Gerardo Venegas prepares characters and a comeback to radio
Longtime Mexicali TV host Gerardo Venegas is creating new characters and preparing to return to radio on a Mexicali station yet to be determined.
Venegas has been presenting his television show, “Con V de Venegas,” since Feb. 14, 2004. The show runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday
But Venegas said he is creating new characters and preparing to return to radio on a Mexicali station yet to be determined.
Seven years ago, Venegas decided to take to television all he learned throughout his years in radio.
That project was originally scheduled to run on the station Telefutura, which runs on channel 54.
The concept and the staff for his show’s production were ready, but management was “playing with time,” resulting in the show’s placement on channel 66, Venegas said.
According to Venegas, this television station has a huge following in the Imperial Valley and has dominated Mexicali’s market for several years.
Venegas said he’s seen a positive response from the audience, so much so that his show’s schedule hasn’t been changed.
The show’s success results from the innovation, freshness and spontaneity of the cast.
“In fact, we don’t have a written script. We just have the sketches recorded,” Venegas said. “That’s why we are not stiff,” he said referring to the cast’s performances.
Venegas added that in seven years the show has improved with new sections, hosts and stage designs.
“The intention of the show is to entertain people,” he said.
Aside from its humor, the show presents touristic destinations where the host and the producer vacation.
For the show’s first anniversary he made a tribute to his father, Eugenio Venegas, who introduced him to mass media, Venegas recalled. The tribute continues every year.
To catch the public’s attention Venegas has introduced singing contests.
The first show was called “Con voz de Vale,” or “With Vale’s Voice,” to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of singer Valentin Elizalde.
So many people signed up that the final had to be done in a hall.
At the end there were three winners who sang similarly to Elizalde.
Later on Venegas produced “Estrellas del Karaoke en TV,” or “Karaoke Stars on TV,” which became the first contest to let the audience sing.