The Aron Bender Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

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    Ben Maller: Clippers, Lakers, Dodgers and Life

    June 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    2020, 2021, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, fox sports radio, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, kobe bryant, lakers, lebron james, los angeles, love, mental health, nba, nba playoffs, news, nfl, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sports, sports talk, struggle, success, super bowl, therapy, tiktok, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    I'm fortunate to call Ben Maller a friend. He does overnights on Fox Sports Radio. And while he is a success overnights -- he’s not an overnight success. Ben’s been at this for more than 20 years -- including being a pioneer in the blogging arena. We start off talking about his Clippers and our Dodgers, what the Angels need to do to get Mike Trout and Shohei Otani deep into the playoffs, we talk LeBron James and the Lakers, but also discuss the losses we’ve suffered in the last 7 months: my wife, and his dad.

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    Ted Sobel: Touching Greatness

    June 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    2020, 2021, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, elgin baylor, eli manning, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, kobe bryant, lakers, los angeles, love, mental health, miami, nba, news, nfl, pandemic, peyton manning, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sports, struggle, success, super bowl, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Ted Sobel is synonymous with LA sports radio, working for KNX, KFWB and KMPC, among others. Ted's covered every major sporting event you can think of, and met all kinds of superstars. He tells great stories in his new book, “Touching Greatness: Tales from the Front Row with Heroes and Legends.” And he tells great stories in this episode! We talk a lot about Kobe Bryant, Ted’s boyhood idol Elgin Baylor, and why Eli Manning and David Tyree tracked him down after their improbable Super Bowl win.

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    PJ Butta: The Nightcap

    June 2nd, 2021  |  32 mins 15 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, audio, bias, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, girl dad, god, grief, hard work, hip hop, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, news, pandemic, pirates, podcast, positivity, r&b, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, slow jams, sports, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, west coast, widower, wife, youtube

    PJ Butta is an LA hip hop radio icon from the 92.3 The Beat days in the 90’s to now doing afternoons on the legendary KDAY. In addition to his on-air work he teaches broadcasting, runs his own podcast network, and pours The Nightcap weeknights at 8pm Pacific / 11pm Eastern on IG Live playing slow jams in front of the fireplace — using that platform to help people in need. All this fresh off of his 11-day battle with COVID. We discuss his inspiration for The Nightcap, the future of radio/audio, and he ranks his top 3 bourbons.

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    Kevin Cuenca: Grindin All My Life

    June 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    2020, 2021, alcoholism, aron bender, bias, burnout, california, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, mexico, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, san antonio, self care, self love, sports, struggle, success, syracuse, texas, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Kevin Cuenca is a former sports reporter turned content creator who’s driving in his own lane. Especially with a show like Cruisin with Kevin. He worked at CBS2/KCAL9 here in LA but as we talk about in this episode some of the content he was creating didn’t sit well with someone in management. We talk about the late Nipsey Hussle, his most painful tattoo, figuring out social media algorithms, and life as a Navy kid with an alcoholic father.

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    Chenue Her: Two Months Later

    June 1st, 2021  |  59 mins 4 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, atlanta, bias, burnout, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, hmong, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, laos, los angeles, love, mental health, minnesota, news, oregon, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, spa shootings, st. paul, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, virginia, widower, wife, youtube

    Chenue Her is a TV news reporter at 11 Alive in Atlanta. We first talked for the podcast back in March but that was a brief conversation centered around the spa shootings in the Atlanta area and the Stop Asian Hate campaign. In this conversation we dive into Chenue’s fight with COVID, growing up in Minnesota, self care as a journalist and son of Hmong immigrants, his meme fame, and his growing sneaker collection.

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    Leyna Nguyen: Consenting Adults NSFW

    May 28th, 2021  |  52 mins 42 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, burnout, cbs, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kids, los angeles, love, mental health, motherhood, news, night shift, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, vietnam, widower, wife, youtube

    Leyna Nguyen is the host of the Consenting Adults podcast. WARNING: we get into some grown up NSFW topics in this episode so put the kids to bed. We also chat about what her husband thinks about this new adventure in audio, discuss her 26 years in TV news, live react to the Derek Chauvin trial verdict for the George Floyd murder, and tackle her transition from anchoring every night to being home with the kids.

