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La Plaza
Champs : The Strength of Survival
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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

In the U.S., boxing is seen as a violent and barbaric sport by some. In conrast, for generations of immigrants and underprivileged citizens, boxing has been a vehicle to escape poverty and move up the economic ladder. La Plaza takes a look at the world of young boxers as they pursue their quest of wealth, happines, and becoming “Champs."

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Champs : The Strength of Survival,” 02/09/1995, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_614906B31ED0409FB408D90EF531E849.
MLA: “La Plaza; Champs : The Strength of Survival.” 02/09/1995. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_614906B31ED0409FB408D90EF531E849>.
APA: La Plaza; Champs : The Strength of Survival. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_614906B31ED0409FB408D90EF531E849
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