Idiotville: Erie, PA’s Favorite Podcast

Idiotville: Erie, PA’s Favorite Podcast

Welcome to Idiotville - Erie, PA’s Liberal Conscience: We want you to be better, Erie. But you just keep screwing it up. Every time someone opens their mouth with a good idea, someone has to have a reason why not. That reason usually isn’t very well thought out, it usually involves thinly (or not so thinly) veiled racism. This town can move forward, but until we confront the demons that lurk here, we aren’t going anywhere. If you don’t like what we’ve got to say, come at us with a good take. Think it all the way out. Our podcast is here to take political discourse in this city in a completely different direction.The Idiotville Crew is Brent N Liberty, Jake News, Dill Spears, Marty Balawkay and very occasionally, Ted Brogan & Mrs Spears.


November 21, 2021 58 min


Brent, Ted, and Anna are joined by Ben Speggen from the Erie Reader (Dill had to take the week off due to a dental emergency)

Ben joins us to talk on a myriad of subjects, after quietly waiting for ages for an invite from the crew!

Ben is the vice-president of the Jefferson Education Society – he discusses what JES does.

Ben talks about where he’s from, where he grew up, and how he got to Erie, and how he came to be the edit...

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Dill, Anna, and Brent are joined by the host of “A VGM Journey” – Alex Messenger!

Alex talks about his show, which is all about Video Game Music!

How do soundtracks influence your mood when you’re enjoying media? Does it enhance your enjoyment?

We talk branding, as well as good vs bad music and how that can affect your experience.

What’s your favorite licensed game? There’s some good choices here! This leads to a long tangent about the...

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November 7, 2021 67 min

This week: It’s a full house, as Dill, Brent, Anna, and Jake are engaging in some serious shenanigans!

We’re joined by Marty and Margo!

Here’s a little Election Fallout: will Jake push through legal copper theft during his first term?

Which exactly are the anchor stores in the plaza at 26th and Sterrittania? We talk about moments when we did something that was, on the face of it, a kind gesture, but we did them mostly because we were ...

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This week: It’s a full house, as Dill, Brent, Anna, and Ted sit down with outgoing Wesleyville Mayor Paul Bills and Democratic Candidate for Wesleyville Borough Council, our very own Jake Wilder. is for sale, and it’s $10k if you’re Brenton Davis, significantly less if you’re everyone else!

The best news is first: Paul had a clean bill of health when he had his most recent check-up, meaning he’s clear from the ane...

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This week: Dill, Brent, and Jake are joined in the studio by Erie’s REAL working man (he bought the web domain, that’s proof enough) Jay Breneman!

You may be saying to yourself, “The real working man? I thought decorated veteran and owner of the only pair of work boots Brent Davis held that title!”

Well, like everything else Brenton talks about, there’s a tiny grain of truth surrounded by an ocean of deception and an avalanche of lie...

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This Week's Idiots: Dill, Brent, Anna, and Ted Brogan

Ted Hallowell joins the crew at CAM Studios on this week’s delayed episode to talk about the end of his time here in Erie!

That’s right, folks, Ted Hallowell is headed to College Station, TX!

He talks to us about the end of his time at Star 104 and iHeart.

We get into some weird Western PA wedding talk: Cookie tables, donuts instead of cake, terrible towels and entrance music!


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It's Politics Month!

We kick off with a bang!  Dill, Brent, Anna, and Ted get to sit down with Dr. Tyler Titus, President of the Erie School Board and Democratic Candidate for Erie County Executive!

Brent makes his return from yet another vacation just in time for #IowaVsPennSt week – and we all know how that wound up going!

Before we get into the interview, a subject that’s been weighing heavily on Ted Brogan: The Tic Tac Toe pla...

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Dill Spears and Anna Hartvigson are in the studio, with Marty Balawkay joining remotely!

Marty updates us on Charleston in Charge and all things South Carolina: he had a visit from CAM’s Jake Bartko and has several interviews lined up over the next few weeks. 

Check out Marty's Show on all your favorite podcast platforms!

In other news: Waterford farmer calls his loss in court to the EPA over the consent decree that he signed in 1...

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Dill Spears, Anna Hartvigson, and Jake News are in the Studio!

The Art Program Director of the Erie Center for Arts & Technology, Jude Shingle is our in-studio guest!

What is ECAT? Where is it? When do they open?

Jude tells us about his personal history: Moving to Erie with Americorps, The Erie Art Museum, teaching Film and Animation, Box of Light, and the Public Library's Idea Lab!

