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Power Up with your new Power Pod crew

Power Up with your new Power Pod crew

Power Up with your new Power Pod crew

Greetings all! I’m excited to answer some popular questions about my new show, The Power Pod. 

What exactly is The Power Pod? The Power Pod is a weekly roundup show that takes a deeper, diverse dive into the current events of the week. 

When does is launch? I’m happy to announce that the show will launch this Thursday, April 18th! 

Where do I listen? The show will drop every Thursday and be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and the WSB Radio APP for the time being. You can subscribe right now to hear a promo for the show and be ready be ready for the first episode. 

Who’s the crew? See below! 

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Jared Yamamoto is a radio personality and Lead Researcher/Producer for the fastest growing radio show in America, The Von Haessler Doctrine on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB in Atlanta, Georgia. 

He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Mass Communications, minoring in Political Science. Jared began his professional radio career in Atlanta at iHeart Radio’s 640 WGST as an Associate Producer for the Rob and Dave Show. Jared then moved to Cox Media Group’s WSB Radio in the fall of 2012 and became the Producer of Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson. While working at WSB, Jared also produced 2012 U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain’s nationally syndicated radio show. 

Jared is a mainstay at WSB and is plugged in with today’s politics, policies, and current events and is happy to share them with you. You can hear Jared daily on WSB with the entire Doctrine gang from 9-Noon in the morning and on his new podcast, The Power Pod! 

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"Bread and buttered" in Dallas, TX, Randi O is most known for her vibrant persona and her in-your-face personality. After leaving her home state and moving to the Peach State, she was determined to make a name for herself in Atlanta. 

With a background in Broadcast Journalism, Randi focused right away on being on air. Through her matriculation in undergrad she gained firsthand experience on working for print, radio and television. Not too soon after coming to Atlanta, Randi joined Pop Life Radio and served as a radio personality on The Cool Kids Morning Show. 

She later joined and produced a YouTube talk show called, “Sipping with the Girls (SWTG).” While finishing up her last year of grad school, where she received her master’s in Public Relations, she began to shoot for higher goals and envisioned having her own PR company. 

Well with the help of God and her two mentors, Sasha the Diva and Charmin Lee, she made that goal a reality and started Randi O P&R. Randi O P&R is a public relations company that focuses on managing client’s brands and social presence. 

She’s also the creator and talent for Black, Educated & Broke which is an Atlanta-based podcast expressing the thoughts of four millennials sharing their THOUGHTS about Le Struggle and bringing about positive change. 

When Randi O isn’t tweeting, posting or tagging content, she enjoys giving back to the community, hanging out with her friends and sorority sisters, spending time with her adorable pooch Martini and throwing down in the kitchen. 

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Nicole Bennett is the Digital Producer for morning drive for Cox Media Group’s WSB Radio in Atlanta, Georgia. 

She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013, having majored in Mass Media Arts and minored in Communications Studies. Nicole began her professional career in journalism interning at WSB Radio, writing for online news magazine Around The Rings, and freelancing at CNN. Soon-after leaving her part-time positions elsewhere, Nicole was offered a fulltime position with WSB. Within about two years, she was promoted to the Morning Digital Producer position. 

In her role, Nicole researches, reports on, and writes several stories a week that she publishes online at WSBRadio.com. She has on-air experience, and previously produced several podcast episodes for Around The Rings on international sports and just about anything related to the Olympics. 

Nicole stays up-to-date on all stories related to politics, sports, pop culture, national and international news – with a self-professed (and perhaps unhealthy) focus on true crime and the royal family. You can find her work on WSBRadio.com, and of course now hear her once a week on the Power Pod. 

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Christina studied at the University of Tennessee (go vols!) and left Knoxville after 4 beautiful years with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. Upon graduation, Christina landed a job at Cox Media Group (here at WSB!) and worked in the Sales department. During her time at the White Columns, she met a lot of really cool peeps. Some of whom would stop her in the hallway to cut voice spots. She found much joy in this! A program director in the building once told her “You’re 23 but you sound like an absolute pro… we love your voice.” 

Christina now works for a retail company here in Georgia as the Associate Manager for Field Sales. While Christina’s not working for a wonderful butt-shaping retail brand, you may find Christina singing Fleetwood Mac in the shower, desperately learning how to play the guitar or whipping up a delicious Mediterranean meal. Many friends tune into her weekly Snapchat update titled: Traffic Time with Tina, where you’ll find her acting a fool while driving home to and from work – HANDS FREE WE PROMISE! 

Christina has a long history of entertaining. In fact, there are plenty of home videos on VHS to prove it. Music is and always has been a huge part of her life. At an early age, her parents insisted that she take voice and improv lessons along with Greek folklore dance. There also was not a school talent show that Christina Aicklen wasn’t a part of. 

Without a doubt, Christina always finds her way back to a microphone one way or another! ;) 

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We’re looking forward to you joining The Power Pod family! If you have any questions, please reach out to me and subscribe now! 

Jared Yamamoto is a Doctrinaire and Producer of The Von Haessler Doctrine radio show heard daily from 9-Noon on News 95.5 and AM 750 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Email jared.yamamoto@coxinc.com 

Twitter: @jaredyamamoto 

Instagram: @jaredyamamoto 

Facebook: @JaredYamamotoWSB

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