Radio Santa Cruz, always with you: 52 years in the heart of his town (+ Photos)

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By Lázaro David Najarro Pujol / Collaborator (Source https://camaguebaxcuba.wordpress.com/)
April, 2020.- When I learned, through the Media, about Radio Brisas del Mar’s first exit to the ether, now Radio Santa Cruz, I did not even imagine that five years later I would be part of the group as a voluntary correspondent and later as professional journalist.

It aired on May 1, 1968 in greeting to International Workers’ Day, on the initiative of Jesús Montero Sánchez (official of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and Manuel Estévez (technician of the Combined Fishing and Industrial Algerico Lara Correa).

It was necessary to use a Chinese amplifier of a kilo of power, adapting the so-called crystal. Thus the plant could go out into the ether by the 1,500 kilohertz.
Other initiators such as Rodolfo Menéndez (Fito), Ismael Zambrano, José Armengol (Pepito 26), Cira González, Esperanza Cañete and Enrique Gómez Suárez cannot be missing from the station’s history.

Alberto González had the historical merit of being the first announcer of the plant. None of the initiators earned a salary for their performance at the station, which had very rudimentary technology.

Then, among many others, Romelio Cruz Victoria, Caridad Hernández, Nilda Sotolongo Castellanos, Clara Anaya García, Idania Torres Pérez, Sara Águila Muñiz, Bárbara Naranjo, Adelfa Valdés Hernández (Artist of Merit of the Cuban Radio), Deysi Alcalá Mojena, Rosario Naranjo and Pedro Torres, among many other radio enthusiasts.

The local population donated the vinyl records or gramophone record. However Radio Santa Cruz (which at that time belonged to the Propaganda Media Company), had a high audience.

The collective, with teams from the ingenuity of Santa Cruz technicians, managed to transmit relevant moments of the boxing to Cuba carried out by young people from the largest of the Antilles, to follow the route of the Spanish sailor Sebastián de Ocampo, when he made the first boxing to Cuba at the beginning of the 16th century.

Nilda Sotolongo, with more than 48 years of work at the station, once stated that voluntariness was forged with love and the immeasurable desire to fulfill her obligations with superior excellence, “despite not possessing the essential technical knowledge”.

Radio Santa Cruz traveled through different venues: Municipal Court and Casa de la Cultura, until Evis Blas González, then first secretary of the Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) in the territory, supported the construction of the current premises (building of two plants), in the 1970s, work that had the productive support of the Youth Communist League(UJC).

Since its reopening, the group included only 12 women, including Rita Fontanills, Esperanza Rodríguez and Graciela Reyes. The plant was equipped with the most modern technology for the time and was integrated into the system of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT).

Radio Santa Cruz owes a lot to Romelio Cruz Victoria, the distinguished director and announcer of the municipality (now deceased), who dedicated time and soul to the training of many generations of local radio broadcasters and was an active protagonist in many incredible broadcasts from communities of the territory.

The Santa Cruz station, now also on the Internet, was nourished by new broadcasters, sound directors, program directors, advisers, computer scientists and journalists, among others, who are committed to continuing to reflect the work of the territory, Cuba and the world, in each of its broadcasts to continue in the hearts of its listeners. (Author’s Photos).(Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)

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