JBK On Air
By James Blair Kennedy III
JBK On Air is a podcast that offers an archive of one-on-one interviews as well as original content created by Jimmy Kennedy. Visit /www.jbkonair.com/ for more!
#62 - Taylor Richardson
Taylor Richardson is the Head of Community for LOOP Mobility Inc. - She joins Jimmy to talk about their experience as classmates at the University of Indianapolis, including what sparked her interest to learn about public relations. They both recall the chaos of the 2016 Presidential election and how a Trump presidency changed politics. They also react to Trump's 2024 presidential bid, who the Democratic Party should run against the GOP for the future, and the quick fascistic downfall of Twitter after Elon Musk's takeover.
November 23, 2022
#61 - Lacey Locke
Lacey Locke is a former college swimmer at Northwestern. She joins Jimmy to talk about their shared high school experience including the dedication it takes for Carmel Girls Swimming to maintain their national record for consecutive state championships, winning every year since 1986. Lacey is grateful to have been a part of such a winning tradition, how well it prepared her to face adversity, and the people she has been able to meet through her experience. Finally, Lacey reflects on the challenge of completing law school and the ways in which these qualifications can be used to start a new career.
November 17, 2022
#60 - Michael Rheinheimer
Michael Rheinheimer is a news producer for WNDU in South Bend, Indiana. He talks with Jimmy about their shared experience as college classmates at the University of Indianapolis. They react to the 2022 midterm elections and the effect misinformation will have on American democracy in the future. Michael also reflects on his parents encouraging him to pursue journalism, being thankful to work now for a station he grew up watching in Elkhart. Finally, Jimmy & Michael share grief of losing a parent and how people can try to cope following trauma.
November 10, 2022
#59 - Regan Fine
Regan Fine is a former Butler University cheerleader. She talks with Jimmy about their shared high school experience at Carmel, the demands of competitive cheerleading, and the pressure of performing on game days. She also gives an inside look into how she creates content for Instagram including the best times to post.
November 03, 2022
#58 - Kristi Lee
Kristi Lee is the news director and a co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Bob & Tom Show. She reflects on her stellar broadcasting career as a newly inducted member of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Kristi also predicts where radio will be headed in the coming years, pointing to car listening & smart speakers as key elements to keeping an audience.
October 27, 2022
#57 - Giauna Neville
Giauna Neville is a musician based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. G talks about her experience as a drummer/percussionist and the educational path she has taken to gain this knowledge in music. Jimmy talks with G about the challenge of being a woman of color in a male dominated industry and the need to hire diverse crews for gigs. Finally, Giauna previews some of her upcoming projects and the need for musicians to be fairly compensated. An open conversation about music, how it has changed through time and the realistic demands of working in a highly competitive industry.
October 20, 2022
#56 - David Dixon
David Dixon is a photographer based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. He covers the NFL, NBA, WNBA, and college basketball for the Indianapolis Recorder. He discusses his career beginnings with Jimmy and the financial cost to get started in photography. He also emphasizes the importance of mentors and building relationships in sports media. Finally, David reflects on some classic moments in his career, including Christian Watford's game-winning buzzer beater against Kentucky at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall!
October 13, 2022
#55 - Derek Schultz
Derek Schultz of ISC Sports Network joins the podcast to talk about his earliest radio influences growing up on the east coast, arriving at Indiana University for his first day without ever visiting, and his experience in sports talk. Derek recalls a funny story interacting with The Bob & Tom Show upon arriving in Indianapolis, being forever grateful to their entire staff. Finally, he talks about continuing to stay in media as a writer for Indianapolis Monthly, emphasizing to students the importance of having a versatile skillset.
October 06, 2022
#54 - Dr. Rob Gobetz
Dr. Rob Gobetz is a retired professor of communication with 24 years experience teaching at the University of Indianapolis. He joins his former student Jimmy on the podcast from Slovenia to reflect on his career in education. Jimmy & Rob also discuss the state of American democracy and the issue of misinformation from a sensationalized media, corrupting the very foundations of our political system. Dr. Gobetz emphasizes the importance of responsible journalism & critical thinking skills from the public as vital steps toward addressing major problems like global warming and gerrymandering. A great chat for anyone who wants to learn about the challenges of being a college professor and the requirements to become one.
September 28, 2022
#53 - Steve Campbell
Steve Campbell is the Vice President of Communications for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. He talks with Jimmy about what it is like to work a game day at Lucas Oil Stadium, what is required to join a communications staff in professional sports & much more!
