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Sounds of BelongingU.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy$
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Dolores Ines Casillas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770658

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770658.001.0001

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Mixed Signals

Mixed Signals

Developing Bilingual Chicano Radio, 1960s-1980s

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Sounds of Belonging

Dolores Inés Casillas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on development of Chicano radio stations. In 1972, late senator Ted Kennedy sponsored the first bilingual community radio station, the KBBF-FM or La Voz del Pueblo (The People's Voice), which broadcasts from Santa Rosa, California to ten northern California counties. Its development paved the way for two other key bilingual community radio stations—Radio Cadena (Yakima, WA) and Radio Bilingüe (Fresno, CA)—to join the increasingly diverse FM airwaves. These community-based bilingual radio stations gave voice to uncounted rural community Chicanos who strove for a representation of their experiences within U.S. borders, as well as in their everyday Spanglish language.

Keywords:   Ted Kennedy, Chicano radio stations, bilingual community radio station, KBBF-FM, La Voz del Pueblo, The People's Voice, Radio Cadena, Radio Bilingüe

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