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|Directed by||Francy González
Ana Patricia González
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Luz María Doria|
|Producer(s)||Víctor José Santiago|
|Running time||240 minutes (including commercials)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||April 14, 1997 – present|
|Related shows||Good Morning America
The Early Show
¡Despierta América! (Spanish pronunciation: [desˈpjerta aˈmeɾika], Wake Up America!) is an American Spanish language morning television show which has aired on the Univision television network since 1997. Its primary targeted audience is the Hispanic population living in the United States. It is broadcast from the network's studios in Miami, Florida, and is hosted by Karla Martinez, Raúl González, Satcha Pretto, Alan Tacher, Ana Patricia González, and Johnny Lozada.
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).
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.
While initially Jackie Guerrido provided nationwide weather updates during each episode, 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. 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.
On October 22, 2012, it was announced that Despierta América would be cancelled and replaced with a new morning program taped in Mexico.The program still runs as of January 2013.
- Raúl González (2001–present)
- Karla Martínez (2006–present)
- Ana Patricia González (2011–present)
- Satcha Pretto (2011–present)
- Johnny Lozada (2012–present)
- Alan Tacher (2012–present)
- Giselle Blondet (1997–2005)
- Rafael José (1997–2001)
- Jackie Guerrido (1997–2008)
- Fernando Arau (1997–2009)
- Ana María Canseco (1997–2010)
- Neida Sandoval (1997–2011)
- Félix de Bedout (2011–2012)
- Poncho de Anda (2010–2012)
- Chiquinquirá Delgado (2011–2012)
- "Despierta America - TV Show - Univision Entretenimiento". entretenimiento.univision.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Perez, Erwin. "Ana Maria Canseco, Lo Mio Es Entretener (Spanish)". El Nuevo Herald. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- Cancelaran el programa Despierta America
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