September 22, 2022
#52 - Billy Davis
Billy Davis is a sports agent based out of Miami, Florida. He chats with Jimmy about the challenges of recruiting clients and the demands of meeting a client's needs once added to a roster. He reflects on his career as a student athlete & how that experience has helped him build a network of contacts in his current career. Finally, Billy provides a realistic look at the financial burden it can be to run an agency.
September 16, 2022
#51 - Gregg Doyel
Gregg Doyel is a sportswriter for the Indianapolis Star, being named three times as the country's top columnist by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He talks about his career beginnings at the Miami Herald as beat writer for the Miami Marlins and working with former ESPN personality Dan Le Batard. He also opens up about the challenges of work-life balance in media, the ways in which writing can help people heal & much more!
September 12, 2022
#50 - Lauren Barker
Lauren Barker works in Washington D.C. as a customer advocate on Capitol Hill. Jimmy talks with her about growing up together as elementary school classmates, connecting recent events to the stark contrast of what they knew as children. The challenge of maintaining civility in an era of misinformation and resentment is discussed, including the importance of local elections for meaningful progress at the grassroots level.
September 01, 2022
#49 - Mike Bray (DJ Mystro)
Mike Bray is an air-personality and DJ based out of Indianapolis, IN. He talks with Jimmy about his love for music as a drummer and the factors that have positioned him as a top DJ in Indianapolis with clients like the Indy Fuel and the WNBA's Indiana Fever. You can hear DJ Mystro on the new Hot 100.9 in Indianapolis & reach out by following @DJMystro on IG!
August 25, 2022
#48 - Jordan Loyd
Jordan Loyd is an NBA Champion, winning a title with the Toronto Raptors during the 2018-2019 season. He has experience playing in Israel, Spain, Serbia, and Russia. He is set to play in Monaco this season for his seventh (7th) year as a professional basketball player. Jordan talks about his time in the NBA including a viral moment with NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, what daily life was like in Russia & much more!
August 18, 2022
#47 - Bernie Eagan
Bernie Eagan is a 2018 Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame inductee with more than 40 years experience on the air in Indianapolis. He has managed to build a career in radio despite the challenge of being blind. Bernie talks about the adversity he has overcome to accomplish his professional goals, what it means to have a career he loves, and much more!
August 09, 2022
#46 - Iman Tucker (DJ Iman)
Iman Tucker is a DJ based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. He talks with Jimmy about his time as a student athlete at the University of Indianapolis, earning his MBA in May 2018. He reflects on the adversity of surviving cancer twice and the vision he has for his business, Believe Brand Entertainment. Since 2016, Iman has performed on behalf of the some of the world’s biggest brands including the NBA, NFL, and Nike. For more information about Iman & his work including rates/availability for hire, visit https://believebrandent.com/
August 05, 2022
#45 - Paul Jorgensen
Paul Jorgensen is a professional basketball player with experience playing in Spain, Portugal and Poland. He chats with Jimmy about growing up in New Jersey and his initial recruitment to George Washington University. Jorgensen reflects on his decision to transfer to Butler and the commitment it took to meet academic demands. Paul also discusses the importance of hiring the right agent & the need for American athletes to embrace international culture to sustain success overseas.
August 01, 2022
#44 - Rick Dunkle
Rick Dunkle is a twenty-year veteran of the film and television industry in Los Angeles, California. He has worked for a number of media organizations and major motion picture studios, including ABC, CBS, Cedar Park, Disney, Entertainment One, Fox, Paramount, Sony, and Viacom. Rick has written and produced content across multiple platforms, including film, television, radio, print, and digital. Throughout his career, he’s served in a number of capacities, including as a journalist, screenwriter, copywriter, television producer, content creator, programming strategist, research analyst, and ad/marketing professional. He chats with Jimmy about his work on Criminal Minds as a writer/producer, the current state of journalism following the Trump presidency & what it means to be a college professor, newly hired as General Manager of UIndy TV5 at the University of Indianapolis.
July 29, 2022
#43 - Tyler Wideman
Tyler Wideman is a professional basketball player with experience playing in Israel, Croatia, and Hungary. He talks about his experience as a student athlete for Butler Men's Basketball and gives the listener a realistic idea of the skill it takes to achieve at that level. Follow Tyler @trw31_45 on Twitter & @bigwug_4 on Instagram for highlights & more!
