Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards is the highest honor bestowed on radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities for excellence in radio.
“2020 hit America with a tsunami of destructive economic forces, political mistrust and the greatest public health crisis in all mankind; in a time of great uncertainty, danger and anxiety we stood steadfast with our broadcast peers with the task and purpose to inform, entertain and protect our local communities,” commented Meruelo Media President and CEO Otto Padron. “To be singled out for this work is beyond humbling. This honor belongs to our city and our media family!”
“The Meruelo Media commitment to live and local service and entertainment has been supported today by a community of broadcasters and content makers. We’re grateful for the recognition,” said Meruelo Media Vice President/Audio Brands Haz Montana. He added, “Our values are to stay true to Los Angeles, to evolve, and to lead with engagement in both good and challenging times.”
“This Marconi for KLOS is particularly special,” added KLOS Program Director Keith Cunningham. “From mornings with the Heidi and Frank Show, to Marci Wiser and her Bootcamp in middays, to Kevin and Sluggo in afternoons, nights with Greg Beharrell, and our weekend warriors John Clay Wolfe, J.D., Chris Carter, Matt Pinfield and Full Metal Jackie, all KLOS talent came in to work during the worst of the pandemic to keep the community connected.”
“This past year has been all about growth,” added KLLI VP/GM Irma Barrios. “Cali 93.9 was the first station with an all-female lineup in prime, starting your day with Angelica Vale; Caro Marquez hosts middays, and afternoons are with Melissa Rios. Our focus has been great live and local content and service. We served the community from the studio during the height of the unknowns about the pandemic, which is just one of the reasons we’re overjoyed to be #1 for Reggaeton y Mas.”