From Ron’s Desk

As you know I am leaving the day to day management of ZGS to become the President of the Telemundo Station Group. It was a unique opportunity for both ZGS and me to grow and strengthen our relationship with Telemundo. The past 25 years with ZGS have been stimulating, rewarding and most of all fun. It is incredible to see how far ZGS has come, and much of that is thanks to your efforts and commitment in the community and with our clients. Eduardo and I started with almost nothing and with your help and encouragement have built a tremendous company that continues to serve and make a difference in the Hispanic community. It is time to double up our efforts and bring the creativity and commitment that characterizes the growth and success of ZGS to our markets. I am excited to welcome the Telemundo affiliates in Fresno and San Antonio to the ZGS family. They represent an important step in the growth of our company. I want to thank my colleague and partner Eduardo Zavala for his friendship, counsel and support over the past 25 years. I am pleased that he will be teaming-up with Peter Housman who has been an invaluable advisor and colleague to lead our company. I am also very happy to welcome Julissa Marenco back to ZGS as President of the ZGS Station Group. She brings all the knowledge, experience and passion to be a wonderful leader. I know and trust that you will give them the same affection and support you have given me all these years. This is an exciting time for ZGS. The future of the company is extremely bright and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support over the years. With this, I turn over the newsletter column writing responsibilities to Eduardo. Mil gracias y pórtense bien!

ZGS in the Community

WTMO Orlando Visits Local Classrooms

WTMO Orlando continues its signature literacy program, Leer Para Vencer visiting Lake Weston Elementary on December 18, Alta Vista Elementary on February 19 and Lawton Chiles Elementary on March 24. The Leer Para Vencer program was created to encourage reading in the Hispanic family and emphasizes that reading is not only educational, it is also fun. During the school visits, the Telenoticias Orlando news team reads to students, stresses the importance of reading and gives away prizes. The Leer Para Vencer initiative continues at local schools throughout the academic year with one visit per month as part of WTMO Orlando’s commitment to empower the Hispanic community of Central Florida.
Rafael Carderera and Sergio González visit with students at Lawton Chiles Elementary

KTDO El Paso Races for the Cure

KTDO El Paso proudly participated in the 2009 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on February 22 at Cohen Stadium. Over 20 people participated in the KTDO team to support the cause and celebrate survivors of breast cancer.

The KTDO team
WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield Celebrates Green
Over 100 people gathered to help WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield celebrate Earth Day by participating in a local clean-up event. The Knox Parks Foundation, Mega Education and Spanish American Merchants Association joined forces with WRDM/WDMR to clean-up Park Street on April 18. Pollo Tropical also participated as the food sponsor.

VIVA 900 In-Tune with the Community

VIVA 900 is taking its shows on the road airing live from locations around the community. German Chavez DJ of Viva Mi Tierra hosted a forum to discuss hot topics in immigration at Classic Café in Manasas, Virginia on March 21. Representatives from several Latin American embassies participated. At another event the morning show Viva la Mañana aired live from Global Financial Solutions in Falls Church, Virginia on March 27 to help listeners by providing information about financial issues. Experts gave information about taxes, the new stimulus package, mortgages and much more. VIVA 900 is in-tune with the community giving listeners relevant information when they need it most.
VIVA DJ German Chavez visits with listeners
WZDC Washington DC Receives Emmy Nomination

WZDC Washington DC’s local show Linea Directa has been nominated for the Community Service Emmy Award by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

WRMD Tampa Participates in Florida State Fair

WRMD Tampa celebrated Valentine’s Day at La Plaza Hispanic Village located at the Florida State Fair. The station hosted a variety of interactive Valentine’s Day games on stage, such as speed dating, and singing and dancing competitions. For over 100 years the Florida State Fair has opened its doors to the local community, making it one of the most historic and enjoyable events in Florida. Attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy jousting tournaments, cheer and dance competitions, livestock competitions, over 100 rides, as well as carnival games and fair foods.

Employee Recognition

Marcelo Sánchez, Reporter for WZDC Telenoticias Washington DC received second place in the broadcast journalism category of the Washington, DC Ethnic Media Awards in December for Down Syndrome: Buddy Walk. The story aired on October 16, 2008 and featured the personal stories of two mothers of Down syndrome children and their participation in the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Buddy Walk, the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome. Hector Godínez was the cameraman for the story, which was produced under the direction of Julio Aliaga, Telenoticias’ News Director.