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    Chef Andrew Gruel: Slapfish and Nut Cheese

    May 27th, 2021  |  50 mins 20 secs
    2020, 2021, andrew gruel, aron bender, bias, big parm, chicken, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, food truck, forgiveness, frustration, gavin newsom, god, grief, hard work, huntington beach, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, kitchen, los angeles, love, mental health, news, oc, orange county, outdoor dining, pandemic, podcast, positivity, radio, recovery, religion, restaurant, seafood, self care, self love, slapfish, struggle, success, sustainability, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, two birds, widower, wife, youtube

    Chef Andrew Gruel is a Southern California culinary icon, with seafood restaurant Slapfish, chicken joint Two Birds and pineapple-free pizza place Big Parm under his umbrella. He’s had the Food Network spotlight on him for a while but he was thrust onto a different stage during the pandemic going after Governor Newsom. Chef and I discuss his spontaneous partnership with Barstool’s Dave Portnoy, his country crisscrossing career that started in New Jersey, how social media helped launch his business AND his family, living with anxiety, and the major changes he’s seen in society and the kitchen.

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    Liberté Chan: Life, Love and Loss

    May 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, engaged, faith, fatherhood, fiance, finance, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, ktla, liberte chan, los angeles, loss, love, mental health, namaste, news, pancreatic cancer, pandemic, podcast, positivity, racism, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, wedding, widower, wife, yoga, youtube

    Liberté Chan is one of my favorite people ever. She’s been with KTLA for years. For nearly a decade she was the meterologist on the KTLA Weekend Morning News but is now part of KTLA's LA Unscripted. We first talked two years ago for my previous podcast but a lot has changed since then. Before Liberté's mom passed away from pancreatic cancer she got to meet the man to whom Liberté is now engaged: Luis Strohmeier. We talk about how yoga helped Liberté get through her mom's passing and the pandemic, and how Luis's experience also helped guide her through the darkness.

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    Nick Hamilton: Owner of Nitecast Media

    May 25th, 2021  |  1 hr 10 mins
    2020, 2021, albert pujols, angels, aron bender, autism, bias, carson, chargers, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, crenshaw, depression, dodgers, el camino college, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, lakers, loss, love, mental health, mike trout, mlb, news, nfl, nhl, pandemic, podcast, positivity, racism, radio, rams, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, westchester, widower, wife, youtube

    Nick Hamilton is the owner of Nitecast Media — a new and proudly black-owned company covering all things sports and pop culture and more. Shoutout Big Brother Jake doing big things with Nitecast. Nick grew up in LA at a time when he says he wasn’t sure he’d make it to see 21, and for a time didn’t care whether he lived or died. Nick says even one day gave someone the power to make that choice for him. We discuss fatherhood and how it’s been for him raising an 8-year-old son with autism during the pandemic, maintaining mental health, his take on the Angels dumping Albert Pujols and the pickup by the Dodgers, we rate the two Chronic albums, even talk about Summer Jam, and whether he thinks I could’ve rocked a Cross Colours jacket back in the day.

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    Andy Riesmeyer: KTLA 5 Live Co-Host, Producer, Musician

    May 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 18 mins
    2020, 2021, andy riesmeyer, aron bender, bias, chicago, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, indiana, instagram, journalism, joy, ktla, ktla 5 live, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, racism, radio, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Andy Riesmeyer is one of the hosts on the wildly successful KTLA 5 Live weekdays 4 to 6pm at KTLA.com and on the KTLA+ app with Samantha Cortese, Bobby Gonzalez and Robert Puente. We’ve been talking about doing a podcast for a couple years now and here it is. Finally! Andy moved out to LA to be a musician and ended up doing news on TV with the likes of Larry King, David Begnaud and Frank Buckley. But he’s still recording and posting music videos on Instagram. We cover the winding road that led him to Hollywood from Indiana. And that’s where he was when we talked in March. Andy was visiting family as his father was fighting pancreatic cancer. And sadly, since we recorded this conversation, Jeffrey Riesmeyer passed away. Andy and I discuss his time at KFI anchoring during (and our love for) The Tim Conway Jr Show and somehow we ended up talking about Mark Mester's jawline.

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    Freddy Rivera: FM DJ, Podcast Host, Pilot

    May 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, dallas, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, fort worth, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, pilot, podcast, positivity, racism, radio, radio flyer, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, texas, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Freddy Rivera is an FM radio DJ at KOLA 99.9 in Riverside, California, host of the “Radio Flyer” podcast, and a pilot! He’s a SoCal guy I knew from my iHeartRadio days. We'd run into each other as I worked for KFI and he was producing for JoJo on the Radio on 102.7 KIIS FM, and then he rocked overnights on the legendary station. He moved to Dallas to host afternoons on 102.9 Now KDMX but as we talk about in this episode it just wasn't the right fit. Freddy and I also discuss mental health, gratitude, accepting and acknowledging failure is a part of success, and rolling with the punches.

