The Aron Bender Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

60 episodes of The Aron Bender Podcast since the first episode, which aired on February 24th, 2021.

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    Feven Kay: Las Vegas News Anchor, Warrior

    October 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    2020, 2021, anxiety, aron bender, arrest, audio, bakersfield, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, csun, death, depression, entertainment, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, ktla, las vegas, los angeles, love, mental health, murder, neuter, news, oakland, pandemic, pets, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, respect, self care, self love, sin city, sobriety, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, treatment, twitter, widower, wife, youtube, zoom

    Aron Bender talks with Las Vegas Fox5 News Anchor Feven Kay. She's a fellow graduate of the journalism program at California State University, Northridge. Earlier this year Feven went from reporting stories to being the story, following her DUI arrest and on-air apology. Prior to moving to Las Vegas she worked in Bakersfield and behind the scenes at KTLA. We talk about growing up in Oakland and Bakersfield, the evolution of her conversations with God, and how her faith helped get her through the most difficult times in her life.

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    Kacey Montoya: KTLA Weather Anchor/Reporter, Non-Profit Founder

    September 24th, 2021  |  33 mins 49 secs
    2020, 2021, animals, anxiety, aron bender, audio, bias, california, cats, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, csun, death, depression, dogs, entertainment, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, golf, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, ktla, los angeles, love, mental health, neuter, news, oregon, palm springs, pandemic, pets, podcast, portland, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, rescues, respect, self care, self love, sobriety, spay, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, treatment, twitter, weather, west virginia, widower, wife, youtube, zoom

    Aron Bender talks with KTLA reporter and weather anchor Kacey Montoya. She's a fellow graduate of the journalism program at Cal State Northridge. Kacey's criss-crossed the country in pursuit of this dream job in Southern California -- including stops in West Virginia, Palm Springs and Portland, Oregon. She has used her celebrity to start a non-profit that pays for spaying and neutering — and Fix'n Fidos has its first-ever golf tournament October 17th that I’m playing in! Come join us!

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    Fritz Coleman: Iconic Weatherman, Comedian, Navy Veteran

    September 16th, 2021  |  28 mins 24 secs
    2020, 2021, anxiety, aron bender, audio, bias, buffalo, california, comedy, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, death, depression, entertainment, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, navy, nbc, news, pandemic, philadelphia, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, respect, retirement, salem college, self care, self love, sobriety, standup comedy, struggle, success, temple university, therapy, tiktok, trauma, treatment, twitter, weather, west virginia, widower, wife, youtube, zoom

    Aron Bender talks with Fritz Coleman, who spent nearly 40 years doing the weather on NBC 4. In addition to continuing his decades-long run as a stand-up comic he’s also the co-host of the Media Path Podcast. Fritz joined Channel 4 in 1982 after being discovered while doing stand-up comedy. He grew up in the Philadelphia area, went to Temple University in Phillie and Salem College in West Virginia, studying radio, TV and film. He used that education while in the US Navy. In this episode we talk about how joining the Navy instantly earned him his father's respect. During his FM DJ days in Buffalo Fritz tried comedy at an open mic night, and was hooked! A little while later he picked up and drove out to Los Angeles to pursue his stand-up career, and he stumbled into his iconic weatherman role on NBC 4! His popularity exploded in the 1980's during a marketing campaign for his forecasts, "Fritz said it would be like this!" But he didn't forget about comedy. He was on The Tonight Show several times, and still performs on stage.

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    D'Janai Michele: Artist, Designer, Entrepreneur, Survivor

    September 13th, 2021  |  57 mins 17 secs
    2020, 2021, anxiety, aron bender, art, artist, audio, bias, bone graft, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, cuban, death, dental work, dentist, depression, designer, entertainment, entrepreneur, faith, fashion, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, homeless, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, latina, los angeles, love, mental health, new york city, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sobriety, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, treatment, twitter, widower, wife, youtube, zoom

    Aron Bender talks with D’Janai Michele -- an artist, designer, business owner and survivor. She’s recovering from an accident in March 2021 that left her mouth and face broken, bloody and bruised. She's undergone surgeries to start the long, painful, expensive recovery process. D'Janai says she won't have a mouth full of teeth until at least late 2022. In recent years she has battled depression and lived in her car, all while creating her own clothing line, and as the oldest of her siblings carried the weight of her family’s legacy on her shoulders.

