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Univision, Telemundo, and the Rise of Spanish-Language Television in the United States$
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Craig Allen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401643

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401643.001.0001

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Lone Star Dawn, Mexican Light

Lone Star Dawn, Mexican Light

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Univision, Telemundo, and the Rise of Spanish-Language Television in the United States

Craig Allen

University Press of Florida

Period: 1895–1961. From working-class roots in a Mexican border town, Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta rises as the giant and patriarch of Mexican radio and TV. He courts the government which permits his monopoly, Telesistema Méxicano. To appease opponents who protest his Americanization of TV networks in Mexico, Vidaurreta envisions a Mexican network in the U.S. He hires Rene Anselmo and partners with Frank Fouce Sr. U.S. law prohibits foreign ownership of U.S broadcasting, however, Vidaurreta devises a scheme to conceal his ownership by having Anselmo, a U.S. citizen, act as owner in his place. In San Antonio, Raoul Cortez forms the first Spanish-language TV station in U.S. Son-in-law Emilio Nicolás manages struggling KCOR but prepares for a medical career. Vidaurreta purchases KCOR on the condition Nicolás remain. He does. With KCOR as hub, parties meet in San Antonio and form the Spanish International Network.

Keywords:   Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, Telesistema Méxicano, Raoul Cortez, Rene Anselmo, Emilio Nicolás, Spanish International Network

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