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    Sarah Talbi: Armless Artist

    May 21st, 2021  |  40 mins 58 secs
    2020, 2021, armless, aron bender, art, belgium, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, disability, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, mom, motherhood, news, no arms, painter, painting, pandemic, podcast, positivity, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Sarah Talbi was born without arms. But a lot has changed the last few years for the 30-something living in Belgium. Sarah has become a mother, taken up painting, and built up quite a following on social media. We talk about lots of things she CAN do like take care of her daughter, cook, and everyday tasks like put on a bra. But it seems people put more limitations on her than she puts on herself. We discuss how instrumental her family was in normalizing her disability, what her almost 3-year-old says and asks about mommy's arms, her ONE frustration in life, and also one of the few things she's been unable to do by herself: travel. Sarah and I also talk about what it was like for her parents when they discovered they were having a baby with no arms, and for her when she learned she was pregnant.

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    Jim Lanahan: Iced Coffee, Laughs and Broadway

    May 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 15 mins
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, broadway, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, diabetes, dunkin donuts, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, gay, god, grief, hard work, iced coffee, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, ktla, lgbtq, life coach, loss, love, mental health, new york, news, palm springs, pandemic, perspective, podcast, positivity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, starbucks, stroke, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tim hortons, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender is joined by Jim Linahan who is ... hilarious! Lanafans know what I'm talking about! I found Jim by way of the KTLA Weekend Morning News. I don't watch KTLA on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I watch Jim watch KTLA Saturday and Sunday mornings by way of his Instagram stories https://www.instagram.com/jimlanahan/. Jim's a podcast host (Jim Lanahan & Friends, linked below), a certified life coach, a producer and manager. He's also the caregiver for his mom who had a stroke in 2017. We talk about his relationship with his mom growing up, since he came out, and since her stroke, his abusive father, his diabetes, Jim's favorite Broadway and movie musicals, he ranks his top 3 iced coffees, and what he thinks should happen to anyone who orders a vanilla Frosty at Wendy's instead of the classic chocolate Frosty. Such a fun, insightful convo! Thanks, Jim!

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    Silva Harapetian: Journalist, Storyteller, Entrepreneur

    May 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 37 mins
    #blacklivesmatter, #stopaapihate, #stopasianhate, 2020, 2021, armenian genocide, aron bender, austin, bias, blm, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, detroit, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, fresno, germany, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, iran, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, miami, news, oklahoma, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racial identity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with journalist and entrepreneur Silva Harapetian. She was born in Iran. Her family fled that country for Germany when she was 12, and a few years later moved to the United States. I’ve known Silva for 20 years now, since we worked together at KMPH NewsRadio in Fresno. She’s since worked in several markets, including Austin, Detroit and Miami. In this episode we talk about the importance of mental health and self care — especially as a journalist, a woman, a person of color. We also discuss life in war-torn Iran, adjusting to a relatively brief stay in Germany, navigating life in the US as the oldest child in an immigrant family — and how she adjusted not just during the pandemic but when her life was forced to change in 2018.

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    Matthias: Husband, Father, YouTube Mogul

    May 18th, 2021  |  56 mins 46 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, born again christian, business, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, dope or nope, entrepreneur, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, god, grief, hard work, hi5studios, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, perspective, podcast, positivity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, saved, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Matthias is not just a YouTube creator/mogul whose Hi5 Studios has channels with millions of subscribers (like DOPE or NOPE) but he and his wife have a young daughter and son, and just a few years ago Matthias was saved, a born-again Christian. We get into dad life, growing up with a Disney dad (he was an Imagineer!), the pressures of running a business that needs to scale back as it’s changing its mission, unplugging, being more present and focused on and in the moment.

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    Somy Ali: Survivor, Activist, Former Bollywood Actress

    May 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    abuse, aron bender, bias, bon jovi, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, domestic violence, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, god, grief, hard work, human trafficking, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racial identity, racism, rape, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, sexual violence, somy ali, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trigger warnings, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    TW:
    Sexual violence.
    Rape.
    Domestic violence.
    Child abuse.
    Harmful language and discrimination.
    I understand if you may not be ready to listen right now but I'm here and this episode is here when you are.
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    Somy Ali is a sexual abuse, domestic violence and rape survivor, an activist, a former Bollywood actress, and the founder of No More Tears https://nomoretearsusa.org/donate.html — an all-volunteer non-profit in South Florida that helps victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. We talk about how her abusive childhood was the catalyst behind No More Tears, the dream that led her to India and Bollywood, growing up in Pakistan and then North Miami, being bullied and discriminated against, and her obsession with Bon Jovi.