Homan Machuca, WTMO Orlando news reporter was honored as Professional of the Year at the 11th annual Don Quijote Awards Gala on December 6. Almost a 1,000 people attended the event held at the Epcot Center. The Don Quijote Awards recognize excellence among Hispanic entrepreneurs and professionals.
Andrea Sarralde of Telenoticias Washington was the emcee for CentroFamilia’s Women’s Day Celebration. WZDC Washington sponsored the breakfast where several leaders from the community were recognized for their support of women’s issues. A report was also given about the current state of Latinas in the U.S. Andrea was recognized at the event for her support and work with CentroFamilia and the community.
Rafael Carderera of WTMO Orlando is the new face of Boxeo Telemundo. Carderera is the co-anchor of Telenoticias's El Poder Deportivo. His first appearance was as the ring announcer for Telemundo's national broadcast of Boxeo Telemundo on March 13th. The title bout was between Jose Angel Beranza versus Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., and took place at the Kissimmee Civic Center.
Fran Morales of Telemundo Hartford/Springfield participated as a guest judge for the CHET Dream Big! Poetry Essay contest. More than 1,900 students from k-6 from across the state submitted their entries in hopes of winning scholarships for college.

Human Resources News

A note from Jackie Carrillo

With the summer internship season upon us, it’s a good time to think about utilizing students for summer internships. Interns are looking for meaningful experience that is related to their field of study, and a successful internship program for both parties occurs if you're willing to provide that. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
• Carefully consider the qualifications your interns should have for the available internship. It is important that they have the background for the duties that they are expected to perform. Specify whether an intern should have completed specific coursework or a certain number of years of college.
• Be aware of expenses. Although interns aren't usually as costly as regular employees, there are expenses involved. Recruiting can be costly, especially if you need to attend job fairs at various colleges.
• Be aware of the legalities. Most interns qualify as employees under various employment laws and are subject to minimum wage and overtime laws, workers' compensation coverage and possibly unemployment compensation. Please consult Human Resources prior to hiring for additional details.
• Ensure ahead of time that office supplies, computer access and workspaces are available.
• Plan for time to supervise your interns. An intern is no solution to your work overload if you don't have the time and energy to oversee the work that a successful internship requires. This includes providing ongoing feedback and conducting a formal performance review.
• Ask your HR Manager for ongoing support. It's important that the HR Manager be involved with interns who have encountered problems and for managers who are handling issues with interns.

Baby Announcements

Sophia Andrea Angúlo
February 23
Daughter of Benjamin Angúlo, Technical Director WTMO Orlando

Ava Alexandra Cortez
March 24
Daughter of Phillip Cortez, Marketing Director KTDO El Paso
New Members of the ZGS Family
Welcome KNSO Fresno and KVDA San Antonio
KTDO El Paso
Beatriz Rodríguez
WWDT Ft. Myers/Naples
Carlos Briceño
WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield
Jason Romano
WTMO Orlando
José Díaz
Jessica González
Daniela Sánchez
Alexander Vargas
WWSI Philadelphia
Sergio Santana
Zuleima Manzur
WRMD Tampa
Flavia Portal
Jackie Carrillo
Lauren Cowley
Allison Kleiman
Julissa Marenco

ZGS to Operate Telemundo Stations in Fresno and San Antonio

ZGS and Telemundo announced on April 1 that they are strengthening their alliance by, along with other initiatives, entering into a long-term agreement for ZGS to operate the Telemundo stations in San Antonio and Fresno beginning May 1. This is an exciting opportunity to expand and grow the ZGS station group.

ZGS Launches Local Web Portal

ZGS recently launched holaciudad! a local web portal in Washington DC. holaciudad! is an easy to use and engaging local Spanish-language web portal with a truly Hispanic point of view. It is a fun, reliable and friendly resource that offers users and partners a unique online experience. features current events, local news, entertainment, finance, sports, lifestyle, autos and weather; as well as services such as local calendar of events, city guides, and classifieds. holaciudad! will be launching in the coming months in all ZGS markets.

