This week, as we observe Pride Month here in June, Amy & Joe talk with longtime Asbury Park luminaries with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Our guests are former Asbury Park city clerk Kiki Tomek and Jimmy Bruno– former Deputy Mayor of Asbury Park, former Board of Education President and Vice President, longtime Little League president and coach, and retired Asbury Park Firefighter. The duo became unlikely icons of LGBTQ history when they licensed and performed the first (and at the time still illegal) gay marriage in the state of New Jersey on March 8, 2004 and expedited the state’s march to marriage equality.
Asbury Pod #1: Laura Pople
Jun 7, 2019 • 41:44
Amy Quinn speaks with Asbury Park Pride Founder Laura Pople
Asbury Pod #2: Carol Torre
Jun 19, 2019 • 56:14
Amy & Joe talk with Carol Torre about what it was like to be a member of the Asbury Park LGBTQIA+ community in Asbury Park back in the 70s through the 90s. And what’s her take on assless chaps???
Asbury Pod #3: Mike Manzella
Jul 8, 2019 • 1:09:46
Amy Quinn and Joe Walsh speak with Asbury Park Transportation Director Michael Manzella.
Asbury Pod #4: Diana Pittet
Jul 22, 2019 • 58:23
Amy & Joe talk all things mobility, biking, & scooters but mostly cocktails with Renaissance woman Diana Pittet. Also introducing Ed! He doesn’t speak because we don’t have enough mics, but hey Ed, welcome to the team!
Asbury Pod 5: Jen Hampton
Aug 26, 2019 • 44:38
Amy & Joe talk art, the Wooden Walls project, old time Asbury, and interfacing with beaurocracy and trolls with artist, curator, and visionary Jen Hampton. Ed was there too.
Asbury Pod 6: Chrissy Ballard
Sep 12, 2019 • 49:37
Amy & Joe talk all things engineering & infrastructure with NJ Biz top “40 under 40” phenom Christine Ballard. First question, “What is engineering?” Chrissy talks about her first love, water treatment; her second love, Peppa Pig; & how municipal engineering has changed in the last 20 years.
Asbury Pod 7: Michelle Gladden
Sep 27, 2019 • 48:35
In episode 7 (which we call episode 8 because yes, there’s a lost episode out there), Amy & Joe talk to Asbury Park’s number one bon vivant Michelle Gladden. Michelle pontificates about Asbury Park’s history, her own history, and the fourth estate.
Asbury Pod 8: Kevin Keddy
Oct 28, 2019 •
In episode 8, Amy & Joe talk to Asbury Park’s Fire Chief Kevin Keddy. Kevin talks about being a fireman, worst and best moments of his career, and what he worries about the most that the average person never thinks about.
Asbury Pod 9: Dan Jacobson
Nov 11, 2019 • 54:29
In episode 9, Amy & Joe talk to TriCity News‘s Dan Jacobson. Dan talks about his love of Asbury Park, avoiding Amy in 2013, and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.
Asbury Pod 10: Connie Breech
Nov 27, 2019 • 44:56
In episode 10, Amy & Joe talk to Connie about that cop life, the Asbury Park Toy Drive, and assless chaps.