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    Amanda Salas: Cancer Survivor, Entertainment Reporter, Pun Champ

    September 8th, 2021  |  49 mins 53 secs
    2020, 2021, anxiety, aron bender, audio, bias, blood cancer, california, catholic, chemo, chemotherapy, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, death, depression, entertainment, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, las vegas, latina, los angeles, losing hair, love, lymphoma, mental health, new york city, news, non-hodgkins lymphoma, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, pun, radiation, radio, real estate, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sobriety, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, treatment, twitter, widower, wife, youtube, zoom

    Aron Bender talks with cancer survivor, Fox 11 Los Angeles entertainment reporter and world pun champion Amanda Salas. In this episode we discuss how Amanda learned she had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2019 after being misdiagnosed several times, her fight against the blood cancer and for awareness -- especially since September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Amanda encourages donations to and support for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and City of Hope. Links below. During her recovery Amanda entered -- AND WON -- a global pun competition known as Punderdome. We also talk about the role her mom, grandma (Meema!) and Catholic faith played in her battle against lymphoma, going viral with The Rock promoting Disney's Jungle Cruise, and celebrity junkets in the Zoom age.

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    Kelli Tennant: Podcaster, CEO, Former TV Reporter

    September 3rd, 2021  |  52 mins 15 secs
    2020, 2021, anxiety, aron bender, audio, ayahuasca, bias, bisexual, california, coming out, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, dating, death, depression, divorce, drinking, engaged, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, mushrooms, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, real estate, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sexuality, sobriety, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender is joined by Kelli Tennant, a podcaster and CEO of Soulfire Productions. I first talked with Kelli in 2019, shortly after she walked away from reporting on the Dodgers, Lakers and other LA sports teams and events. Kelli has experienced an awakening, on many levels. She's come out as bisexual, has explored and embraced plant-based medicines such as mushrooms and ayahuasca, and is now engaged to Conner Moore, host of the Politically Homeless Podcast. And together, Kelli and Conner host the OK, Babe Podcast. In this episode Kelli and I discuss her evolution, how she's dealt with the death of her mom in 2020 when they weren't on the best of terms, her relationship with her dad and brother, plus lots and lots of mental health, anxiety and self-care.

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    Sharon Tay: Realtor, Former TV News Anchor

    August 24th, 2021  |  44 mins 11 secs
    2020, 2021, anxiety, aron bender, audio, bias, boston, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, dating, death, depression, divorce, drinking, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, new york city, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, real estate, recovery, religion, self care, self love, singapore, sobriety, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with realtor and former TV news anchor Sharon Tay. She spent 30+ years as a broadcast journalist, much of it at KTLA and KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles. Born in Singapore and raised in New York City, Sharon got her start at a small TV station in Boston as she was pursuing her broadcast journalism degree at Boston University. After spending a little time doing TV news in Monterey she got the call to go to KTLA, where she was mentored by the legendary Stan Chambers. In this episode Sharon explains how bullying in the media played a big role in leaving KTLA for MSNBC, the time she spent reconnecting with herself after that brief network gig ended, her decision to return to Southern California to join KCBS/KCAL, the shock of being laid off during the pandemic, and the pivot to pursue her passion: real estate. Sharon is with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at https://sharontay.agent.bhhscalifornia.com/agent-home.

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    Cathy Trinh: The Sober Asian, Author, Coach

    August 20th, 2021  |  36 mins 2 secs
    2020, 2021, anxiety, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, dating, death, depression, divorce, drinking, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, irvine, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, news, orange county, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, refugee, religion, self care, self love, sobriety, son, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, twitter, vietnam, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Cathy Trinh #TheSoberAsian. Brought to Orange County, California, by her Vietnamese refugee parents, Cathy turned to drugs and alcohol to try to drown out the pain of neglect, abandonment, anxiety and depression. But she has emerged from the depths to become a mom, a cancer survivor, an author and life coach.

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    Jonathon Aslay: Mid-Life Dating Coach, Self-Love Advocate, Author

    August 17th, 2021  |  45 mins 5 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, dating, death, depression, divorce, dodgers, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, mid-life, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sobriety, son, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with mid-life dating coach, self-love advocate and author, Jonathon Aslay, covering his journey out of the depths of drinking, drugs and despair as a divorced dad who just lost his job. We talk about his path to becoming a mid-life dating coach, how he handled the deaths of his mom and youngest son in the span of 7 months, the importance of self-love and self-worth, how many/most of us are walking around emotionally unconscious, the power of YouTube, and the future of dating. My thanks to our mutual friend Gin Amber for connecting us!

