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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Nightlife, BeatTeks, and the music scene with DJ Hersh

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Nightlife, BeatTeks, and the music scene with DJ Hersh
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Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, the senior marketing consultant at local radio stations Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in during each hour-long episode and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.

After the live webcast, the show is available the following Friday as an audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, while the video version can be seen on Facebook and YouTube.

In Episode 15, Rich and Brittany are both out of town this week, leaving Johnny in charge to talk to his longtime friend Frank Hershberger, better known as DJ Hersh, who was named DJ/Electronic Act of the Year in the 2014 Steamtown Music Awards.

After thumb wrestling to determine who will have to drink a Zima after the awful ‘90s malt beverage recently made a return to shelves, the Wilkes-Barre disc jockey discusses how he got started at the age of 21 and why he keeps doing it at 35, founding BeatTeks with fellow DJs, what makes a good DJ, his experiences in the local nightlife and music scenes and how they’ve changed over the years, his relationships with local musicians, what people want to hear in different cities and venues, learning to love DJing weddings, why he lives and works in NEPA, what it was like opening for the Wu-Tang Clan at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, co-organizing the former MayDay Music Festival in Wilkes-Barre, his upcoming IndepenDANCE event on Saturday, July 8 and the annual BeatTeks BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 5 at River Grille in Plains, and more. We also answer some questions and comments from live viewers.

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The views and opinions expressed during this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the hosts, NEPA Scene, Coal Creative, or our sponsors.