176 episodes

A Podcast hosted by KTLA 5 News Director Jason Ball and producer Bobby Gonzalez. Jason explores topics in the news, issues facing journalists, and the newsgathering process. Each episode includes an in-depth interview with journalists, newsmakers, or interesting people. Jason also offers reading/viewer recommendations including articles, books, Ted Talks, and more. He also takes listener questions and offers inspirational quotes.

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    • 4.9, 65 Ratings

A Podcast hosted by KTLA 5 News Director Jason Ball and producer Bobby Gonzalez. Jason explores topics in the news, issues facing journalists, and the newsgathering process. Each episode includes an in-depth interview with journalists, newsmakers, or interesting people. Jason also offers reading/viewer recommendations including articles, books, Ted Talks, and more. He also takes listener questions and offers inspirational quotes.

    State of the (Nexstar) Nation with CEO Perry Sook

    State of the (Nexstar) Nation with CEO Perry Sook

    This week, we're bringing in the big guns! Jason and Bobby are joined by Nexstar President & CEO Perry Sook. In this in-depth conversation, Perry discusses his career journey through the news business including his early on-air jobs, the purchase of his first television station, and the founding of Nexstar, now the largest television station owner in the United States. Perry also discusses the successes and challenges of running the company in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his philosophy for ensuring continued success. He also shares details about WGN America's "News Nation," Nexstar's upcoming three-hour nightly national news program. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    2 Years in the Office: Top 5 Downloads & Our Bosses

    2 Years in the Office: Top 5 Downloads & Our Bosses

    We begin our celebration of two years since the start of the podcast! We kick things off by looking back at our top 5 most downloaded episodes! Rich DeMuro shares some iPhone tips from his then-recently-released book. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black shares an emotional story from his book Mama's Boy. Megan Telles recalls the moment in her career she found out she'd be coming to work at KTLA. Shally Zomorodi opens about putting her life on display on social media. A now health Henry DiCarlo talks about battling prostate cancer. We also hear from a couple of our bosses, Janene Drafs and Susan Tully.

    • 45 min
    Like a REAL Boss with Tiana Sanchez

    Like a REAL Boss with Tiana Sanchez

    Tiana Sanchez is an executive trainer, leadership coach, author, and the host of the podcast Like a REAL Boss. In this episode, Tiana joins the News Director's Office to discuss the changes and challenges to the new ways we work amid the pandemic. We also discuss diversity in the workplace, and addressing sensitive issues with empathy and honest dialogue. Tiana breaks down how to be an effective leader, using failure as a springboard for growth, and other topics on the road to success.

    • 43 min
    Mental Health in the Media with Mark Joyella

    Mental Health in the Media with Mark Joyella

    Mark Joyella is a writer and content creator at IBM, Forbes contributor, former television news anchor and reporter, and mental health advocate. Mark shares anecdotes from his time working in local news and how he developed his voice as a storyteller. Mark also opens up about why he chose to publicly speak out about his challenges with mental health, and why the industry needs to evaluate the way it addresses mental illness.

    • 41 min
    The One with Vanessa & Jackie from the 'Friends with Friends' Podcast

    The One with Vanessa & Jackie from the 'Friends with Friends' Podcast

    It's a KTLA Podcasts crossover! KTLA News Director Jason Ball and Producer Bobby are joined by Vanessa Martinez and Jackie Rodriguez of KTLA's "Friends with Friends" podcast. They reveal why they set out to watch all 236 episodes of the beloved television series "Friends," their favorite guests they've had on their podcast, and why they think the "Friends" fandom still endures 16 years after the end of the series. 'Friends' super fan Jackie tells us what the show means to her. 'Friends' newcomer Vanessa shares what it's like watching the show through a modern lens. Jason tells us what it was like living through the nineties at the height of the show's popularity.

    • 39 min
    'Voices of Courage' with KTAL News Director John Walton

    'Voices of Courage' with KTAL News Director John Walton

    John Walton is News Director for KTAL News and KMSS in Shreveport, Louisiana. John shares details about their Voices of Courage campaign, which aims to promote honest conversations surrounding race. He also opens up about his own experiences as a black man in the United States. John explains how his news team covers sensitive stories and issues in the community surrounding racial injustice, the coronavirus pandemic, and more.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

craig cycles ,

We go way back

I feel like I know the guests, Bobby and Jason Ball because the conversations are real, genuine and so interesting. I feel like I’m in the room with them and we’re just hanging out talking like old friends... like we go way back. I find it’s sometimes easy to relate to the experiences shared. It’s really cool hearing personal stories. It’s a reminder that no matter what we do for a living or what’s going on in life, we’re all just people, trying to live and hopefully spreading some positive energy!

princessofmiami ,

Love this podcast!

Jason has that rare quality of being authoritative...yet so incredibly relatable. He has the wisdom of decades of experience in the tv newsroom, but don’t expect to hear some old school newsy curmudgeon. Jason brings a warm, unexpected charm and a friendly curiosity to his podcast. It is apparent how much the guests respect him...and truly like him. He and Bobby create a vibe that feels like you are a fly on the wall...quietly eavesdropping on an interesting conversation within the new’s director’s office. If you ever have wondered, “WHAT are they talking about in there?”....this podcast is for you!

Disnydude1 ,

Henry DiCarlo Great.

With a preface to these pods done pre Dec. 27, 2018. That Chris Burrous was still with us. It is hard knowing that we will not hear him with you interviewing him and NOT WRITING HIM UP after a Weekend shift.
That said, listening to Henry and you, I now see why the dedication to CHOC he and his wife have. During the next Disneyland marathon, he will be there to cover it and host.
I enjoy hearing your different quotes for each on air guest.
I have a question for you Jason Ball:
What quote would you give to somebody who has Epilepsy?

Your one of many thousands of KTLA 7 day a week loyal viewer from La Habra.

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