Hermiston will likely have a Hispanic radio station as early as mid-August.
Hispanic Advisory Committee Chairman Eddie De La Cruz made the announcement just before the end of the advisory meeting Monday night at City Hall.
“We have great news that Hermiston is heading to the direction of having an Hispanic radio station,” De La Cruz said.
The station will be called La Nueva Ney, or “The New Law,” and will be in the upstairs of El Gran Chaparral, 305 S.W. 11th St. El Gran Chaparral, a dance hall, is owned Juan Reyna, and he and business partner Jesus Torres will be the owners of the new station. As of Monday, Reyna and Torres did not have a specified frequency for the station.
Gaudencio Felipe, of Pasco, Wash., will serve as general manager for the station, which will reach listeners from Ione to Pendleton, De La Cruz said.
“I’m very excited that that’s happening for Hermiston,” De La Cruz said. “We’re actually moving in the right direction.”
De La Cruz has been promoting the advisory committee through a Hispanic radio station in the Tri-Cities area since the committee formed last year. He said the new station will provide the HAC with a new outlet to reach listeners.
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