Growing number of Spanish radio stars quit station bought by Soros-backed group
A growing number of hosts are leaving a Spanish-language radio station after it was taken over by a group backed by leftist billionaire George Soros.
Nelson Rubio announced his resignation from Radio Mambi on July 12, after Dania Alexandrino and Lourdes Ubieta.
Radio Mambi “has been the voice of Cuban exile, the voice of conservative men and women who defend freedom, democracy, family principles, truth and faith in God,” Rubio told a conference release in Miami. “Many in this community felt betrayed by the acquisition of this radio by a company funded by liberal left-wing extremist George Soros.”
Rubio and Ubieta join Americano Media, where Alexandrino already had a show.
“Being true to my principles, I could not agree to be part of a company associated with these leftist activists and their socialist program,” Alexandrino told reporters.
Radio Mambi was one of 18 radio stations in 10 cities recently purchased by the Latino Media Network from Univision. The stations reportedly reached about one-third of American Latinos. The deal was for $60 million, all in cash, depending on the network.
The network, which did not respond to a request for comment, said its funding came from “top Latino investors” and Lakestar Finance LLC, an investment entity affiliated with Soros Fund Management, one of several entities owned or linked to Soros.
Jess Morales Rocketto, one of the network’s founders, said in a statement that the group “hopes[s] create relevant content for radio and other audio platforms with content that our community can trust and rely on” and “will ensure that the Latino community continues to be served with news and information that local communities deserve.
The transition to new ownership will not occur until the Federal Communications Commission approves the deal. The network said the deal is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2023. The network also said it intends to retain employees who work at stations.
Americano Media bills itself as the first conservative Hispanic national network in Spanish.
CEO Ivan Garcia Hidalgo said during the briefing that the purchase of Mambi “indicated to us that the left is trying to silence the truth and the conservative narrative, and we offered the opportunity for these great hosts and talents to come to Americano and continue their work.”
“These individuals are a powerful team that has fled what will become a voice of oppression and misinformation, to join a strong network of Hispanics who care deeply about their communities,” he added.
Brazilian journalist Paulo Figueiredo sounded the alarm bells, among other things, telling EpochTV’s “Crossroads” that the Latino Media Network’s decision stemmed from a desire to get Hispanics to vote for the Democrats again, as more and more more have turned to Republicans in recent elections.