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Italian Impact Weekly is a local radio show in the Pittsburgh area which streams live on a weekly basis. Claudio Reilsono and Steve Mancini have a great variety of guests. The show has a lot of impactful stories, with a very uplifting atmosphere. As they say, it is informative and entertaining at the same time!
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This week we interview Dr. Alan Perry a professor of Italian Studies at Gettysburg College. This interview provides a fascinating look into why we continue to celebrate our Italian heritage. We also discuss various facets regarding the Italian Prisoners of War who were kept here in the US. This is a very insightful and enjoyable interview that you …
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In this weeks episode we discuss the upcoming documentary - Fedeltà. A very inspiring look at the experience of Italian Prisoners of War who came to America as "prisoners" but left as soldiers! It has an expected release date of early July 2024: Catch the trailer and feel free to support this wonderful documentary: https://www.gofundme.com/f/docume…
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This week we interview Pat Pecora. With strong roots garnered through his Italian family traditions, Pat takes this approach to his players. As a result, he has been very successful. In fact, he is nine halls of fame: Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame-East Boro Chapter (1994), Cambria County Sports (1998) West Liberty State (W.Va.) College Halls of …
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This week we interview Bruce Wawrzyniak. Bruce is the host and creator of Catholic Sports Radio. He was born and baptized Catholic, has spent the majority of his professional career working in sports, and is a veteran broadcaster and podcaster. In fact, Bruce worked for ten seasons for a National Hockey League team doing public relations, the last …
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In this week's episode, we interview Jack Teitz, the President of the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Jack is a former Big-10 referee with a lot of interesting stories, as well as being the President, Jack provides a lot of entertainment in this episode. As was mentioned in the show, if you are interested in learning more a…
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This week we interview Anna Harsh. Anna is an expert on traditional Italian folk dances, among other dance styles. As she states, "I am a dancer, writer and a creative soul." In this interview we talk about how she travels throughout Italy to learn various dance styles and then shares this knowledge through classes, her books, and instruction. This…
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AJ is back with his latest song, "Lucky Loser". One we think is heading to the charts...check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOrO8ac1ZisAnd, And, as usual, this is a wonderful interview with a true up and coming star who is passionate about both his faith and his Italian culture. Enjoy the interview, then go enjoy the song!…
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John took over Quaker Valley basketball in 1987. However, he was more than just a coach. He was a mentor and leader with a real goal of making better people, not just better basketball players. John shares his winning strategy and some great insight into how to lead. He shares memorable experiences about his Italian heritage as well as his coaching…
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Coach DiDonato is the head football coach for Grove City College. He is very passionate about Italian culture, his faith, and his family. He is also a very powerful motivational speaker. In this interview, Andrew gives the listeners a real perspective on how to stay grounded regardless of the circumstances. Andrew is a true winner, not just on the …
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Nick Redondo is the owner of Friendship Perk and Brew. A local Pittsburgh guy and veteran, Nick is bringing back the small business/community appeal via his family-friendly business. This is a great interview which can hopefully inspire others to start thinking in a new light about the kind of businesses we want to see more of. For more information…
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John Perrotto is a journalist who has written for The Beaver County Times, the Baseball Prospectus, DKPittsburghsports.com, and the Basketball Prospectus. He is a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and a voter in the Baseball Hall of Fame election. Karen Ionta is the school president for Kennedy Catholic Schools. In this intervi…
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In this week's episode we interview two very special guests: Dorina Lantella and Bill Ronayne. Dorina is a Wife of 1, Mamma of 6 (5 boys and 1 girl!) Chef, Soccer Coach/Trainer, Artist, Lover of all things Italian especially Roseto, the best place in the world and a good cappuccino with friends! She also teaches authentic Italian cooking and offers…
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This week we have the please to interview Pat Benincasa. Pat is a first-generation Italian American woman, visual artist, art educator and podcaster. She has received national and international recognition for her work and been awarded National Percent for Art, and General Services Administration (GSA) Art In Architecture commissions. Her selected …
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This week we interview Bob Sorrentino. Bob began researching his family roots in 2008 beginning with his great-grandfather’s calling card brought from Italy by his paternal grandmother Maria Luigia Piromallo. In 2018, he decided to share his experiences in a blog and in 2020 created his podcast Italian Roots and Genealogy. Bob firmly believes that …
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In this week's episode, we brought in a very successful author and speaker who has spent over 25 years working with different entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives - Jeff Getty. His most recent book, "The Descent is the Real Climb" is a #1 international best seller. This interview presents a lot of very valuable information and hopefully, …
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This week we interview the GREAT Michael Cavalieri! Michael is an Actor and Writer/Director originally from New York. Michael made his Acting Debut starring opposite Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank in Columbia Pictures, “The Next Karate Kid.” Since that debut, he has had supporting roles in numerous features including acclaimed Director Walter Hi…
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In this week's episode, we interview the great Papamutes! Papamutes is from the Pittsburgh area and has a wonderful podcast where he has interviewed some fantastic guests. We spend an hour with Papamutes discussing everything from Pittsburgh's little Italy to his start in podcasting. Again, it's a truly entertaining episode we know you will enjoy.…
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This week we interview the award-winning author, Karen Haid. (https://karenhaid.com/) Karen Haid is the award-winning author of Calabria: The Other Italy and continues her exploration of the bel paese with her latest book Basilicata: Authentic Italy. A fluent Italian speaker, she has spent many years in Southern Italy getting to know the people, th…
