Meet Ismael Llano and Darien Borges of Pero…Let Me Tell You podcast
Nearly 30 years ago, two Cuban-American kids in Miami met (twice for the first time) and started a friendship that has stood the test of moving away, law school, relationships, marriage and life in general. A lawyer and ad guy might not seem like the likeliest duo to compliment each other and host a weekly podcast, but we decided to do it anyway. With the closeness of brothers, we tackle current events, pop culture, personal stories and anything else with viewpoints that could only be shaped by Miami as much as each other. In short, a typical week’s episode can be about anything, everything and absolutely nothing all at once!
Overall it’s been an interesting road. When we first started, we genuinely thought only our friends would listen and even they would probably stop after week four. Not to mention we quickly made the decision to go from being a bi-weekly podcast to a weekly show, which has required a dedication we weren’t always sure we could logistically meet. And yet, three seasons in, we deliver a new show each week and continue organically growing our listenership each week. It still amazes us not only our growth but the incredible guests we’ve been able to welcome to our show. From Miami royalty like Burger Beast and Martha of Miami to the creator of Netflix’s One Day at a Time, Gloria Calderon Kellet, and Olympian Danell Leyva. Not bad for two guys from Westchester, huh?
Each week our podcast dives into current events and pop culture with equal measures of humor and education. Our goal is for listeners to leave each episode feeling our tagline of “Listen, Laugh & Learn.” Most importantly, we strive to always represent things from a Hispanic point of view. Being two proud Cuban-Americans, we feel that now more than ever, it’s important that our culture, both collective and individually, receive as much spotlight as possible. We also offer our celebrity guests the opportunity to bring their own experiences to light and share their stories in a way they may not have been able to in the past. Providing a platform, which is reaching listeners globally, in which we can celebrate all aspects of being Hispanic, is ultimately what makes us most proud.
True, for a podcast success is definitely about growing listenership. However, as a Miami-based show hosted by Latinos, our goal is also by how many people we can reach to share our collective Hispanic experience while also educating people about topics.