Spanish-Language Radio Broadcasts Health News Coverage

    • January 12, 2004

From 1992 to 1998, Radio Bilingüe used funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and other sources to maintain a health desk and produce health programming and public service messages.

Radio Bilingüe is a nonprofit radio network based in Fresno, Calif., that distributes Spanish-language news and informational programming to radio stations in the U.S. and Mexico.

Key Results

  • Radio Bilingüe reported the following results to RWJF:

    • "Noticiero Latino" and "Edicion Semanaria" produced approximately 1,500 reports on health topics between 1992 and 1998.
    • Beginning in 1994, Radio Bilingüe produced 19 editions of the talk show "Salud: ¿Para Quien?" ("Health: For Whom?"), on topics related to state and federal health care reform, managed care, immigrant health care issues and breast cancer prevention.
    • The weekday talk show "Linea Abierta," which began in 1995, devoted one to two shows per week to health related topics, ranging from health policy to alternative medicine to teen pregnancy to mental health.
    • From 1992 to 1996, Radio Bilingüe produced and aired 30 alcohol abuse prevention messages on such topics as fetal alcohol syndrome and the conditions that prompt drinking.
    • The staff produced 75 health-related public service announcements in 1996 that ran at least 20 times each.
    • In response to a California flood emergency in 1995, Radio Bilingüe provided daily news coverage via hourly broadcasts on "Noticiero Latino," public affairs programs and through special talk shows on Linea Abierta.