The News Bender
By KFI AM 640 (KFI-AM)
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Longtime KFI AM 640 news anchor Aron Bender is shining the spotlight on people in LA media, sharing stories of the storytellers. Their lives and journeys, both personal and professional. Aron has been in radio news for more than 20 years. The SoCal native has a journalism degree from Cal State Northridge, and before joining KFI in Los Angeles he worked at WIOD in Miami and KMPH in Fresno. https://twitter.com/AronBender https://instagram.com/AronBender
||CleanJason Stewart did an outstanding job||Jason Stewart worked for years on The Jim Rome Show booking guests, going on blind dates, and padding his acting résumé. The Cal State Fullerton graduate and Orange County native has also produced shows on KLAC AM 570 LA Sports, and is now working at.||3/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGustavo Arellano: speechless for the first time ever||LA Times features writer Gustavo Arellano is Orange County through and through. The former publisher of OC Weekly is best known for his ¡Ask a Mexican! column and book, and also wrote Taco USA. All that said, my favorite part of the interview is when..||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPat Harvey goes from Disco Lady to LA news icon||CBS2 anchor Pat Harvey is -- simply put -- an icon. Three decades ago she brought her Midwest values to LA's TVs -- and we're all the better for it. She was one of the original CNN Headline News anchors, has won 20+ Emmys, broken national news and...||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristina Pascucci builds character ... It'll make sense when you listen.||KTLA news anchor/reporter Christina Pascucci is working her dream job. But the licensed pilot has goals that are higher than the sky. The Calabasas native is in Big Brothers Big Sisters, she's helping get supplies to Haiti, and when she's not in...||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDunia Elvir goes from poverty in Central America to the Telemundo 52 anchor desk||By the time she was 5 in Honduras, Dunia Elvir knew she wanted to be on the radio. By age 11 she was on the air. Her dream was almost derailed when, at 15, she was sent to live with grandma in Los Angeles. But as she was pushing a broom, her calling...||3/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJorge Sedano details his journey from Mom & Pop radio to ESPN||Jorge Sedano hosts afternoons on ESPN LA 710, and does NBA sideline reporting and play-by-play. The son of Cuban exiles was born in NYC but grew up in Miami. He loved sports talk radio growing up, got his big break on Fox Sports Radio, and parlayed...||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJessica Rosales on boxing, Dodgers, family, and her dream job outside of sports||Jessica Rosales is a Cal State Northridge journalism grad who's all about the work. Golden Boy Radio, Dodger Stadium entertainment, Dodgers Insider, news .. Jessica's passionate about everything she does. Tell her she can't do something. I dare you....||2/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJo Kwon surfs through her journey from a quiet teen to TV and radio news reporter||I swear I didn't mean to make her cry! Spectrum News 1 SoCal reporter and KFI AM 640 anchor Jo Kwon wasn't born in SoCal, but surfs like a native. She gives great career and life advice, learns she's an omnivert, and explains why she sucks at...||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBeto Duran explains why he tells journalism students to change their major||Beto Duran is honest, real & raw. The LA sports media utility player is everywhere: Living The Dream & Arrive Early, Leave Late podcasts, Golden Boy Radio, Chargers Radio, Spectrum SportsNet. He's done just about everything .. and he's only getting...||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGina Grad was born into radio but belts out her best musical theatre audition||The Adam Carolla Show's News Girl Gina Grad is much more than a sidekick. She's a multi-talented, neurotic, anxiety-riddled ball of nerves who was born to be in radio, blowing you away with her quick-witted awesomeness and unmatched knowledge of show...||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRich DeMuro on finding work-life balance as a father and tech reporter||KTLA Tech Smart reporter Rich DeMuro went to USC but swore up and down he'd never work in Los Angeles. Now he runs the LA market when it comes to tech news. We talk about family/work balance, how he ended up writing a book, and I blow his mind with my..||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Maller details his journey from OC to Fox Sports Radio, and all those nicknames!||Veteran Fox Sports Radio host Ben Maller details how a shy guy from Orange County ends up talking to millions of people every night, why a sports fan's dream almost became a nightmare, and we compare our extreme diets. https://twitter.com/benmaller...||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArash Markazi about finding his dream job and how he's an inspiration||LA Times reporter and columnist Arash Markazi has written about hundreds of athletes but he's never told HIS story. The former Sports Illustrated and ESPN writer talks about going from a sports talk radio call screener to hanging out with supermodels...||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElex Michaelson talks about the TV news grind, and squeezing in time to enjoy life||Fox 11 news anchor and "The Issue Is..." host Elex Michaelson explains how he became an LA TV news reporter as a teenager, what he loves about politics, and why he thinks he's Benjamin Button. https://twitter.com/elex_michaelson...||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
Digging each podcast more and more! Keep it going! Loving it!
Los Angelina For Life
Now living in Miami, it can be hard to keep up with the LA folks just on social media... so this is a great way to stay in the know about movers and shakers in my hometown. Also, getting to know their back story is fun and easy breezy to listen to. Great job Aron - keep the episodes coming! Listening to this makes my homesickness a little more tolerable.
Sitting Under the Learning Tree
As a journalism graduate, this podcast presents has presented a great opportunity for me to continue to sit under the learning tree. Bender’s discussions are incredibly engaging and a breeze to listen to! This is a podcast that I’ll definitely be keeping in my weekly rotation! This is a podcast I think everyone should give a try!