"Don't compare your internal life with someone's external life." - Jennifer Ferro
Jennifer Ferro, President and General Manager of world renown L.A. public radio station KCRW, joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast with John Brenkus.
Founded in 1945, KCRW (College Radio Workshop), was originally created to train WWII veterans in the then new technology of FM broadcasting and ever since has blazed a trail in influencing culture, particularly in music and breaking bands, in a profound way.
Jennifer truly embodies what KCRW is all about - building community around shared values while having fun, and all in an effort to make life better. She got her start as an intern and it was the vibe, intelligence, and values of the station that kept her. In a world of paid social media influencers, bloggers, and constant marketing, Jennifer and her team of trusted culture curators offer a refreshing take on what is great from music, to food, to entertainment, to ideas.
A mom of two, she has a grounded view on creating equilibrium with family, work, life, and wellness. In this conversation, Jennifer graciously pulls back the curtain on what it takes to make it all work while committing to growth and real, human connection. She also throws in the fun story of how Fitz and the Tantrums blew up from their first appearance on KCRW and a chance listen by Adam Levine!
JENNIFER’S WORDS OF WISDOM
“Because we are public radio, we get to put out things that are good, real, or that we like. We aren’t doing some big media push from a parent company. We really answer to the audience and to what is credible, honest, and good. That’s what I love about what we do.”
“We’re awash in marketing in this day and age and KCRW is like a trusted friend.”
“I’m gonna go for joy.”
“I love being able to touch people and culture in a very real way.”
“KCRW is like your first friend in LA.”
“When you have purpose in your life, you may not not always feel happy, but you know what you’re doing, you know why you’re waking up in the morning, and you know your life has meaning. You must go find your purpose.”
“You have time or you have money. You often don’t have both and you have to give one or the other.”
"Don't compare your internal life with someone's external life."
“If you are in that place where you feel overwhelmed and unhappy, you get to control what you consume in a way that you never could have before. You can shut off.”
CONNECT WITH JENNIFER + KCRW
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