Fridays 10am – 12pm
For more than two decades, Matt Munoz has covered the California entertainment scene from the newsroom to the radio/podcast studio to the frontman on stage. Launching his career as a professional musician and bandleader for popular Latin ska reggae band Mento Buru, Matt has since become a trusted community voice in the California music scene and multimedia journalism. Prior to joining Real Talk, Munoz got his start in the entertainment industry working in L.A.’s Latin alternative music scene, serving in production roles during Grammy season and as a Hollywood personal assistant. In 2005, he joined The Bakersfield Californian to help shape the news company’s niche media and multicultural brands. During his stint, he stayed on the pulse of local community happenings, bringing groundbreaking new ideas to the historic family-owned newspaper. Over the years, his works earned him awards and accolades for writing and web-based media. After making the transition to become a full-time entertainment reporter, Munoz co-hosted weekly local entertainment show “Bakotopia Radio” for iHeartRadio and developed the “Bakotunes” podcast, one of Bakersfield’s first locally produced entertainment podcasts still heard today. His career has also taken him to lead media and communication roles in county government in addition to extensive freelance writing. Matt is a graduate of California State University Bakersfield. Mento Buru is also celebrating 30 years of making music and advocating for music and arts education in our schools. He’s also a devoted husband to his amazing wife Miranda and a dad blessed with three awesome kids Kaitlyn, Mark, and Zachary.