Chicano Community Program KUOP 91.3 FM: 1973-1983 “The Mario Hernandez Years”

I recently did a series of three articles in “Joaquin” Magazine on the history of Chicano Community Program, “This is Your Chicano Community Program “The Ed Ramirez Years” (June issue), “The Mario Hernandez Years” (July issue), and “The Cho & Lo Years” (August issue). It was my privilege to have worked in one capacity or another on the air with the show’s originator, Delta College student Ed Ramirez (1973-1976) and with Mario Hernandez (1976-1983), doing Chicano poetry, Chicano/Mexican history/culture commentary, skits etc. (Pictured above is Mario Hernandez, Delta Student, the show’s program director.)

My articles document much of the history of this iconic and wildly popular radio show that brought issues and music of Chicano interest to the community. Above all it was known for educating our listeners to local events, fundraisers, car shows, art and cultural exhibits, news on the Farm worker struggle, the UFW and Cesar Chavez and playing latin jazz, and oldies and reading dedications on any given Sunday afternoon. Read about this history by visiting the link below and then clicking on “Previous Issues” to the issues of the months listed above:


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 During the 1980′s one of my students brought me a cartoon drawing he had made of two barrio vatos,“Cho & Lo” (Cholo) asking what I thought of turning them into live characters. At the time, I was teaching Chicano Studies at Delta College in Stockton and working with the Chicano Community Program at the University of Pacific’s radio station KUOP-FM, 91.3, an NPR affiliate, doing Chicano and Precolumbian poetry, and skits and so his idea was a natural for radio. He would play the role of “Cho” and “I” the part of “Lo” and his lovely wife would do the introduction to each episode “As the Barrio turns and the Menudo burns”, over the background song, “Cisco Kid” by “War.”

Thus, began a run that would last through the end of the 1980s and become a Sunday staple for the weekly program, and we would be catapulted for local fame, with kids in the schools rushing us for autographs!

We decided to address issues we found relevant, important or humorous, always with humor, slapstick, tongue-in-cheek, and satire: education, cultural conflict, gangs, drugs, machismo, the farm worker struggle, discrimination, and immigration. Some episodes, of course, were non-nonsensical or just plain Locuras. Our episodes began live on the air as the two of us read from prepared scripts, with only a few minutes rehearsal before each show. In time, we began to add extra readers, and sound-effects and we progressed to taping them during the week for each Sunday’s airing, and that allowed us to add stock sound-effects, dubbing and over-dubbing and to correct our flubs.

 For years, all that remained of “Cho & Lo” were memories and compliments by a random listener we would run into a Walmart or the mall.

But fortunately I had a small stash of recordings of Cho & Lo which I had transferred to cassette tapes and recently I have been working on producing a CD with a collection of some of our Locuras.

 The CD will be available in early August and I will post updates here, date of release, price, and how to order a copy. I can assure you this CD will be a “tripiazo.” Stay tuned for the next episode!!!

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May Issue of Joaquin Magazine is Out!

Check out our online version of our magazine, Joaquin. Take a moment to read my own article inside titled “Damn That Horse.” The featured artist of the month is Maceo Montoya and we’ve used one of his pieces for the cover.

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Stop by the Haggin Museum this Thursday, May 7 at 7PM to hear a poetry reading by three local poets in honor of the current exhibit of Photos of Mexico.

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Bobby Laird to Perform at Delta College

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Join Mexican Heritage Center for Breakfast Honoring Cesar Chavez



Cesar Chavez Breakfast


9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Featuring Special Guest


who will be displaying artwork

$25.00 | person


111 S. Sutter Street, Stockton, CA 95202

Maceo Montoya grew up in Elmira, California. He comes from a family of artists, including his father Malaquias Montoya, a renowned artist, activist, and educator, and his late brother, Andrés Montoya, whose poetry collection The Iceworker Sings and Other Poems won the American Book Award in 2000. Maceo graduated from Yale University in 2002 and received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University in 2006.

Montoya’s first novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (Bilingual Review, 2010), was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for “Best First Book” and Latino Stories named him one of its “Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch.” In 2014, University of New Mexico Press published his second novel, The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, and Copilot Press published Letters to the Poet from His Brother, a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. You Must Fight Them, a novella and story collection, is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press in fall 2015.

Montoya is an assistant professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and courses in Chicano Literature. He is also affiliated with Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), a community-based arts organization located in Woodland, CA.

Maceo Montoya

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February Issue of “Joaquin” Magazine is Out.

The February issue is now available online at the following link. It focuses on the continuing issues surrounding recent attempts at Immigration reform. It also feature the work of Chicano artist, Malaquias Montoya, including one of his pieces on the cover.

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January Issue of “Joaquin” Magazine is out.

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January Issue of “Joaquin” Magazine is Hot off the Press!

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What’s New at Mexican Heritage Center?

Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery
111 S. Sutter
Stockton, CA

What’s Up in the Gallery?   Art Against Violence will be the January exhibit opening January 10th and running though January 31st.  This is a community exhibit sponsored by Draw It Out which is a community organization affiliated with Cleveland School Remembers.  This will be a unique presentation of community expression reflecting our wishes to have a more peaceful environment in which to live and raise our children.  The opening reception is January 16th from 5:30-8:00p.m.

Board Election Results -  Congratulations to our newly elected Board Members.  Cara Davis is now 1st Vice-President, Julisa Salas is corresponding Secretary, and Maggie Salas is now Sargent at Arms.  Wishing you all successful terms as our new board members.

Exhibition Committee - Gracie Madrid is now the Exhibition Committee Chair.  Any questions regarding upcoming exhibits should be addressed to her at or (209) 969-9306

Dia de los Muertos Committee - Gracie Madrid is now the chair of the Dia de los Muertoscommittee.  Any questions regarding the Dia de los Muertos exhibit should be addressed to her at or (209)969-9306

Wishing you all aFeliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo”

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