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The Aron Bender Podcast

The Aron Bender Podcast features conversations with media personalities about their personal and professional lives and journeys. We talk about successes and struggles, failures and firings, loss, grief, forgiveness, parenthood, recovery, mental health, self care, perseverance and love.

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Julio Cortez: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer, Baby Catcher

Aron Bender is joined by Julio Cortez, an Associated Press photographer who just recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. He’s come a long way since growing up in the small town of Tepexpan outside Mexico City, entering the US without papers, and spending nearly a decade going to LA Valley College and Pierce College before eventually graduating from Cal State Northridge, aggressively pursuing his passion, and becoming a citizen. Watch Julio's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cXyqxQCLvv4 ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Julio Cortez: https://www.instagram.com/julythephotoguy/ https://twitter.com/julythephotoguy/ https://twitter.com/juliocortez_ap ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

1hr

20 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Melissa McCarty: Killer Genes

Aron Bender talks with fellow Cal State Northridge graduate, Melissa McCarty, co-host of the "Killer Genes" podcast. She spent several years in local TV news in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Junction and Amarillo, but since breaking free she’s written her memoir, "The Making of a Crime Reporter," as well as the 8-part Audible series I recently talked with Kerri Kasem about, "Bitter Blood: Kasem vs. Kasem." Melissa also spent several years working on "Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen," and Larry King's Ora TV. Watch Melissa's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/n65YHWSKGp4 ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Melissa McCarty: https://www.melissa-mccarty.com/ https://www.instagram.com/melissamccarty1/ https://twitter.com/melissamccarty1/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/killer-genes/id1525773645 https://www.audible.com/pd/Bitter-Blood-Kasem-V-Kasem-Podcast/B096KX1HVZ ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

59mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Kristen Aguirre: Anchor, Reporter, Stroke Survivor

Aron Bender talks with Kristen Aguirre, who at 31 and working for KUSA 9 News in Denver suffered a stroke. After months of rehab she returned to work, was fired, and then her dog died. Now she's an anchor and reporter at WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. If you remember my podcast guest a couple months ago, Lori Lizarraga, Kristen is one of the Latinas let go by 9 News over the course of a year, written about it the article LatinXed: 9News Got Rid of Three Latina Reporters This Past Year, Including Me https://www.westword.com/news/9news-latina-reporter-kusa-media-discrimination-diversity-11925702. Watch Kristen's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/v0NheN0zXWs ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Kristen Aguirre: https://www.instagram.com/kristenaguirre/ https://twitter.com/KristenAguirre https://www.facebook.com/KristenAguirreTV ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

49mins

8 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Kirk Hawkins: Anchor, Reporter, Real Estate Agent

Aron Bender talks with KTLA utility player Kirk Hawkins. He reports, anchors, does weather and traffic, and is also a real estate agent! We discuss the wild housing market, and his journey from Agoura Hills, California, to UC Santa Barbara and the local station KCOY, then his "News Across America" tour that took him to KXLY in Spokane, Washington, WFTV in Orlando, Florida, home to KCBS/KCAL, then over to WCCB in Charlotte, North Carolina, and back west to KTLA in 2014. Kirk and I also discussed the impact of the Woolsey Fire and Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting in 2018. Watch Kirk's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EMSIy8Aj98c ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Kirk Hawkins: https://www.getkirk.com/ https://twitter.com/kirkhawkins https://www.instagram.com/kirkghawkins https://www.facebook.com/iamkirkhawkins https://ktla.com/author/kirk-hawkins/ ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

37mins

5 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Gin Amber: Trauma Survivor, Immigrant, Dermaroller Queen

Aron Bender talks with Gin Amber -- who left a small town in Lithuania to become a global beauty icon: the Dermaroller Queen. In this episode we discuss Gin's traumatic childhood, her early memories of wanting to escape her abusive home for a better life, her pursuit of the American Dream, and how her YouTube stardom started because she was a bored introvert in the US on a student visa. Watch Gin's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SJoxSsM8hEg ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Gin Amber: https://ginamber.com/ https://www.youtube.com/c/GinAmber https://www.instagram.com/ginamberx/ https://www.instagram.com/ginamberbeauty/ https://www.twitter.com/ginamberx/ https://www.facebook.com/ginamberx ••• Associate Producer: Erika Murrietta ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