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Hershey may be known for chocolate but it is also has a very proud Italian heritage which helped enable the success of the area. For this week's episode, we interviewed a great historian who is very passionate about educating people with respect to the Italian contributions to 'Hershey PA'. If you would like to learn more, Lou can be reached at: lp…
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In this week's episode, we interview well-renowned author, Peter Belmonte. Pete retired from the US Air Force after having served for twenty years, first as an enlisted man and then as an officer. He is also a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Pete has written numerous historical books about Italian-Americans and their service such as Italian-Amer…
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This week we interview Amani D'Ambrosio. Amani is an up and coming golfer who has set a goal for himself to become a Major champion! He is well on his way as a successful golfer with Barry University. In this interview, we talk with Amani and learn about his approach but more importantly, what drives him.…
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This week we interview the great Vince Papale. It was 1976 when this 30 year old, a teacher and coach at his HS Alma mater, part-time bartender and die hard Eagles fan decided to act on a whim and a dare and entered the unprecedented public tryouts for his beloved Eagles. He played 3 seasons with his beloved Philadelphia Eagles. In 2006 Walt Disney…
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In this week's episode, we interview 2 great entertainers. Howard Mincone is a comedian, juggler, quick-witted emcee, and much more. Hank Edwardo is without a doubt one of the best accordionists in the area. These 2 were absolutely wonderful to speak with and we know you will have a great time listening to this week's show! So, sit back and be ente…
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In this week's episode, we interview the great Chris Corchiani. Chris was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 9th pick of the 2nd round (36th overall) in the 1991 NBA draft and was the first NCAA Division I player to record 1,000 assists in a career. He went on to play in the NBA as well as in Europe. However, it's what he did after his playing …
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This week's episode features Vince "the artist" Ornato from Pittsburgh. Vince is a local Pittsburgh artist but studied and painted in many areas under the tutelage of several greats. He also further honed his skills painting caricatures in Italy. He has created some local masterpieces but more importantly, he has a life story that is its own master…
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This week Claudio interviews two fantastic guests: Horatio ‘Hersh’ Petrocelly, owner and operator of the Olive Tap Pittsburgh Franchise. A great interview that is more than just olive oil! Hersh has some great stories and memories that we know you will enjoy. The second guest is Melissa Marinaro, the curator of the Italian American Collection at th…
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This week's episode is a very entertaining talk with motivational speaker and successful real estate investor, DJ Thielen. DJ is a former pro baseball player who has seen life's highs and lows up close and personal. In this episode, DJ talks about his Italian roots as well as providing his philosophy on how one can stay positive and upbeat no matte…
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This week we interview Patrick Campesi, an up and coming leader in the Italian-American community. However, Patrick isn't located in your traditional areas known for having large numbers of Italian immigrants. In fact, we learned just how deep those roots in the American south grow. Also, Patrick is not only involved with local Italian-American org…
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This week we interview award winning producer/director Michael Angelo DiLauro. He served as Director of the Academic Media Center and Associate Professor of Media Arts (2006-2018) and retired with Emeritus status at Robert Morris University. His feature documentary film, “Prisoners Among Us: Italian American Identity and WWII”, was awarded the Gran…
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This week we interview Frank Di Piero who was born in Chicago and is of 100% Italian origin. Frank is also the host of the wonderfully successful podcast "Keepin’ It Real with Frankie D". This episode provides some great insight into how we can maintain the Italian culture when we are so far removed from our immigrant ancestors.…
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This week we have 2 great guests! Armand Buzzelli, author of "Rosie's Red Sauce" and Director of Campus Recreation at Robert Morris University and Rocky Romano, a member of the Board of Directors for the "West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival". This festival can draw as many as 100,000 people. A lot of good conversation and you will be surprised …
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This week, Claudio and Steve interview the great Wayde Marsico. Wayde is the CEO of Marsico Sports Group and Mr. PA Football. Per their website, In 2008, they hosted their first football combine, in 2010, they started the Mr. PA Football program, in 2013, they started the Mr. and Miss PA Basketball program, and in 2018, they started their first 7 o…
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This week's guest is David Finoli. David was named the 2018 Pittsburgh Magazine's Best of the 'Burg Local Author of the Year and has written or contributed to 33 books. This is a great interview which dives into everything about how eBooks have change publishing to David's approach to successful writing. A truly entertaining and informative discuss…
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Claudio and Steve interview Anthony and Nicole Vigilante (successful business owners and proud residents of New Kensington, PA). Anthony and Nicole are very passionate about their community and show the importance of investing in smaller communities that are struggling. The result of their efforts, a more vibrant and enjoyable place to live for all…
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Ok, time to bring on the kids and see what they think of this whole Italian culture thing. This is a fun interview with Leandra Mancini, Ida Reilsono, and Salvatore Merante. Listen as they show how young folks are indeed interested in their roots and keeping traditions alive. You'll definitely enjoy this one!…
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This week we interview the great Joe DeGuardia (Founder of The Law Offices of Joseph M. DeGuardia and Star Boxing). Joe is a former boxer turned lawyer turned promoter...listen to this interview which truly inspires you to keep going. Never quit. This is a very inspirational interview and Joe brings a lot of hard life lessons.…
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This week Claudio and Steve interview Julia Streisfeld Kennedy (Director of Scholarships, Grants and Youth Engagement at the National Italian American Foundation). There is a lot of good information in the episode, especially for university students looking for much needed money for school or even opportunities to study/travel abroad!…
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This week we interview Pete Ferraro (Ten-time Emmy award-winning Writer/Producer/Director). Pete's documentary "Il Messaggero" is a powerful message about the bond of family. Listening to those voices of various family members from 60 years ago easily takes us all back in time. This is an excellent interview.…
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