I spent the weekend viewing some of the public media 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awardees, truly impressive! It is so great to see public media entities garnering so many awards. Congrats to WLRN in Miami for winning the most, 11 awards!!
In reviewing the list, everyone one of them is worth taking a weekend to watch great public media news, storytelling and engagement. Of course, I gravitated to those stories and coverage that touched upon Latino news and issues. And as I viewed these journalistic works, I took the time to leave a congratulatory comment note because I think it’s important to let them know, we appreciate their work!
The CPB Press Release provides the full list of the public media entities and below, if you’re interested in the Latino-focused coverage, I am providing herein some of those that resonated with me the most.
Lancaster’s WLCH in PA has been bringing it up a few notches for their audience. Their Facebook has become very active and they are going FB Live with their popular program: Cafe Con Leche. We see you and we see your audience joining in. I’m tuning in on FB Live with my Cafe con Leche en mano! After all as a Latino it’s what we do, catching up to our morning news and what better place than on the airwaves if you are in your car or on FB Live.
And their Facebook isn’t just doing a morning live show, they are keeping their audience and followers engaged with inspirational posts, community happenings like book readings, local events, etc.
They are fast becoming my favorite northeast Latino public media station!
¿Pues que esperas? ¡Dale un vistazo!
I wish I lived in Miami because if I did, I’d be stopping by often to enjoy our member station, WDNA’s Jazz Gallery.
If you live there and haven’t tuned in or attended one of the many concerts WDNA hosts, then shame on you and what are you waiting for? It’s not just a broadcast, it’s a LIVE performance! And it isn’t just Jazz Greats that they feature, they feature Jazz performances from Miami’s own backyard. Like this next upcoming event on April 30th, the FIU Music Hour, which takes place every Tuesday, 11am – 12p, as a live performance and broadcast in the WDNA Jazz Gallery. The program features the Florida International University School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends. And yes, the performances are free and open to the public.
Learn more about all WDNA offers thru their website and social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. ¡Que Viva La Jazz en Miami!
Every day we’re inspired by LPRC member stations. And our vision of a thriving Latino public media shines brightly on us because of all they do. We fulfill this vision by working directly with Latino stations and professionals. But we can’t do it without you. ¡Te necesitamos!
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Today America pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and the significant role he played as an international human rights and civic leader advocating and leading efforts to bring resolution to issues faced by African Americans back in the 1950s. And yet, his advocacy work, influence, speeches, and civic leadership addressed and represented all communities of color: African Americans, Latinos, & Native Americans. In fact, he brought Latinos together to march for civic rights by working closely with important Latino leaders like Cesar Chavez, among others. [See: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and His Support of the Latino Community]
His marches, speeches, and especially his eloquent “I Have a Dream Speech” sought to bring equality for all regardless of color or economic status. Fast forward to 2018, I can’t help to reflect on the work of our Latino public media stations, who today provide a civic voice, via their airwaves, for public discourse and create programs where Latino culture, history and heritage can be shared, celebrated and appreciated.
As we remember and appreciate Martin Luther King Jr., I invite you to tune in to one of our stations to appreciate the work they fulfill every day in order to make a difference in the lives of Latinos living and working in the United States.
Our stations in the News:
WDNA on their 2nd upcoming Miami Downtown Jazz Festival
Barquin keeps Radio Campesina programmed on Civic Engagement
KBBF as a vital source during/after California fires
KUVO jazz radio station in Denver considered best in the world
Radio Bilingue interview on Latino underrepresentation in mainstream media
WIPR’s Meteorologist receives on-air Musical Tribute
LPRC member station Radio Campesina and the César Chávez Foundation joined the national participatory art project Inside Out, dedicated to Dreamers, as part of their commitment to Latino advocacy, equality, social justice, diversity and immigrant rights.
The Inside Out Project is a global participatory art project where people stand up for what they care about through the power of their own images. Inside Out created a special edition dedicated to immigration, DACA and Dreamers who are providing their portraits and a stand up statement. The project has been traveling across the U.S to give communities and local leaders a platform to amplify their voices.
“What this project did was to put a face to the DREAM Act movement. It showed that we all Dreamers, we all have wants and needs and the only things that separate us are the color of our skin, language and a border,” said Radio Campesina VP, Michael Nowakowski.
Last month, the Inside Out Dreamers project stopped by the Chavez Foundation in Phoenix and Radio Campesina was there to share this moment with its listeners. People had their picture taken in a photo-booth with props and art to stand in solidarity with Dreamers. These portraits are meant to remind the community of the human stories and faces behind the national debate surrounding Dreamers.
Inside Out/Dreamers Portraits at the César Chávez Foundation
In the face of the U.S. Administration’s decision to rescind DACA, the Inside Out/Dreamers project provides communities and local leaders with a platform to amplify their voices, creating a diverse portrait of America with immigrants and their descendants. Other local organizations were also part of the event: Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), UFW Foundation, and Mi Familia Vota.
During a humanitarian crisis like the one in Puerto Rico, there are individuals who standout portraying their commitment to serve their community. Please join me in giving a Más Shoutout to Jose Otero, WIPR’s Development Director in Puerto Rico! Don’t be deceived by his title as he is also a skilled Engineer working & providing critical information to LPRC to help get WIPR back on-air. His commitment is inspiring! WIPR AM radio is on-air and WIPR-TV is airing online only.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, LPRC will continue to give Más Shoutouts to Latinos working in public media.
Please support him to get WIPR TV & Radio and all our Puerto Rico Stations
back on-air via GoFundMe!
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