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One Moment Can Change Your life!


”Defined: Moments and Memories” is a weekly, sixty-minute, audio visual podcast hosted by two lifelong friends, Rick Cikowski and Eric Yaklin. The show features interviews with a diverse group of successful guests, including celebrities, friends, innovators, and other notable figures. Each episode delves into the guest’s personal story and the lessons they learned from their defining moment. Rick and Eric, bring their unique perspectives, wit and friendship dynamic to each episode, making for an engaging, relateable and entertaining listening experience.

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Two Childhood Friends

Meet The Hosts

The Hosts

Rick and Eric share a lifelong bond forged in the fires of childhood adventures. Hailing from Michigan, the duo met at the tender age of 10 and have been inseparable ever since. From school, to semi-dominating the basketball courts, to launching successful start-ups together, their friendship is like a pair of old sneakers that never wear out! 

With Rick as a TV producer and Eric as a tech wizard, these two have vastly different perspectives on EVERYTHING. But the one thing they both have in common is a knack for finding the humor in any situation. Rick and Eric are bringing their infectious energy and diverse backgrounds to the podcasting world.

Rick Cikowski

”When I’m behind the scenes listening to stories, I always say I’m so lucky to be here witnessing this.  I want the podcasting world to hear these amazing stories”.

Rick is an Emmy-winning television producer and Co-Partner of Texas Crew Productions, a company known for producing high-quality, TV shows. TCP has develop[ed and produced hit shows such as How I Caught My Killer (HULU), Bruce Campbell’s Ripley’s Believe It or No! (TRVL), Brian and the Boz (ESPN’s 30×30) and the NAACP award winning documentary on President Obama In His Own Words (History). Throughout his career, Rick has worked on a diverse range of projects, including the Producer Guild Nominated Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, music content for Kid Ink, Ludacris, Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jason Mraz and Tim Montana. His passion for comedy lead him to direct Steve Treviño’s last two comedy specials. 

Eric Yaklin

I especially enjoy the give and take of telling stories and I’m excited for our podcast to be insightful, fun, and empowering for everyone involved and listening.”

Eric is a dynamic and visionary leader in the tech industry, boasting a proven track record of success in driving growth and innovation. With a diverse educational background in Mechanical, Electrical and Audio engineering, he possesses a unique blend of technical and creative expertise. He is an Executive at a multi-million-dollar tech company, where he continues to push boundaries and bring his innovative ideas to life. Eric has been a pioneer in the tech world for years, starting with his first startup, ROBA Interactive, which was praised by Billboard Magazine as “the best way to enjoy music.” He has also designed high-end recording facilities for celebrities and audio enthusiasts, solidifying his reputation as a trailblazer in his field.


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Once a month, grab a mixing glass and a muddler, and stir up an Old Fashioned like a boss. Then sit back, relax, and bask in the glory of reading the only newsletter that’s actually worth your time.

Look, we won’t bombard you with junk news letters.  We will send out an update once a month – or so – with good information.  We will be holding contests, give aways and prizes – who doesn’t love free stuff? 


Picture this: you’re standing at a fork in the road, and for some wild reason, you decide to take a left instead of a right. And BAM! Your life takes a 180-degree turn for the better. That’s what this podcast is all about – taking chances, taking lefts when everyone else is taking rights. We will be chatting with celebs, entrepreneurs, and friends to find out why they went left.



We are just getting started!!!

Listen up folks! Whether you’re a fan of Picked Cherries or any other podcasting platform, you can now tune in to hear new episodes of Defined: Moments & Memories every Monday.

And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, YouTube, or Tik Tok for all the highlights.

But wait, there’s more! Drop us a line and let Eric know how he’s doing. He loves a good ego boost!

01. Intro

What Are We Going To Talk About?

“Ladies and Gentlemen, grab your Balcones Old Fashioned and get ready for, yet another, new podcast!

Rick and Eric, two lifelong friends from Michigan, are about to bring their unique brand of humor and storytelling to the podcasting world. 

02. Comedy Gold

Guest: Comedian Steve Treviño.

Steve Treviño, America’s favorite husband, has racked up over 300 millions views on socials media.  Now this stand up sits down to talk about that one moment he was gonna give up. 


Guest: County Star Tim Montana

Get ready for the Wild Side of Tim Montana, the crowd-pleaser extraordinaire, talks about his journey to success. This Montana native, despite all his achievements, he’s still got a fire inside to keep climbing higher. Tim’s got tales to tell and you won’t want to miss a word as he recounts the ups and downs of his journey to becoming a country rock star. 

04. Broadway to the Movies

Guest: Playwright and Scriptwriter: Mac Rogers

From Off-Broadway, a new movie and reaching podcasting’s peak, Mac Rogers reflects on defining moments. Hear what led The New York Times to acclaim, ‘His works are deeply philosophical and often surprisingly moving.’

We'd love you hear from you!

“Don’t be shy, let your voice be heard! Whether you’ve got a killer guest suggestion or just want to say a friendly hello, give us a shout.”