Meet Jojo Aguilar, Art Director of Trese

Jojo Aguilar is a Production Designer, Art Director, and Concept Designer who has worked in the entertainment industry for close to 30 years. He started right out of high school at Hana- Barbera at 1988 as a character designer. Feeling he needed more formal education, he left to the Philippines to study Commercial Arts at


Compiled by Jonathan Andrade and Derek Lee Ramsey, co-creators of Brews With Masters. Father’s Day is upon us! Celebrate with pints in hand. With everything fully re-opened, local craft beer fans can flock to the tasting rooms of the microbreweries in the (818), where they’re churning out some of the best brews in all of

From Chef To Baker: Meet Cookies By Joe

Sometimes, you make plans and life has a way of putting you on a different path.  The origins of Cookies by Joe is a testament to that. Joana Turcios, owner of Cookies by Joe, didn’t start baking cookies off the bat(ter). She went to culinary school with the hopes of becoming a chef but soon

Meet Johnny Brillantes, Founder of Pisano Pictures

Today’s Meet The (818) interview highlights photographer, filmmaker, Burbank kid, and founder of Pisano Pictures, Johnny Brillantes. Recently featured in Voyage LA, this San Fernando Valley local uses his unique brand of humor and perspective to create films and recreate movie/tv scenes with a twist. His Quarantine Scene series, created during the pandemic, bring not


Hector Perez-Roman, host, co-creator, and Executive Producer of Valley Views, a local radio talk show featuring uplifting stories of people, organizations, businesses, and social movements with a positive impact on the San Fernando Valley and beyond. Airing every Sunday at 10am on 101.5 FM KROJ, Valley Views has had over 50 episodes with over 120

Meet Jonathan Andrade, Owner Of Cans With WIcks

Today’s Meet The (818) interview features 818 local and CSUN alumni, Jonathan Andrade, owner of Cans With Wicks. During the pandemic, Jonathan decided to try his hand at making candles with recycled beer cans as holders. What an awesome way to promote local breweries at the same time trying out a new skill! We chat

Meet Alexander Orozco, The Hood Foodie

Alexander Orozco, best known as the Hood Foodie, shares his passion for food, and helping others through highlighting various restaurants and businesses, especially the small, mom and pop stores. His story of overcoming personal challenges while creating a movement is nothing short of inspirational. Take a listen and get to know one of the 818’s

Meet The (818) Takes You TO CAFE AFICIONADO

Meet Reggie and Abigail Cua, owners of Cafè Aficionado After having celebrated the third year anniversary of Cafe Aficionado, Meet the (818) chats with owners (and power couple) Reggie and Abigail Cua as they talk about their journey of turning their dream into the reality it is today. It’s a love story about dreams and uplifting

Sharing The Polynesian Culture in the San Fernando Valley

Lyn-Del Laua’e Pedersen, owner and director of Aloha Hula Studio, shares the Polynesian culture through teaching Hula and Ori Tahiti at her Granada Hills studio. Following in the footsteps of her ohana, she started dancing at the age of 5, and became a professional dance with 45 years of experience. Today, she gives us a

Meet Natalie Camacho, Founding Editor of Viva The Valley

Today’s conversation is with the founding editor of Viva The Valley, Natalie Camacho! We chat about highlighting locals and local businesses, her interview with Tommy Gelinas, owner of Valley Relics Museum, and her vision for Viva the Valley. It’s a conversation between two valley kids, talking about why we do what we do. Subscribe to her website at

Meet Carissa Ortega, owner of Ninong’s Dessert Lab

This week’s interview is with Carissa Ortega, owner of Ninong’s Dessert Lab! We chat about how they introduced ube (taro) pancakes to the San Fernando Valley and the impact that had in their community in Granada Hills, the journey over the past 12 years, current projects and collaborations, and what happens next. Follow her on

Meet Jennifer Soto, owner of convo threads

Today’s Meet The (818) interview features Jennifer Sotto, 818 local and creator of Convo Threads. Join us on this conversation about her inspiration, the philosophy behind her brand, and the community impact of said brand. Follow her on IG @convothreads@thisjeneration@jjoysotto

Meet Mia P. Manansala, author

In this first ever Meet The (818) zoom chat series, author Mia P. Manansala talks about her debut novel, Arsenic and Adobo, a cozy mystery. (Think Hallmark for mystery novels). We chat about the writing process, living in a multi-generational household, AAPI representation, and the inspiration for her novel. Her book comes out on May


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