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“Piolin por la Manana” Show Canceled


Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo (L.A. Times / 2006)

Univision shocked fans by pulling the plug on the popular Spanish-language radio show “Piolin por la Manana,” hosted by Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo.

No reason was immediately given for the decision.

Sotelo’s program aired nationally on about 50 stations, including locally on KSCA-FM (101.9).

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Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo and Univision parted ways last week, surprising fans. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times / October 31, 2006)

LOS ANGELES — Spanish-language radio personality Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo’s mysterious departure from the airwaves last week came after a performer on his nationally syndicated program accused him of sexual harassment, according to documents obtained by The Times.

Alberto “Beto” Cortez, a writer, producer and performer on the popular “Piolin por la Manana” radio program, alleged that his boss Sotelo was “physically, sexually and emotionally harassing” him for a three-year period ending last January. The claim was made in an April 16 letter from Cortez attorney Robert R. Clayton to executives Roberto Llamas and Jose Valle of Univision Communications Inc., which broadcast and syndicated the show.

In addition to the claim of sexual harassment, Cortez alleged that Sotelo ordered members of his radio production team to falsify letters in support of a high-profile campaign for congressional immigration reform, an issue that Sotelo championed on his program.

Sotelo’s attorney, Jeffrey Spitz, said the allegations were false and motivated by money.

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Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo’s show airs on dozens of radio stations in more than 20 U.S. states. (LA Times / 2006)

Univision Radio Network has dropped “Piolín por la Manana,” the wildly popular, nationally syndicated Spanish-language morning radio talk show hosted by Southern California-based Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, a Univision spokesperson confirmed.

No reason has been given for the reported dropping of the show, which airs on dozens of radio stations in more than 20 U.S. states. Piolín has not posted to his Twitter account in two days.

Lately, his program, broadcast in Los Angeles on KSCA-FM (101.9), had begun to be eclipsed in the increasingly competitive world of Spanish-language morning radio. For example, Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez’s program of regional Mexican music on radio station KLAX-FM (97.9) last month leap-frogged into the No. 1 spot in the L.A.-Orange County market, according to Arbitron, attracting 5.3% of the available audience weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.

Piolín, whose nickname means “Tweety Bird,” is one of the best-known Spanish-language personalities in the country, and his program made its reputation with a madhouse blend of satirical sketches, irreverent commentary, double-entendre wordplay and interjections by wacky characters.

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