The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 51

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We want to thank you for listening and being one of our loyal 15,000 weekly fans. In tonight’s “Pipe Parts” segment Brian will talk about Black Tobaccos. The color of tobacco can be deceiving and many different dark tobaccos have extremely dissimilar flavors. Our Featured Guest Interview is with Frank Burla. Frank has a plethora of interesting stories, having been an FBI agent, the founder of “The Chicago Pipe Show”, and has a massive pipe collection. Tonight we will focus on the The Frank P. Burla Antique Pipe and Tobacciana Museum, and take a virtual tour. Our pipes are packed, drinks are poured, the sound check is done … pack a pipe, sit back, relax and join us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show.

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7 Responses

  • Wow, you got Frank Burla…
    Stoved tobaccos are great. Dark is GOOD.
    Frank is one of the great gentlemen of the hobby. I wonder if his museum is unique? It seems like Frank got it all in one location. I think I would like to visit maybe next year while in Chicago. Great interview, I could almost visualize the description.
    Variety is the spice of life as it is with your show.
    keep up the good shows.

  • The audiobook AGAIN 🙁 It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine: I had to restore my iPhone (where I had bought on and listened to the Audiobook) and guess what – it deleted the audiobook, but Apple only let’s you download Audiobooks ONCE. I’ve made it only a quarter through the book and I’m not willing to pay again, with the off-chance that I might lose the Audiobook again when something needs to be fixed with the phone.

  • Brian, what a great episode! As always “Pipe Parts” was very informative. I didn’t realize Frank had this massive collection stuff available for people to see. I am going to have to make an effort to see it next year while at the Chicago show. His virtual, actually spoken, tour of the museum was mesmerizing. If it hasn’t been done already we need to create a video tour of this museum so that others who can’t get to Chicago can see it.

  • Brian, as usual a GREAT PODCAST. Love those dark dark tobaccos, but as with every Episode
    I learned a lot I didn’t know.
    And Frank Burla is quite a character. Very knowledgeable and would love to sit and talk for a few minutes…….
    or 5-6 hours. If he has all those great drinks available… you think he might get us a Mcallans 25 year old bottle??
    I think it might be worth a trip from Central Oregon to taste that again. Brian sent you an email with some of the
    info you wanted ( I think you called it “homework”). If you didn’t get it please email me and I will resend it.
    Last but not least, I want to thank you very much for the “shout out” at the end of your show……it means a lot to me.
    Be well, stay safe. And keep up the Great work
    Warm Regards!
    Peter D Field Sr
    Bend, OR

  • Loved the show!
    I really enjoyed the fascinating virtual tour of Frank’s museum. I’m proud to call Frank a friend; we’ve known each other for many years, as members of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club. Every conversation with him is an education and pure pleasure.
    With regard to the upcoming anniversary, while all aspects of your show are totally entertaining, pressed for my favorite, it would be the conversations. And, though all have been enlightening and fun, one of my favorites was with Mary McNeil.

  • Hi Brian
    Great interview this week was very interesting do you know if Frank’s has any intention in showing his collection on the web any time soon? It would also be nice if you can post any of those pipes pictures on your FaceBook page or here on P&M if you get the chance.