Matt’s Mishmash Podcast

The official podcast for author Matthew John Benecke. As a general interest production, the podcast will cover a broad range of topics, including: writing, music, photography, parenting, beer, whiskey, sports, coaching, and more! Follow me on social media and check out my writing here:

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Monday Jul 08, 2024

In Episode 034 of the Mishmash Podcast, I had a great discussion with Massage Therapist, Danielle DiGiallonardo. Massage Therapy is one of my very few go-to relaxation outlets, and it's something I've always been interested in learning more about. Danielle's thirty-plus years in the industry offered me a wealth of information to draw from in what was an entertaining and educative conversation.Danielle was kind enough to share her insights about the benefits and challenges of working as a Massage Therapist, what she looks to offer in terms of the ideal massage experience, and, most fun of all, some stories about her time working for one of the world's premiere cruise ship agencies.Full 4k video interview available here: be sure to click like on the video and subscribe to the channel for more great discussions like this!And feel free to follow me on social media: #Podcasting #PodcastersOfInstagram #PodcastersOfYouTube #PodcastersOfFacebook #Massage #MassageTherapy #MassageTherapist #Spa #Relaxation #SelfCare #SpaDay #MeTime

Tuesday Jul 02, 2024

In Episode 033 of the Mishmash Podcast, I caught up with an old friend and OG YouTuber,  @EddieGoing . Eddie is one of my favorite people from Baruch College, and it was great both to reflect upon our college days, and to catch up on a lot that has happened in the decade and a half since.
Eddie's charisma and personality are unmatched, and so it came as no surprise to hear about his success as one of the earliest YouTube sensations, his involvement in film and television, and, best of all, his role as a master prankster. Our conversation was an absolute blast to be a part of, and, I hope, will be as entertaining a watch or listen for anyone who checks it out.
The full video interview can be seen here on YouTube:
Full audio is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, and more!
Give Eddie a follow on YouTube, Instagram, and his other socials, and please be sure to click like on this video and subscribe to the channel for more content!
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Friday Jun 21, 2024

In Episode 032 of the Mishmash Podcast, I got to sit down with Food Fuels Growth Nutrition Coach, Dani Cherrick, to discuss our time working together as coach and client last summer. Thanks to Dani's incredible coaching, I was able to lose more than 20 pounds in eight weeks as a Food Fuels Growth client, and then went on to lose an additional 20 pounds on my own thanks to the knowledge that I gained from working with her.Besides my personal transformation, we also discussed some of the common challenges that folks face when they are attempting to effect similar changes on both the nutrition and fitness fronts. As part of my recent mini-series on parenting and the experiences of Girl Dads, I also had the fun and good fortune of getting to talk to Dani about the topic, albeit from the other side of the equation. The final part of our discussion centered upon her special relationship with her Dad, and how the foundations that he provided her--whether inspiring her love of music, or providing a parental pathway to follow--helped to shape the woman and mother that she is in adulthood.Full 4k video of our interview is available here: be sure to like the video and subscribe to the channel! And please give Dani's FFG Instagram page a follow as well @

Monday May 20, 2024

In Episode 031 of the Mishmash Podcast, I had one of my most important, impactful conversations yet with my friend, Mike McGowan. Mike is the Assistant Boys Varsity Coach at Matawan Regional High School, the owner and founder of NorthShore Hoops, a father of one with two more on the way, and he is a cancer survivor. Mike's story of how he was first diagnosed with and ultimately beat cancer is not just inspiration--it's life-altering. His perspective on life is something that I think everyone would benefit from hearing, and the way he approaches each day--as a father, a husband, a teacher, a coach, and just as a person--makes me appreciate all of the blessings in my own life, and challenges me to be better.We also discussed the joys of being fathers, and how our own upbringings influence the decisions that we make as parents. Lastly, we dove into basketball, including Mike's decision to begin his own amazing program to serve the local youth population in Matawan and other towns nearby. The full video interview can be viewed here: be sure to give the video a like and subscribe to the channel! Thanks for listening/watching! #Podcast #Podcasting #Podcaster #podcastersoffacebook #podcastersofinstagram #podcastersofyoutube #Basketball #HighSchoolBasketball #AAUBasketball #TravelBasketball #Coaching #Father #FatherSon #BoyDad #GirlDad #Cancer #CancerSurvivor #Inspirational #Motivational

