The Luis Jiménez Show
The Luis Jiménez Show is New York City's number one Spanish language morning radio show. It is broadcast from X 96.3 New York ( MHz) and it is syndicated live to a number of different markets in the US Philadelphia,PA Tampa, Miami & Orlando, FL, New York, NY, Hartford, CT
During the first two weeks of January 2007, new airings of El Vacilón de la Mañana program were discontinued, and only pre-recorded programs were aired, coinciding with Luis Jiménez's departure from the program. He signed a contract with the Univisión Radio network, but that contract prevented him with previous non-competitive agreements to air any new program in New York City during El Vacilón's alloted time slot until 2008.
On February 21, 2007, Luis Jiménez started producing his own show The Luis Jiménez Show and it started to be broadcast in several cities in the US, such as Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, among others through different Univisión Radio stations. In January, 2008, the Luis Jiménez Show arrived to NYC, taking an instant step in becoming #3 in the market.
Only some members of Vacilón de la Mañana followed Luis Jiménez to his new show. These were "Yun-Yún", "DJ Chucky" musical director, Metadona and his producer María Alma. Later followed "Sonny Flow", sound editor, and Rubén "El Moreno" who became part of The Luis Jiménez Show crew and in 2011 "Bocachula" and "El Shorty", after making an appearance and patching things with Luis Jiménez live in the program, joined the show.
The program's key player is Luis Jiménez (born on March 26, 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico). Jiménez has many people around them that help him with the show. Some of the regular participants have been Fay (a Colombian/PuertoRican/lesbian co-host), who was part of the show until departing in late 2010 or early 2011, Speedy (rather “slow” comic relief), Guebín, Metadona (“former” drug lord and substance abuse expert), Rubén “El Moreno” (prank call man) and Alma (producer). There are other members of the show with lesser roles, such as Negra Pola, Deebo a Nuyorican from The Bronx (who can't speak Spanish nor proper English) and “Las gemelas de Luis” (Luis' twins), a pair of Latino American twin sisters also called “Lulu and Lala”.
Each member of the team is known for a perceived self-avowed defect or particularity: Luis Jiménez claims to have undersized genitalia and hypospadias, Metadona is allegedly a former cocaine addict who now suffers from many speech dysfunctions as a result, and so on.
Prank calls are usually presented in a section called Dando Lata (being a nuisance or simply bothering), in which unwitting people are called to their homes or job places and are provoked with touchy subjects for the prank victims (generally, they are taunted with intimate subjects). These prank calls are made by request from friends or family of the victims.
In 2004, as Rubén Ithier, also known as Rubén El Moreno, was sent back to his country of origin, the Dominican Republic, this section was discontinued from El Vacilón de la Mañana show. These days, the Luis Jiménez show has re-hired Rubén to do his pranks from overseas. At first Rubén was living in his native country (Dominican Republic), and he would do his calls from there, but early in 2009], Rubén moved to Barcelona, Spain, and he has become a permanent resident of this country, so now the prank calls are conducted from Spain. Rubén El Moreno new nickname for the show is Rubén El Gallego.
Luis Jiménez, who used to play all the comedic characters in his previous shows, plays various characters in fifteen-minute segments on the show (usually three a day). Among them: Romeo, a parody on Dominican lead singer of the group Aventura; Caballo Ventura, a very sexual and strong male caller, who is in love with Alma; El Chef Pipí, a parody on Cuban chef and Univisión television personality José Hernández, better known as Chef Pepín, being Chef Pipí's main trait his questionable masculinity; Goyito, a schoolkid but a perennial foul-mouthed prankster and Federico "Pedrito" Rivera Rodríguez, better known as Findingo, a chronic marijuana smoker with a strong speech impairment.
On October 31, for the first time in history The Luis Jiménez Show became airing in Philadelphia on its new station El Zol 1340 from 6-10am www.ElZolPhilly.com
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