Renán Almendárez Coello

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Renán Almendárez "El Cucuy" Coello, born November 18, 1953 in Honduras, is heard from 5 to 9:30 a.m. on XEWW 690, which is located in Tijuana and covers all of southern California. His program is carried on several affiliate stations across the United States. For six years, "El Cucuy" was the most-listened-to voice on L.A. radio, surpassing the ratings of Rick Dees and Howard Stern. Almendárez hosted the morning show on KLAX-FM in Los Angeles, California and had an estimated 3,000,000 listeners.

Almendárez left KLAX in September 2008 in order to launch a new radio network in addition to continuing on his television program on Azteca America. KLAX is now carrying the morning show of Joaquin Garza, "El Chulo de la Manaña", from sister station WLEY-FM in Chicago.

Almendárez began working in radio at age 15.[1] After he interviewed the then-US Ambassador to Honduras, John Negroponte, Negroponte arranged for a visa and Almendárez emigrated to the US. He became a US citizen in 2000.

While non-partisan, Almendárez is active in encouraging Latinos to vote and to take part in activism against anti-illegal immigrant legislation and sentiment, such as the 2006 Great American Boycott. He is the author of El Cucuy de la Mañana: My Life in Radio's Fast Lane.[2] He is the father of actress Francia Almendárez and Cynthia Benson. On November 25, 2014, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

El Cucuy Foundation[edit]

El Cucuy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity serving individuals across the United States,[3] Mexico and Central America.[4] Mission Statement: To serve the poor and unfortunate, regardless of race, religion or ethnic origin, by helping remove boundaries that restrict them living a less than fulfilled life.



  • El Cucuy: En la Cumbre de la Pobreza, Autobiography, by Renan Almendarez Coello, Spanish, 2003,ISBN 0-06-000998-5
  • El Cucuy de la Mañana, Renan Almendarez Coello, Audio CD, Spanish, 2002,
  • Renan Almendarez Coello, El Cucuy de la Manana, by Fernando Schiantarelli, 2002,



  • Bachman, Katy, "Dream weaver: Spanish Broadcasting System is taking on the biggest Hispanic broadcaster, Univision, by using tried-and-true general-market tactics.", Mediaweek, v. 14 no. 35, October 4, 2004.
  • Baum, Dan, "Arriba! A Latino radio scold gets out the vote, The New Yorker, October 23, 2006.
  • [1]Univision, "El Cucuy" acusado formalmente, Presentó fianza tras detención
  • [2] Photo Gallery Multemedia Releases News by Region TV/Radio Advisory Art & Culture Automotive Food Sport $ Recreation Education Entreteinment Family & Living Goberment y Politics Immigration Human Interes Internet y Technology Marketing Business y Finance Health Travel & Tourism

External links[edit]

  • [3]El Cucuy Foundation
  • [4]Official El Cucuy Website, Noticiero
  • (http:)// Cucuy Website Radio Show airs out through USTREAM

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