The VIVA team gets ready

VIVA 900’s Radiothon Raises Over $100,000 for St. Jude

VIVA 900 AM and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital joined forces for the fifth annual Promesa y Esperanza (Promise and Hope) radiothon on April 16 and 17. For two days, VIVA 900 asked its audience for their support to help in children that are suffering from terminal illnesses. Over the course of the radiothon listeners heard from the children and their families about how St. Jude supported them. This year the radiothon raised over $100,000 for St. Jude. Since 2005 the annual Promesa y Esperanza radiothon hosted by VIVA 900 has raised over a million dollars.

One of the participants taping his local weather report at the Mini- Studio

WWSI Philadelphia Día del Niño A Huge Success

WWSI Philadelphia and the Please Touch Museum hosted Dia Del Niño or Children’s Day on April 25 and 26. The event was a huge success with over 5,000 in attendance. Children enjoyed the musical talents of Louie Miranda who entertained and taught children fun Spanish songs. Special guest appearances included Roo the Philadelphia Kixx Mascot, and Angel Rivillo, Philadelphia Kixx soccer star who demonstrated his soccer techniques to developing players. Other highlights from the weekend included the Telemundo Mini-Studio where school aged children recorded their own weather and traffic reports.

A contestant tries his luck

In Search of Love in New England

In February WRIW Providence, and WDMR/WRDM Hartford/Springfield hosted local casting calls for Telemundo’s 12 Corazones. The popular show is hosted by Penélope Menchaca and combines the secrets of love with the mystery of astrology helping young men and women find love. At all of the events area singles competed for the opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles to be part of the game show. Over 800 people gathered at the Roxy nightclub in Providence to celebrate Valentine's Day at WRIW's 12 Corazones party. WDMR/WRDM Hartford/Springfield hosted auditions at Capriccio's Restaurant in Hartford and Puerto Vallarta Restaurant in Newington, Connecticut. Alberto Omar Caquias and Emeyra De Jesús were the winners of the New England casting call. In hopes of meeting their love match, Caquias and De Jesús traveled to Los Angeles, California to participate in the April 3 taping of 12 Corazones.

The Orlando Magic on WTMO

The Orlando Magic's Magic al Medio Día is back on WTMO Orlando. Magic al Medio Día is an inside look at the Orlando Magic with highlights, player stats, interviews, and upcoming game information. This is the second year that the Orlando Magic and WTMO have partnered to broadcast a weekly show in Spanish.

Workers line-up at the Telenoticias van to receive donations

Telenoticias Washington DC Illustrates the Plight of Local Day Laborers

WZDC Washington reinforced its commitment to the community with the conclusion of its week-long series Tras El Sueño Americano which aired from March 9 to 13. Andrea Sarralde, reporter for Telenoticias took viewers inside the daily lives of jornaleros, or day laborers, that are struggling to meet the challenges posed by our current economic situation. These reports helped raise awareness for a segment of the population that is often forgotten and neglected. In addition to the informative daily reports, WZDC took the opportunity to collect medicine, clothing and canned goods for the workers. The entire project would not have been a success without the generous support of VIVA 900 AM, who also accepted donations and helped promote the series via radio. By the end of the week, the two stations were able to bring large amounts of donated goods from concerned community members to the day laborers.

WWSI Philadelphia Now Available on DIRECTV

WWSI Philadelphia announced the inclusion of the local station to the satellite system DIRECTV In February. The addition of the local station to DIRECTV complemented WWSI’s effort to increase the number of viewers reached, and reinforced its commitment to expanding and improving service for advertisers. WWSI’s coverage area has increased significantly since its acquisition by ZGS. In the last quarter of 2008, WWSI improved its footprint with carriage on the cable systems RCN and Service Electric, which expanded the coverage area to Allentown, Delaware County, Bethlehem, Easton Metro area, including Eastern Berks County, Lehigh and Northampton Counties and Upper Bucks County. WWSI can be seen on channel 62 on DIRECTV.

Jayme Ribeiro Neto accepts the award on behalf of WRMD

WRMD Tampa Recognized for Diversity

WRMD Tampa was honored as one of the top ten finalists in this year’s Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards. The recognition is given to companies who have contributed to the success of minority owned businesses in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Business Journal is the main print source of business news in Tampa.

