Eduardo’s Corner

Greetings everyone, it promises to be an eventful summer, with lots of festivals, events, and happenings for our ZGS family. I hope you all are enjoying the season as well, and are ready to join me in taking up new challenges. One for me is this column, which I hope you enjoy. I welcome any feedback or ideas you may have. We’ve already met many challenges so far this year – our reorganization, budgets and revenues goals, our community events, and the expansion of our station group; just think about it, we now span all four time zones across the country! This is quite an achievement, one that would not be possible without the talented, dedicated, creative employees who make up our ZGS family. One of our most significant recent developments was the launch of This exciting, original, dynamic new media site has grown steadily since its first unveiling in April, and offers so many creative possibilities. I hope you all have had an opportunity to explore its unique content, and get a taste of what is coming to your city! In closing, I see so many new possibilities, opportunities, and yes, challenges, ahead for us that I find it very stimulating. Challenges are a chance to break ground into new territory and achieve new goals. I’d like to share with you something I read from Albert Einstein on the importance of challenge and crisis to the creative process. I hope it will inspire you as it inspires me, because together, I know we can accomplish so much. Un gran abrazo y saludos a todos.

ZGS in the Community

WWSI Philadelphia Supports Summer Reading Program

WWSI Philadelphia partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to bring Hispanics in the Philadelphia area the Summer Reading program. From June 15 to August 7, children and teens are invited to visit their local library branches and participate in the program. Participants will not only read throughout the summer but they will also learn to use the different resources the Public Library has to offer. With the help of local sponsors kids and teens will play games, read and win cool prizes!
One of the program participants reviews his material

WWDT Ft. Myers Receives Award

WWDT Ft. Myers was recognized at the Hispanic Chamber Gala on June 6 for community involvement, outreach and support. The event also awarded scholarships to 26 local Latino students.

Martin Ycaza, Veronica Culbertson, President of the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber and Daniel Navarrete
WZDC Washington Partners for Community Events
WZDC Washington DC partnered with several organizations for local events starting with the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the annual Potomac Watershed Clean Up on April 4. The WZDC team collected 20 bags of trash and 7 bags of recyclables. On April 18, the station participated as a media sponsor in the annual one mile Walk for Lupus in Washington, DC and Baltimore that raises funds and awareness for Lupus. Lupus affects Latina women at a disproportionate rate and the Lupus Foundation provides information and resources to those affected. WZDC also supported the Susan G. Komen’s Global Race for the Cure on June 6 on the National Mall.
The WZDC team at the Walk for Lupus

VIVA 900 AM Plays for Local Familes

VIVA 900 AM played in the United Counsels benefit soccer game at Fletcher Field in Adelphi, Maryland to celebrate Father’s Day and help families in need. One hundred food bags were distributed to area families. Neo Lobo, German Chavez and Jorge Castro played on a team formed by media personalities.
The teams pose for a group photo
WNEU Boston Marches for Babies

WNEU Boston teamed-up with the March of Dimes March for Babies on May 9 for America's favorite walking event. The event gives hope and raises funds for the families of babies born too soon or too sick. The Hispanic population is among the most affected by premature births and lack of prenatal care so WNEU participated to bring attention to the cause. The money raised supports programs in the local community that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

The WNEU team at the walk
WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield Participates in Samba Fest

WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield participated in the third Annual Trinity Samba Fest in Hartford as more than 500 people danced to the Latin sounds of Ray Gonzalez and Orchestra. The event was held on May 2 at Trinity College and included performances of the Trinity Samba Ensemble and the West Indian musical group De 4 Are We.

Everybody sambas
VIVA Partners to Offer Legal Advice

VIVA 900 AM participated in an event on June 23 with the United Legal Consultants to give free legal advice to listeners. Topics included information about citizenship and residency requirements, as well as immigration cases. Over two hundred listeners gathered to benefit from these services.

Indira Terrazas with event participants
WZDC Washington at the Taste of Wheaton

WZDC Washington, DC sponsored the Annual Taste of Wheaton in Wheaton, Maryland on May 17. Station representatives gave out information and premiums at the WZDC booth while Roxana Solano, Entertainment Reporter for Telenoticias Washington emceed the event.

