The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 200

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Mike McNiel. Mike is part of the husband & wife team that run McClelland Tobacco Company. McClelland is one of the most popular boutique pipe tobacco companies, and Mike has been in the tobacco business since he was a teenager. He has so much history and experience in the business that he has forgotten more about tobacco than most of us will ever know. In the "Pipe Parts" segment, Brian will give us a brief review of the reverse calabash pipe he bought at the Chicago show.. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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7 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    Great interview with Mike McNiel. Having listened to Mike at Chicago, your interview was just like he was sitting next to me. It was very interesting and his depth of knowledge is immense. I can’t wait until part 2. Maybe a third interview should take place with Mary.
    Great Show

  • Brian I must say you did a good job in getting a word in edgewise with Mike McNiel. I enjoyed your show with Mike and look forward to the next show part two.

  • Congrats Brian! 200 shows, Wow!
    And, welcome back John.
    Man, I just love the McNiels. That was a most fascinating look at Mike and McClelland’s. Your conversation, or rather, Mike’s dissertation, was filled with so much information and history. I look forward, eagerly, to the rest of the story.
    Mazel tov, as Harry Connick’s mother might have said, for your wedding anniversary. You can never play too much Harry Connick.
    Yes, you did mess up Konstantinos’ last name; you left out a syllable. That’s easy to do with my landsmen’s polysyllabic names.
    “Hold it, hold it, hold it…” one of my favorite scenes in the movie.
    Thanks for another fun show,
    Konstantinos Argyropoulos

  • Great show, can’t wait to hear more from Mike AND a dedicated show with Mary sounds good.
    I was listening carefully to what Mary’s solution was to the casing dilemma, and I don’t think it was ‘revealed’.
    26 years. Blood, sweat & tears. She must be one strong woman, congratulations!
    Thank you everyone.

  • I can remember at the Chicago pipe show a few years ago and Mike McNiel receiving his Doctor of Pipes awards and the host saying, “Mike, would you like to say a few words?” and my whole life flashing before me. I was amazed that you were able to ask a three or four questions in 40 minutes. Mike is opinionated, garrulous, and completely over the top. He is also one of the most loved and respected men in the tobacco business.
    Without Mike & Mary the KC Club would have a hard time putting on their annual Pipe Show. When we opened our vintage tobacco table at the last show with really old tobaccos supplied by Fletcher Hiner and Layne Tand we also offered up some 60 year old Chesterfield cigarettes in a metal tin. Mike thought he had died and went to heaven. Mike is a major enthusiast of old aged cigarettes.
    And why Mary McNiel has been designate a saint I have no idea.

  • This was a great show!! I’m so glad you guys could keep it up for so long! Keep ’em coming, please! I wish there was an index of sorts to help us find some special gems of information which are hidden within the 200 episodes.
    Very nice and entertaining interview! Lot of history! Bring him again and then again, please!

  • OMG Brian! Mike is hilarious and love the FM Cellar story. Good call for #200. You’re at “the show” as I write… hope it’s going well. Looking forward to your recap episode. Cheers, Wes