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La Plaza
Heatwave: Mongo Santamaria
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Series Description: Series of performances and documentaries on Latino musicians Paquito D'Rivera, Jorge Dalto, and Mongo Santamaria.

“A musical profile of ‘The King of the Congas,’ one of the world’s foremost Afro-Cuban jazz percussionists, in interview and performance format. ‘Afro Blues’ and ‘Sofrito’ are included.” (DIAL July 1984).



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Heatwave: Mongo Santamaria,” 05/28/1984, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_07A4299887E444B095EA0B78C660A395.
MLA: “La Plaza; Heatwave: Mongo Santamaria.” 05/28/1984. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_07A4299887E444B095EA0B78C660A395>.
APA: La Plaza; Heatwave: Mongo Santamaria. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_07A4299887E444B095EA0B78C660A395
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