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Real Talk with Junior Jonathan Fernandez

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Miami chapter.

Junior Jonathan Fernandez isn’t your average Beta Theta Pi brother. Known around campus as the infamous “Jfern,” this Jersey native is taking on the world of podcasts and adding something new and interesting to his resume. If you haven’t yet listened to Real Talk with J_Fern, you are missing out on what might be one of the funniest and most raw radio shows I have heard in long time. I sat down with Jfern recently to give our readers a little more insight in the amazingness that is “Real Talk with J_Fern.”

Q: When did you launch Real Talk?
A: I launched Real Talk around the second or third week of June.

Q: What made you decide to do it in the first place?
A: I started listening to some podcasts from comedians last year and I just figured that if they could do it, so could I. In my eyes, it would be a fun way to share the crazy antics of my friends and I and to bring some realness to the radio waves.

Q: What kind of topics do you talk about?
A: A lot of music, TV and some sports. A majority of the time though, it’s me answering weird questions that people ask, which I actually prefer because it’s always fun and makes the podcast that much more interesting

Q: Who are some of your influences when it comes to radio talk?
A: I listen to Joe Rogan and Bill Billburr a lot and I kind of get some ideas off of the stuff that they do but for the most part, I kind of just do my own thing and its been working so hey, I must be doing something right.

Q: What has been your most interesting topic/interview on the show so far?
A: I think when I had my friend King Meat on. He shared his stories from when we went down to the Jersey Shore. We talked about someone pulling a Houdini and other such events. It was really scandalous.

Q: Where can readers expect to find Real Talk Radio and when?
A: I do it once a week, whenever I can, but usually not until the weekend because it gives me time to review the events that happened that week. To listen to it, just search “#realtalk with J_Fern” on iTunes.

Q: What are you ambitions for the future in terms of the show and what you want to do with your career?
A: Well, I would like to have more listeners. At the moment I have 500 per week, which was totally unexpected. But eventually I want to gain more listeners and have some celebrity guest stars such as Rick Ross. My end career goal is be on TV hosting a show like Jimmy Kimmel. I figure this is a good spring pad into that world.

Q: Where do you usually record your shows? And how long is the editing process?
A: I do it wherever. It usually depends on the how convenient it is for the guest that week. The editing process is about three minutes during which I put my intro in. Other than that, the whole show is live and raw.

Q: How does one get on Real Talk with J_Fern?
A: There’s no process. There are so many people that I want on it, so it’s just a matter of time. If you want to be on it or you think you have something to say, just hit me up and we can work something out.

Q: Any last comments?
A: Ask me questions or give me topic ideas that you’d like to hear on the show at formspring.me/realtalkjfern. Keep it weird. Also, follow me on Twitter so you know when the next podcast is out! @J_Fern

Jackie Salo is a freshman at the University of Miami School of Communication. Currently, she writes for The Miami Hurricane. In high school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper The Courant. The paper won various awards such as the 2009 American Scholastic Press Association's Best Newspaper First Place with Special Merit award, the only paper in the Northeast to do so. Jackie has had work published in The Long Island Press, and Boating Times Long Island where she interned. She was the Quill Awards Most Outstanding Journalist of the Year and was the only high school student to be recognized by News Channel 12 for High School Journalist of the Year.