From Ron’s Desk

We all know how important our communities are to who we are and what we do. We have been very involved this year; from local programs to community events and local partnerships. I am pleased to say that no one does more than ZGS stations in each one of our markets. In the coming months we will be launching second edition newscasts in Orlando and Washington, evening news in Tampa and a local show in El Paso. We have already hosted three very successful Feria’s and look forward to Washington DC’s in December. Additionally, we have teamed-up and contributed to numerous community initiatives. None of this would be possible without your continued commitment and dedication to serve. I am extremely proud of our efforts. Thank you for everything that you do. With all of your hard work our stations continue to make a local difference.

Employee Recognition
Ziggy Leadership Award and Ziggy Excellence Award

The objective of the ZGS Ziggy Excellence Award is to acknowledge employee efforts and to recognize commitment, creativity, and initiative. The ZGS Leadership Award is given to members of the management team who demonstrate leadership, creativity, innovation and excellence. Winners of the awards receive $150 and a recognition certificate. Please be sure to honor your colleagues that go above and beyond by nominating them for these awards.

2nd Quarter 2006
ZGS Ziggy Excellence Awards

WWDT Ft. Myers/Naples
Valerie Diaz

WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield
Omar Morales

WTMO Orlando
Narmary Gonzalez

WRIW Providence
Victor Zimmerman

WRMD Tampa
Martha Lugo

WZDC Washington, DC
Gustavo Cherquis

German Chavez

Anthony Yi

ZGS Leadership Award

Andrés Rincon, National Sales

Million Dollar Club
Horacio Badia, Account Executive from WZDC Washington, DC becomes the latest member of the prestigious ZGS Million Dollar Club. Congratulations Horacio!
Ron Gordon, Horacio Badia and Julissa Marenco
Human Resources News
A note from Jennifer Dreistadt

Once again I would like to remind you of the importance of setting and accomplishing your retirement goals. Last week was National Save for Retirement Week but I want everyone to know that the door to your retirement goals is still wide open! A little bit of savings now will make a huge difference down the road. The old saying, “if you don’t see it you won’t miss it” completely applies to retirement savings. It’s much easier to save if the funds are deducted from your paycheck before you receive it, plus you get a tax break! This benefit is available to all full-time employees.
Please contact me at if you are interested in receiving more information regarding our 401k plan.

ZGS in the Community
WZDC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage at the Zoo

WZDC Washington, DC participated in the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Hispanic Heritage Month Festival where over 25,000 people enjoyed a fun filled day at the Zoo. WZDC’s booth was a big draw and viewers won prizes by answering trivia about Telenoticias 64.

KTDO El Paso Assists Area Residents
KTDO El Paso and The Home Depot partnered to provide area assistance to El Paso residents after heavy rainfall damaged or destroyed some area homes. The partnership provided hundreds of homeowners with over 12,000 filled sandbags to help protect their property from the rising waters. The recent weather in El Paso was unlike anything experienced in the past 150 years.
Inaugural Buena Vida Help Line Receives Huge Response
The very successful inauguration of WZDC Washington DC’s first La Buena Vida Linea de Ayuda phone bank was held on October 12 at WETA public television studio. Mason Dixon Mortgage staff manned the phones from 6pm-9pm while the Telenoticias 64 news team brought live feeds in throughout the evening encouraging viewers to call in with their questions about home ownership. Over 350 viewers called in from across the region and found the support they received extremely helpful.
Boston Youth Play in Mini Mundial
Team Italia at the Mini Mundial
In September, WNEU Boston, Radio Atlántica and the Chelsea Youth Soccer League International Academy partnered to organize the first ever Mini Mundial, a weekend soccer tournament for Boston area youth. WNEU provided participants with uniforms, soccer balls and goals for the tournament. All the participants were honored in a closing ceremony where the Chelsea Youth Soccer League was presented with a $1,000 check from WNEU. ¡Viva el Mundial!
The Whole Enchilada
Making the largest enchilada in the world!

KTDO El Paso participated in the 26th Annual Enchilada Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The weekend’s festivities, which included a parade entry, music on the KTDO Telemundo stage, and a KTDO booth with a special appearance from Telemundo Talent, Poncho de Anda from Cada Día con María Antonieta. An estimated 57,000 people attended.

WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield Presents Upfront
Ron Gordon and Caty Ernote mingle with guests
On October 25th WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield presented 2007 Telemundo programming. Guests included the media, ad agencies, and clients. Everyone was very impressed with the Network’s new shows.
Marina Premieres in Style
El Paso fans watch the first episode of Marina
KTDO El Paso premiered Telemundo’s newest novela, Marina, on October 13 in the Main Court at Cielo Vista Mall. To premiere a program in such a venue so that the general public could participate was a first for both the mall and KTDO. KTDO had an early turn-out of viewers with many mall patrons viewing from the 2nd floor and various storefronts. Attendees also watched the Fall Upfront Preview, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

Yuli Muñoz, from Master Control in Ft. Myers/Naples gave birth to a baby boy named Sebastian on September 22.

Griselle Martinez is the new Local Sales Manager for WRMD Tampa.
René Matos, Producer at WTMO and Darmarys Susette Sosa Roman were married on August 19 in Puerto Rico.
ZGS, VIVA 900, and WZDC Family Day

Our own Human Resources Manager… Jennifer Dreistadt

WZDC’s Liliana Henao, Vanessa Skrymes and Paco Aguayo

New Members of the ZGS Family
WNEU Boston

Erika Bonilla
Elvis Farina
Rosa Ortiz
Raul Porteiro

KTDO El Paso
Alejandra Gomez
WWDT Ft. Myers/Naples
Juan Baez
WTMO Orlando
Arelys Escalera
Joan Marrero
Noamy Medina
Ricardo Penaherrera
WRMD Tampa
Wandalis Sanchez
Sergio Sodre
Maritza Baez-Guerra
Juan Posada
Kaitlin McMenemon
Adriana Monsalve, Maria Isabel Hernandez and Sergio González

Telenoticias Orlando Launches 11 PM News

On Monday November 6th the much anticipated second edition of Telenoticias Orlando premiered. Telenoticias Orlando will now broadcast at 6 pm and 11 pm Monday through Friday. María Isabel Hernández will anchor the second edition of Telenoticias Orlando, Adriana Monsalve will cover sports and Sergio González will present the weather. “The expansion of Telenoticias Orlando with the second edition of local news speaks to the growth of the community in Central Florida and our commitment to serve this audience. We are extremely proud to launch the second edition of local news at 11 pm," said Roberto Vizcón, General Manager of Telemundo Orlando.

Penélope Menchaca and Poncho de Anda with Salu2 hosts Omar Morales and Caty Ernote

Feria de la Familia is Honored by the City of Hartford

On Sunday, September 17th , WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield hosted its second annual La Feria de La Familia with record-breaking crowds. Over 15,000 attended with people lining up as much as 3 hours in advance. Hartford’s Mayor Eddie Perez read a proclamation declaring the day Feria de la Familia Day in the city of Hartford. The emcees for the busy stage were Catherine Ernote and Omar Morales, hosts of WRDM/WDMR's local show Salu2 Nueva Inglaterra. Penélope Menchaca from Telemundo’s popular dating show 12 Corazones and Alfonso Poncho de Anda from the hit morning program Cada Día con María Antonieta were extremely popular with the crowd hosting a mini version of 12 Corazones and signing autographs. The stage also included musical performances by the king of bachata Alex el Bizcochito, the latest salsa craze NG², Puerto Rican reggaeton sensation Yan Weynn, and Huey Dunbar with his Hartford debut of Amigos.

The ZGS team at Orlando’s Feria

Record Breaking Attendance at WTMO Orlando’s Feria de la Familia

Over 18,000 people attended WTMO Orlando’s second annual La Feria de La Familia at Osceola Heritage Park on July 29, setting an attendance record for the event. This year’s theme was Back to School: A Day for the Entire Family. The event had a record participation of 140 vendors and its attendance numbers grew by 20 percent. More than 2,000 children were immunized in preparation for their return to school and over 350 received physical examinations. Alfonso Poncho de Anda, of Telemundo’s morning show Cada Día con María Antonieta and Telenoticias Puerto Rico news anchors Jorge Rivera Nieves and Ivonne Solla were in Orlando for the event. Local Telemundo talent included the Telenoticias Orlando news team and Giorgina Pinedo, anchor of Entre Nos. Grammy nominated salsa artist Michael Stuart, pop star Jean, and Dominican gospel singer Nancy Amancio, among others, performed throughout the day.