Semana Hispana with WNEU Boston

WNEU Boston celebrated the Semana Hispana festival in Lawrence on June 21. The local event promotes civic participation and celebrates Hispanic culture. WNEU’s booth promoted Telemundo’s new programming and gave away premiums. Manny Carrasco, host of WNEU’s local show 2Parranda Latinas entertained the crowd from the main stage.

A WNEU viewer shows off his Telemundo style
VIVA 900 AM Encourages HIV Testing

VIVA 900 AM and La Clinica del Pueblo, Inc partnered for National HIV Testing Day on June 27 giving information about the epidemic and offering free on the spot confidential HIV testing. DJ Mavi Baez attended the event which was held at Diversity Park in Virginia.

Employee Recognition

Congratulations to Nelly Calzada, Account Manager in the New York National Sales Office, the winner of the ZGS second quarter NSO New Business Contest. Nelly’s prize is a Caribbean getaway. Second place went to Jodi Warner in Dallas, and third place to Mary Lockwood in Los Angeles.

Roxana Solano, weather and entertainment reporter for WZDC Washington is featured on the cover of this month’s Eventos VIP Pass magazine, a local event magazine for the Hispanic community in Washington, DC.

Mike Gillespie, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WNEU Boston shared an informative presentation on the growth of the Latino market and the ways in which WNEU serves it viewership at the Latino Professional Network’s annual Corporate Appreciation Luncheon on May 27. The event was hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and sponsored by WNEU.
Gilbert Prendes was promoted to Master Control Supervisor for WRMD Tampa. Gilbert has been with ZGS for over 10 years.
New Members of the ZGS Family
KNSO Fresno
Richard Bennett
John Beruti
Manny Cervantes
Julian Cueva
Alexander Mena
Leticia Heredia Quintero
Sandra Rodriguez-Lucero
Maria Vasquez
Federico Velasco
WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield
Jamie Traverso
WTMO Orlando
Jennifer Alvarez
Olga Aymat
John Ritchie
Maria Torres
KVDA San Antonio
Oralia Barboza
Phillip Benavidez
Teresa Gutierrez-Aguilar
Erika Muñoz
Jaime Peluffo
Edward Romero
Javier Salazar
Dinorah Talamantez
Roger Topping
Roy Ybarra
Veronica Ynclan
WRMD Tampa
Carlos Canto Jr.
Nicolás Rosario
WZDC Washington DC
Deborah Robinson
Andrés Rojas
Jacinto Vargas
Frankie Negron entertains the crowd

WWDT Rocks Ft. Myers with 3rd Annual Feria

Families from all over Southwest Florida attended WWDT’s 3rd annual La Feria de la Familia on June 21 at the Harborside Event Center. It is the largest Hispanic grassroots event in the area. Martin Ycaza, of WWDT’s local variety show En Casa Con Martin Ycaza and Ana Carolina da Fonseca, the Brazilian model and actress emceed the event. One of this year’s highlights was the diverse musical lineup including internationally known salsa singer Frankie Negron, Valerie Morales, singer of the theme song for Telemundo's popular novela El Rostro de Analia and local favorite, rock band Odas. Raymond Arrieta, comedian and personality from Telemundo's morning show Levántate, kept the crowd laughing with his hilarious stand-up act. Celebrities from Telemundo's hit novela Más Sabe el Diablo were also extremely popular signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. The audience enjoyed the dance contest sponsored by Fort Myers Toyota with the winning couples receiving cash prizes. Children and their fathers enjoyed a special Father's day presentation by Ronald McDonald and Galacctin the clown, who invited all kids on stage to sing a special song in Spanish for the fathers in the audience. Event participants donated blood, received free health screenings and legal advice while vendors shared information about employment opportunities.

