On September 30, Radio Martí’s morning show Tempranito y de Mañana said goodbye to long-time host Oscar del Rio. Rio’s departure, which comes after 29 years of hosting the news and information program, closes a significant chapter in the history the radio broadcaster. New hosts Miosotiz Parapar and Yoan Dominguez together with Lucy Garcia will usher in the new era of the morning call-in show which provides four hours of news, information, sports and entertainment.
“Tempranito is the face of information and news, where we have this luxury… this responsibility of waking up our audience, opening the door and setting the mode for the rest of their day,” said Ms. Parapar. “We want to leave Cubans thinking, analyzing and reasoning”.
The new hosts will begin broadcasting on October 1.
Backgrounds of show hosts
Miosotiz (Mio) Parapar — Fluent in Spanish and English, Miosotiz (Mio) Parapar is a former university English professor from Cuba. In the late 80’s she began her media career reading news for the local 3-minute window on many hotel in-house channels that carried CNN before moving to Cuban national TV.
While teaching speech and media techniques for on-air talent and anyone wanting to develop proper speaking skills, she moved to Radio Taino in 1993 when the FM station was overhauled to a news/magazine format with Spanish/English news content, catering mostly to tourists. While in Cuba, Ms. Parapar was able to tune-in to Radio Marti programs. “I came to admire Radio Marti’s ability to have open programs and differentiating points of view”.
From 2005–2011, she lived and worked in Beijing, China for CCTV in the international broadcasting division, an experience that had a profound impact in her life, picking up conversational Mandarin and shaping her philosophy of self-development.
Yoan Dominguez — Starting in local radio with Radio Trinidad in Trinidad, Cuba in 1998 on a musical program, Yoan Dominguez went on to become an announcer, Director of Programs and DJ in 2003. Later, he went on to work at Radio Santi Espiritu on musical programs, news and magazine shows and to Radio Vitral as well as appearing on local TV stations. “Radio Marti is a great opportunity for me; as a news junkie it’s great to be able to work the morning news with such an experienced team.”
Lucy Garcia — Appearing on Cuban TV since the age of 6, Lucy Garcia went on to study music, modeling, and theater. In 1980, she left to Los Angeles to work in radio, TV, audio dubbing and theater before arriving in Miami in 1983 to continue in arts, production and TV variety shows. In 2003, she started at Radio Marti. “Cubans need to be informed and entertained, that’s my goal. I hope my spontaneity brings a smile to their faces and help them move forward.”