The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on February 2, 1981 · 76
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 76

Miami, Florida
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Monday, February 2, 1981
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r 20 The Media ' By MMI WHITEFIELD Her aid Business Writer When you enter the realm of Spanish language programming in Miami prepare for much more than English formats translated into Spanish with a salsa beat It is the land of afternoon novelas (soap operas) open mjke shows hosted by anti-Castro groups and political passion AJfcheugh ethnic radio is still in its infancy in many parts of the country Miami has seven Spanish radio stations — more than any other market in the US And the Federal Communications Commission approved the application of an eighth station Friday The combined Arbitron ratings of WQBA AM and FM WCMQ AM and FM WRHC-AM WOCN-AM and WHTT-AM accounted for 195 of the audience share in the com- bined Miami-Fort Lauderdale market and nearly a third of the Miami audience share in the latest survey San Antonio Texas with five stations is Miami’s closest competitor New York which has the largest Hispanic population in the coun- try has only one part-time and two full-time stations As the Latin listening audience grows (41 per cent of Dade Coun- ty’s 752000 population) and competition increases among Miami’s Spanish stations there are more and more options for the Latin listener With a flip of the dial a listener can tune into Spanish golden oldies salsa the Latin version of easy-listening music talk shows news or more traditional Latin entertain- ment formats "" H?ir Levin general manager of WQBA thinks the number of Spanish radio stations is a good sign be- ’ cause "they are only reflecting the health of the Latin economy” He estimates that advertisements INFLATION tf you are now receiving a 9-12 return on your investment (CD s saving certificates Gov't bonds dividends etc) after taxes and inflation you are losing over 5 per year on your dollars In today's economy you rieed a good hedge investment that has been doing in excess of 30 a year We are one of the oldest investment companies of our kind in America — recommended by leading financial periodicals — and have been providing an investment that has been averaging better than 2 per year for the Iasi ten years It has not ' gone down in value for 45 consecutive years : Qualifies foi Profit Sharing Retirement KEOGH Plans Runnformation Call local from Dade (305) 593-932! 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