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The495 Podcast

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

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.

 

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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. 

 
 
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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.

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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.

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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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Mike and Nick speak with West Islip native and on-the-rise entrepreneur Rob Cutrone. The 26-year-old tells his journey of selling baseball cards as a kid to now owning his own companies, Press Play Events & Entertainment, and the new Patchogue Bean. 

One of his biggest advice he gives people seeking to get the edge: Stop waiting, start yesterday. 

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Centereach's Nicole Keller talks about the Long Island Safer Bars Initiative that she heads in Patchogue Village. She goes over how to identify potentially dangerous situations while being out and about, for both males and females. Keller also dives into the impact of social media on children, when to have "the talk", and how "stranger danger" should be less emphasized compared to other more common and everyday threats. 

 

 

 

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Long Islander Christian Guardino tells Mike White and Nick Esposito about his journey from singing at Patchogue Theatre to performing in front of millions on America’s Got Talent.

During the interview, the golden buzzer winner is joined by his mother, Beth Guardino, where they open up and talk about a genetic condition that impairs Christian’s ability to see — and the groundbreaking treatment that saved him from blindness.

The 18-year-old also talks about his first new single “Missing Part of Me” and why he decided to donate all the proceeds to a nonprofit called the Vision of Children Foundation.  Click above to listen.

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In The495's longest episode ever, WFAN morning show host and Bellport native Gregg Giannotti stops by GreaterLongIsland studios to have an hilarious conversation about Long Island, his recent professional feud, and impersonations, all while making fun of hosts Mike and Nick.

 

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The Greater Long Island team relaunches its 495 Podcast. In this episode, get to know your new co-hosts Michael White and Nicholas Esposito. The goal of the show is to entertain and showcase interesting people from across the island.

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