HI, MY NAME IS… Josh Carmona (aka Crisco Kidd).

I’VE LIVED IN the area FOR ALMOST SEVEN YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… of the amazing people, the food scene, our Sonoran culture, and all of the great opportunities here!

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… I know this will sound cliché, but there really is no typical day in my life. I think post-pandemic, most of us who juggle many roles will agree. However, as a radio personality, Realtor, nonprofit founder, and MPA/PPC student, here’s what my day looked like as of writing this:

It started by taking my son to school in the early morning, followed by the gym. My goal is to be done by 8:30 a.m. Next, I went right to real estate business. I have a few clients looking to buy from out-of-state, so I am extra careful to be as thorough as possible since they aren’t here. They are depending on me to be their eyes, ears, and more to help them find their new place to call home. Before and after lunch, I caught up with a few of my community partners for our 17th Annual Crisco’s Kids Ton of Toys and Holiday Food Drive to show my appreciation for them coming on board to support us this year. By 2 p.m., I like to be at the radio station to begin preparing for my show. Even though I am on from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (101.1 The Bounce), it takes time before and after to put together the show I do for the Valley. You can also listen to me on Pitbull’s Globalization on SiriusXM! After my show, we enjoyed a dinner with some family time after and put our son to sleep. Now, I’m on to finishing up emails and any other work I missed before I’ll spend another hour or two preparing for my final projects this semester. If I’m in bed by 2 a.m., I’m good!

Like I said, I’m sure all of our days look like this in some way, I’m just super thankful that I LOVE everything I get to do.

MY FAMILY IS… ridiculous! I really don’t know how Brenda handles all of us! Along with her daughter Clarette, our son Phoenix J, and our three dogs (Zoey, Zima, and Zella) plus our extended family; we are definitely too much for most people.

ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… unfortunately, my phones. Not because I feel the need to be on social media constantly, but because of the amount of communication and information exchanged daily.

MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY IS… “Rocky.” All of them. I believe each movie relates to a lot of young men as they navigate through various stages of life. From the underdog, to winning, to losing (family, friendships, and professionally), and finding the “eye of the tiger” mentality again, there is something to be learned through the series.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… a radio personality and DJ. From making the school announcements from elementary school throughout high school and throwing my own parties since 15, I always knew this was my gift and my path. To be able to accomplish my dream at such an early stage in my life is something I appreciate every day!

THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS… how can you NOT do Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’?”

THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… my son. I’ve always been a self-motivated person and “go-getter” since I can remember, but the day my son was born, it unlocked a level I had never known before. Becoming a father later in life also made me more aware of how limited my time here is – he motivates me to make every minute count more.

THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… one of the callers on my show sharing unwanted advice that her grandmother gave her. Actually, a majority of the calls I put on the air every afternoon I would say are funny or humorous in some way!

THE PERFECT DAY IS… any day above ground granted with another opportunity to do what I do.
MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… besides my own, Crisco’s Kids, I love what UMOM does for individuals and families across the Valley. This is why I choose to partner with them for two of my annual events and host their annual Walk to End Homelessness. If you are not familiar, please take a few moments to visit their site – umom.org (and criscoskids.org too!).

MY LIFE IS… consistently spontaneous.

THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… I have received some amazing gifts over the years but, hands down, my son!

MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… an all-inclusive tour of every country through Central and South America and their major landmarks.

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… “Do it right, do it light. Do it wrong, do it long.” – Ben Carmona (aka Pops).