The Latin Alternative

The Latin Alternative

Sundays at midnight on WRUR-FM 88.5

Tune in for the country's first nationally syndicated public radio show, hosted in English, specializing in Latin rock, funk and electronic music.

The Latin Alternative, airing Sundays at midnight on WRUR-FM 88.5, focuses on crossover-friendly Latin rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop artists, as well as as interviews with such key acts as Ozomatli, Jaguares, Ana Tijoux and Diego Garcia. “WEXT 97.7 prides itself on playing a wide range of music. As a Triple A station, we’ve embraced artists like Manu Chao, Juana Molina, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs from the start,” says Chris Wienk, WEXT’s program director. “We recognize that Latinos are becoming an important part of the public radio audience, and we also know that non-Latin audiences love the Latin alternative genre. When we launched the station in 2007, we were surprised to discover that there were no syndicated Latin alternative public radio shows we could pick up to air. So we thought ‘why not create one ourselves?”

“There is something amazing about a radio station in Albany launching the nation’s first syndicated Latin-alternative radio show. In my childhood growing up in a small town outside of Albany, I couldn’t wait to leave the area and move to a bigger city that had a Latin alternative music scene,” says show co-host Josh Norek. “Ironically, now I live in California and it’s an adventurous radio station in upstate New York that has taken the lead and launched the first syndicated show for the genre.”

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