The Daily Grind Podcast

Welcome to the Daily Grind! Your weekly goal-driven podcast featuring host Kelly Johnson. Established August 2019 in Chicago, IL.

Q: Tell us more about the Daily Grind.

A: The Daily Grind is a weekly goal-driven podcast hosted by Midwest native Kelly Johnson, motivating YOU on your ‘daily grind.’ Every episode she sits down with a startup founder, business owner, sports professional, industry expert, or social media influencer giving you everyday tips and key takeaways to reaching your goals. Make every day count and as always, keep up the grind! 

Q: How did the Daily Grind become created?

A: Kelly realized her story was unique and inspiring. With her outgoing personality and through interviews with colleagues, industry experts, and working professionals across all industries, Kelly thought it would be interesting to share their ‘daily grind’ and what they do and how they achieve their goals by being efficient, productive and best practices in everyday life.

Podcast Episodes

Releasing a new podcast episode every week!

S4 Episode 13: Howie Zales | Founder | Entrepreneur| HJZ Productions 🎧🎥💻 The Daily Grind

“You have to love what you do and have a passion for what you do” on the Daily Grind, your weekly goal-driven podcast. This episode features Kelly Johnson and special guest Howie Zales. Zales is the founder of HJZ Productions and is an Emmy Award winning Camera Operator who turned his passion for television broadcasting into several entrepreneurial endeavors. Howie created HJZ Productions, Inc in 2000 to address the need for professional level sports crewing/staffing in theNew York market. Under his leadership, HJZ Productions grew to a multi-million dollar nationwide provider of top talent in the broadcasting field. In 2019, Howie and his team founded Viridity Entertainment Services, Inc. (VES) which initially focused on staffing in non-union markets. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, they quickly pivoted to offering best in class, broadcast quality live streams of professional sports shows and interviews, corporate interviews and meetings, and religious services. In addition, Howie took his love of the television production business and created The TV Sports Course, a hands-on training boot camp for the next generation of television crew professionals. S4 Episode 13: 08/09/2022 Featuring Kelly Johnson with Special Guest Howie Zales Audio Credit Intro: Draw The Line Mastered by Connor Christian Follow Our Podcast: Instagram: @dailygrindpod Twitter: @dailygrindpod Podcast Website: Follow Our Special Guest: Twitter: @hjzprodinc Instagram: @howiezales HJZ Productions Instagram: @hjzprod Website: — Support this podcast:
  1. S4 Episode 13: Howie Zales | Founder | Entrepreneur| HJZ Productions 🎧🎥💻
  2. S4 Episode 12: Jenn Junod | Creator | Podcast Host | Shit 2 Talk About
  3. S4 Bonus Episode 1: Kelly Johnson | Non-profit Founder | Podcast Host | The Daily Grind Turns 3!
  4. S4 Episode 11: Tyler Banh | Senior Specialist | Digital Learning | Bain & Company | The Career Grind Series 3
  5. S4 Episode 10: Tyler Banh | Senior Specialist | Digital Learning | Bain & Company | The Career Grind Series 2

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Our Podcast Team

Kelly Johnson
🎙 Podcast Host
📍From Milwaukee, WI
📚 University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Kansas
🗣 The term “podcast” is a mashup of iPod and broadcast — it was coined by a journalist in 2004.
Jill Caltagirone
🎙 Social Media Marketing
📍From Little Falls, NJ
📚 William Paterson University
🗣 The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland!

Aidan Donaldson
🎙 Business Strategy
📍From Toronto, Canada
📚 Durham College
🗣 Polar bears have black skin. And actually, their fur isn’t white—it’s see-through, so it appears white as it reflects light.

Danielle Britton
🎙 Sports Marketing
📍From Nutley, NJ
📚 William Paterson University
🗣 It is illegal to own just one guinea pig in Switzerland because they get lonely.
Michael O’Brien
🎙 Sports Marketing
📍From Yonkers, NY
📚 New York University
🗣 Besides humans, whales and bats are the only animals that can’t synthesize b12.
Brooke Burnecke
🎙 Event Marketing
📍From Dallas, TX
📚 University of Arkansas
🗣 The Hollywood sign in LA once said “Hollywoodland” but was changed in 1949.

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