June 4th, 2021 | 1 hr 2 mins
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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.
May 18th, 2021 | 1 hr 37 mins
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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.
March 18th, 2021 | 37 mins 57 secs
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Aron Bender is joined by DJ EFN -- a legend in Miami hiphop and a trailblazer in the podcast game. Eric Narciandi came up in the 90's and early 2000's dropping dozens of mixtapes that didn’t just put him and his crew on the map. He helped put South Florida on the map. And as we get into in this conversation, he wasn’t about to settle with just music. He’s started an international documentary series called "Coming Home," and is one of the creators of one of the most successful podcasts: "Drink Champs." But his story doesn’t start in Miami … it starts in Southern California. He lived in Anaheim Hills and then South Gate before finally settling in Miami after his Cuban parents divorced. We talk about his relationship with his Vietnam War veteran father, how he broke into the music business shooting his shot at a conference in Miami in the early 90's, his career "pivots," and what it's like being a 40-something dad with two young kids.