July 19, 2022
#42 - Danny Dunn
Danny Dunn is a comedian and writer based out of Los Angeles. He talks with Jimmy about their shared high school experience in Indianapolis, their earliest inspirations for comedy, and how comedy can be used to heal from traumatic situations.
June 27, 2022
#41 - Leah Haslage
Leah Haslage is a TV/podcast producer and host based out of Cleveland, OH. She talks about her experience in TV fulfilling multiple roles at previous stations including social media responsibilities and managing interns. Leah also mentions her love for music as a Cleveland native, sharing her previous experience as a former employee for the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.
June 10, 2022
#40 - Charlie Clifford
Charlie Clifford is an Emmy Award winning sports anchor, leading News 8 weekend sports coverage at 6, 10, and 11 p.m. on WISH-TV. He talks about his love for Indianapolis as a sports town, how the hiring process works at television stations & work-life balance. Jimmy and Charlie also discuss the human element of being a journalist and the toll it can take on mental health. For anyone looking for feedback on their reel, Charlie can be reached @cliffWISH8 on Twitter.
June 06, 2022
#39 - Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor is the Radio Production Manager & radio play-by-play voice for the Indianapolis Colts. He talks about growing up in Indianapolis as a sports fan, his earliest aspirations to be on the air, and what his duties are now for an NFL franchise. Matt emphasizes the importance of preparation in his job and the work/life balance sacrifices he makes to deliver top broadcast quality. A jam packed conversation with advice and principles that would make any broadcaster better.
May 23, 2022
#38 - Jaila Brewer
Jaila Brewer is an actress and model from Indianapolis, IN. Now based in Los Angeles, Jaila has been featured in shows like NBC's This is Us & Dear White People on Netflix. She talks with Jimmy about their shared experience at Carmel High School, what inspired her to be in show business, and the pressures of success.
April 29, 2022
#37 - Mike G.
Mike G. is a food & lifestyle journalist from Indianapolis, IN. Mike talks with Jimmy about how he started this career path, the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity, and the ways in which food can bring together a community. A jam packed episode that provides information on the best restaurants in Indianapolis as well as ways to monetize your brand as an influencer. You can reach out to Mike G on social media @wheresmikeg on Facebook, Twitter and IG or his website http://www.wheresmikeg.com/
April 20, 2022
#36 - Natalie Lalich
Natalie Lalich is a former college softball player, playing for Indiana University and the University of Indianapolis during her career. She talks about how she grew to love softball, the recruiting process to play at the college level and how she handled academic responsibilities. Natalie also reflects on her legacy as a teammate and the ways she has improved herself since graduating from school.
April 04, 2022
#35 - Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker is the co-founder of The Heartland Builders, a contracting company that focuses on residential and commercial remodeling in Indianapolis, IN. Jimmy discusses with Andrew how his experience as a former student athlete helped him in his newest business venture. For more information including services & pricing, visit https://www.theheartlandbuilders.com.
March 29, 2022
#34 - F.A.C.T.S.
Jimmy talks with emcee F.A.C.T.S. from Fishers, Indiana. He promotes his new album Soul Loops which will be available on March 25th. F.A.C.T.S. recalls his earliest influences in music and how he formed a creative partnership with CIZ Films.
March 23, 2022
#33 - Pete Smith
Retired teacher, administrator, and coach Pete Smith reflects on his 33 year career with five Indiana school corporations. Smith discusses his experience in coaching basketball, which includes winning two state championships at Guerin Catholic & staying in touch with former players like NBA standout Rick Fox. Jimmy talks with Coach Smith about how high school sports have changed with the advent of social media and the best ways to handle parents for coaches/officials today.
February 15, 2022
#32 - Aeneas White
Former college football player for the University of Indianapolis Aeneas White talks about his experience playing safety at the DII level. He discusses the recruiting process, the challenges of being a student athlete, and the life lessons he gained through football. A fun conversation including the playlist Aeneas would use to prepare for a game & the many memories he recalls with his family and teammates through playing football.
February 01, 2022
#31 - Ari Gleckman
Ari Gleckman is a clinical mental health counseling graduate student. She talks with Jimmy about their experience at Carmel High School and the privilege of having an enthusiastic support system at home. They discuss the toxic nature of social media and how isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic made mental health an even more urgent issue. Ari gives timely advice on how to maintain mental health in a challenging and uncertain time for many including the importance of diet and exercise.