Ana Claudia, host of Entre Nos

WTMO Premiers the All New Entre Nos

WTMO Orlando premiered an all new season of Entre Nos on February 8. The local entertainment program features artist interviews, celebrity gossip, music videos and covers the Central Florida entertainment scene. The local show airs Sundays at 6pm and is now hosted by Ana Claudia Solórzano, who also contributes to Telenoticias Orlando as Entertainment Correspondent. The new season is taking-off and receiving a lot of positive feedback from the community.

WNEU Boston Includes Variety Show in Local Line-up

WNEU Boston announced the inclusion of the new variety show Orale! Con Verónica as part of its local programming line-up. The show, which is hosted by Veronica Robles premiered earlier this year. The program segments showcase local talent and feature a variety of topics important to the Latino community providing advice and information on improving the quality of life for viewers. The word ‘órale’ is a popular Mexican expression that means to encourage, hurry and celebrate, said Robles, host of Orale! “To me the show represents just that — a celebration of Latino culture,” Robles said. “Orale! promises to entertain, inform and educate our Latino community.”

Local students show off their Telemundo spirit

WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield Encourages Students to Dream Big

WDMR/WRDM Hartford/Springfield participated with more than a dozen companies and local colleges in the state’s Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Dream Big! College Fair on March 18. The College Fair, hosted by State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier and CHET, was held at the Classical Magnet School in Hartford and drew families and students in grades K-6.The goal of the event was to emphasize the importance of “dreaming big” about their futures, and to remind parents to save early for college expenses. Representatives of 17 colleges and universities, including the University of Connecticut, were on hand to lead students through fun activities and raise awareness about the benefits of attending college. Hartford/Springfield's Fran Morales spoke to students about exciting careers at Telemundo and how college gave her a boost in reaching her dreams.

One of WRMD’s lucky winners meets Enrique Iglesias

WRMD Tampa Teams-up for the Super Bowl

With Tampa Bay as the host of this year’s Super Bowl WRMD was busy with the Pepsi Música Superbowl Fiesta and Telemundo’s very own Tazón Latino III. Performers at the Pepsi Música Super Bowl Fiesta included Belanova, Angel y Khriz and superstar Enrique Iglesias. WRMD hosted a local television promotion, where two lucky viewers attended the event and met the musical talent. Telemundo’s very own Tazón Latino took the Tampa community by storm with an exciting football game hosted by sports reporter Joel Bengoa, also known as “El Gordo”. WRMD gave away tickets to Telemundo viewers who enjoyed watching their favorite Telemundo celebrities compete against professional football players. Both events aired on Telemundo January 31.

WZDC Washington DC Challenges Families

WZDC Washington DC began the year with a twist on the usual La Buena Vida challenge. Instead of the 4 participants competing against each other, one family was selected to work together to create a healthier lifestyle for each individual within the family. La Buena Vida is an interactive health and lifestyle campaign where participants receive tips on living the good life. This ten-week process began in January and ended in March. Ambassadors went to the gym, saw a nutritionist and chef, learned about financial planning and taxes and also had a makeover. The progress of the participants was documented on Telenoticias, WZDC’s local news.

Volunteers get ready to build

KTDO El Paso Partners to Build Local Playground

February 12 is the day everyone at KTDO El Paso rolled-up their sleeves and helped Kaboom! and Home Depot build a brand new children's playground in Northeast El Paso. The best part about the partnership is that the playground gets built in just one day. Highlights of all the hard work and the final product were presented on KTDO’s local show Qué No Ves Somos Tres, which airs on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

WRMD’s Isabel Nelson with festival pirate

WRMD Tampa Participates in Gasparilla Pirate Fest

WRMD Tampa, in conjunction with 92.5 MAXIMA FM and Centro Mi Diario represented Tampa’s Hispanic community at the City Center Stage during the Southwest Airlines Gasparilla Pirate Fest, one of the largest outdoor events in the Tampa Bay area, with over 400,000 attendees. The City Center Stage is a unique area that embodies the culture of the Hispanic community with a variety of exciting performances from top local musicians and folkloric dancers including the Coco Latin Band, Somos Musica, Pint 6, Supernatural and dance performances from TICH and La Voz Juvenil. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest has been a Tampa tradition since 1904 and reenacts the Tampa Bay invasion of legendary pirate Jose Gaspar, also known as Gasparilla.

WZDC Washington DC Airs New Show

WZDC Washington DC recently began airing a new novela that mixes hot storylines with meaningful messages. Nuestro Barrio engages and entertains consumers on a variety of issues including banking, homeownership and health and wellness. It strikes the perfect balance between drama and information, appealing to both a young vibrant immigrant population and English speaking consumers that are eager to learn more about Spanish language and culture.

