Radio host Frank Dominguez of Davidson-based classical public radio station WDAV-FM is getting some national recognition this month: The station said Friday Mr. Dominguez is a finalist for two National Hispanic Radio Awards: Radio Personality of the Year and Programmer of the Year.
Mr. Dominguez was nominated for his work as producer and host of “Concierto,” a nationally syndicated weekly classical music program in Spanish and English. Radio Ink magazine announced the finalists this week for the Medallas de Cortez award. Winners will be announced March 21 in San Diego, at Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference.
“I’m humbled by the nominations – and shocked!” Mr. Dominguez said in a press release Friday. “The conference later this month will give me a great opportunity to meet other finalists, learn from their experiences and strengthen our young show.”
Mr. Dominguez premiered “Concierto” on WDAV in October 2010, when it was the first program of its kind in the nation. Since then the station has syndicated the program nationally. WDAV said the show “calls special attention to the contributions to the art form by Latin-American and Spanish composers and performers.”
The program is support by the WDAV Listen Live Fund, the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Concierto can be heard Saturdays at 10 p.m. on WDAV-FM, 89.9, and online 24 hours a day at concierto.org.
“Hispanic radio is an important part of the overall radio industry and is often overshadowed by mainstream radio,” Deborah Parenti, Radio Ink’s executive vice president for radio, said in the press release. “These awards are designed to give recognition to those who have contributed to elevate the overall reputation, professionalism, and image of Hispanic radio.”
The Medallas de Cortez awards were created by Radio Ink magazine to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the Hispanic radio marketplace. They were named after Raoul Cortez, a pioneer in Hispanic radio in America; his image appears on the medal presented to winners. Radio Ink solicited nominations from the industry, then determined finalists based on specific criteria for the selection of nominees.
RELATED LINKS & COVERAGE
Oct. 25, 2010, “WDAV’s Spanish ‘Concierto’ going national?”
Concierto.org website – find out more and listen to samples of the program in the player.
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