The line attached to the cable high above El Paso

ZGS Completes Digital Conversion in El Paso

After almost two and a half years of paperwork on the U.S. and Mexico side of the border, thousands of hours of research, planning and construction KTDO El Paso is on the air with the new full-power channel 47.1 Digital. Construction was not easy as it took place atop Ranger Peak. Construction material was transported via an aerial cable car to the location 5,632 feet above sea level. In fact, the line measuring 9 feet and weighing 1700 pounds is the largest piece of material ever transported to the top of Ranger Peak via cable. KTDO is one of the few stations in the country that is airing in both analog and digital allowing viewers from Mexico to continue to see the channel. Other stations in the ZGS Group including WNEU Boston, WWSI Philadelphia, and KVDA San Antonio also made the conversion to digital in anticipation of the June 12 DTV deadline, which was only for full-power television stations.

Fans line-up to meet their favorite Telemundo stars

Over 3,500 Attend WZDC Washington’s First La Fiesta de Las Madres

WZDC Washington, DC hosted their first La Fiesta de las Madres on May 30. The event celebrates women and mothers through a combination of activities, information, and entertainment and recognizes the role that mothers play in our society. Over 3,500 people stopped by Westfield Wheaton Shopping Plaza in Wheaton, Maryland throughout the day to take advantage of raffles and prizes from vendors, free information and services, and the opportunity to meet Telemundo celebrities Maritza Rodríguez and Alejandro Chabán from El Rostro de Analia and the always-popular Dra. Ana María Polo from Caso Cerrado. The stars also spoke to the audience about the importance of women and mothers in the Hispanic community. Mavi Baez and German Chavez from VIVA 900 AM emceed the event and announced giveaways throughout the day.

Alejandro Chabán poses for an holaciudad! photo

Creating a Virtual Fiesta

holaciudad! participated in WZDC’s Fiesta de las Madres, a fun-filled event designed to celebrate moms and their families. This was holaciudad!’s first event outside of the digital domain and it was a huge success as most of the day’s highlights were captured and put in on the site that same day. Attendees rushed to the site to look at the videos and photos of them with Telemundo personalities Dra. Ana María Polo, Alejandro Chabán and Maritza Rodríguez. This single event increased holaciudad!’s traffic by an astounding 100 percent that day. holaciudad! is already looking forward to the next fiesta!.

Moraima Gutierrez and Maritza Rodríguez at the Upfront party

WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield Previews Programming

WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield held its annual Upfront Party on June 29 where they shared a sneak peak of Telemundo's exciting, new fall line-up and promoted their upcoming signature family event La Feria de la Familia. More than 100 guests, who packed Spris Restaurant in Hartford, had the opportunity to meet Maritza Rodríguez of Telemundo’s popular novela El Rostro de Analia.

KNSO’s V.I.P. area on the field

KNSO Fresno is on Fire

KNSO Fresno and the Fresno Fuego have extended their partnership through the 2009 soccer season. This year, KNSO introduced the Telemundo Zone, a V.I.P. area located on field level at all Fuego home games where KNSO clients, Fuego partners, and guests gather. KNSO’s prime time newscast highlights traning sessions, post-game coverage and game footage. KNSO and the Fresno Fuego share a common vision to give back to the community. KNSO is also the presenting sponsor of the 2nd annual Fresno Fuego Soccer Camp.

One of the lucky winners with Jencarlos Canela, star of Más Sabe el Diablo

WWDT Ft. Myers Viewers Visit Set of Más Sabe el Diablo

Six lucky viewers of WWDT Ft. Myers spent June 4 on the set of Telemundo’s Más Sabe el Diablo in Miami. As part of a promotion with Ft. Myers Toyota viewers registered for a chance to win a day trip to the Telemundo studios and go behind the scenes of Más Sabe el Diablo. The winners met stars from the popular novela, and sat for a live shoot of a scene. Winners and their guests were more than thrilled.

Maritza Rodríguez with one of her young fans

KTDO El Paso Parties with Pachanga

KTDO El Paso helped turn up the heat at the 2nd Annual Summer Pachanga Event, held at Western Playland Amusement Park, June 7. Joining the fun was Telemundo actress Maritza Rodríguez, who had just finished wrapping the novela El Rostro de Analia. Rodríguez signed autographs for her adoring fans and wowed the crowd as she introduced the headlining musical act, Conjunto Atardecer, who came in from Chihuahua, Mexico for the event. KTDO’s presence added to the event drawing hundreds of viewers from across the border.

