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La Plaza; Beto Araiza: Meat My Beat


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La Plaza
Beto Araiza: Meat My Beat
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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

La Plaza presents Beto Araiza’s popular one-man show, “Meat my Beat”, an intelligent and optimistic series of vignettes which reflects on AIDS, political satire, and an affirmation of gay male culture. Araiza speaks out about his life and experience as a gay performer.

First broadcast in 1995.

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Beto Araiza: Meat My Beat,” 01/10/1995, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E7522EE5861F43C7BC908FC81D60CFCA.
MLA: “La Plaza; Beto Araiza: Meat My Beat.” 01/10/1995. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E7522EE5861F43C7BC908FC81D60CFCA>.
APA: La Plaza; Beto Araiza: Meat My Beat. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E7522EE5861F43C7BC908FC81D60CFCA
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