DePaul, Univision Team to Heat Up the Dial with 'La Hora Picante'

Radio DePaul and Univision Chicago recently launched La Hora Picante, or "The Spicy Hour", a Spanglish radio show for “billennials” (bilingual millennials). Hosted by four College of Communication students, the topical show features coverage and commentary on recent events, Chicago sports, and issues that relate to bilingual and Latino students. The show also covers fun topics, with most episodes featuring a segment on billennials’ everyday experience — from school life to family and friends.

“We [Latinos] are the future of the country, and with so many issues out there like immigration there should be more young Latinos who are interested in expressing Latino interests,” said Alondra Valle on a recent Univision news segment. As a student show host, Valle has the opportunity to work with Univision to produce professional radio content with a real impact. Three additional students, Cesar Camacho, Samantha Rivera, and Giovanni Hernandez, also host and produce the show.

The radio show is the newest in a series of collaborative programming between DePaul’s Latino Media & Communication and Univision Chicago. The first is a recurring one week workshop for Latino high school students, Pasos al Futuro ["Steps to the Future"], which teaches students how to use media literacy as television and news reporters. Cristina Benitez directs the Latino Media & Communication program at DePaul. “From that,” she said, “En tu Barrio [In Your Neighborhood] was created for DePaul and high school journalism students who created digital content for Univision’s website with mini-iPads.”

La Hora Picante is the third partnered production between DePaul and Univision Chicago. The show complements Radio DePaul’s impressive programming lineup, which helped the station win five national awards this year: three College Media Advisers Pinnacle awards and two awards by Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.

La Hora Picante airs 8 a.m. Saturday mornings on Univision Chicago, AM 1200 WRTO.