Jamie Rodriguez (aka Jrod) will forever loom large in South Florida radio history as the Hispanic-American comedy relief in Y-100’s hugely popular (now defunct) ‘Kenny and Footy in the Morning’. A man whose popular on-air antics endeared him to thousands of listeners for the better part of a decade.
Since moving from terrestrial radio to the podcasting world, though, he has altered his legacy in ways that only an especially optimistic oracle might have foreseen. Rodriguez, 35, has gradually become a master interviewer, one consistently able to elicit honest emotion and genuine insight from his celebrity guests.
“I had always wanted to do interviews that had substance.” Says Rodriguez. “The problem was that, in the old format, you couldn’t. Now, we don’t have to stop for commercial breaks, on air callers or variables that will distract the attention of the conversation”
As he moved his show to Nashville late last year, he was immediately received with the tragic bombing in Downtown just 4 days after moving. “My phone was immediately blowing up with people asking me If I had made a mistake. But what that incident showed me very quickly was that no place had a stronger spirit than this city”.
When asked about his favorite interviews since he moved to Music City, Rodriguez says “there’s too many to mention, but some like Morgan Wade, Maggie Rose and Candi Carpenter jump to mind right now” he says, before exclaiming that the best part has been forging deep connections with artists “whose hearts and souls are as big as their talent”. “Adam Chaffins, Brit Taylor, Miles Miller, Derek and Katelyn Drye, Sarah Tomek, Alex Hadad and the folks at rock band ‘Them Vibes’ are proof that you can be successful in 2021 while having a heart of love and gratitude”.
As for what’s next for the show? “We’ll continue to grow it. One new listener at a time. The goal to showcase the best up and coming talent, current hit makers and musical legends while finding new angles on their stories and paths”