The WNEU Boston team with David Ortiz
The tournament champions pose with Wally the Green Monster

WNEU and David Ortiz Hit a Homerun in Boston

WNEU Boston and David Ortiz partnered to organize the first annual Hispanic Heritage Baseball Tournament. Eight little league teams made-up of 11-12 year old players participated in the tournament, which ran from July 30 to September 10. Red Sox pitcher’s Manny del Carmen and Julian Tavarez, Wally the Green Monster, the mascot of the Boston Red Sox and various city officials made special appearances throughout the course of the tournament. The winner of this year’s tournament was the team VIP Wireless Mets who beat the CITGO White Sox in an extremely close game with a final score of 2-1. All the teams that participated were honored at a closing ceremony on September 18 with special guest David Ortiz who was also honored by WNEU Boston for his involvement with children’s hospitals in the Dominican Republic. WNEU presented Ortiz with a check for $10,000 to benefit La Plaza de Salud in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz was also given two ambulances to send to the children’s hospital. The entire tournament was a tremendous success and most importantly it touched the lives of 200 young participants.

Volunteers working on the new and improved garden at Sun Plaza

KTDO Takes on Home Improvement

KTDO El Paso and the local El Paso and Las Cruces Home Depots teamed up to make a difference for the residents of the Sun Plaza Community. The Sun Plaza, built in 1966 as the most modern property of the El Paso Housing Authority, provides housing for elderly people with low income and those with disabilities. As community partners KTDO El Paso and The Home Depot worked with various local businesses and organizations to assist the residents of the Sun Plaza with a makeover of several areas. The project included the transformation of the common area, community hall, library, game room, kitchen, and patio garden areas. The outdoor patio received the most attention. The area was landscaped, new pavestone flooring was added and the gazebo transformed. Local volunteers donated the labor and skill for this endeavor. Residents were stunned by the results and are enjoying the renovations.

VIVA 900 Partners with CNN en EspañolRADIO

WILC VIVA 900 announced an agreement with CNN en EspañolRADIO. The agreement provides VIVA 900 the rights to CNN en Español RADIO's top-of-the-hour newscasts and round-the-clock breaking news coverage. “It is a privilege for VIVA 900 to be part of the CNN network family and to be able to provide to our community information in a professional and timely manner. It is our philosophy to be community focused and the relationship with CNN en EspañolRADIO permits us to keep informing and empowering our community,” said Sergio Urriola, Programming Director of VIVA 900. Through this affiliation VIVA 900 will provide complete and up-to-date information on news, sports, business and entertainment in Spanish to its audience, as well as live coverage of breaking news and custom correspondent reports from around the world.

Special 2006 Primary Election Coverage on WZDC

WZDC Washington, DC aired special primary election coverage on Telenoticias 64 in anticipation of the primary elections, which were held on September 12 in the District of Columbia and Maryland. As part of the Tu Voto Tu Voz initiative, ZGS’s partnership with the League of Women Voters to encourage increased voter participation among Latinos, WZDC highlighted key races including the DC mayoral primary, the Montgomery County Executive, as well as Senate and Governor’s races in Maryland. WZDC news reporter Douglas Mejia interviewed candidates about issues important to the Latino community. The interviews and candidate profiles aired as special vignettes on Telenoticias 64.

Salu2 host Omar Morales with U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont

Salu2 Opens its Doors to Political Candidates

WRMD/WDMR Hartford/Springfield’s local show Salu2 Nueva Inglaterra offered the Hispanic community in-depth coverage of the political races in Connecticut with Elecciones 2006, special segments that are part of the Tu Voto Tu Voz initiative. Salu2 hosted Ned Lamont democratic candidate for the United States Senate, and both gubernatorial candidates Jodi Rell (R) and John DeStefano (D) at their studios. Local candidates were glad to have the opportunity to share their platforms with the Hispanic community.

Mauricio Zeilic on stage with Diamante’s Executive Director Lizette Cruz-Watko

Cotorreando’s Mauricio Zeilic Visits Raleigh

Mr. Mauricio “El Tiki-Tiki” Zeilic himself became the first Telemundo talent to visit the Raleigh/Durham market. The host of one of Telemundo’s longest-running and most popular shows Cotorreando made history as the Master of Ceremonies for Diamante, Inc.’s Ritmo Latino, a Latin music festival for the whole family. Aside from lending his talents as a wonderful presenter, Mauricio let everyone know about the latest gossip in the glitzy world of Latino stars. All in attendance had an amazing time and responded positively to the presence of one of Telemundo’s hallmark talents. Gracias Mauricio.

