Aaron Sanchez, host of the NEW Morning Show on ABC News Radio KMET 1490AM and creator/co-host of “The Hollywood Social Lounge“, is our CoPromoter of the week! With Sanchez’s ambitious drive and tenacity for hosting, there was no question that he would find an abundant amount of success. Read our exclusive interview with Aaron Sanchez below, and find out how he made his way up the entertainment business:
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into radio and hosting?
About 8 years ago I was working a sales job, and although I did well at it, I always felt I wanted to do something more. About that same time I found myself at a specialized chiropractor’s office in Huntington Beach. In that same building was The Academy of Radio and TV Broadcasting. One day I just walked in and asked for a tour and thought wow so this is how they get the training! Even then though I didn’t have the self belief that I could ever be in radio. I figured at that time perhaps I could do at least voiceovers and perhaps could start to make a demo-tape, but didn’t know where I could do so. It was at that time that I reached out to a family member family member who I knew was around those in entertainment. He asked me to come in to do sales and PR for his non-profit organization and said he could make a recommendation to someone he knew. It was at his non-profit that I met a dear family member, who I affectionately call my Tio in Spanish “Uncle” Jose Luis Sedano, who immediately recommended that I step in front of the camera rather than stay behind it. From that day on he said he would join me on Red Carpet interviews and would be open to any idea I was crazy enough to try. We put up the interviews on YouTube which eventually the Bureau Chief of NBC News Radio KCAA saw our entertainment interviews and asked me to do a 10 minute weekly entertainment segment. Since I had already been creating content for online and television at the time from the red carpet, I was eventually given an opportunity to create a full one hour weekly radio show featuring some of the existing content our team had been creating which then allowed us to bring our guests in studio. We have since re-developed the show to what is known today as The Hollywood Social Lounge which since has been moved to ABC News Radio KMET. That in turn has led to a variety of hosting jobs including a new TV series called “Barcode Success” which takes a Celebrity, Millionaire or Billionaire and teams them up with an average “John Q Public” for a day, giving us an insider glimpse into the lives of amazing people.
2) What is “The Hollywood Social Lounge“?
The Hollywood Social Lounge features the very best of Hollywood including Film, TV and Music. From Indie Film to major blockbusters we’ve covered both on the Red Carpet and off with Celebrity and Filmmaker interviews.
3) Being an Executive Producer at ABC News Radio, what does your day consist of? What is your favorite part of your job?
In addition to the Hollywood Social Lounge I also Host and produce daily the Morning Show which consists of reaching out and getting exciting guests that we know our audience will appreciate. With so many new listening capabilities for example Soundcloud, TuneIn, Livestream, I also oversee the edits of the audio by combining to video so that we can reach our social media audience on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. In helping the owners and management at the station, I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to get more listeners and audience to tune-in both regionally and nationally. That’s how I came across CoPromote!
4) What advice would you give to people who want to delve into being a radio personality and television host?
There is a lot that I’ve had to learn by being hands on and learning from others as I’ve taken on in this career. I always recommend people to get the schooling to teach you the how to get in radio and television. That type of training is amazing to start from. Yet no matter whether you’ve had the education or not, surround yourself with people that are willing to teach you what you don’t learn. I’ve said that the years I’ve spent in radio thus far have been my own education. Also I recommend for hosts to think like producers. Start creating your own projects. Even if your first doesn’t see the light of day, you will have learned more in that experience through the process of doing. Surround yourself with people that get it and see your vision. Also, be a person of good character because many of your future jobs will come through friends or past employees you’ve worked with that want to help open the door to your next possible venture.
5) Have you found any other creatives through CoPromote whose work you currently follow?
Yes! I’ve found many creatives especially authors and entrepreneurs this way that understand Social Media is another very important communication tool and I enjoy following each one as they generate more great new content. I believe we’ve even featured one on our Morning Show.