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Chachi Loves Everybody Podcast

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Welcome to the Chachi Loves Everybody podcast hosted by Chachi Denes!

Chachi sits down for candid conversations with Radio’s legends, master brand builders, and innovators in the burgeoning audio space, revealing the true stories behind their successes and their insights into building iconic brands through audio.

Episode Eleven - Jeff Smulyan

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Jeff Smulyan about:

  • Studying law at USC
  • Returning to Indianapolis to follow his dream
  • Running his first radio stations
  • Hiring David Letterman
  • The founding of Emmis Communications

 

Episode Ten - Ken Benson

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Ken Benson about:

  • Becoming the PD of Z100 in Portland
  • Creating and producing the Top 10 Bruce Springsteen smash "Secret Garden/Jerry Maguire Mix"
  • Getting torn apart by Howard Stern for the aforementioned song
  • Rising to the head of Programming for MTV
  • Becoming an SVP for Chancellor Communications
  • Founding P1 Media Group

 

Episode Nine - Ron Stone

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Ron Stone about:

  • Starting in radio as an accountant
  • His time at Beasley Media Group & being mentored by George Beasley
  • Buying and selling a radio station
  • Becoming the CEO & President of Adams Radio Group
  • Leadership during coronavirus

 

Episode Eight - Carolyn Gilbert

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Carolyn Gilbert about:

  • Women’s role in radio
  • Working in an elevator
  • Being on-air while in labor
  • Running two companies at once
  • Working with Randy Michaels
  • Her career trajectory and how that led to the creation of NuVoodoo

 

Episode Seven - Guest: Ken Charles

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Ken Charles about:

  • His desire to be a lawyer as a child due to his fascination with politics and how that led to him falling in love with radio while pursuing his graduate degree
  • Getting an interview with the Defence Minister of the Philippines, Juan Ponce Enrile, during a coup
  • Getting far in life with stubbornness, persistence, and asking the right questions
  • Losing a gig because of a “mooning incident”
  • Improving and evolving “broken” radio stations across the country
  • Attending a Falcon’s game with Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union (pictures below)

 

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Episode Six - Guest: Joel Denver

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Joel Denver about:

  • How a benign leg tumor led to the beginning of his career in radio at 14
  • Interviewing Radio and Music Industry giants at R&R
  • His late wife and All Access Cofounder, Ria Denver
  • Early days of All Access and its growth
  • Losing his home in the Woosley Fire of 2018 and the lessons he learned from that
  • WWRS 2020
  • The origin of the name “Chachi”
  • And so much more!!

 

Episode Five - Guest: Matt Pinfield

In this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi and Matt discuss Matt’s career, from a young child loving the radio to being an on-air personality for big gigs like MTV and VH1 as well as:

  • How confidence landed him the job at 120 Minutes
  • His first interview with Oasis got him a full-time gig
  • Being ordained by Bruce Springsteen
  • Trying to sign The Killers to a label
  • His very serious accident of Dec ‘18

 

Episode Four - Guest: Bob Lawrence

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Bob and Chachi talk about all sorts of shenanigans such as:

  • Growing up in New York
  • Being enamored with radio at a young age
  • Not having a “Plan B”
  • Having to fire someone for being drunk while on air
  • Programming in Japan
  • Starting his own research company with Pinnacle Media Worldwide

 

Episode Three - Guest: Bob Moore

In this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Bob Moore who has some good 'ole fashioned Wisconsin Wisdom! Here's just a sneak peek of what they discuss:

  • Drinking habits 
  • Living in Oakwood Garden Apartments
  • The Oshkosh life! 
  • Having a “thing” for Traffic Directors 
  • Killing the reverb

 

Episode Two - Guest: Rick Cummings

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, we talk with Rick Cummings about hip hop, leadership, a dangerous day in the studio, as well as:

  • Growing up in a small town in Indiana
  • The birth of Hot 97
  • What traditional hip hop stations are like
  • Where “Emmis” came from
  • Taking risks, being different, and owning it
  • A bullet in the ass

 

Episode One - Guest: Jhani Kaye

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Jhani Kaye about a few of these things:

  • Growing up in Hemet, CA
  • The growth and decline of radio in Los Angeles
  • Jhani’s trip to El Paso to learn programming
  • Killin’ them with kindness to get picked for a job
  • Directing Dick Clark the “Jhani way”
  • Getting kissed in an elevator