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La Plaza; AGENDA FOR THE ‘80s



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La Plaza
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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

The communications field future for Latinos in the 1980s, including a discussion of programming, satellite transmission, and cable TV.

Latinos experienced in the communications field on the local and national level discuss where Latinos should be headed in the 1980s.

Guest include: Ed Cardona, Minority Enterprise Office of The Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Aida Barrera, President of the Southwest Center For Educational Television; Tomas Rivera, Cable Televison expert, Graduate Student, MIT, Urban Planning; Antonio Guernica, Vice President, National Association of Spanish Broadcasters (NASB).



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; AGENDA FOR THE ‘80s,” 02/21/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E4136BC7CCF94F5687E8C4F56BDC58B4.
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