Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan 12, 2008

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Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

In the early 1970s, Silvestre Rodriguez could be found going door-to-door in Hispanic neighborhoods in Jackson looking for signatures on papers with WIBM radio station letterhead. He was told by the station if he could get 1,000 signatures, he could have his own show. ``His dream was to have a radio show for the community,'' said his son Juan. His dream came true with the first broadcast on April 18, 1971, and Friday night at the Charles J Burden & Son Funeral Home, his family proudly displayed those weathered pages with WIBM letterhead. Silvestre Rodriguez, 74, died Wednesday. Juan Rodriguez took over duties as host when his father retired about 10 years ago, and Sunday's show -- the first without his father -- will be difficult, he said. ``I'm going to try,'' he said. The show airs from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on WIBM-1450 AM... Hispanic radio host dies; he started show in 1971 (Sat, 1/12)

 

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