CULLOWHEE – Imagine living in a foreign country and not knowing the language, not being able to read the signs or any of the books.
Then you turn on the radio and suddenly there’s a program of music and news about the community and the world, and it’s in your language.
That’s what happening today in Western North Carolina with “La Hora Latina,” a program presented entirely in Spanish that airs on Western Carolina University’s FM radio station, WWCU -FM (90.5), on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m.
“The radio program is an informal and fun outlet that helps the local Hispanic community to connect with its music, language and traditions” said Patricia Hackett, visiting assistant professor of Spanish at Western and co-host of the program.
“The program also links listeners to local resources in the community and presents relevant information to them through interviews and general news from the Spanish world,” said Hackett.
The program is live, and requests are taken during the program from Spanish- and English-speaking listeners.
“It’s not just Latinos that are listening. We have had requests from people who just want to hear Spanish music,” said Hackett.
Mark Couture, head of Western’s modern foreign language department, and Luis Duran-Aparicio, treasurer of the Spanish club at Southwestern Community College, also are hosts on the program.
For more information, call Hackett at (828) 227-3761.