KPFK's Salsa Show Turns 16!

"Canto Tropical" celebrates its on-air anniversary in April

By Agustin Gurza III
Published on LatinoLA: April 3, 2002

KPFK's Salsa Show Turns 16!

Salsa fanatics in Southern California have reason to rejoice this month: the "Canto Tropical" salsa show is celebrating it's 16th anniversary as the only non-commercial tropical music show to air in the Greater L.A. area. In fact, the two-hour program can be heard from Santa Barbara to San Diego on a clear night!

The radio show will be showcasing memorable moments from previous years on April 13th, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on 90.7 FM, KPFK. "This show fills a gap in terms of bringing the classic mambo as well as today's salsa talent to mainstream society," remarks producer/host, Hector "La Voz" Resendez.

"You'll find a different show each Saturday night," says Resendez. "Canto Tropical" offers a valuable venue to unsigned, local talent who otherwise would not be heard on commerical radio.

"KLVE always boasts that it started Salsa on Saturday nights," says co-host Kathy 'La Rumbera' Diaz. "We actually started four years before they did (in April 1986)."

Today's listeners get "More Mambo per Minute!", says Resendez. Every show includes interviews with bandleaders like Susie Hansen, Johnny Polanco, and Poncho Sanchez, to CD, nightclub and concert giveaways. Of course, there's always great musical entertainment, with an eclectic collection of classic, vintage recordings all the way to demos from up-and-coming artists . Other provocative points of interest are featured on the show, including Abelardo de la Pe?a Jr. of LatinoLA, who was on the show recently.

"We bring a bilingual element to the show that's pretty unique," says Resendez. "Everyone gets to enjoy the music which is indeed universal."

Once you tune in, you'll be back for more!

About Agustin Gurza III:
Agustin Gurza, III, is the estranged son of Agustin Gurza, L.A. Times journalist. Gurza, III, has been writing about Salsa since teaming up with Hector Resendez, III, estranged son of Hector "La Voz" Resendez ,who's unrelated to singer Hector Lavoe.

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