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La Plaza
Musica En Dos Tiempos
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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

To open the series, producer/host Raquel Ortiz and co-host José Masso take a historical look at the music of Puerto Rico--from the traditional forms to the contemporary and classical adaptation of Puerto Rican rhythmic and melodic patterns as presented by local Boston talent. We hear “bombas” and “plenas” in their traditional form using combination of instruments handed down by the Caribbean Arowak Indian, the African slave and the Spanish colonizers.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Musica En Dos Tiempos,” 12/24/1978, GBH Archives, accessed March 23, 2023,
MLA: “La Plaza; Musica En Dos Tiempos.” 12/24/1978. GBH Archives. Web. March 23, 2023. <>.
APA: La Plaza; Musica En Dos Tiempos. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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