Radio

Gustavo invades KFI

The OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano did a guest-host stint last week on KFI — yes the same AM shout station where John & Ken live in fear of the Reconquista (or make believe they do.) He filled in the slot where John Ziegler used to be and answered a lot of questions ala his syndicated Ask a Mexican column.

I ended up doing ¡Ask a Mexican! the three hours, in between playing tracks by Banda el Recodo and Luis Perez Meza. The KFI nation lived up to its Know Nothing reputation--hey, Eloise in SanTana: still railing about Mexican kids stealing and Mexicans husbands learning to lie from their wives?--but I also received many calls and emails from Latinos and gabachos thanking me to providing a different view on the Reconquista than what KFI hosts usually offer. More importantly, I received calls and emails on all types of questions--the lines were lit up all night, and I received at least 100 emails in those three hours. And throughout, all KFI staff was incredibly gracious--Bill Handel and Wayne Resnick plugged the show during their programs, Saavedra and Bertolucci provided helpful tips before the show, and news anchor Leah Brandon provided encouragement throughout.

My actual performance? KFI hasn't put up the audio on its website yet, and I'm not sure if they will.

He elaborates.


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