January 25, 2022
#30 - Laura Steele
Multimedia personality Laura Steele reflects on her impressive career to this point, including her time as an air-personality in Indianapolis & Cinncinatti. She tells about getting to interview Snoop Dogg at the American Music Awards in Las Vegas, what it is like working with The Bob & Tom Show and much more!
January 18, 2022
#29 - Jala Washington
Multimedia journalist & reporter Jala Washington joins Jimmy to remember their broadcasting roots together at Carmel High School. Jala discusses her career to this point in Texas and the work she put in to become a bilingual journalist. She also recalls the pressure of being a gymnast in college, the pressure she felt to perform and how being an athlete has helped professionally today.
January 10, 2022
#28 - Carly Donofrio
Hairstylist Carly Donofrio opens up about her career, the way her work makes women feel empowered, the challenge of navigating unrealistic expectations on social media & much more!
November 22, 2021
#27 - Dr. Michael Lea
Chiropractor Dr. Michael Lea explains what a chiropractor provides to patients, how people can go about becoming one, and the additional responsibility of running a business in his soon to be launched private practice on the north side of Indianapolis. An open and honest conversation about the importance of movement and the excitement of Michael becoming a father for the first time.
November 11, 2021
#26 - Mallory Moreno
Air-personality Mallory Moreno reflects with Jimmy on their time in college together at the University of Indianapolis as communication majors. Mallory discusses the struggles she's dealt with in her career and the importance of emphasizing better mental health practices.
November 02, 2021
#25 - Braylen Morgan
Model Braylen Morgan talks with Jimmy about the challenges of working in modeling, the reaction of family & friends to him coming out as bisexual in college, and much more!
October 22, 2021
#24 - Austin Roberts
Former UCLA and Los Angeles Chargers TE Austin Roberts joins the podcast to discuss what it's like growing up with a NFL coach as a father, the demands both on and off the field around football, and how he is still involved with sports after his playing days.
August 10, 2021
#23 - Tyler Conrad
Director, tour photographer, and videographer Tyler Conrad talks about his career based out of Nashville. His clients include artists like Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, & Devin Dawson. He discusses his love for the entertainment business, the struggles and tribulations that got him to this point & more!
July 21, 2021
#22 - Kirbie Croshal
Kirbie Croshal is Sr. VP of Online Marketing & VP of Marketing for Croshal Entertainment Group. CEG is a premiere label services, marketing and artist management company in the music industry since 2003. Kirbie talks about growing up in marketing with her father Fred Croshal, who ran Madonna's record label before starting CEG. Kirbie also talks about her experience in artist management, building brands for clients like AJ McClean of the Backstreet Boys and the ever changing landscape of social media.
June 17, 2021
#21 - Kayla Sullivan
Kayla Sullivan joins the podcast to discuss the challenges of working as a television news reporter and single mom. Kayla gives you an idea of the pressure that can be felt working in media including audience criticism as a woman. She reflects on her experience so far in media and the consequences this kind of career can have on work/life balance.
May 11, 2021
#20 - Russ Collins
Russ Collins is the founder and creative director of CIZ Films in Indianapolis. He reflects on his love for video production, what he learned as a student athlete at the University of Indianapolis and his vision for CIZ as brand in the future.
April 13, 2021
#19 - Jordan Beasley
Jordan Beasley is a University of Indianapolis alum currently working with the Denver Broncos in their public relations department. He talks with JBK about how he ended up at UIndy, his mentality when it comes to career advancement and the importance of work life balance.
April 02, 2021
#18 - Andrew Brewer
Andrew Brewer has been listed in over 30 publications as one of the Top 50 Psychics in the World. He explains his process for making predictions and how people can best project their core power. For more information about Andrew visit www.andrew-brewer.com/
February 25, 2021
#17 - Colin Bowles & Adam Mahan Williams
Colin Bowles and Adam Mahan Williams just launched their own production company Two W Productions. They have worked as actors and content creators, but have taken the steps to turn their creative partnership into a brand. Learn about the process of starting a production company, get a behind the scenes understanding of what auditioning is like & much more! For more information about Two W Productions including merchandise visit: www.twowproductions.com/
February 19, 2021
#16 - Corey Ryan Forrester ("The Buttercream Dream")
Stand-up comedian Corey Ryan Forrester AKA "The Buttercream Dream" stops by the show to talk about his comedic influences, the challenges of doing comedy during the COVID-19 pandemic, and QAnon congresswomen Marjorie Taylor Greene.
February 10, 2021
#15 - Rivkah Reyes
Actress and musician Rivkah Reyes opens up about their experience as a child actress, starring in School of Rock, the importance of cultural diversity in media & more!
