Featured Friday: Carl Fronhofer

This month we celebrated National Podcast Day! Our team is full of podcast listeners and so we wanted to dive a little deeper to understand what podcasts mean to them and how they have impacted their life. Each week we will be featuring a team member and interviewing them on their favorite podcast! First up we have Carl Fronhofer.

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Hey Carl, Thanks for chatting with me today.

 

Can we kick this off with you telling me about your role at RKS?

Sure, I am the Director of Operations.

Awesome, so what do you like to do outside of work?

Well, most of my time is spent with my three kids.  I also coach youth wrestling and like hiking, camping, watching professional soccer, and listening to podcasts.

Why do you listen to podcasts? 

I listen to podcasts because I like the long-form conversation. I hate listening to sound bites, it’s an insult to my intelligence. Podcasts are more complex and ideas can be discussed in greater depth. They are also more grassroots, raw, a little bootlegged. The problem with other mediums is that they have too many people involved in the creative process.

How did you get into listening to podcasts?

When I was living in New York and coaching wrestling at Columbia, one of my assistants told me about the Joe Rogan Podcast. I had a commute every day on the subway so it was a good way to pass the time.

What drew you to Sam Harris’ Making Sense? How does it keep you interested? 

I think I learned about Sam through his connection to Hitchens and Dawkins.  I have read a bit about their work.  I probably also listened to him on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.  Making Sense is a great podcast, Sam has amazing guests.  Most of the topics they discuss are of interest to me especially stuff around science and the future of society.

Making Sense is a great podcast that has an honest conversation and brilliant guests. I am always interested in the discussion, and the topic Sam and his guest discuss. 

Your passion for this podcast comes through in your excitement about it- would you recommend others to listen to it?

I would highly recommend this podcast to people who are interested in big ideas! This podcast features subjects from cutting edge science to religion and philosophy. His guests are thought leaders within these fields. If you are open-minded and an explorer, I would highly recommend it.

Between coaching wrestling, working at RKS, spending time with your family, when do you find time to listen to podcasts? 

On my long drive to work. I also like to listen to them before bed because it helps me fall asleep. I do not want to look at screens before bed, so I usually just listen to an audiobook or a podcast.

How has this podcast impacted your life? 

It has made my commutes into work easier and more bearable. I have also learned a lot about different topics that I would not have necessarily read or been exposed to at all.

What are your thoughts on podcasts as a new medium of gathering information? 

The technology advancement has helped, but podcasts are old school at their root. The cool thing about podcasts is that we can listen and pick them up at our convivence. We can listen to podcasts while doing something else, which is a lot different than reading or watching TV. Podcasts are also more accessible than reading. Everyone can listen to things, but some people struggle to comprehend complex ideas when reading. More people can understand and grapple with complex ideas when they listen as opposed to reading.

Podcasts are also more accessible than reading. Everyone can listen to things, some people cannot comprehend complex ideas when reading. More people can understand and grapple with complex ideas when they listen as opposed to reading

Thanks Carl!

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Stay tuned for next week’s Friday Feature with Ben Azzam, Executive Vice President. 

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