A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set from
"We have gone through a lot in the last three months," Santamaria said in a statement. "First the pandemic and then the May social unrest hurt La Raza tremendously, but we are happy to be moving to our new facility and continue to serve
The new station cost around
After moving temporarily to one of the studios provided by community radio station KFAI, Santamaria said, she realized there was nowhere to rebuild the station in
"It's a wonderful, vibrant community where Latinos are being very active and entrepreneurial and making their home," Santamaria said. "We have a Latina mayor, she has Latino staff, you can hear Spanish spoken in her offices. ... It's a Latino-friendly city."
Santamaria said that a lot of La Raza's audience lives in
"We are so fortunate that La Raza Radio decided to call
Santamaria stressed the work that went into restoring their intellectual property as well as preparing and designing their new station. Her team managed to get the station back on air within a week of the fire, with one member coding for the entire week.
"As far as I know, that has to be a record," Santamaria said.
Some 100,000 musical recordings were lost to the fire, as well as commercial files, sound equipment and more.
"Our (general manager) programmer didn't sleep for weeks," she said.
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Even with a new station, the pandemic still presents a challenge to La Raza. Santamaria said they still face difficulties in gaining advertising and doing business because of the lack of clients.
Even through pandemic and protests, La Raza has managed to return on the air in an effort to represent the Latino community.
"We've got to have the voice," she said.
Listeners can tune in to KMNV La Raza Radio at 95.7 FM or 1400 AM. The station is still collecting donations at www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-s-minneapolis.
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