35mins

2 Jul 2021

Rank #5

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Steve Wyche: NFL Network Analyst, Podcast Host

Aron Bender hangs out with Steve Wyche is an NFL Network analyst and co-host of the Huddle and Flow Podcast. In his more than 30-year career with the Miami Herald, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and NFL Media, he’s broken major stories like Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, Michael Vick dogfighting and Michael Jordan joining the Wizards. Steve and I discuss his experiences growing up in Minneapolis and St. Louis, his decision to attend Howard University, his thoughts on the George Floyd murder, concussions, and NFL news involving Julio Jones and Aaron Rodgers. Watch Steve's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7GXO-D6RKwM ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Steve Wyche: https://www.instagram.com/wyche89/ https://www.twitter.com/wyche89/ https://www.nfl.com/author/steve-wyche https://www.nfl.com/podcasts/huddle-and-flow ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

51mins

30 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Janelle Marie Rodriguez: Journalist, Actress, Mental Health Advocate

Aron Bender is joined by Janelle Marie Rodriguez -- one of his former journalism students at Cal State Northridge. She now splits time between Los Angeles and her hometown of Miami. Janelle's been a TV news reporter, entertainment and sports journalist and host, an actress, spent a few years at ESPN and Disney Channel, and is now with FIBA and Latin Up — a new show on Twitch. Watch Janelle's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/URTmPS-PiV0 ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Janelle Marie Rodriguez: https://www.instagram.com/thejanellemarie/ https://www.tiktok.com/@thejanellemarie https://www.twitch.tv/THEJANELLEMARIE https://twitter.com/thejanellemarie ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

55mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Tessa Barrera: Tess Talks

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. Watch Tessa's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QjUusvQb63M ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Tessa Barrera: https://instagram.com/Tess1Tess2 https://twitter.com/Tess1Tess2 https://www.facebook.com/tess1tess2/ https://thebuzz.iheart.com/featured/the-rod-ryan-show/ ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

1hr 4mins

21 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Natalie Brunell: Bitcoin Beach

Aron Bender talks with Natalie Brunell -- who hosts two podcasts and is also a reporter at Spectrum News 1 SoCal. She’s worked in Palm Springs and Sacramento, as well as for ABC News. And teaches at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. A couple years ago she entered the podcast space with Career Stories and recently made a big splash (especially in the business podcast arena) with Coin Stories talking with the personalities in the cryptocurrency bitcoin Dogecoin Ethereum digital currency world. Watch Natalie's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Yn2G7FYvo0k ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Natalie Brunell: https://www.instagram.com/nataliebrunell https://twitter.com/natbrunell https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliebrunell https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/reporters/2020/07/24/natalie-brunell-investigative-journalist ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

33mins

18 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Jorge Sedano: Fatherhood, Mental Health, Anxiety and Sports

Aron Bender chats with his friend, Jorge Sedano, who hosts a show on ESPN LA 710 with Scott Kaplan and previous podcast guest LZ Granderson. Sedano also does sideline reporting and some play-by-play for the NBA on ESPN and ABC. I’ve known Jorge nearly 20 years. We worked together at iHeartRadio at WIOD and WINZ in Miami. He's worked for Fox Sports Radio as well as at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. We talked about fatherhood, mental health and anxiety, his goals involving the LatinX community, as well as the Clippers, Suns and the rest of the NBA Playoffs. ••• Connect with Aron Bender at www.aronbender.com You can now watch The Aron Bender Podcast streaming nightly at 11 on DB&A TV at www.DBandAtelevision.TV or search for DB&A TV on Amazon Fire, Roku or Apple TV. ••• The Aron Bender Podcast on Apple: https://apple.co/385hLYP The Aron Bender Podcast on Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/328DcEF The Aron Bender Podcast on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3uI9L8W The Aron Bender Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAronBenderPodcast ••• Connect with Jorge Sedano: https://twitter.com/Sedano https://www.instagram.com/jorgesedanoespn/ http://www.espn.com/losangeles/radio/ ••• Music provided by: MOKKA / Calm Piano Ambient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiTKN0TxYU

42mins

17 Jun 2021

Rank #10