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Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, and our Manchurian Candidate, Jake News are the crew this week!

This week!

We’re joined by Brent’s cousin Jessica Steinberg, who’s starting her own podcast, the aptly named “Jessica Show” – A lifestyle show concentrating on astrology, witchcraft, and healthy living.

Before we dive into that, we talk about our second-favorite subject, roundabouts! It’s Facebook trolling time!

We also do some discussion about ...

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It’s Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, and Anna Hartvigson!

We’re joined by our favorite guest, Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, Jim Wertz!

Immediately, he clears up a non-issue, as Dr. Tyler Titus is, in fact, a doctor, regardless of what local Republican trolls might tell you. 

He has an important message as well: If you’re a “Democrat” who supports Republican Candidates because you drink with them, go ahead and change your...

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It’s Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, and Anna Hartvigson!

We’re joined by local entrepreneur, podcast host, and owner of (among other things) Gisele Littrell!

This show is an absolute whirlwind! Gisele brings the level to about a 13! She’s got such a story!

She’s the owner of Tipsy Bean (2425 Peach St, Erie), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Gisele was featured on the second season of Undercover Billionaire: Comeback City! She’s ...

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August 30, 2021 70 min

It’s Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Jake News!

We’re joined by the host of Buddycast, Nick Sorensen!

Before the interview, Brent tells us how he tapped the Rockies, and Dill talks about his adventures in the dirty South!

Nick goes into great detail about how Buddycast came to be, his favorite guests, what Buddyaid is and how it could be making a triumphant return this fall. He also tells us about his advocacy for D...

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It’s Dill Spears, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan!

We’re joined this week by Rebecca Styn and Rob Mahrt from Blind Tiger Spirit-Free Cocktails and Room 33 Speakeasy!

Why a speakeasy? We touch on all sorts of great topics: Rob’s obsession with first-edition books, how did Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown effect their business? What pivots did they make? What was Rebecca’s process and inspiration for creating the spirit-free line of d...

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It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan!

Erie's own Wonder Woman, Kristy Gnibus, makes her return to Idiotville!

So, Brent got called for Jury duty. This has ruined his whole day. 

We soldier through, and talk Erie Gives Day! It was a huge day for area non-profits:

  • We get into number of donors Vs. amount of money donated
  • Why is that one church always near the top of the money list?
  • Kristy talks HER non-profit...
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    It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan!

    Ted had some adventures with his wife in Buffalo last week, and we segue this into a discussion about which city has the best and worst nightlife, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, or Buffalo? 

    Is Gentrification happening if you’re replacing blight with greenspace? Asking for a friend. 

    Our interview this week is with the creator of the “For Comic Junkies” Podcast, JJ Hodges!

    JJ gi...

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    August 1, 2021 61 min

    It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan!

    We don’t have a guest this week, so we talk about a myriad of topics:

    Brent and Dill talk of their mental health issues as kids, which does segue into some serious talk about something at the forefront of the national dialogue, Simone Biles withdrawing from competition at the Olympics and the various hot-takes around that.?

    Could Dill and Brent succeed as Outlaw Country...

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    It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, and the newest member of the team, Anna Hartvigson!

    Welcome to Anna, as she officially joins the crew! We can’t wait to see what her viewpoint brings to the show…

    Owner and Founder of Revox Social, Chris Norris is our guest this week. Chris talks all about his history, from his start as a star baseball player in high school, to his work in Minor League Baseball, both in North Carolina, then after a mo...

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    It’s Dill, Brent, & Ryan!

    Our studio guest is the coordinator of the Erie Free Store, Breanna Adams!

    Ascend Climbing is coming to Erie, thanks to the efforts of the EDDC!?

    The "Forensic Audit" is a fiasco. Imagine.?

    Dill has a great story about “Psycho Santa” from his days working at a truck stop when he was 20.

    Our guest, Breanna Adams, talks all about the Erie Free Store and how it came to be!

    They’re located on 2816 Elmwoo...

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    It’s Dill Spears, Ryan Seabreast, Ted Brogan, and Joe Brogan this week!

    How’d we all spend our 4th of July? Joe and Ted spent theirs making sure that there were no serious injuries on trampolines! Dill, well, he spent his watching fireworks like a real American should!

    What’s happening in Erie? There were a lot of things going on this week, post-4th, and we hope you sought them out, including the Food Truck Fest in Lawrence Park!


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