From Ron’s Desk

I know it's a little late, but I want to thank all you for your great efforts in making 2007 a successful year for ZGS. It was especially gratifying to see the growth and success we had with Feria de la Familia in every single market. We had over 70,000 attendees and over 400 sponsors at this year's Ferias, and in most our communities it clearly has become the largest, most entertaining and valuable family-fun day for our community. We also ended the year with a big announcement, - the acquisition of WWSI-62, the Telemundo affiliate in Philadelphia. WWSI is a great addition to the ZGS station group and we are looking forward to putting together a wonderful team to help bring some creativity, energy and commitment to the station and to Hispanic community of Philadelphia. Last but not least, I think we have in place strong leadership and great teams across all stations, which is the foundation for success and essential as we go into 2008 and an uncertain economy. Our success is always predicated on our ability to be quick and creative, to provide great opportunities and value for clients; and to serve our communities with commitment and conviction… ingredients for success in any environment. We have some exciting initiatives for 2008, and I am sure that with your help and support we will continue to be leaders in our markets, and make an important local difference in our communities.
Muchísimas gracias por el gran compromiso que tienen con ZGS y con nuestra comunidad.

Employee Recognition

Julio Aliaga, our WZDC Washington News Director, received an honorable diploma of recognition from the Office of the Permanent Representative of Peru for The Organization of American Status (OAS) for his involvement with immigration rights via WZDC Telenoticias Washington. The recognition comes well deserved with his historic commitment to the knowledge and empowerment of the Hispanic community in the U.S. Congratulations Julio!

WZDC has the honor to welcome Denise Isaac as the new meteorologist for WZDC Washington. Denise joins the team with a unique attribute as the ONLY Latina with a Meteorologist degree in DC from Florida State University. We are proud to have Denise join our news team.
Jayme Ribeiro Neto, General Manager of WRMD Tampa was awarded the 2008 McCormick Tribune Fellowship. The fellowship prepares minority media executives for leadership in the media industry, and is designed to increase both the number and influence of people of color in the upper ranks of the media profession. Congratulations Jayme!
Cynthia Martínez, Marketing Director of WTMO Orlando was recognized by the National Hispanic Corporate Achievers as Media Executive of the Year for outstanding support of community based economic and social development. Congratulations Cynthia!
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Ziggy Excellence Award

The objective of the ZGS Ziggy Excellence Award is to acknowledge employee efforts and to recognize commitment, creativity, and initiative. Please be sure to honor your colleagues that go above and beyond by nominating them for these awards.

4th Quarter 2007

WNEU Boston
María Rivera

KTDO El Paso
Karina Yapor

WWDT Ft. Myers/Naples
Vanessa Pizzati

WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield
Omar Morales

WTMO Orlando
Narmary Gonzalez

WRIW Providence
Itzel Jordon

WRMD Tampa
Karen Gonzalez

WZDC Washington, DC
Angélica Herrera

WILC VIVA 900
Glenda Barahona

ZGS
Jennifer Dreistadt

Baby Announcements

Christopher Edgardo Santiago November 21
Son of Rafael Santiago, Account Executive, WRMD Tampa

Seamus Andres Ballesteros
January 1
Son of Tara Ballesteros, Communications Director, ZGS

New Members of the ZGS Family
Corporate
Gabriela Gugiu Herrera
Beth Daly Seeger
WRMD Tampa
Carmen Ochoa
Karen Gonzales
Jerrilyn Johnson
VIVA 900
Daniel Contreras
WNEU Boston
Michael Price
Daniel Acevedo
Marianne Brown
WZDC Washington, DC
Denise Isaac
Carlos Valdez
Sandra Reyes
Carolina Del Río
Fátima Piñedo
WWDT Ft. Myers/Naples
Yassel Orea
WTMO Orlando
Benjamin Angulo
WWSI Philadelphia
Gabriela Eburne
Ita Harmelin
Spotlight
 

ZGS to Acquire WWSI Telemundo in Philadelphia

We are happy to announce the new acquisition of WWSI-TV local channel 62/digital channel 49, the Telemundo affiliate serving the Philadelphia market. We are extremely excited about the addition of WWSI to the ZGS family, but even more excited for the opportunity to serve the growing Hispanic community in the Philadelphia market. This is an important step for ZGS and we are committed to making WWSI and Telemundo a leading voice for the Hispanic community in Philadelphia. Sales operations began on January 1, 2008. The transaction, which is subject to FCC approval, is expected to close later in the first quarter of 2008.