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    Chuck Dizzle: Home Grown Radio, Real 92.3 Host

    August 12th, 2021  |  51 mins 49 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, dodgers, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, hip hop, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sobriety, son, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, traffic, trauma, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Home Grown Radio founder and Real 92.3 host Chuck Dizzle. You can hear him with previous podcast guest DJ Hed Monday through Saturday nights on Real 92.3. Chuck and I talk about fatherhood, sobriety, the state of hip hop, how DaBaby can bounce back from the backlash following his homophobic comments, and not giving up on dreams even when it feels like the world’s given up on you.

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    Alysha Del Valle: LA Woman

    August 3rd, 2021  |  57 mins 15 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, dodgers, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, golf, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, latino, los angeles, love, mental health, news, pandemic, pico rivera, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, traffic, trauma, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Alysha Del Valle. She is Los Angeles through and through. The USC graduate from Pico Rivera has worked in both radio and television in Southern California, including ABC7 and NBC. She is a mental health advocate, avid hiker, and a huge Dodgers, Rams and LAFC fan. But at the heart of it all is family.

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    Julio Cortez: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer, Baby Catcher

    July 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 secs
    2020, 2021, ap, aron bender, associated press, audio, baltimore, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, dodgers, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, george floyd, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, mexico, minneapolis, murder, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, pulitzer prize, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, tv news, twitter, undocumented, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender is joined by Julio Cortez, an Associated Press photographer who just recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. He’s come a long way since growing up in the small town of Tepexpan outside Mexico City, entering the US without papers, and spending nearly a decade going to LA Valley College and Pierce College before eventually graduating from Cal State Northridge, aggressively pursuing his passion, and becoming a citizen.

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    Melissa McCarty: Killer Genes

    July 14th, 2021  |  59 mins 4 secs
    2020, 2021, amarillo, aron bender, audio, bias, bipolar disorder, california, colorado, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, gangs, girl dad, god, grand junction, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, las vegas, los angeles, love, mental health, murder, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, ptsd, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, true crime, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with fellow Cal State Northridge graduate, Melissa McCarty, co-host of the "Killer Genes" podcast. She spent several years in local TV news in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Junction and Amarillo, but since breaking free she’s written her memoir, "The Making of a Crime Reporter," as well as the 8-part Audible series I recently talked with Kerri Kasem about, "Bitter Blood: Kasem vs. Kasem." Melissa also spent several years working on "Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen," and Larry King's Ora TV.

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    Kristen Aguirre: Anchor, Reporter, Stroke Survivor

    July 8th, 2021  |  49 mins 28 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, denver, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, ischemic stroke, journalism, joy, kids, kusa, latina, los angeles, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, stroke, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Kristen Aguirre, who at 31 and working for KUSA 9 News in Denver suffered a stroke. After months of rehab she returned to work, was fired, and then her dog died. Now she's an anchor and reporter at WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. If you remember my podcast guest a couple months ago, Lori Lizarraga, Kristen is one of the Latinas let go by 9 News over the course of a year, written about it the article "LatinXed: 9News Got Rid of Three Latina Reporters This Past Year, Including Me."

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    Kirk Hawkins: Anchor, Reporter, Real Estate Agent

    July 5th, 2021  |  37 mins 50 secs
    2020, 2021, abuse, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, italy, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, real estate, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with KTLA utility player Kirk Hawkins. He reports, anchors, does weather and traffic, and is also a real estate agent! We discuss the wild housing market, and his journey from Agoura Hills, California, to UC Santa Barbara and the local station KCOY, then his "News Across America" tour that took him to KXLY in Spokane, Washington, WFTV in Orlando, Florida, home to KCBS/KCAL, then over to WCCB in Charlotte, North Carolina, and back west to KTLA in 2014. Kirk and I also discussed the impact of the Woolsey Fire and Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting in 2018.

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    Gin Amber: Trauma Survivor, Immigrant, Dermaroller Queen

    July 2nd, 2021  |  35 mins 24 secs
    2020, 2021, abuse, aron bender, audio, beauty, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, derma roller, dermaroller, europe, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, gin amber, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, lithuania, los angeles, love, mental health, miami, michael jordan, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, south florida, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trauma, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Gin Amber -- who left a small town in Lithuania to become a global beauty icon: the Dermaroller Queen. In this episode we discuss Gin's traumatic childhood, her early memories of wanting to escape her abusive home for a better life, her pursuit of the American Dream, and how her YouTube stardom started because she was a bored introvert in the US on a student visa.