Mike Castillo

Mike Castillo

Radio Coordinator

Mike Castillo

A good number of years ago, I was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco,​Mexico, and it was in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, where I had the opportunity to enter, professionally, this exciting world of electronic communication, thanks to my father’s heritage (he was also a broadcaster) and for my mother (she played the piano, the guitar). I am a musician and believe me, since then, November 1, 1969, they have been the greatest blessings that God has given me.

I have lived through the biggest and most notorious changes in the history of music, radio and television, both in terms of content and technology. Specializing in transmission formats as well as in electronic evolution, I began to work with 45 and 33 R.P.M. acetates, cartridges and open-reel tapes, which for our young people today must sound like the Twilight Zone; I was touched by the arrival of the DAT system, the CD, the minidisc, and the arrival of computing as an indispensable work tool…

I must comment that, even with this technological development, the growth of this industry, which is the most important engine of economic growth, would not have been possible without the talent, creativity, and genius of those who work inside and outside the booths and studios of transmission. I was lucky enough to work from 1979 to 1985, for the company of one of the pioneers of radio broadcasting and promoter of the radio record company in Mexico and one of the most important radio organizations in Latin America: Grupo Radio Centro, where they gave me the long-awaited opportunity to direct and lead a station with pop/rock music, in English in 1980, to first place in the audience; but before arriving at that company considered by me as the University of Radio, I started, perhaps like everyone else, “doing everything”, from sweeping, learning to make manual connections for remote controls, operating the cabin controls, recording , producing, making the newscasts that were, at that time, my great passion and that, as I discovered the other areas that make up a Radio station, I fell in love with what they allowed me to do for a time here in Minnesota… The Direction of programming; With that feeling, I was part of the growth of one of the largest radio companies in my beautiful country, Radiorama Organization (1988 – 1999), currently has many stations, between its own and affiliates, of which, I only did the formats and programs of some of them and I was able to visit almost the entire province of Mexico. I had the great opportunity in November 1985, designing, as Operations Manager, a Radio and Television System, in the State of Morelos. With all this baggage of learning, I also had the opportunity to enter Television, by the way, and not to vary, in the most important company of this medium in my country, Mexico, Televisa (1997 – 2003), where the largest production of Hispanic programming for broadcast here in the United States of America and I invite you to listen to my voiceover, in the program “AL FIN DE SEMANA”, which was broadcast nationally. Not to tire them out, I was brought to the United States in 2003, to the State of Alabama, and from there, I had the opportunity to come to Minnesota with that company 18 years ago. And, recently, with much THANKS and much emotion, I met a great friend of mine, Francisco Segovia, Executive Director of COPAL, whom I met about 14 or 15 years ago, being an extraordinary activist and back then we came together to invite to our community to carry out mobilizations/marches to ask for an update/reform of the Immigration Law and now he invited me and I accepted to join his wonderful work team, with whom I identified a lot in the concept of service to the community and with the well-charged energy, as if I were starting my career as an announcer, that February 9, 1971… and doing what is my passion and that I still love: RADIO WITH A HISPANIC VOICE, I am Mike Castillo, your servant!