Did you know that public media for Latinos is often the lifeline for communities to thrive while continuing to embrace culture, heritage & family? And that Latino public media stations which serve Latinos often represent the essential fiber of growth & engagement within a community? Latino public media stations are the portal to Más por la comunidad! The Latino Public Radio Consortium [LPRC] works to fortify these public media stations as they work to strengthen their communities: tu comunidad. We represent rural, urban, state, university & community Latino public radio stations nationwide who are passionately serving local Latino communities.
What would it be like if all our 50+ stations were able to have enough resources to truly serve their communities? For starters, you would likely be eagerly engaging with the successful work of our public media entities: advertising your small business; partaking in important community issues; accessing ample information on career and job opportunities; engaging with emerging artists; receiving essential educational, health & emergency preparedness information and lots of cultural programs; right in your own backyard, dentro de tu comunidad!
Latino public media entities are a rich treasure trove. They embrace the essence of free speech and expression; respect all cultures & cultural differences; bring forth positive changes; provide a channel for local voices & issues and are a cornerstone for betterment in today’s America. Most importantly, they keep their communities connected and up-to-date with the local happenings as well as the national landscape.
Stations like Radio Campesina Network with stations in California & Arizona give voice, information & resources on immigration rights. Latino stations’ newsrooms keep listeners informed about national and local news, healthcare and immigration reform, both in English and in Spanish. But they go much farther than just reporting the news. For instance, KBBF was a safe haven and transmitted essential news information to forgotten Latinos during the 2017 California fires. WDNA’s airwaves in Miami sizzle with jazz, Latin jazz, the blues, fusion and more. Local artists who might otherwise go unnoticed are showcased and for the past two years they have brought the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival showcasing the best of Latin & Jazz Artists. Radio Bilingüe Network, which encompasses over a dozen local public media stations, keeps migrant farmworkers informed, providing education, & resources in support of better working conditions and other important immigrant-focused news coverage.
Local Latino communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico are able to express themselves through these public media stations which provide a place for forums, debate, dialogue, promoting culture & the history of their community. Some stations are all-volunteer operated, while others have part time and/or full time staff. They are all committed to continually serving their community and are the essential fiber within their local community giving voice for local community expression.
Latino public media stations need to upgrade their websites, equipment, consider new technologies and continue to receive LPRC’s fundamental professional development and training. There is a need to ensure our stations can progress, to reach more places, with more strength and professionalism so they can maintain their central role as a local community resource.
On this day that #LatinosGive, we appreciate your contribution to the work we do to keep Latino public media stations operating in your community. LPRC is asking for your support to join us on a special journey by becoming a Station Godparent, our circle of caring supporters. Embark with us on this journey! Our goal is to ensure our stations can continue to serve & progress in this technology-driven era. As a Station Godparent, your support ensures our stations can focus on serving their communities while LPRC continues to fortify them to grow, thrive & succeed.
Become a part of our LPRC caring family as a Station Godparent! Help our stations grow and you will be helping the Latino community!!