In 2005, Dr. Pablo Rodriguez and Reynaldo Almonte led an effort to create a new concept for Spanish language radio using the National Public Radio model for the dissemination of news, education, dialogue and entertainment. The concept for Latino Public Radio began under an existing radio station, Exitos 88.1 F.M. broadcasting out of Providence, Rhode Island.
Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Almonte shifted the programming for Exitos from simply entertainment to a source of objective information and education. What resulted was an outlet for the minority community to become empowered through intellectual awareness and to participate in serious and intelligent debate.
In 2011, Latino Public Radio was able to provide its listener’s with 24/7 programming by switching to WRNI 1290 AM. This has allowed us to provide more programming and give our audience the chance to listen to us at any time they like.
Latino Public Radio (LPR) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to inform, educate and entertain the bilingual radio audience through the production and distribution of intelligent, high quality, cultural and educational programming that reflects the diversity of the Latino community.
Since LPR’s inception in 2005, the station has presented itself to the community as a resource to protect and project the values of the Rhode Island Latino community. LPR’s team of strong dedicated members is comprised by renowned professionals and community leaders who are committed to the Latino community striving to educate and inform our listeners. Our focus is to bring our audience intelligent discussion about salient issues of the day that impact the Latino community. These include health, politics, business, financial services, and education.
Latino Public Radio believes that radio is the best way to effectively reach the Latino community. Our commitment to educate the community about their health has always been an important part of our mission; recent initiatives include “El Aprendiz Medico” where LPR forged a new partnership between the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital to invite students focusing on obstetrics and gynecology to produce the contents and be interviewed on the radio show as part of their hospital clerkships. This program is also a part of a broader initiative funded by a National Institutes of Health grant, “Escuche”- Evaluating the Spanish radio Community’s Understanding of Clinical Research and Health topics. Through this grant, researchers are developing and testing methods to increase science and health literacy in the Hispanic community through radio. Furthermore, with The Rhode Island Foundation’s support, LPR has developed a radio series called “Sin Seguro” to emphasize the importance of primary care and highlight and disseminate information about resources for those who have no insurance coverage in Rhode Island.
LPR also has a strong focus on breaking news and covering historical events in Rhode Island. LPR was able to cover numerous events affecting Latinos throughout the state of Rhode Island including political events relating to the 2008 presidential election. We conducted an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton when she visited Central Falls and covered Barack Obama’s visit to Rhode Island College and the Presidential Inauguration. We were also one of the only Spanish media sources providing live coverage of community based events such as the inauguration of the U.S. Census campaign, the United States Conference of Mayors and the President of Colombia’s visit to the state. We routinely cover health fairs, primary and general elections, and press conferences of general importance to our community.
Our vision is to continue making a difference to those we serve in Rhode Island and expand our educational programming to other Latino communities in the United States.