Experts field calls

WZDC Washington, DC Holds Information Hotline for Local Laborers

WZDC Washington, DC partnered with LIUNA (Laborers’ International Union of North America) to hold the first information hotline for local construction laborers, Línea de Ayuda para Trabajadores de la Construcción, on June 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There was live, on-air cut-ins throughout the event hosted by Andrea Sarralde, WZDC News Reporter. WZDC viewers called the hotline and asked experts questions about unions, working conditions, benefits and any other related concerns. The response from the community was overwhelming. LIUNA experts received close to 600 phone calls during the event. This Línea de Ayuda helpline came at a time when employment and the economy are at the forefront of the minds of many, providing an excellent opportunity for laborers to seek assistance.

Ana Claudia Solorzano and Gaby Calderón report from the event

WTMO Orlando Gets Wet and Wild

Thousands of people came out to Wet’n Wild to celebrate the 10th edition of the Fiesta San Juan on June 20. WTMO Orlando has been a long time promotional partner of this local event. Fiesta San Juan is Central Florida’s version of the Latin American tradition La Noche de San Juan. As part of the original celebration, the tradition is to walk backwards towards the beach and jump backwards into the water at midnight for good luck through the remainder of year. At Wet’n Wild, everyone got into the water for the famous chapuzón de la medianoche at midnight. Limi-T 21 animated the crowd with their infectious rhythm.

Area moms watch the novela premier

WRIW Providence Debuts New Novela to Moms

WRIW Providence celebrated Mother’s Day with a brunch for over 100 moms at Tipico Restaurant in Cranston, Rhode Island. During the event moms received a pre-screening of the first episode of Más Sabe el Diablo. All attendees received promotional items of the novela and over $2,000 in prizes were raffled including gift certificates for spas, furniture stores, restaurants, and fitness centers.

WRMD anxiously awaits their guests

WRMD Tampa Moves to State of the Art Facility

WRMD Tampa hosted an open house to showcase its new office space and studios. WRMD’s new home boasts a full facility which includes state of the art technology. Guests of the event included clients, local advertising agencies, and community leaders who enjoyed a flamenco guitar performance and authentic tapas prepared by one of Tampa’s best Spanish chefs, Felix Piedra, Owner of Vizcaya Restaurant. The event concluded with a station presentation about the great growth WRMD has experienced. The station received congratulatory letters from Senator Mel Martinez and Governor Charlie Crist.

One of the lucky winners with her tickets

WZDC Washington and Verizon Send Local Winners La Historia Continua Tour

WZDC Washington, DC and Verizon ran a watch and register to win at two area Verizon stores for a chance to win tickets to the Gilberto Santa Rosa and Victor Manuelle concert on May 29 at the Patriot Center. Viewers registered at the participating Verizon stores and winners were selected at random. The grand prize winner received backstage passes to meet the two artists and other winners won tickets to the show.

One of the many booths at the event

WWSI Philadelphia Celebrates Mother’s Day

WWSI Philadelphia sponsored the La Voz de Mexico Pa La Raza Día de las Madres event on May 10 at Campbell's Field in Camden New Jersey. Telemundo attracted over 4,000 people of Mexican descent, which is the fastest growing population in Camden. The crowds enjoyed vibrant music and traditional foods from various regions of Mexico and one very special mother won the grand prize... a minivan.

WTMO’s booth

WTMO Orlando Sponsors Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo

WTMO Orlando participated as a media sponsor at the Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo April 17-19. The WTMO booth featured appearances by the Telenoticias Orlando and Entre Nos talent. Telenoticias Orlando’s Homan Machuca, Rafael Carderera, Gaby Calderón, Sergio Gonzalez and Daniela Sanchez interacted with WTMO viewers, while Ana Claudia Solorzano, Yisel Tejeda and Oscar Ortiz entertained attendees with their upbeat antics. Maritza Rodríguez of Telemundo’s El Rostro de Analia was also featured at the event.

