Joe Ortiz has the distinction of being the first Mexican American in the US to host an English-language talk show on a commercial radio station, beginning in 1971 on KABC-AM (I’m guessing that’s an ABC affiliate) in the city of Los Angeles.
Joe is currently a free-lance writer for numerous media throughout the nation. He manages several blogs as well as writes articles relating to a variety of issues.
Joe has conducted radio and television talk shows at KABC-AM, KLOS-FM; KCBS Television; Chief News Reporter for the nationally syndicated (Pacifica Radio) KPFK-FM NEWS; and his Prime Time With Joe Ortiz show, which aired on KPPC-AM in Pasadena and KPZE-AM in Anaheim. He also co-starred for two years with comedian Cris Franco on a 6-9 a.m. drive-time show, Mornings With Joe & Cris, at KPZE-AM.
In addition to numerous awards and commendations from local, state and national elected officials, he received a Golden Mike Award as a member of the Best News Team while working at KPFK-FM, and the Angel Award for Best Talk Show Host in Los Angeles while at KCBS Television. In the November 1989 issue of Hispanic Business, he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the country for community service and his broadcasting excellence.