The 495 Podcast

Mike and Nick sit with people from around Long Island and find what makes em tick

Apt.84 is a 2001 school bus turned into a beach house on wheels.

For the uninitiated, when a school bus is converted into a tiny home it is known as a Skoolie.

It took over six months for the Lindenhurst team, consisting of builder Jose Rivera and designer Catherine Ovejas, to finish the transformation. 

Listen to all the fun and creative things they are doing with their home on wheels on Long Island. 

Lifelong Bellport resident Jordan Gowins is laser-focused on making it to the NFL. After a successful career at Stony Brook University, the 6-0, 240 running back has trained non-stop for his NFL Pro Day. In this episode, Gowins talks about his football journey, what it was like living in a low-income community, and how he wants to inspire and help the next generation of Bellporters. 



With the help of his dad, Bellport's Alex Vargas went from boxing at 7 years old to sporting a perfect 3-0 professional record. Both Alex and his father Mike joined The 495 to talk about Alex's journey, as well as the boxing program they host in Patchogue at Finest Fitness. 


Sayville resident Keenan Boyle is best known as Tall Mutha Shucka. The 6-foot-7 oyster farmer talks about Blue Point oysters, his band Soundswell, and his time as a Naked Cowboy in Times Square. 



Learn all about Greater Long Island Media Group's newest site,, and its executive editors, husband and wife team Carl and Angela Corry. 


This show features Andrew Preston, founder of Local to Locals, and Joe Abruzzo of W A Meadwerks.

Local to Locals is a new certification company that tells consumers which businesses are locally owned and operated. Among the brand's participants is Abruzzo, who founded his meadery in Lindenhurst earlier this year.

"When your support this logo, or supporting the places or products, you can be confident the money you are spending is staying at home in the community," said Preston during the podcast.


There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding, especially on Long Island.

To make things easier, The495 invited longtime vendors DJ Phil Vollaro from After Hours Entertainment, Benny Migliorino of Benny Migs Photo, and Dusti Napolitano of Fire Monkey Hair Design to talk about the experience.

These pros, who have decades of experience combined between them, tell the do's and don'ts of what to do while booking their big day-- they also share some of their funniest moments on the job. 


We visit the newly opened Restoration Kitchen and Cocktails, where hosts Mike White and Nick Esposito learn more about the ongoing revitalization of downtown Lindenhurst.

The show’s two special guests included the not-for-profit restaurant’s owner, Billy Miller, and village Trustee RJ Renna, who’s also a Lindenhurst chamber vice president and Business Improvement District board member.

The495 Podcast hit the road for Episode 16, where hosts Mike White and Nick Esposito chatted with Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling, formerly the head writer of The Howard Stern Show. Martling, who still performs standup across the island and beyond, has been doing comedy since the 1970s, and is a life-long Long Islander now living in Bayville. He recently published biographical accounts of his life in the book The Joke Man: Bow to Stern. Nick and Mike sat with Martling in his kitchen, where they talked Stern, the history of jokes and what makes Long Islanders funnier than everyone else.

Phil Vollaro is the owner of After Hours Entertainment, a Long Island-based DJ company that performs at 500 weddings a year.

In this hilarious conversation, Vollaro–who has owned his company since 1996– shares with Mike and Nick his hilarious stories of what he has seen on the job.

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