January 01, 2021
#14 - Dr. Jack Brown
Dr. Jack Brown is one of two people in North America to be both a physician and an expert in body language/emotional intelligence. He provides insight into how a candidate's body language can impact their standing with voters, the factors that campaigns must consider to show their candidate in the most positive light on a national stage, and the lasting effect of President Trump's behavior on future generations ahead of the 2020 Presidential election.
October 16, 2020
#13 - Pat Boylan
Play by play announcer for the WNBA's Indiana Fever Pat Boylan joins the podcast to discuss his love for sports broadcasting, and the importance of finding a mentor to help navigate a wildly competitive industry.
October 05, 2020
#12 - Rob Brown
Rob Brown is the Sports Information Director for Roncalli Athletics in Indianapolis, Indiana. He reflects on his experience with the Los Angeles Clippers in media relations, the improvement of sports media through advanced technology and much more.
September 21, 2020
#11 - Don Abbott
Don Abbott a pioneer for radio, television, and advertising discusses his lasting media career including the founding of his own audio-visual company, Abbott Productions.
August 26, 2020
#10 - Dr. Jack Brown
Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown discusses the importance of body language tendencies in everyday life and how it can be used to shape the 2020 presidential election. Having done thorough analysis of Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, he provides great insight into what subtle movements indicate possible deception and the likelihood of underlying conditions.
August 18, 2020
#9 - Mark Patrick
Mark Patrick joins the podcast to discuss his accomplished media career. During the 1990's, Patrick was featured on Indianapolis airwaves with the nationally syndicated morning radio show "The Bob & Tom Show" but that's just a start. He also hosted afternoon drive on 1260 WNDE with "Mark Patrick on Sports" and was the sports director at WISH-TV Channel 8. Now retired, he reflects on his stellar career, how to create a work-life balance & much more.
August 10, 2020
#8 - Dean Metcalf
Producer of the nationally syndicated morning radio show "The Bob & Tom Show" Dean Metcalf joins the podcast to talk about his career in radio, his love for performing live music, and an interesting collection of fun POTUS memorabilia.
August 03, 2020
#7 - Scott Romer
World-renowned photographer Scott Romer talks about his 50 year career in photography including extensive experience with professional wrestling and boxing. He is the co-author with John Cosper of the book "When it Was: My Life on Both Sides of the Camera" available on Amazon. Buy now: www.amazon.com/When-Was-Life-Sid…era/dp/B088JC7YWW
July 17, 2020
#6 - Brent Terhune
Stand-up comedian Brent Terhune from Indianapolis, Indiana talks about his comedy influences, the strangest audiences he's performed for & much more!
June 26, 2020
#5 - Bill Levin
Bill Levin talks about his work as Grand Poobah of The First Church of Cannabis located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
June 25, 2020
#4 - Robert Wuhl
Two time Emmy Award winning actor, comedian, and writer Robert Wuhl discusses his experience as the creator of HBO's Arliss, working alongside Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's Batman & much more.
June 17, 2020
#3 - Steve Allee
Steve Allee is a world-renowned jazz artist, composer, and educator from Indianapolis. He discusses his first experiences with jazz, working as the music director for the nationally syndicated radio program "The Bob & Tom Show" and what it means to him to be a mentor for aspiring young musicians. Recorded at the WICR-FM studios in April of 2014.
June 11, 2020
#2 - Chooch Kennedy
An interview conducted with my dad Chooch Kennedy back in 2014 where he talks about his four decade long career as a musician. He talks about his earliest musical influences and the assortment of professional experience he gained performing to a variety of audiences. Chooch died from esophagus cancer in September of 2019, but leaves a lasting legacy in Indianapolis as a talented performer, beloved friend, and the best father a son could ever ask for. As much as I miss my best friend, I know he's with me everyday and is part of everything I do. This interview is my most treasured and captures my dad's genuine heart as a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I love you Dad, every time, all the day.
June 09, 2020
#1 - Noel Casler
Noel Casler worked for 6 seasons on The Celebrity Apprentice working directly as a talent escort for the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump. Casler has more than 25 years of live television experience handling talent logistics, but is now a stand-up comedian based out of New York City. Noel is also a co-host on "The Stuttering John Podcast" alongside John Melendez from Howard Stern & Jay Leno fame. Noel has an honest conversation with Jimmy about his experience working with Donald Trump & much more.
June 05, 2020