Wednesday May 15, 2024

In Episode 030 of the Mishmash Podcast, I got to speak with my good friend, Russ Sommers. Russ is a father, a husband, and an outdoorsman, but, above all else, he is someone who sets an incredible example and who inspires me whenever we get to talk. During our discussion, we covered everything from the challenges of raising daughters in modern society, some of the keys to longstanding, successful marriages, and how to find the motivation to keep improving ourselves, despite the difficulty involved. I hope you enjoy our conversation, and, if you do, please consider liking the video and subscribing to both the YouTube channel and the podcast on your favorite streaming service!YouTube video is available here: #Podcasting #Parenting #podcastersofinstagram #podcastersoffacebook #Lifeadvice #Motivation #MotivationalSpeaking #motivationalvideos

Monday May 06, 2024

Episode 029 of the Mishmash Podcast is the first in a series focusing on parenting. Gender roles have shifted considerably since I was growing up in the '80s and '90s, as have modern parenting approaches. Having a daughter, in particular, has opened my eyes to the need for female representation in the workplace, as well as the importance of setting a solid example, as a father, at home.In Episode 029, I got to sit down with my good friend Jon Korellis to explore some of these topics. Jon is a phenomenal basketball coach and skills trainer, a talented special education teacher, an exceptional supervisor at a special needs school, and, most importantly, a Girl Dad of two. We hope you enjoy our discussion, and I look forward to sharing more on the topic in some upcoming interviews! Full 4k video of the interview is available here: #Podcasts #Podcasting #Podcasters #Podcastersofinstagram #Podcastersoffacebook #PodcastersofYoutube #Parenting #GirlDad #Stayathomeparent #Stayathomedad #stayathomemom #Workingmom #Workingdad #DaddyDaughter

Monday Apr 29, 2024

In Episode 028, I had the pleasure of sitting down with a phenomenal pair of guests--Bobby Smith, Owner and Founder of Reach Your Potential Training, and Dr. Sharon Wentworth, Owner and Founder of Elite Sports Physical Therapy. During our discussion, we explored the origins of both RYPT and Elite SPT, and how they were influenced by Bobby's and Dr. Sharon's professional and college athletic careers, how and why they both began training and rehabilitating young athletes, and some of the injury risks and challenges faced by young female athletes, in particular.As parents of young athletes, ourselves, we also delved into the current state of youth sports, focusing primarily on AAU basketball, specifically, and living a sports family lifestyle, in general.For more information about Reach Your Potential Training and Elite Sports Physical Therapy, please visit their respective websites here: and here: can watch the full video interview on YouTube here: be sure to like the video, subscribe to the channel, and give a follow to the podcast through your preferred streaming service!

Monday Apr 22, 2024

In Episode 027, my guest was Ricky Stephens, Colts Neck High School Head Freshman and Assistant Varsity Basketball coach, lead coach at Go Up Strong AAU, Certified Personal Trainer, and Speed and Conditioning Coach focusing on youth athletes. During our discussion, we explored Ricky's shift from the world of politics into both fitness and coaching, the challenges of working with young athletes, and the importance of both building foundational skills and forging higher levels of fitness in children. Ricky also shares some insight behind what motivates him to work relentlessly at improving his own conditioning, as well as what enables him to be such a positive, inspiring force for the young athletes that he works with. Be sure to give him a follow on Instagram, @ReezActive and @Coach.Stephens21 and don't forget to like and subscribe to the Mishmash Podcast on YouTube!

Thursday Dec 14, 2023

In Episode 026, I enjoyed a wide ranging conversation with a truly gifted writer, Catherine McCarthy. Cath and I discussed elements of the craft including the importance of drawing inspiration from firsthand experiences, the challenges and rewards of the querying process, and how a shared lifelong love of teaching and reading English has helped us both to become the writers that we are today.You can find Catherine on X/Twitter @SerialSemantic, and you can watch the full conversation on my YouTube channel here: be sure to like the video and subscribe to the channel! Thank you!

Thursday Nov 16, 2023

In Episode 025, I sat down with Jason Hoffman, master motivator and Managing partner/Chief Instructor at THE MAX Challenge of Edison to talk about fitness and nutrition. During our discussion, Jason provides some phenomenal advice on how people can make some simple changes that can drastically improve their nutritional health and overall wellbeing. He also offers some great tips for how to handle the potential challenges of eating right during the holidays.


Matt's Mishmash Podcast

Welcome to Matt's Mishmash Podcast!

This is the official podcast of author Matthew John Benecke, and it is an outlet for his many interests, including music, photography, sports, craft beer, parenting, coaching, and, of course, writing.

Each episode will feature a different topic and, when applicable, a guest cohost to explore them with.

So come join Matt on his podcasting journey where there's something for everyone!

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