Enjoying the summer cruise

WNEU Boston Cruises the Harbor

WNEU Boston, Avive Productions, and have partnered to present the 2009 Boston Harbor Latin Cruises series. Every Friday, June 19 through September 18, clients, sponsors, and friends board the Fort Independence for dancing under the stars.

Martin Ycaza reads to a group of children

WWDT Ft. Myers Supports Local Reading Festival

WWDT Ft. Myers-Naples was a proud sponsor of the 5th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival at the Harborside event Center. An estimated 18,000 people were present to celebrate the power of reading. Best selling authors hosted presentations and signed books for fans. The reading festival is an opportunity to take programs and resources outside the library’s walls to remind the community about available services and to entice new users. WWDT’s Martin Ycaza read a book in Spanish and spoke about the importance of reading to children.

VIVA 900 AM and WZDC Washington, DC Participate in Salvadoran Festival

WZDC Washington, DC sponsored the 9th Annual Chirilagua-Arlandria Festival on June 14. The event celebrates the culture of El Salvador through music, food and fun. In association with VIVA 900, WZDC gave out premiums, talked to community members and had a stage presence.

WNEU looking for their next challenge

Starmazing Race in Boston

In June, WNEU Boston participated in the Starmazing Race, a scavenger hunt throughout Boston where teams race against the clock and each other to complete challenges and gather clues to benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The non-profit organization dedicates itself to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.

The team in San Antonio

KVDA San Antonio Gives Away Converter Boxes

In an effort to help viewers make the digital transition KVDA San Antonio gave away converter boxers to over 100 lucky winners. After only airing a 15 second crawl promoting the “one day only” giveaway twice in the morning, the boxes were virtually gone in a matter of hours.

Jayme Ribeiro Neto introduces the first episode

WRMD Tampa Receives Press Coverage for Más Sabe el Diablo

A week before the launch of Telemundo’s wildly popular novela Más Sabe el Diablo, WRMD Tampa presented the first episode to the Hispanic media, in a special Press Luncheon. Media reporters and representatives received a first look of the novela as well as promotional materials. Following the event, Hispanic media outlets provided strong promotional support including media coverage and ads in the two major Spanish-language newspapers CENTRO Tampa and 7 Dias, in addition to Versatil and La Guia magazines.

WRMD viewers celebrate

WWDT Ft. Myers Celebrates 5 de Mayo

WWDT Ft. Myers- Naples participated in the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Cape Coral on May 2. The day was filled with food, music and culture from Mexico, and other Latin American countries. Over 8,000 people attended the fun and entertaining event. At the WWDT booth the public found information about programming and the upcoming Mexican National Team games. There were also plenty of Telemundo giveaways for fans.

Tito Nieves gets the crowd moving

WTMO Orlando Honors Tito Nieves

WTMO Orlando and Rumba 100.3 celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Salsa superstar Tito Nieves with a concert under the stars in downtown Orlando on June 13. Over 2,000 Salsa enthusiasts danced and sang along to Tito greatest hits.

VIVA 900 Helps Family of Accident Victim

VIVA 900 was part of the pledge drive to raise money to assist the family of Ana Fernandez, one of the victims of the fatal Metro accident in Washington, DC on June 22. Listeners called VIVA 900 to express their condolences and to pledge support.

holaciudad!’s Top Content for June

Since its launch, holaciudad! has been working diligently to deliver the most up-to-date news for its local audience. They are building a loyal audience who continue to come back and use holaciudad! as its main news portal. The top three stories for June were:

1. Nestle cookie dough recall
2. Caso Cerrado
3. Barcelona soccer team’s pre-Champions movie choice

WNEU Boston - KTDO El Paso - WWDT Ft. Myers-Naples - KNSO Fresno
WRDM Hartford - WTMO Orlando - WWSI Philadelphia - WRIW Providence
KVDA San Antonio - WDMR Springfield - WRMD Tampa - WZDC Washington DC
WGES 680am - WILC VIVA 900am - WAMA LA INVASORA 1550am

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