Yes, we want more Latinos in the public media and we also want to know where are the Latinos in public media. So during Hispanic Heritage Month, LPRC invites those working in the public media to give a Más Shoutout through social media to feature the stellar work of Latinos in public media. Not just reporters and talent, let’s showcase the Latinos “behind the camera” and “behind the scenes” who are working judiciously within public media to elevate their Latino community.
Más Shoutout to Claudia Galdamez, WLCH-Radio Centro
Today, we begin with one of our very own station member’s from WLCH, Director of SACA Broadcasting, Claudia Galdamez based in Lancaster, PA. Claudia is WLCH’s Radio Centro General Manager and will soon get promoted to General Director of SACA Broadcasting, radio & TV. Claudia works closely with the organization’s management directing all operations, news, development, community outreach and volunteers including interfacing with the parent organization SACA’s, the Spanish American Civic Association, El Centro Hispano.
Why public media as a career path? I selected public media as my career path because I have seen the role that public media plays in alleviating the needs of the community. Before moving to Lancaster from my native El Salvador, I had only worked in for-profit media. Now that I have experienced what public media can do for the community it has become my passion. I want people to grow & public media is the way to help them do it.
What is your greatest accomplishment at Radio Centro? One of my most important achievements has been to be able to play a part in helping Radio Centro’s community come together as a family. Our community is growing with our station, they continue to receive education and services from Radio Centro. We are proud to help them grow knowing that they can count on us.
What do you do for professional development? I am able to keep growing as a professional by being involved with different organizations whose focus is on the community. I serve on the Board of Directors of ASSETS and that has allowed me to help immigrants receive all sort of services. Every day I learn something new from them; everybody has something to contribute to our community.
What’s your message to the public media system on Latino inclusion? Latino inclusion in Public Media is of the utmost importance. Today, more than ever, public media needs to support the Latino community. We are an enormous working force that makes amazing contributions, unhindered by social class, religious or ethnic distinctions. Public Media needs to strive for that force to continue being relevant and Latino inclusion in public media is fundamental in that regard. We as Latinos need to feel proud of our roots, of our heritage. That pride is the foundation to being respected by everyone else, all the time.
Congratulate Claudia on her work within Public Media! Want to support Claudia’s work and help her station continue to grow? Become a Radio Centro Supporter today!
Is there a Latino at your station that deserves a Más Shoutout? Download the Más Shoutout jpeg below and bring this Latino to the forefront. Please include the hashtag #maspublicmedia so we can post on our Más Public Media Wall of Fame.