Pavle Milic: Co-Owner of FnB, Founder of Los Milics Wine

Pavle Milic, co-owner of FnB, Bodega Market and Arizona Wine Merchants, photographed in front of his Los Milics wine label at Arizona Wine Merchants in Bodega Market, by Nicki Escudero

Pavle Milic, co-owner of FnB, Bodega Market and Arizona Wine Merchants, photographed in front of his Los Milics wine label at Arizona Wine Merchants in Bodega Market, by Nicki Escudero

Pavle Milic
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Pavle Milic has been a fervent force in the Valley’s dining scene, with more than 25 years of experience in Arizona’s restaurant industry. The Colombia-born, 42-year-old Chandler resident has worked at Phoenix’s Racho Pinot, Cowboy Ciao and Royal Palms, as well as restaurants in New York City and Napa Valley. He now co-owns FnB restaurant in Scottsdale, as well as next-door Bodega Market and Arizona Wine Merchants. He has his own wine label, Los Milics, and hosts brunches on Rabbit Island with Desert Splash Adventures.

You can hear Milic on the online radio station he founded, MyAzNowRadio.com, where he interviews notable professionals in the Valley. Read more to learn how Milic became a formidable player in Arizona dining, and keep reading to watch a video of Milic naming his top five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was 15 when I came to Arizona. My stepdad became partners with Franco Fazzouli, who owns Franco’s Italian Café in Scottsdale. We moved here in 1987 to open up Franco’s Trattoria in Scottsdale. I went to Saguaro High School and Scottsdale Community College, and got a degree from the Academy of Broadcasting in Phoenix in communications and broadcasting.

My dad defected communist Yugoslavia in 1962 and wound up in Colombia, where he met my mom, and I was born. We moved to Queens, New York when I was 11 because my mom wanted to live here. Continue reading

Jackie Morales: LIVE 101.5 Radio DJ, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona Activist

Jackie Morales, photographed at the 101.5 JamZ studios in Phoenix by Nicki Escudero

Jackie Morales, photographed at the LIVE 101.5 studios in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Jackie Morales
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Jackie Morales has been one of the strongest female presences in the Valley radio scene, having worked her way up from promotions to her current position as mid-day DJ for LIVE 101.5-FM. While you can listen to her promote the latest in music news during the day, she’s also active in both community efforts for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, as well as a regular nightlife host at places such as Flicka’s in Scottsdale. Read on for how the 34-year-old Phoenix resident, who you can hear Monday’s through Friday’s and every other Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on 101.5-FM, became one of the Valley’s veteran DJ’s, as well as five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona, about 4 hours away. It’s a really small town. I went to Douglas High School and took classes at South Mountain (Community College), and after that, I went to the Academy of Radio and TV. Continue reading

Joey Bradfisch: 104.7 KISS-FM Radio Personality, Weird Is the New Cool Manager

Joey Bradfisch, photographed at the 104.7 KISS-FM studios in Phoenix by Nicki Escudero

Joey Bradfisch, photographed at the 104.7 KISS-FM</strong> studios in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Joey Bradfisch
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Joey Bradfisch doesn’t mind being the victim of a shock collar or being threatened by criminals at the courthouse. As audio producer for Phoenix radio station 104.7 KISS-FM‘s morning show, Johnjay and Rich in the Morning, Bradfisch has become the program’s unofficial whipping boy who will do just about anything asked, as long as it makes listeners laugh and sounds great on air. The 26-year-old Tempe resident not only performs hysterical stunts on the show, he’s also responsible for the audio magic behind the boards, ensuring the show’s eight markets broadcast accurate programming — and he gets to work at 4 a.m. just to do so. When he’s not amusing listeners with his antics, Bradfisch manages local rap-pop group Weird Is the New Cool, who plays the Pray for Snow Party in Old Town Scottsdale Saturday, November 3. Keep reading to hear five reasons why Bradfisch is happy he made the move to the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I worked for a syndicated show, the Steve and DC Morning Show in St. Louis, and I kind of wanted to venture out. I grew up outside of St. Louis in Illinois in Grafton, a town of 600 people. I had pretty much the same role as I do here, which is audio producer, and I participated on air with them a lot. I was kind of the young dumb kid on the show, so they kind of made me do all these dumb things. I was looking for a change. My cousin lived out here, so she was like, ‘If you want to come out here and go to school or look for a job, you’re more than welcome to stay with me.’ I worked in air conditioning for awhile. I didn’t want to get in radio back then because I wasn’t making a lot of money in St. Louis. Continue reading

Amy Donohue: Owner of The Fab Social, Kidney Donor, Comedian

Amy Donohue

Amy Donohue, photographed at Windsor in central Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Amy Donohue
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You’ve probably heard of Amy Donohue if you’ve lived in the Valley the past couple years. The self-proclaimed shameless self-promoter, 41, has not only turned her passion and savvy for social media into her own business (The Fab Social), but she’s also garnered national attention for her donation of her kidney in 2011, which came about through Twitter. Donohue, who has lived in the Valley for 10 years, has also been a strong female force in the local stand-up comedy scene, as well as a radio personality on local station KWSS 106.7-FM. Read on for what brought her to the Valley and how her organ donation has changed her life — including more on her documentary that’s currently in the works — and scroll down to hear Amy tell you five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I came here on vacation in July 2002 to visit my best friend from high school, whom I hadn’t seen in like 10 years. I was here during a monsoon, and I was like, ‘This is the greatest thing ever.’ I was living in upstate New York at the time in Saranac Lake, 5 hours north of New York City. I thought Phoenix was just sand and cactus. I didn’t know there was so much to do in the city, and I was going through a divorce and needed a new start. Before I went to the airport, I put a deposit down for an apartment and moved here 6 weeks later. I sold everything I owned–I fell in love with it!

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