June 21st, 2021 | 1 hr 4 mins
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Aron Bender catches up with Tessa Barrera -- one of his favorite people ever, even though she's an Astros fan. Born and raised in Texas, she's worked in radio and television news for many years but before that played in the Lingerie Football League, was a participant in Stone Cold Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge, and auditioned to become a WWE Diva. We worked together at KFI in Los Angeles, then Tessa moved on to join 94.5 The Buzz and The Rod Ryan Show, the #1 morning show in Houston.
April 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 5 mins
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Aron Bender talks with Star Harvey -- a meteorologist at CW39 in Houston. Before getting to Texas she was a reporter and did the weather at KREX5 in Grand Junction, Colorado. But even before that she was one of my students at California State University, Northridge. And Star lived up to her name. Still does. She went from an on-again-off-again college student to single mom to standout university graduate to making one of the biggest TV market jumps ever … from 187 to 8. It’s a testament to her drive, ambition, and faith. Not only in God but ultimately herself. I talk with Star about why she thought she couldn't be on TV, conversations with her son about playing with guns and interactions with police, being black in Colorado, Houston humidity, and her message to her mom who raised 7 kids on her own.