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.
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.
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.