The WWDT team in their festival booth

WWDT Ft. Myers/Naples Hosts Hispanic Heritage Festival

Over 5,000 people attended the second annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Lee County Sports Complex in Ft. Myers on September 23. WWDT Ft. Myers/Naples and Comcast organized the event in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The festival included lots of fun, entertainment and a wide variety of Latin American food. Karim Mendiburu from Deportes Telemundo made a special appearance at the festival and was very popular with fans. Musical guests included Grupo Perverso, La Propuesta , Mad Family, Mia, Pablo Portillo, Felito El Caballote y Patriota, and Johnny Rivera and his Orchestra.

Mayte Prida with Salu2 Nueva Inglaterra Hosts Omar Morales and Caty Ernote

Cada Día's Mayte Prida Visits Hartford

Mayte Prida, from Telemundo’s morning show Cada Día con María Antonieta, took time out of her busy schedule to visit Hartford in early October to share her personal struggle with cancer and to inform area Hispanics about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program (PPA). Park Street in downtown Hartford was full of admiring viewers and curious fans that attended to hear Mayte Prida’s story. The mayor of Hartford, Eddie Perez began the event by thanking those present and reminding them to share Ms. Prida’s message of hope. WRDM/WDMR participated in the event and the local show Salu2 Nueva Inglaterra had the unique opportunity to highlight Mayte Prida’s visit and message.

WZDC and NBC4 Celebrate Latino Students

Since 1998 NBC4 and WZDC Washington, DC have partnered to present Washington DC’s annual Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest. The Essay Contest encourages high school students in the DC metro area to reflect on the unique Hispanic-American experience while emphasizing the importance of a good education for all Americans. Drawing upon the theme “Being Latino in the U.S. is the Best of Both Worlds,” students submit an original 1000-word essay, which is judged by a panel of community leaders, journalists, and notable personalities for content and originality. The judges choose ten finalists, and winners were announced on September 26 at the annual Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Reception, which is held each year at the NBC4 headquarters in Washington, DC. The winner of this year’s contest was Stephanie Diana Paredes. Ms. Paredes received a $2,000 scholarship and a laptop. She is currently a freshman studying Engineering at the University of Virginia.

The Vas o No Vas audience

EL Paso is a Big Player in Vas o No Vas

After KTDO hosted a national casting call for Telemundo’s show Vas o No Vas in June, eight El Pasoans were selected to participate in the show, which is produced in Mexico City. Only 54 contestants were chosen from the entire United States and El Paso was well represented during the first few televised shows as three area residents played on the game show. El Paso is the only city to have had more than five residents participate in the show.

WRMD Tampa Launches Quinceañera Promotion

In conjunction with Telemundo’s show Quinceañera WRMD Tampa launched a promotion that will award prizes to Tampa Bay area quinceañeras. WRMD Tampa wants to help three Tampa Bay girls look like stars at their quinceañera party. Prizes include dresses, the rental of classic black tuxedos on the day of the quinceañera party, recognition in a special section of Centro Mi Diario, the local newspaper, as well as many more surprises. To participate, contestants are asked to write WRMD Tampa tell them why their quinceañera should be selected to win the grand prize. During the last week of the program Quinceañera in November three entries will be randomly selected and three local quinceañeras will be awarded the prizes.

Indira Terrazas with Marc Anthony and Laura Pausini

VIVA 900 Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary at Juntos en Concierto

VIVA 900 celebrated their 5-year anniversary in style with over 7,000 fans at this year’s Juntos en Concierto at the Nissan Pavilion in Virginia. The concert tour featured Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini and Marco Antonio Solis. Immediately before the concert VIVA 900 announced the winners of VIP passes which included first row seats. Winners also received the opportunity to meet Marc Anthony and Laura Pausini.

Area residents show their petitions

íYo Quiero a Telemundo!

The North Carolina community has spoken, and what they say in unison is: “I want Telemundo on Time Warner Cable.” This fall WZGS Telemundo 44 organized a petition drive in conjunction with the Latino Community Credit Union with the goal of demonstrating the Hispanic community’s desire for a choice in Spanish-language television. The effort has yielded an impressive 3,000 petitions. It goes without saying how North Carolinians have embraced their new station. “The response to this petition drive clearly represents much more than just adding our station to cable. It is the voice of our community and its desire to have more choices, products, and initiatives that speak directly to us,” said Jayme Ribeiro Neto, General Manager, WZGS.

Wheels Around Town
WRMD Tampa unveiled their new van WTMO Orlando’s bus is the talk of the town The WRIW Providence team in front of their SUV

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