About Jerry Hart
* Jerry Hart, Currently President of eReputationBUILDER
* Founder & Executive Director of Healthy Food in Schools
* Former Talk Show Host on Green 960 AM San Francisco – Smart Green Travel Worldwide with Jerry Hart
* Founder of HartofGreen & JerryHart.com
* Author of Blueprint to eMarketing, (Blueprint Press, Sept. 2006) Printed in 7 languages
* Morning Show Radio Personality for 20 years, including KISS FM in San Francisco.
* Frequent speaker and panelist at technology and new media conferences.
My mission is to be the broker for the mission of all thought leaders that guest on my show and enable them to share their deeply rooted purpose to live sustainably and galvanize change.
I’ve been broadcasting since 1984, with a few years off the air after my departure from KISS FM San Francisco following the unforgettable morning of 9/11. You won’t, and I will never forget that morning as Clear Channel asked me to stay on the air for 10 hours, as the
official authority voice for the Bay Area to calm millions of listeners who simply wanted to know if what they heard from all the networks in New York was true. Minute by minute, I remained calm. From the very first code red alert at 5:57 am and within 10 seconds I punched my microphone on, turned down the music quickly and was announcing Tower 1 had been hit by a plane or a bomb had exploded. The entire day was a blur, except for a few moments that are imprinted in my mind and soul.
I called my Mother during a bathroom run while my producer was manning master control and she didn’t hesitate when she answered and said, “You’ve been preparing for this moment you’re entire career and you are doing an incredible job, Jer.” I felt confident I was calming thousands of people while watching my team around me, unable to speak and in complete emotional breakdown. I give a ton of credit to the late ABC News Peter Jennings, who I was gleaning from to keep me calm, as he was noticeably in distress, yet anchored with that calm of a great broadcaster at the helm of discipline madness, relaying what was happening outside his window near ground zero.
The other moment was during another rushed trip to the restroom and I was irritated by so many other radio personalities at Clear Channel, acting like nothing had happened. I was so stunned by laughter and surface conversation; I stopped at one office door and could say nothing. I was slack jawed by the light hearted chit chatting and unconsciousness. I wanted my life to change drastically after the morning of 9/11 and departed soon after for a break to find myself, away from the persona of Jerry Hart on the air for two previous decades.
You would think a day that changed our country forever would enable me to make personal changes radically. Sure, I became an entrepreneur and started a marketing agency that became a major player of world class social media and e-marketing services, and yet, it wasn’t enough to be happy. I needed more stuff and to achieve something to feel connected to me, my purpose, my sense of belonging on this planet.
Fast forward to October 2008, and a near death experience provided another opportunity to own that life is very short and a stark reminder that the reason I was unhappy deep within, was an unwillingness to be honest with myself. I discovered three components of my mind were not my friends, including my ego, victim and addict. Even now, two years after that near death experience from a tumor, and many feet of intestines removed from my belly, I still remind myself numerous times throughout the day, to not monitor my thoughts, rather, monitor how I feel.
After recovering from an intestinal tumor and bowel reconnect surgery, I followed through with the message the universe sent to me the night before I was to find out if I was going to die from colon cancer. The message was ‘seek your truth relentlessly’. On my 42nd birthday, I launched Hart of Green.com on a mission to be in my gift and honor my commitment to life.
Hart of Green was a safe place for me and I knew I was on the right path when I would lose track of time and become very present. The connection between many years of advising clients to be radically transparent online, get into the conversation, and bare the soul of their company on their blog is what I was being on Hart of Green. This was my so called GPS compass and solid indicator that I was on a clear track of self love and authenticity.
Similar to my pinching myself because I was paid to talk on the radio for two decades before 9/11, that same sensation washes over me every day working amongst genuine thought leaders and stewards of the Green movement. These people, while interested in getting things done, are much more interested in creating an experience.
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