¡Despierta América!

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Despierta América
Despierta America logo 2.jpg
Format Morning news and talk show
Directed by Francy González
Michel Martinez
Presented by Alan Tacher
Karla Martínez
Johnny Lozada
Ana Patricia González
Lourdes Ramos
Ximena Córdoba
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 16
Executive producer(s) Luz María Doria
Producer(s) Víctor José Santiago
Location(s) Miami, Florida
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 240 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Noticias Univision
Original channel Univision
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run April 14, 1997 – present
External links

¡Despierta América! (Spanish pronunciation: [desˈpjerta aˈmeɾika], Wake Up America!) is an American Spanish language morning television show airing on Univision. Debuting on April 14, 1997, the program's primarily targets the Hispanic population in the United States. It is broadcast from the network's studios in Miami, Florida, and is hosted by Karla Martínez, Johnny Lozada, Alan Tacher, Ana Patricia González, Lourdes Ramos and Ximena Córdoba.[1]

Other reporters or celebrities also provide entertainment and gossip segments, and will occasionally appear as guest hosts if one of the regular hosts is unavailable (for instance, actress Angélica Vale has appeared frequently during the show's run).

The program airs weekdays from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time; as Univision holds complete responsibility for its affiliates' programming, the network does not tape delay ¡Despierta América! individually by U.S. time zone (only running a delayed broadcast for the network's Pacific Time feed). Although similar in format to English language competitors Good Morning America and Today, ¡Despierta América! maintains more of a focus on interviews, and entertainment and feature stories; news headlines are generally limited to a segment that airs each half-hour, and national weather segments only appear once an hour during the first three hours of the broadcast (compared to the half-hourly weather updates that appear on other national morning news programs).


On April 14, 1997, Univision launched Despierta América as a Spanish language competitor to NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. Despierta América is known for coining the catch phrase, "échate pa' acá" ("Come here"), which is a segment regarding news and gossip about Latin entertainers. This was later carried over to the show's competitor Un Nuevo Día on Telemundo in 2013.

The original Despierta América logo, used from 1997 to 2010.

While Jackie Guerrido initially provided national weather updates during each broadcast, after she left the show full-time often one or another of the hosts would do the segments (most notably Raúl, who would do various reggaeton-styled musical updates for some time).

With the departure of Neida Sandoval from the show in June 2011, none of the original hosts of Despierta América from its inception are currently attached to it.[2] Fernando Arau left the show on March 2, 2009, and celebrated his farewell on-air with a mariachi band; Ana Maria Canseco was released from the show in 2010, and last appeared on October 2 of that year. Giselle Blondet and acclaimed news correspondent Ruben Carrillo left in 2005 to pursue other projects, and Rafael Jose left the show full-time in 2000 but would return often as a guest host for several years. Ana Maria was also well known for hosting the "échate pa' acá" segments, and also was a frequent guest hostess of El Gordo y La Flaca.[3]

On October 22, 2012, it was reported that Univision would cancel Despierta América and replaced with a new morning program taped in Mexico, called Hoy.[4] However, likely due to strong ratings for Despierta, Univision opted to slot Hoy in a late morning timeslot (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time) instead. A fourth hour of the program was added in September 2012, pushing the American broadcast of Hoy to 12:00 p.m. Eastern.

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  1. ^ "Despierta America - TV Show - Univision Entretenimiento". entretenimiento.univision.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
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  3. ^ Perez, Erwin. "Ana Maria Canseco, Lo Mio Es Entretener (Spanish)". El Nuevo Herald. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Cancelaran el programa Despierta America