Aron Bender is a recently widowed father of two daughters. He is the host of The Santa Clarita Valley Signal’s first podcast, “The Signal News,” a news anchor at PasadenaNow.com, and a Digital & Broadcast Journalism Professor at California State University, Northridge. The 20-year news veteran has worked at KFI in Los Angeles, WIOD in Miami, and KMPH in Fresno.
March 11th, 2021 | 35 mins 47 secs
aron bender, bias, daughter, depression, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, failure, forgiveness, girl dad, grief, hard work, journalism, joy, linkedin, loss, love, mental health, music, networking, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, privilege, race, racism, recovery, self care, small business, struggle, success, therapy, white privelege
Aron Bender's guest this episode is a TED speaker USA Today dubbed the “Most Connected Millennial.” He’s the author of “2 Billion Under 20” and “3 Billion Under 30” — and the founder of Meeting of the Minds at motm.co. He’s currently based in Atlanta but grew up in South Florida. In this conversation we cover white privilege, his top 3 (turns out he gave me 4) networking tips and his big networking "no no."
March 11th, 2021 | 41 mins 51 secs
adoption, aron bender, bias, daughter, depression, design, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, failure, forgiveness, girl dad, grief, hard work, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, music, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, self care, small business, son, struggle, success, therapy
Aron Bender's guest this episode is no stranger to struggles and challenges. Bernadette Capulong started her own design firm pretty much in her kitchen in Southern California during the recession in 2009. She stepped back into the corporate world but a few years later would put the entrepreneur hat back on. And around the same time she stepped into the most meaningful shoes of motherhood: adopting her son. We talk about her leadership philosophy, the challenges of being an entrepreneur and a single parent, and why Bernadette wanted to adopt.
March 11th, 2021 | 52 mins 47 secs
abilene, aron bender, baseball, bias, depression, dusty baker, europe, failure, football, forgiveness, girl dad, grief, hard work, horned frogs, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, music, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, self care, sports, struggle, success, tcu, texas, therapy
Aron Bender's guest this episode grew up in Santa Clarita. With Vin Scully doing play-by-play of our beloved Dodgers, Dusty Baker knew very early on what he wanted to do. And yes, his real name is Dusty Baker. Better believe we get into that during our conversation. Spoiler alert: blame his Dodger fan dad — who also happens to be my daughters’ principal! Dusty just started a new job just up the 101 at KSBY in San Luis Obispo. After graduating from Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!) his first job in TV was at KTAB / KRBC in Abilene, Texas. We talk about why he visited more than a dozen schools trying to pick the right university, and how he ended up visiting a bunch of countries while in college. We get into what life was like growing up as the principal's kid, our love for baseball (the World Champion Dodgers!), his preference for In-N-Out in California over Texas, and why Tex-Mex will never beat Mexican food. Dusty and I also talk about living a life of service to our families, listeners/viewers and communities.
February 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 10 mins
aron bender, bias, big brother jake, biking, dating, depression, divorce, failure, forgiveness, gang, girl dad, grief, hard work, ice cube, jake warner, journalism, joy, loss, love, military, music, navy, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racism, recovery, self care, struggle, success, therapy, weight loss
Aron Bender talks with Jake Warner aka @bigbrotherjake. He is a father of three daughters, hosts The Big Brother Jake Podcast, runs audio for Clippers and LA Kings broadcasts, and wears a lot of hats at Podcast One. Jake's worked alongside such greats as Vin Scully and Ben Maller. We've been wanting to do a podcast together for a long time, and finally knocked it out! We talked about being Girl Dads, how fathers can best talk to their daughters, his divorce, the loss of my wife, growing up on the mean streets of San Bernardino and avoiding gang life, how he ended up in the Navy, how Jake was shamed into attending and graduating from the University of La Verne, surviving financially during the pandemic, and we reminisce about Ice Cube's early days.
February 24th, 2021 | 32 mins 28 secs
aron bender, baby, bias, cnn, dad, depression, failure, father, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, immigration, journalism, joy, loss, love, music, news, nick valencia, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, running, self care, struggle, success, therapy
Aron Bender is joined by Nick Valencia aka @cnnvalencia. He's one of just a handful of people at CNN to go from teleprompter operator to correspondent. When we talked for another podcast in 2019 we covered his early years growing up in Eagle Rock, the loss of his father when he was a teenager, and life as a new father to a baby girl. We talked for this episode just weeks after the birth of his second child -- a son. We cry together, confess to each other, talk about the importance of openness, vulnerability, therapy, running, self care, loss, grief, failure and hope. This is one of the most important and meaningful conversations I've ever had. Thank you, Nick.
February 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
alex gervasi, alexonthemic, aron bender, dating, depression, forgiveness, grief, journalism, joy, music, news, pandemic, playlists, podcast, therapy, umg, universal, universal music group
Aron Bender hangs out with Alex Gervasi aka @alexonthemic. She turned her years of curating playlists on FM stations in Lexington, Virginia Beach, Austin and Los Angeles into becoming Universal Music Group's first Director of Global Curation Strategy. When we talked for another podcast in 2019 we covered dating life, handling anxiety around body image, self care, women empowerment. Alex and I spent a lot of time during this episode talking about the importance of therapy, dating during the pandemic, giving ourselves grace, forgiveness, taking breaks, and learning to love our flawed selves. The New Jersey native recently resumed her podcast, "Alex Tries Her Best."