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MegaTV debuts radio show on TV

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 16, 2009


Joaquin Garza host of “El Chulo de la Mañana

Photo: Spanish Broadcasting System Inc.

Starting last week, Spanish Broadcasting System began airing a television version of its Los Angeles radio morning show “El Chulo de la Mañana” from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (ET), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PT) through Mega TV and Direct TV Más, Channel 405. The show, which targets 18 to 35 year old listeners and viewers, combines jokes, skits, parodies, current events, interviews with listeners, live sport broadcasts, entertainment and news from correspondents.

The program is one of several under the heading of Radio on TV that Mega TV offers in both media formats. Other programs that air in both formats include “El Vacilón de New York” and “El circo de Puerto Rico.” “El Chulo de la Mañana” is hosted by Joaquin Garza, also known as “El Chulo.” On the show, Garza is assisted by Zacatecas, Mexico born Raul Bernal who is known on the air as “Doña Mela,” and Denise Garcia. “Doña Mela” is meant to resemble a typical Mexican grandmother with an old fashioned and conservative point of view. “She” often disagrees and argues with El Chulo. “Doña Mela” also disagrees with Garcia’s modern views on life.

Garza’s radio career spans 23 years. He has worked in radio in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento, California and Dallas and Austin, Texas. Garcia, born in Tamaulipas, Mexico, came to the United Stats when she was 15. She grew up in Alamo, Texas and graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in education.

“’El Chulo de la Mañana’ in Los Angeles will give Mega TV audiences a very funny, interactive morning show that covers topics that are part of everyday life: Work, family, relationships, infidelity, entertainment and community issues,” said Cynthia Hudson Fernandez, chief creative officer and executive vice president for Mega TV. “Garza’s show has been a great success in numerous radio markets, and we are confident that our TV audience will love ‘El Chulo de la Mañana‘ and connect with Garza’s unique style. ‘El Chulo de la Mañana’ is formatted to attract both local and national audiences, and has enjoyed tremendous acceptance, especially with the Mexican audience, which constitutes the largest segment of the U.S. Hispanic population.”

Born in Zapotlan El Grande, Jalisco, Mexico, Garza’s career began in 1985 at radio station KALI in Los Angeles, California. In 1992, he worked for Spanish Broadcast System at FM 98. By 1995, he was the lead in the show “El Chulo Y La Bola” at Z Spanish Network based in San Jose, California and his popularity continues.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment companies in the United States. SBS owns and operates 20 radio stations located in Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico. The Company also owns and operates Mega TV in Miami.

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