Enthusiastic attendees wait in line before the doors are open
 

Over 10,000 Attend WNEU Boston’s Feria De La Familia

WNEU Boston hosted their third annual Feria de la Familia on Sunday, November 18 at the Bayside Expo Center. Over 10,000 people from all over New England attended this year’s event. Telemundo celebrities included Penélope Menchaca from 12 Corazones, Mary Gamarra and Mayte Prida from Cada Día, Karim Mendiburu from Titulares y Más, Ángel Salcedo from Encuentro Latino, and Omar Morales and Brenda Guerrero from Salu2 Nueva Inglaterra. “The Latino community in New England is very family-oriented, and we are extremely pleased with our event and the number of people who attended. Our Feria provides an experience that the whole family can enjoy together,” said Mike Gillespie, Senior Vice President of Telemundo New England.

Crowds cheer for Dr. Ana María Polo
 

WZDC Washington Sets Record Attendance at 5th Annual Feria de la Familia

WZDC Washington, DC hosted its fifth annual Feria de la Familia at the DC Armory on Sunday, December 16. The event, which drew more than 18,000 spectators this year, offered 90 local companies and non-profit organizations the opportunity to connect with the Hispanic community, making it the largest Hispanic family festival in the Nation’s Capital. Telemundo celebrities included Penélope Menchaca from 12 Corazones, Jorge Bernal from Al Rojo Vivo, and the very popular Dra. Ana María Polo from Caso Cerrado. Grupo Niche was a highlight of the event with their sophisticated sound and memorable songs. Children had the opportunity to take pictures with Santa, enjoy hearing the tales of the storyteller, build toys with Home Depot and learn some information about health while getting free flu shots and vision checks.

Carlos showed his true colors during the Mexico-Guatemala match in Los Angeles
 

KTDO El Paso Scores Big with the MNT!

KTDO found itself in the middle of a complete frenzy last October as the Mexican National Team, descended onto Benito Juarez Stadium in El Paso to take on Nigeria. Free tickets were available thanks to Alltel Wireless and Alejandro Blanco, host of Titulares y Mas on Telemundo. Blanco was on hand to help find who could do their best Andrés Cantor “Goooaaalll!!!” cry. The grand prize winner went to a local celebrity, Carlos Carlos who will enjoy a trip to Los Angeles to see the Mexican National team battle Guatemala. Not only did Carlos Carlos take out the competition in El Paso, Carlos competed at the KVEA version of the contest in Los Angeles and overwhelmed the large crowd with his vocal prowess, extending his legendary status to new heights. The MNT will be playing Dallas in early March.

Elvis Crespo entertaining the crowd with his notorious merengue rhythms
 

WWDT Ft. Myers Hosts Hispanic Heritage Festival of Southwest Florida

On Sunday, October 14, Comcast and Telemundo 43 held the third annual Hispanic Heritage Festival of Southwest Florida at the Lee County Sports Complex. Over 10,000 people attended the event celebrating Hispanic Heritage month. Elvis Crespo, renowned Puerto Rican Merengue singer, was the headline musical guest for the event. Cast members from Telemundo’s novela Pecados Ajenos also appeared signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. The crowd especially loved it when Jencarlos Canela, from Pecados Ajenos sang the theme song for the telenovela. Other highlights included Zone D’ Tambora, Carolina La-O, Grupo Odas, Potencial Music, and Mexican band El Tigre Lupercio.

From left to right: Angela María Rubio, Mavi Baez and Margarita Chávez

VIVA 900 Receives Station of the Year Award

WILC VIVA 900 AM was awarded the 2007 Station of the Year by the National Salvadorian Committee. The award was presented to Mavi Baez, News Director of VIVA 900, on behalf of the radio station at the 6th Annual National Salvadorian Committee Ceremony. VIVA was recognized for their exceptional dedication and support of the local Salvadorian community.

WRMD Tampa Sponsors 4th Annual Conga Caliente

On November 11th, WRMD Tampa and Codasound held the annual Conga Caliente Festival at Al Lopez Park. Over 30,000 people attended the free festival to celebrate Hispanic culture. The festival provided a variety of entertainment, food and activities for the whole family, and included special appearances from Telemundo stars Jencarlos Canela from Pecados Ajenos and Edgar Lopez from Deportes Telemundo. Musical performances included Miles Pena, Kevin Ceballo, Jerry Galante, Joshua Pantoja and Boyz del Barrio along with Jencarlos Canela.

