Podcast studio founder Eddie “Tranzcendent” Martinez found his passion

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Take a ride in Eddie “Tranzcendent” Martinez’s car, and it’s likely to be his raspy baritone voice that rumbles through the speakers.

“My mom got in my car yesterday and she was like, ‘Is that you on the radio?'” laughs Martinez, sitting in the recording studio he recently built in his Bridgeport home.

“That’s how I’m able to tell what I can change, what I need to work on, how the sound was. It’s a learning experience,” he explains.

It was hot and muggy outside, but inside his studio the 33-year-old looks comfortable. Surrounded by lush blue painted walls, with only a few rays of sunlight shining through the room’s single window, Martinez reclines in the swivel chair from which he recently launched a series of podcasts.

“Ever since I was 18 or 19, people used to tell me, ‘You have a voice on the radio. You should be on the radio,'” Martinez says.


But it never seemed like a feasible option to him.

Martinez was born and raised in Bridgeport, where he, his mother and brothers bounced around, mostly on the financially-troubled East Side.

“We kept having to find ways to survive,” Martinez says.

After high school, he enlisted in the military and, after spending much of his life within the city limits of Bridgeport, ended up in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and then Baghdad for 11 months. .

These were formative years for Martinez. He started lifting weights, which would become a lifelong passion. And the exposure to another country and another culture caused him to change his perspective on his hometown.

“I was in a third world country. I got to see what real struggle and real hardship looks like,” Martinez says, his huge biceps and chest testing the seams of his polo shirt as he speaks. “It was around this time that I realized how great Bridgeport was.”

Martinez was released and returned home on a mission to bring positivity to his community. He became involved with the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network, where he is now a board member; the Latin American Scholarship Fund; and the Bridgeport Puerto Rican Day Committee.

During this time, he has gone through various jobs, always hoping to find something he is passionate about.

He worked as a personal trainer and bank teller, drove school buses, and for eight years served as a court marshal in Stamford Superior Court. But he was not satisfied.

“I feel like there should be more to life than just having a job. I don’t want to be entirely biblical, but I think we’re all here for a reason,” Martinez says.

In 2017, he quit his court job with radio in his heart but no plan in mind.

Through a mutual friend, he arranged a quick stop at an online radio station in Hamden, where he went behind the microphone for the first time. But his ambition propels him forward, and after a few months, he embarks on the creation of his own show.

“I wanted to interview people in Connecticut who are doing great things for the Latino community and use that to inspire young people and show them that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, as long as you’re willing to work hard,” Martinez says.

In May, he recorded the first episodes of the “CT Latin Soundtrack”. He has been prolific in recent months. As of mid-September, nearly 30 episodes have been released on Martinez’s TOP (Podcast Tranzcendent Outlook) station on Apple Podcast app, Google Play, YouTube, Facebook, and Top Station’s website.

Eleven of them were episodes from the Latin soundtrack, featuring guests like Bridgeport activist Rosa J. Correa and Connecticut State Representative Christopher Rosario. The others are podcasts he recently started.

On “Entrepreneurs of Connecticut”, he interviews business owners. “10 Minutes 2 Tranzcendent,” is a self-help podcast, in which Martinez speaks directly to the camera on topics like, “Who are you?” and “Support each other, it’s too easy!”

On air, Martinez practices the art of interviewing, producing and writing podcasts.

“I had to learn almost everything. And I’m still learning,” says Martinez.

But it’s been hours. One car ride at a time, he tries to live up to the nickname he gave himself years ago.

“Tranzcendent just…” Martinez trails off as he considers his answer. “I guess I was looking for some sort of word that described how I felt about myself. To me, that means being the best version of myself.

Visit topstationct.com or facebook.com/TOPStationCT

Justin Papp is a staff writer.

Twitter: @justinpapp1

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