Eduardo Zavala

Eduardo's Corner

So, did everyone enjoy their summer?  The past few months have included so many projects, initiatives, station activities - and of course, successes!


Congratulations to stations hosting La Feria de la Familia®.  We've had record crowds, impressive participation from top-notch Telemundo celebrities, featured performers with worldwide acclaim and provided a wealth of important information and resources to our communities. Our local teams continue to find innovative ways to increase attendance and earn rave reviews. Our La Feria season has been packed with well-attended and excellently-produced events that have had fantastic impact in the communities we serve.


Elections this year offer other key community opportunities, including our recent broadcast of the Spanish-language Florida gubernatorial candidates' debate, and the Vota Por Tu Futuro campaign. Our teams have registered voters, raised awareness, kept viewers informed, and motivated the electorate.  I encourage everyone to continue their efforts in the Vota campaign. There are just a few more weeks to Get Out the Vote - every vote counts!


And congratulations to the WRMD Tampa team on the highly successful September launch of their newscast, Telenoticias Tampa,  at 6pm and 11pm. So much hard work from the entire staff resulted in an engaging and thriving broadcast that continues to grow. Felicitaciones, Team Tampa!


We are at our most successful when we think outside the box to achieve our goals and our successes should empower us to continue doing so.  Creativity and flexibility are particularly important as our industry continues changing. Let's work together to accomplish our goals, provide results and finish the year strong. I'm proud to call you colleagues. Let's make one final push - together!

Un gran abrazo y saludos a todos.

Employee and Station Recognition
Nicole Quiroga, station manager of WZDC Telemundo Washington DC, had her article "Are We There Yet?" published in Latino Magazine's Fall Issue. In the piece, Quiroga highlights the importance of Hispanics in the economic and social direction of the United States. To read the article, click here.
WZDC's Moises Linares poses with the high schoolers
Moises Linares, sports presenter of Telenoticias Washington, visited Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School as part of their annual career day on September 24. Linares shared information with the high school students about his role as a member of the news team and answered questions about the media industry.
In the Community 

KTDO El Paso was once again a leading presenter of the 2014 Alianza de Futbol annual youth soccer tournament.  Thousands of players, spectators, families, coaches and other local businesses were onsite for all of the soccer action.  El Paso was the final stop on the national tour that encourages youth to stay active and participate in sports.

The WWDT staff at O'Brien Hyundai
WWDT Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples held a Money Machine event at O'Brien Hyundai on September 13. It was the station's most successful onsite Money Machine event to date. WWDT partnered with the urban/tropical radio station, Ardiente 1660 AM, and Acajutla Restaurant to bring fun and flavor to the event. More Money Machine events are planned for upcoming weeks.

ZGS Anniversaries 


5 Years

KTDO El Paso

Alonso Velasquez


WTMO Orlando

Maria Torres


WRMD Tampa

Gabriela Soto


ZGS Corporate

Chris Garra


15 Years

WZDC Washington, DC 

Horacio Badia

New Members of the ZGS Family


KTDO El Paso

Ruben Altamirano

Yadira Azcona

Guillermo Castan

Araceli Evans

Dagoberto Grajeda

Karla Mariscal


WRDM Hartford

Madeline Vega 


WTMO Orlando

Osvaldo Qurioz

Anibal Soto


WRMD Tampa

Javier Cervantes

Humberto Crespo 

Joseanett Diaz Sanchez 

Francisco Flores Roldan 

Milton Lugo Martinez

Christian Martinez Pena 

Angel Morales  

Osdel Porro 

Cristina Puig  

Natalia Rodriguez 

John Sarmiento 

Freddy Silva Ayala 

Raengel Solis


WZDC Washington, DC

Valeria Aponte

Valeria Barriga

Grace De La Cruz

Carlos Daniel Rivera Trinidad


ZGS Digital

Susan Nunez

Telenoticias Tampa's Angel Morales, Cristina Puig and Raengel Solis
WRMD Telemundo Tampa Launches Telenoticias Tampa

Telenoticias Tampa debuted on WRMD Tampa on Tuesday, September 9. The newscast, led by News Director Javier Palmera, aims to be the main source of news, weather, sports and entertainment for local area Hispanics. The on-air team includes Anchor Cristina Puig, Weather and Entertainment Presenter Raengel Solis, Sports Presenter Angel Morales and Video Journalists Francisco Flores, John Sarmiento, Javier Cervantes and Natalia Rodriguez. Telenoticas Tampa will be 'Trabajando Para Tí' (Working for You), as their slogan suggests.
Karla Mariscal of KTDO
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Karla Mariscal Joins KTDO Telemundo 48 News Team

Karla Mariscal joined the KTDO Telemundo 48 news team as co-anchor in July. Mariscal, a two-time Emmy winner, presents the daily 5pm and 10pm broadcasts of Telenoticias El Paso alongside Claudio Herrera. With over 15 years of experience in broadcasting, Mariscal is well-respected and beloved in the local market.
A WTMO viewer shows why he votes
ZGS Stations Rally Citizens to Participate in the Electoral Process 