"El Pibe" Receives the Winning Trophy
 

WRMD Tampa Sponsors Festival Internacional de Fútbol Galactics

WRMD Tampa sponsored El Festival Internacional de Futbol Galactics, which took place at Clearwater High School Stadium on December 1. Major league soccer players from around the world took part by participating in a soccer tournament led by “El Pibe” Valderrama one of the founders of Club Galactics Clearwater International F.C. Over 400 fans cheered on and then waited to meet their favorite soccer players. Other participating players included Fernando Calvijo, “El Diablo” Echeverry, Tabarre Ramos and Marcelo Balboa.

VIVA Mi Tierra

VIVA 900 is launching a new program Viva Mi Tierra led by Dennis Caplan. Viva Mi Tierra offers the best music of Central America with a focus on music from El Salvador. The new program includes participation of Latin American personalities who reside in the Washington DC metro area and are making an impact on the Latino community. Viva Mi Tierra airs every Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Listen to Viva Mi Tierra live today at radioviva900.com.

WZDC Washington Linea de Ayuda

On October 23, as a part of an on-air campaign and through La Buena Vida, WZDC opened a hotline for Domestic Violence. A group of professionals from different shelters and organizations helped our viewers through live on-air cut-ins. Questions and inquires were answered to encouraged participants to take action and escape the violence. The campaign was very emotional as our panel of experts connected with our viewers in a very special way.

Salsa artists Tito Nieves signs autographs
 

WTMO Orlando and Tito Nieves Roll up their sleeves for the Annual Blood Drive

Salsa superstar Tito Nieves spent time at the Florida’s Blood Center Drive where Osceola County viewers were invited to donate blood to help save a life during the holiday season. All donors received prizes, autographs and photos with Tito Nieves.

ZGS in the Community

WTMO Orlando Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

WTMO Orlando celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by presenting some of the hottest festivals in Central Florida. Among the many events was La Feria de Inmigración de El Nuevo Día where Rafael Carderera, Sarykarmen Rivera and Homan Machuca showed their support by participating along with the WTMO Orlando promotions crew in a day long event with seminars, music and lots of fun. Other contributed events included the Viva Osceola 2007 and Festival Calle Orange.

WRMD Tampa Sponsors Annual Toy Drive

Latin Times Magazine and WRMD held the Annual Toy Drive and Christmas Party on December 7th held at Mirage Night Club. The event, which brought out over 300 community leaders including Tony Morejon, Hispanic Affairs Liaison from Hillsborough County, collected hundreds of donated toys for local children.

The WWDT team ready for turkey distribution

WWDT Ft. Myers “Turkey Give-away” Drive

WWDT Ft. Myers held its First Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Give-away with four food drives at different locations during the month of November. Proceeds of the event were donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Jayme and Ivonne with Jose Diaz Balart
 

WRMD Tampa Presents Hispanic Scientist of the Year Gala

WRMD Tampa and the Museum of Science and Industry presented the Gala as a part of Hispanic Heritage month. Among the awarded was Dr. Martín-Vega an industrial engineer from Puerto Rico. Telemundo’s Jose Diaz Balart from Cada Día con María Antonieta hosted the event along with Cloe Cabrera, journalist from Centro mi Diario newspaper. Money raised will provide scholarship opportunities for Hispanic Boys and Girls in the Youth Enriched by Science program.

María Antonieta Collins welcomed the participants
 

WZDC Washington Walks for Down Syndrome

WZDC sponsored the 2007 Buddy Walk to celebrate Down Syndrome awareness month in October and to promote acceptance of people with Down Syndrome. María Antonieta Collins from Cada Día, invited the Latino community to join her in the good cause and encouraged the Latino families to be a part of this initiative. The walk was a success and WZDC will continue supporting the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia.

From the left: SaryKarmen Rivera, Arelys Escalera, Cynthia Martinez, Soraya Galan, Claribel Collazo, Rafael Carderera, Emilio Gracias, Joan Marrero, Willy Sepulveda, Jennifer Cruz

WTMO Orlando Sponsors Don Quijote Awards

WTMO Orlando was acknowledged as one of the premiere media sponsors for the 9th annual Don Quijote Awards, which took place on December 1st at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center World Pavilion. This prestigious award ceremony recognizes the dreamers and doers of the Hispanic community in Central Florida. This year’s ceremony had record-breaking attendance with over 1,000 attendees.

Comments, suggestions or ideas for the newsletter? E-mail Gabriela Herrera gherrera@zgsgroup.com

 

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