common subject between us. Which, you’ll hear right off the bat, was not actually the sport of Jai Alai. No, it’s the Boston Red Sox. We talk about how both of us came to be fans of this Boston team, even though neither of us…

  • Episode 013: Austin Eich

    This episode with Austin is unique for a number of reasons. First: Austin and I know each other through Twitter. Second: Austin is my first SAHD as a guest. Third: This was my first foray into recording remotely. All of that worked out to make a pretty fun episode, that brings out a very interesting…

  • Episode 012: FITR w/ Jason Green

    In this episode, which I joked should be subtitled: “The Episode Where Jason Tries to Talk Me Into Being a Lakers Fan”, you can guess what some of the episode is about. We talk a lot of NBA, including the time I was actually a huge basketball fan back in the 80’s. We touch a…

  • Episode 011: Joe

    Joe has been a good friend of my family for close to 2 years now. He is the first single Dad to be a guest on the show, and does a good job of bringing that approach to the conversation. Joe has very strong family ideals and that can be attributed to his strong relationship…

  • Episode 010: FITR w/ Jose Rosado

    If the normal episode with Jose and I was considered late at night, this second section was definitely into the wee hours. For our Fork in the Road, we just kept right on talking in that small hotel room in Santa Monica. We talked a little about podcasts, photography and writing. Our road got even more…

  • Episode 009: Jason Green

    Jason is another longtime friend of mine that brings something very different and interesting to the podcast. Of course, you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what that is. Actually, his tales of interest are on both sides of “fatherhood” for him: with his own Dad(s) as well as his being a…

  • Episode 008: Father’s Day 2016

    This is a quick little episode to celebrate Father’s Day; my 26th Father’s Day without my Dad around for me to call, text or to give a cheesy or homemade gift to. The 8th such holiday that I am being heralded as a Dad. That’s pretty cool for someone who never imagined even being able…

  • Episode 007: Jose Rosado

    This was a long and winding road to this podcast recording happening. Oh, did I just put that Beatles song in your head? You’re welcome. Jose (which you will see all of his links at the bottom of this post) and I have known each other for quite a few years now, and knew of…

  • Episode 006: FITR w/ Ryan Pierron

    So this is the Fork In The Road episode that Ryan was trying to force us to segue into more than once from our normal episode. Not that we didn’t enjoy talking about being Dads, but we had not even talked about the (at the time) brand new trailer release for Star Wars: Rogue One at…

  • Episode 005: Ryan Pierron

    So, I finally got to sit down and record with Ryan. Ryan is the Dad I was supposed to be recording with the night that I recorded Episode 001 (there’s a little more on that inside that episode, so feel free to go back and give it a listen, if you haven’t already). I missed…

  • Episode 004: FITR w/ Michael Colleary

    Welcome to my first Fork In The Road episode. This came just at the tail end of my previous episode with screenwriter/producer Michael Colleary. Michael and I share an affinity for cinema (that’s even more fancy than saying “films”, right? Well, we are that fancy about it!), so I figured we would have a second episode just…

  • Episode 003: Michael Colleary

    For this episode, the entire family went up to the Los Angeles area, to a place we’ve been many times before: my wife’s cousin’s house. We all love spending time up there and I’m usually more busy hovering over the kids than getting to spend as much time as I’d like just sitting and talking…

  • Episode 002: Kenn

    If you listened to Episode 001, you know that my first episode was supposed to be part one of a two-part episode with a friend who was on the brink of becoming a Dad. Well this is the other two-parter that I arranged, with a different friend of mine, Kenn. Kenn and I go way…

  • Episode 001: Podcast Introduction

    I’m assuming you already did the sound of a drumroll in your head. If you didn’t…just take a moment…maybe even close your eyes…imagine a bottle of champagne being broken against the hull of a new ship…the cutting of a red ribbon by a large, older man with a sash on that says MAYOR (and, yes… if…