Ryan Murry Founder/ CEO
First off let’s start with defining who “us” is; we are a community of leaders, action takers and would-be regular individuals who have chosen to get off the stagnant, unfulfilling path of trading time for money in some meaningless job and have instead taken steps to create a life of purpose and fulfillment. If that is also your path, here you will find ways to connect, collaborate and contribute with like minded individuals, causes and movements that seek to uplift, empower and impact communities and the world at large.
If that is not you yet please don’t go anywhere, keep reading and allow me to introduce you to In Touch Media, because In Touch Media was created with you in mind, as a matter of fact it was created by someone just like you.
Hello and welcome, my name is Ryan Murry and it wasn’t until recently that I began to live my life the way I want to live it. For the longest time life was just something I did. I didn’t know saying “no” to people and circumstances that didn’t fit who I am was an option. I woke up, went to work, punched the clock, got paid and used that money to buy things, have a little fun and create some comfort in order to cope with this endless empty cycle. The job part of the equation was being a news photographer, documenting what passes for noteworthy in our hungry for ratings society.
Have you watched the news lately? Ever get a sense of dread from it? If not, I commend you, because that’s all I ever got. And let me tell you, going through life, participating in that sense of dread is no way to live. But it was indeed a job, and like all the jobs I’d ever had it came with a paycheck. And that’s what jobs are for, right? You get paid, and if you don’t like what you do, well now you got money. You can do something with it, buy something, to try and fix the feeling the job gives you, something to support, numb, distract from the sense of dread – a crutch. So I got one those. My crutch of choice was alcohol.
Alcohol kept me docile. It was the perfect counter, the perfect complement to my pessimistic ways. It complemented me so perfectly I built a relationship with it, a very strong, long standing, co-dependent one. My real relationship, with my wife Claudia, was much more fragile. We were married sure, but really at times, we were no more than roommates. Must’ve been hard for her, standing strong while I was going through life like a feather in the wind, moved by the circumstances, never creating any myself. At the time I didn’t understand I had the power inside of me to make decisions that could break me free of such self-destructive pattern. Without the mindset to peel the layers of protection off, I went on living, eventually Claudia even got pregnant, and everything was going just like modern day scriptures said it would. There was nothing to worry about, being on auto-pilot was getting us exactly where we were “supposed to go”…and then it all came crashing down!
Claudia called me one day, 34 weeks into the pregnancy, telling me she couldn’t feel Adriana, our baby, moving. I left work and rushed to meet her at the hospital. But it was too late, Adriana had passed away and there was nothing anyone could’ve done about it. We had a funeral, everyone showed up, we buried our daughter. That was not how life was “supposed” to go.
Adriana’s death changed me forever. My floating through life started to rub me the wrong way. I knew something I was doing wasn’t working. I could feel that something was missing. Some part of the puzzle of life, was not in the box. I was seeking, but I didn’t know where to look, or even what to look for. Another year went by when, still grieving, I did a news story about an organization called The Garden of Innocence. Their purpose is to provide dignified burials for deceased abandoned babies. Some protective layer inside of me collapsed. I made a decision that would forever change me and the trajectory of my life. Without second thoughts, I volunteered my skills.
Losing Adriana filled me with a deep drive to be of service. Working with The Garden of Innocence I got to experience a great sense of compassion for all those babies. A strong feeling of gratitude, which caught me off guard, eventually overtook me – I got hooked on contribution. Another year went by, Claudia and I tried to get pregnant again, and this time we were struck by fortune. And I was struck with a commitment to my wife, our family and the pregnancy. Before long Andrew made full term and he is now an older brother to Gabriel, our second son, born in 2016.
With Andrew I had been given a second chance at fatherhood, but I was still taking chances with my life and choices. Alcohol was still a struggle. I was volunteering, great many things had already changed for the better, it was time to make yet another change, one of the hardest ones I’d ever made up until that moment – after 15 solid years, it was time to quit drinking. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. It took me another year to figure out what to replace it with, how to relax without it and what to do instead of, but by early 2016 enough of the haze clouding me had cleared.
I was finally standing on my own, I had a wife that loved me, a growing family, and yet there was something still lacking. Sobriety had brought me the ability of thinking clearer and with that further questions needed answering. So I asked myself if I had a million dollars, would that make me feel more at ease? My answer was “no”, which caught me off guard. Up until that point I had thought life was about having a family and acquiring as much material wealth as possible. But if money wasn’t the end game, what was it? And if having a job wasn’t about money, having a job wasn’t about having a job. Having a job was not good enough, what I was looking for was a mission.
I spent a few months shuffling through my hobbies, passions and things that made me feel whole. I loved listening to podcasts, loved the medium of audio, there was something about plugging into creativity and imagination that felt at home. The feeling I received volunteering for the Garden of Innocence was still weighing on me. I decided to design a mission, and a podcast, around that feeling of contribution. I knew, with my years of experience in the television media, that there was a huge lack of reporting on the good news. News that offered the listener a way to become a better version of themselves, the person they always wanted to be. So with little preparation In Touch Valley Talk Podcast was launched.
Since its launch in October 2016, that Podcast experiment has been evolving into a media company that offers its audience content that brings everyone a higher sense of self-awareness, inspires contribution and empowers transformation. I know this is not a message for everyone but if you’ve read this far you may be asking yourself “where do I begin?” Well, you already have.
Thank you for taking the time to let me share of my journey and mission with you, my hope is that you will feel inspired to share yours with us as well.
– Ryan Murry, Founder In Touch Media Group, 2017.
Sandy Sirias Senior Producer
Sandy was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Granada, Nicaragua. She returned to the States as a teenager and made the San Joaquin Valley her home. She graduated from Fresno High School and continued her education at California State University of Fresno, where she received her B.A. degree from the School of Journalism.
During her last year at Fresno State, she discovered her passion for broadcasting, while volunteering at the campus radio station, KFSR.
For more than 20 years of her career, Sandy has worked at Telemundo,
CBS and Univision Fresno, where she served as a producer and later as News Director for
In the last seventeen years of her career with Univision, she has been honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award, 8 Emmy Awards and 2 Radio and Television News Director Awards (RTNDA).
Sandy served four years on the board of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is currently involved in many community volunteer events.
During her free time, Sandy enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.