Telemundo Orlando’s bus

WTMO Orlando Unveils New Bus

WTMO Orlando and Lynx Transit unveiled the all new Telemundo Orlando bus. WTMO now has more visibility on the streets of Orlando. One side of the bus features Telemundo network staples including Ana María Polo, María Celeste, Pedro Sevcec and Penélope Menchaca, while the other side highlights local programming including the faces of Telenoticias Orlando.

WZDC Washington DC’s Help Line Eases Tax Anxiety

WZDC Washington DC in association with Global Tax held a Línea de Ayuda information hotline with live cut-ins on the topic of taxes January 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. Viewers were encouraged to call in, ask questions and seek advice. Experts were available to answer calls and disseminate the appropriate information. Línea de Ayuda was originally developed as part of WZDC’s health and wellness campaign, La Buena Vida to give viewers the information and resources they need to make healthier lifestyle choices. This year is proving to be a difficult year economically and it is becoming increasingly important that individuals spend their money wisely. Through this program, individuals received tips on how to avoid overpaying and where refunds may be due. Whether it is a basic question or a more detailed problem involving the IRS, the experts at Global Tax were able to assist all those who participated.

One of Reportero Escolar’s student reporters

Telenoticias Washington DC Launches Reportero Escolar

WZDC Washington launched a new addition to the nightly news, Reportero Escolar. The segment, which airs every Wednesday at 6pm on Telenoticias, features local students from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. The students create and produce their own section of the news with the help of the news team at WZDC. The partnership between WZDC and the high school began in an effort to give a voice to a segment of the population that is often not heard. The participants have the opportunity to address and discuss topics that are important to them. This is a great learning experience for the students involved and for all those watching.

Martin Ycaza on stage with a Telemundo fan

WWDT Fort Myers Presents Jazz on the Green

WWDT Fort Myers was a media sponsor for the Jazz on the Green Festival in Downtown Fort Myers on January 18. It was a day full of great jazz music from artists such as BJ Jackson, Four 80 East with Nils and Shilts, Wendy Renee. The headliner was five time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval, who plays afro-Cuban grooves. Martin Ycaza, host of WWDT’s local show En Casa Con Martin Ycaza participated on stage introducing Arturo Sandoval and exciting the crowd with Telemundo t-shirts and hats. It was a great event with all proceeds going to The Children’s Charities of Southwest Florida.
WRMD’s Carmen Ochoa with the event participants

WRMD Tampa Sponsors International Film Festival

WRMD Tampa sponsored The Gasparilla International Film Festival, the Bay areas largest independent film festival, from February 26 through March 7. As a sponsor WRMD featured the best of its programming during the film festival, with trailers recapping its top four primetime telenovelas Doña Bárbara, El Rostro de Analia, Sin Senos No Hay Paraíso and El Cartel. WRMD’s involvement highlighted the festival and its films in the Hispanic community with over 10,000 people attending.

WTMO on their parade float

WTMO Orlando Represents in the Puerto Rican Day Parade

The Telenoticias Orlando team, as well as the Entre Nos crew, represented WTMO in the annual Central Florida Puerto Rican Parade on March 29. The WTMO float was sponsored by Kidsville Pediatrics and Universidad Interamericana. Spectators sang along to the Telemundo jingle on the parade route as they received plenty of beads and Telemundo premiums.

ZGS Florida Stations Named Official Carrier Stations of The Lottery

WWDT Ft. Myers-Naples, WTMO Orlando and WRMD Tampa were named official carrier stations of the Florida Lottery. There are 12 television stations throughout the state of Florida that broadcast the winning numbers for POWERBALL®, FLORIDA LOTTO™, MEGA MONEY™, FANTASY 5®, PLAY 4™ and CASH 3™ drawings. The stations air the drawings as well as display the winning numbers on screen.

VIVA 900 Partners for Students

VIVA 900 partnered with E.C.E. Group, Inc. a non profit organization to raise money to send 100 children to school in Bolivia. Fiesta Carnival took place on March 14 where listeners enjoyed a special evening with Bolivian folkloric dances and music. VIVA 900’s own Indira Terrazas was the co-host of the event.

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
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