It was the first and only job on radio and it was at KAPI Radio in Pueblo in Colorado.
November 6, 1973.-
After being in Colorado for only a few months, I called the local radio station asking if I could help with programming. Andres Naideg, the station manager at KAPI, answered the phone and suggested I go to the station the next day since I had acquired some experience as a young man at XEPB-FM in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
When I arrived, Andres invited me to sit in the booth with him while he was broadcasting and mixing Long Play records. After a while he asked me if I knew how to operate the equipment. When I said yes, he said, “Ok, show me after this song.” Thankfully, I had been observing his every move as we talked. I felt confident since the equipment was an older version of what I was used to in Mexico.
I walked over to the chair where he was sitting, sat down, and waited for the song to end. I opened the mic and introduced myself to the Colorado listeners and took the opportunity to improvise a bit. I looked to my right and peeked at the next record to be played. (“El Manicero” known in the USA as “The Peanut Vendor” with orquestra leader Perez Prado) I introduced the song and after letting it spin to a complete speed, I turned the volume up and switched the mic off with ease, as if I had been working there for years. It was then that he asked me, “Can you start Monday?”
I accepted with pleasure and worked there for more than a year when I received an offer in Los Angeles, CA for KMEX-TV channel 34, where I anchored for the next 28 years.
Unfortunately, KAPI does not exist anymore, but the memories of KAPI have lasted a lifetime.
The connection you have with a radio audience is unlike any other I have ever experienced. And after 31 years broadcasting news I have returned to my radio roots and now enjoy connecting with a worldwide audience at http://www.live365.com/stations/syndicatednews .