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Best Radio Station Miami 2000 - WQBA-AM (1140)

Readers' Choice: Y-100, WHYI-FM (100.7)
WQBA is no longer La Cubanísima. If nothing else this is a clear indication that someone has finally figured out that the majority of Miami's Spanish-speaking citizens is not obsessed with Fidel Castro. The formatting changes that began in late 1997 -- after the giant Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (HBC) acquired WQBA and three other Miami stations -- have by now resulted in a much more pleasant listening experience. Yes, it's still a hard-line exile station at heart, and Ninoska Perez Castellon, la cubanaza herself, is still holding forth on Ninoska a la Una, comparing Fidel to Hitler (she's good enough to get away with it). But at least you don't have to hear this all day long, as you do on that bastion of bombast, Radio Mambí, which HBC bought along with WQBA but left untouched. Veteran Cuban-American broadcasters Agustin Acosta and Bernadette Pardo remain popular news-talk hosts on WQBA, but other personalities who never even mention Castro have been well received. For example the "Plant Doctor," Jesus Ramos, provides excellent gardening advice. The sports coverage is good, too, including but not limited to live broadcasts of Marlins and Dolphins games.
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It saddens me to hear that Univision Radio does not care to realize that the Hispanic Radio Listeners in Miami, or of South Florida for that matter, do not have the same interests as those in other parts of the country. As a Cuban-American who has been here since 1960, I have proudly seen the Cuban-American community contribute inmensely to the growth of our beautiful city. Yes, as you state, our Island Mother Country and Fidel Castro, a tirant dictator for 53 years, does continue to be of great interest to the Cuban community... Why? Because, like me, there are many others who have suffered the scars of the revolution, My Dad was one of those, this may not seem important to you, but liek my father, there many Cuban men who decided that they were willing to give their life to see a free Cuba by taking part in the Bay of Pigs Invation on April 17th, 1961. My Dad endured imprisonement in the hands of the dictator, and almost lost his life. I realize that Cubans are not the only Hispanic group in Miami. As an avid listener of WQBA, I know for a fact that the programming not only gears to Cubans but to other Hispanic groups as well. However, the fact is that they are trying to ignore the sacrifice and hard work of a community of 53 years of our community, this is quite insulting and is a slap in the face. If they decide to go through with their plan, since they have not confirmed this plan as of yet, they will loose many listeners, with me being one of those. Celia Cruz's WQBA jingle depicts and expresses our culture, that will be lost too. Celia was Celia of the world, not only Celia of Cuba.... We do want a varied programming, but programming that speaks to the culture of Miami and South Florida, and believe me there is a lot of culture in our community...., more than you know, and a lot of it already comes from WQBA's model as it is now. What a tragedy for radio history! Univision, please think this over!

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