Italian Impact Weekly Podcast

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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IIW - Episode 55 - AJ Raggs

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

AJ is back with his latest song, "Lucky Loser".  One we think is heading to the charts...check it out here:, 
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!

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

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 career.  John is a winner in every sense.

Thursday Mar 14, 2024

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 field, but in life!

Friday Mar 01, 2024

In this episode, we review our 1 year anniversary and make a special announcement for our loyal radio listeners...

Friday Feb 23, 2024

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, check out Nick's site:

Thursday Feb 15, 2024

In this week's episode, Steve and Claudio interview Pat Mendicino.  Pat is the owner of Mendicino Foods located in the heart of Pittsburgh, PA.  This interview presents a lot of fun topics but really, what is your favorite style sauce?  We know you're going to enjoy this week's episode!

Friday Feb 09, 2024

John Perrotto is a journalist who has written for The Beaver County Times, the Baseball Prospectus,, 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 interview, Karen provides wonderful insight into the power of Catholic education.  This is a don't miss interview to better understand what a Catholic education actually means.

Friday Feb 02, 2024

In this week's episode, we interview Michael Pizzuto.  Michael is an up and coming wine importer who specializes in various regional Italian wines.  In this episode we talk everything from these regional wines to cured meats.  As always, it is a fun and entertaining episode!

Friday Jan 26, 2024

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 custom tours to Italy.  For more information, check out her site: 
Our second guest was Bill Ronayne. Bill runs the Mario Lanza museum in Philadelphia.  For more information, check out the site here:

Friday Jan 19, 2024

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 work is archived in the Minnesota Historical Society.
Find out more about Pat and view her wonderful work at:


Italian Impact Weekly

Welcome to Italian Impact Weekly. We air live, every Thursday at 5 PM EST on KHB Radio 620 AM, 102.1 FM, 94.1 FM, and 92.3 FM in the Pittsburgh area or stream us live on  The program hosts a variety of guests and the hosts, Claudio Reilsono and Steve Mancini, present a unique perspective.  As listeners have noted, the show is entertaining and informative with a great, positive atmosphere.

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