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Taking care of business

Twins reach the world of rock from a garage in Burbank.

June 24, 2011|By Cassandra M. Bellantoni
  • Angel Hernandez, from left, and his twin brother, Jose, of Twin Talk with Jose and Angel radio show, listen to odd current events read by Crystal Jones at a Burbank home on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)
Angel Hernandez, from left, and his twin brother, Jose,…

If you drive down Myers Street in Burbank, you might not guess there’s a live radio show being broadcast out of a garage, but today’s technology makes this possible. And for the members of the Australian rock band Sunset Riot, the “Twin Talk” radio show was the first stop on their three-month American tour.

Sunset Riot’s frontman, Del Rio, said it made sense to kick off the band’s U.S. tour on “Twin Talk” because the show had promoted its music and upcoming tour for months, which helped lead to 25 bookings out of the 40 the band hopes to secure.

“Our phone hasn’t stopped ringing since we’ve been here. It worked out perfectly to launch here because “Twin Talk” has been playing our songs and it seemed really fun. It’s kind of like a ‘Wayne’s World’ thing to do,” Rio said.

Twin Talk is an online talk radio show produced by twin brothers Jose and Angel Hernandez, who say they are nothing alike and believe their banter about current events and interviews with a variety of guests will keep listeners tuned in.


“My brother and I both work in the business,” Jose Hernandez said, referring to his 17 years as a freelance director of photography and his brother’s job as a grip on sports productions. “I heard Angel on a radio show one night and I realized he — we, sound pretty good. I called him and said let’s start our own radio show,” Jose Hernandez said.

Angel Hernandez, whose long dreadlocks are in sharp contrast to his twin brother’s short, more conservative hairstyle, said he wasn’t so sure it was a good idea. But the brothers kept discussing it and the show launched last October.

“I was so anxious. I never wanted to be online and all of sudden we’re going to have this show. What am I going to talk about? I don’t even watch television, but Jose said, ‘just be yourself.’ I didn’t get it until the first show, but then it clicked,” Angel Hernandez said.

The weekly show is proudly promoted as being broadcast from “Tio Luis’s Garage” every Tuesday night and produced with less than $2,000 in studio equipment.

Jose Hernandez said their currently modest audience is growing every week and keeping in touch through Facebook, Twitter and iTunes from all over the world, including such far-flung places as Australia, Turkey, New Jersey and, yes, Burbank.

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