Piolin returned to radio today!
Months after Univision canceled his long-running show amid sexual harassment allegations, the Spanish-language radio broadcaster Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo got his own channel on SiriusXM. Piolin is the first Latin radio personality to host his own Spanish-language show and channel exclusively on SiriusXM.
The show will have recognizable figures in the Latino entertainment industry such as international singer/songwriter Enrique Iglesias, acclaimed actresses Angelica Vale, Angelica Maria and Kate del Castillo, and Banda El Recodo.
The show consist of a four-hour morning show that Sotelo will broadcast from Los Angeles with daily interviews with celebrities, listener call-ins, pranks, music and beloved characters “Dona Chela,” “Casimiro” and “Don Poncho.”
Univision canceled the Mexican-born radio broadcaster’s show in July after Alberto Cortez, a writer, performer and producer for the show, alleged that Sotelo had sexually harassed him. Sotelo has denied the allegations.
Piolin Sotelo’s attorney, Jeffrey Spitz, has said that the allegations made by a performer on his program — Alberto “Beto” Cortez — were false and motivated by money.
It is unclear whether Cortez will file a discrimination lawsuit against Piolin, and/or Univision, or try to settle the complaint privately.
Cortez has also alleged that Piolin Sotelo ordered his production crew to inflate the number of letters from U.S. citizens he claimed to have gathered in support of an immigration reform campaign he promoted in 2007. Sotelo has denied those claims as well.
Former co-worker Betty Velasco, whose role on the “Piolin por la Mañana” radio program was as the character “Betusska,” has also made claims that Sotelo created a hostile work environment tolerated by the station despite complaints to human resources.
She was dismissed from the show in 2010.
Piolin lands at SiriusXM
Sotelo’s previous gig was a similar and wildly popular Los Angeles-based morning-drive show that he famously used to mobilize massive immigration marches, talked about Latino news that affect the community,guest stars and music.
“I am honored SiriusXM believes in me. As I tell my listeners, ‘We came to succeed.’ And now, as we step up to a new level, I will be doing that on the biggest radio platform possible,” Sotelo said in a statement released by SiriusXM. “I can’t wait to fly free and for the first time be truly available coast-to-coast.”
Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo has won numerous broadcasting awards, including several NAB Marconi Radio Awards, and was voted one of the most influential entertainers by the Los Angeles Times. He is scheduled to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November 2013.
The SiriusXM Latino programming keeps growing and Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM, released a statement welcoming the influential Latino radio personality.
“Piolin’s fans nationwide are loyal and supportive, and we are thrilled to welcome Piolin back to radio. With our growing Latino audience and our national reach, SiriusXM’s ‘Piolin Radio’ will truly be coast to coast. Piolin will draw subscribers and advertisers alike, and represents our commitment to bring the best and most comprehensive lineup of Spanish-language radio programming to a nation of listeners.” Said Scott Greenstein.