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Aron Bender is shining the spotlight on people in LA media, sharing the storytellers' personal and professional stories, lives and journeys. Aron has been in broadcast and digital news for more than 20 years. The SoCal native teaches at his alma mater, Cal State Northridge, and has worked in Los Angeles, Miami and Fresno.

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Aron Bender is shining the spotlight on people in LA media, sharing the storytellers' personal and professional stories, lives and journeys. Aron has been in broadcast and digital news for more than 20 years. The SoCal native teaches at his alma mater, Cal State Northridge, and has worked in Los Angeles, Miami and Fresno.

    Kacey Montoya is covered in dog hair

    Kacey Montoya is covered in dog hair

    Kacey Montoya is a reporter and does the weather at KTLA in Los Angeles. She joined the station in 2013 after working in Oregon, Palm Springs and West Virginia. The Orange County native spent her childhood in Dallas but returned to LA to go to Cal State Northridge for her broadcast journalism degree. Kacey uses her platform to help dogs with her Fix' n Fidos Non-Profit Spay/Neuter program. She's won awards for her reporting on the Pawsitive Change inmate/canine program. And what's a conversation with Liberté Chan's best friend without some yoga talk!

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    https://www.facebook.com/kaceymontoyaTV/

    https://www.fixnfidos.com

    https://www.instagram.com/pawsitivechangeprogram/
    https://www.facebook.com/pawsitivechangeprogram/

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    • 52 min
    Ralph Garman dances with the devil in the pale moonlight

    Ralph Garman dances with the devil in the pale moonlight

    Ralph Garman is an actor, comedian and impressionist who hosts The Ralph Report Podcast, co-hosts the Hollywood Babble-On Podcast with Kevin Smith, was on Kevin & Bean on KROQ for nearly 20 years, hosted The Joe Schmo Show, and has a bunch of movie and TV credits -- including all kinds of voices on Family Guy. Ralph's originally from Philadelphia, and way back when drove to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. He eventually fell into radio, and his fill-in gig with Kevin and Bean lasted 18 years. We cover his love for all things Batman (especially the original, Adam West), balancing work and family, how he and his wife dealt with the loss of one of their prematurely born twins, being thrust into 9/11 coverage, why he doesn't turn down any requests for impressions (his Arnold Schwarzenegger is legendary!), and how podcasting saved his life.

    Subscribe to The Ralph Report Podcast
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    The Hollywood Babble-On Podcast with Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith
    https://www.smodcast.com/channel/hollywoodbabbleon

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Fritz said it would be like this!

    Fritz said it would be like this!

    Fritz Coleman does weather at NBC4 in Los Angeles. He joined Channel 4 in 1982 after being discovered while doing stand-up comedy. Fritz grew up in the Philadelphia area, went to Temple University in Phillie and Salem College in West Virginia, studying radio, TV and film. He used that education while in the US Navy. During his FM DJ days in Buffalo he tried comedy at an open mic night, and was hooked! A little while later Fritz picked up and drove out to Los Angeles to pursue his stand-up career, and ended up doing the weather on Channel 4 for nearly 40 years! His popularity exploded in the 1980's during NBC4's marketing campaign for his forecasts, "Fritz said it would be like this!" But he didn't forget about comedy. He was on The Tonight Show several times, still performs on stage, and is doing a one-man show "Defying Gravity" October 13th at Garry Marshall Theatre to raise money for The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce and the nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre. Yes, Fritz is just as nice as you'd think he is! It was such an honor to talk with THE Fritz Coleman!

    Tickets for Fritz Coleman LIVE Sunday October 13th at Garry Marshall Theatre in Toluca Lake https://www.garrymarshalltheatre.org/fritz

    https://www.facebook.com/FritzNBCLA/

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    • 59 min
    Veronica Miracle -- yes, that's her real name!

    Veronica Miracle -- yes, that's her real name!

    Veronica Miracle is a reporter and fill-in anchor at ABC7 in Los Angeles. Before moving to Southern California in 2017 she worked at KFSN ABC30 in Fresno and KLEW-TV in tiny Lewiston, Idaho. The Washington State University alum was born in Japan but raised in the Seattle area. While Veronica was in high school her parents divorced, and then her dad went to federal prison for running a Ponzi scheme. He was released in early 2019. We talk about the challenges she's faced because of that experience, how it inspired her to pursue journalism, her story that helped a wrongly-arrested woman get out of jail, the news gathering app she's developing, getting her Master's from Syracuse, we swap "Fresno life" storiesg in Fresno, and how she adopted a rescue pup!

    https://www.facebook.com/ABC7Veronica
    https://www.twitter.com/abc7veronica
    https://www.instagram.com/abc7veronica

    Hear more about Veronica in her episode of The Career Stories Podcast with Natalie Brunell: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/veronica-miracle-kabc-reporter-anchor/id1451439126?i=1000430337655

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    • 53 min
    Josh Mankiewicz takes me on a Dateline

    Josh Mankiewicz takes me on a Dateline

    Josh Mankiewicz is a correspondent with Dateline NBC, covering stories for the news magazine since 1995. He was born in California but spent a lot of his childhood in Peru and Washington, DC, and saw his father, Kennedy Press Secretary Frank Mankiewicz, announce the death of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968. Josh started as an intern with ABC News, worked local news in DC before rejoining ABC News as a correspondent in 1982, hooked up with WCBS-TV in New York City, moved to Los Angeles to work at the relatively new KCAL 9 News, and before joining Dateline NBC spent a minute reporting for the short-lived "Front Page" news magazine on the upstart Fox network. The Mankiewicz family is well known in the entertainment industry but Josh explains why he was never interested in the family business. We talk about how ABC News wasted their money sending him to a world-renowned voice coach. Let Josh be Josh, people! We talk about how all that traveling he did all those decades as a correspondent finally paid off when he met his wife ... at the airport! And we get into what makes a good Dateline NBC story, plus why he's so snarky on Twitter. Enjoy!

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Lindsay McCormick is a badass working woman

    Lindsay McCormick is a badass working woman

    Lindsay McCormick is a native of Houston, but other than covering sporting events that happened to be in Texas she's spent college and all of her more than decade-long career outside of the Lone Star State. She's now based in Los Angeles. Lindsay was supposed to go to school in Texas but without even telling her parents she applied to Auburn University in Alabama. She played "reporter" as a kid and has sports in her blood -- but it was on the sidelines of an Auburn football game that she fell in love with sports reporting. Lindsay has one of the more diverse résumés of any guest I've had on The News Bender Podcast. She interned and then worked at ESPN, worked for the network that carried the Portland Trailblazers, was a stunt double on TNT's "Leverage," covered the NFL for Esquire Magazine, was NBC Sunday Night Football's Social Host, landed a role in the film "The Bounce Back," covered the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, hosts Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch and is partnering with ePlay Digital. I also talk with Lindsay about when she became the news instead of just covering it. She came forward in 2017 with a story involving an NFL Network executive asking her during an interview whether she was going to get "knocked up immediately like the rest of them." We go in-depth covering what went into the decision to go public, why she didn't name the executive, and how she survived the backlash. Throw in some listeria and an emergency appendectomy, and we've got ourselves a great episode of The News Bender Podcast!

    https://www.lindsaymccormick.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/lindsaymccormicksports/
    https://twitter.com/lindsaym_sports

    Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch
    https://www.entrepreneur.com/watch/elevatorpitch

    Lindsay McCormick on NFL Network Sexism: 'Badass Working Women' Deserve More
    https://www.newsweek.com/lindsay-mccormick-nfl-sexism-badass-working-women-750872

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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