MARCH 15, 2012 – DAVIDSON, NC – Radio Ink magazine has announced that WDAV's Frank Dominguez is a finalist for two National Hispanic Radio Awards -- Radio Personality of the Year and Programmer of the Year -- for his work as producer and host of Concierto. Finalists will be judged and winners will be presented with the prestigious Medallas de Cortez at a ceremony during the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference on March 21stin San Diego.
“I’m humbled by the nominations – and shocked!” notes Dominguez, who launched the weekly show in October 2010. “The conference later this month will give me a great opportunity to meet other finalists, learn from their experiences and strengthen our young show.” Concierto, produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio, is America's first nationally distributed bilingual (Spanish-English) classical music program that calls special attention to the contributions to the art form by Latin-American and Spanish composers and performers. It has received generous support from the WDAV Listen Live Fund, as well as the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Concierto can be heard Saturdays at 10 p.m. on WDAV 89.9, and online 24 hours a day at concierto.org. The 24-hour stream is also available via any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the "WDAV Classical Public Radio" app.
"Hispanic radio is an important part of the overall radio industry and is often overshadowed by mainstream radio," said Deborah Parenti, Executive Vice President/Radio of Radio Ink. "These awards are designed to give recognition to those who have contributed to elevate the overall reputation, professionalism, and image of Hispanic radio."
The Medallas de Cortez awards were created by Radio Ink magazine to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the Hispanic radio marketplace. They were named after Raoul Cortez, a pioneer in Hispanic radio in America; his image appears on the medal presented to winners. Radio Ink solicited nominations from the industry, then determined finalists based on specific criteria for the selection of nominees.
About WDAV Classical Public Radio
WDAV Classical Public Radio is one of America’s leading producers of original classical-music programming. In addition to producing 156 hours per week for its own broadcast use on 89.9FM, HD-1, HD-2, and wdav.org channels, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including World of Opera, Concierto, SummerStages, and, in partnership with ETV Radio of South Carolina, Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s mission is to make classical music accessible to everyone. The station's 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranging from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can also be heard live online 24 hours a day at wdav.org and iTunes, as well as on any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the "WDAV Classical Public Radio" app, or the "TuneIn," "NPR Music" or "Public Radio Player" apps.