As a part of ZGS's continued commitment to empowering the communities we serve, the Vota por tu Futuro initiative launched last spring and is currently in full swing. The initiative is an informative and educational public awareness campaign that encourages voter registration and participation in the Hispanic community.  From El Paso, where KTDO alongside the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) canvassed local neighborhoods encouraging viewers to register to vote, to Florida where in a partnership with WSCV Miami, a gubernatorial debate was broadcast in Spanish, ZGS stations are actively encouraging viewers to participate in the democratic process and get out the vote.
WWDT Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples 
Turns 10

With a team of five employees and one broadcaster, WWDT Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples launched the first Spanish-language television station in Southwest Florida in August 2004. Ten years later, WWDT celebrates its 10th anniversary as the #1 Spanish-language television station in the market. Since its initial broadcast 10 years ago, the station has doubled its staff and experienced substantial growth, but the goals have remained the same: Offer the best programming, entertainment, news and issues that affect the Hispanic community in Southwest Florida.
2014 Solo Tu Voz finalists strike a pose
McDonald's and WRDM/WDMR Team Up for Fourth Installment of Solo Tu Voz

Solo tu Voz is a continuous promotional initiative with McDonald's to engage and interact with the Hispanic community in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. This initiative gives the local community an opportunity to demonstrate their vocal talent in front of the Telemundo Hartford/Springfield cameras. Through a series of auditions and voting on, four finalists are selected for the grand finale. This year's winner was Natasha Madera, who will be recording her first single at a professional studio. Solo tu Voz allows the station to expose its brand while giving back to the community at the same time. 

"Héroes de Mi Barrio" Returns to WZDC Telemundo Washington DC


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Telenoticas Washington presented "Héroes de Mi Barrio" (Heroes from my Neighborhood). The segment recognized local heroes in the Washington, DC metro area that have contributed to their communities locally and abroad. To learn more about the segment and meet one of the honorees, visit

KTDO Telemundo 48 El Paso Receives EMMY Nominations

For the third consecutive year in a row, KTDO Telemundo 48 El Paso was nominated for seven Lone Star EMMY awards. The Lone Star EMMY Chapter serves 19 television markets in Texas and is chartered by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The ceremony will be held at the Bayou Music Center in Houston on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

KTDO Telemundo 48 received the EMMY nominations in the following categories:

Historic Cultural News Single Story Series/Feature
Familia A Caballo - Alonso Velasquez, Reporter

Sports News Feature
La Lucha de la Lucha - Antonio Favela, Sports Anchor/Reporter/Producer

Program Special/Series
Mexican Señor - Antonio Favela, Sports Anchor/Reporter/Producer

On Camera Talent Anchor - Sports
Antonio Favela, Sports Anchor

Promotion News Promo Campaign/Image
Promo: Cobertura Inundación en Socorro, TX - Gabriel Preciado, News Reporter

General Assignment Report Within 24 hours
Pies de Acero - Gabriel Preciado, News Reporter/Producer

Feature News Report Serious Feature Series
Viviendo en el Infierno - Ricardo Vela, Reporter
La Feria de la Familia® 
The 2014 season of ZGS's Signature Event, La Feria de la Familia® is going strong with very successful stops in Orlando, Hartford and Tampa. Thousands of families enjoyed this free family event that provided various local Hispanic communities with a full day of live entertainment, information and resources.

August - Saturday, August 15
Telemundo's Carmen Villalobos & Raul Gonzalez on the Orlando La Feria stage
WTMO Orlando celebrated 10 years of La Feria at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee with a bang. The back-to-school themed celebration provided vaccinations administered by the Osceola Health Department, activities for children, and live entertainment. Attendees met Carmen Villalobos, from Telemundo's hit super-series El Señor de Los Cielos, charismatic Telemundo personality Raúl González and the Telenoticias Orlando news team. They were also treated to performances by Tony Dize and the contagious merengue of Limi-T 21, "El grupo del pueblo" (The group of the people).

September - Sunday, September 21
Maripily Rivera takes a selfie with the crowd in Hartford 
New England enjoyed another edition of WRDM/WDMR Hartford/Springfield's La Feria de la Familia® at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. For the ninth consecutive year, La Feria attendees enjoyed a variety of fun and activities for the entire family that included being a weather presenter for a day, registering to vote as part of Telemundo Hartford-Springfield's Vota Por Tu Futuro initiative and crowning Natasha Madera as the winner of singing competition Solo tu Voz, sponsored by McDonald's. Special appearances featured Karlos Rosé, Juan Luis "Juancho" and Maripily Rivera.

October - Sunday, October 5
Mayor Buckhorn alongside WRMD staff and Eduardo Zavala
WRMD Tampa closed out Hispanic Heritage Month with a star studded 10th anniversary of La Feria de la Familia® at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The Tampa Bay community enjoyed performances by Toño Rosario and J Quiles. Telemundo's very own Laura Flores of Reina de Corazones and Gabriel Coronel also surprised the audience with special musical performances. La Feria guests also included Florida dignitaries, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Upcoming La Feria de la Familia® Event Schedule:
  • Sunday, November 2 at Bay View Academy in Riverside, RI
  • Sunday, November 9 at DC Armory in Washington, DC
  • Sunday, November 23 at El Paso Convention Center in El Paso, TX


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