PEOPLE IN ENTERTAINMENT
Univision’s “Hola America,” which debuted on Aug. 5, is co-hosted by Jose Ronstadt, who does double duty as the show’s executive producer. A native of the Mexican bordertown of Nogales, Ronstadt in 1989 became general manager of KTVW, Univision’s Phoenix affiliate. While there, Ronstadt created and presented “Teleradio,” a morning TV show, which led to his hosting duties on “Festival Mariachi” and “L.A. Fiesta Broadway.” Joining him on “Hola America” are veteran Chilean-born TV hostess Maria Olga Fernandez and “Chef Pepin.” The program airs locally weekdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on KMEX. (And, for those who are wondering, the answer is “yes.” Jose is related to Linda Ronstadt. They are cousins.)
Speaking of the famed singer, Linda Ronstadt has recorded two songs for the film “The Mambo Kings,” which is due for December release. The songs, “Perfidia” and “Quiereme Mucho,” were hits during the 1950s era in which the film is set.
President Bush’s daughter-in-law, Columba Bush, was in town recently to promote the Children’s Cultural Education Fund of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. The fund will provide free performances for school-age children during the ballet’s upcoming U.S. tour. The acclaimed dance troupe will appear at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Sept. 26-29. Bush, who is married to the President’s son, Jeb, is a native of Leon, in Mexico’s Guanajuato state.
Two years ago concert promoter Mark del Castillo got the idea “to create the ultimate Latino rock ‘n’ roll reunion.” After successfully pulling off the initial concert recently at the Greek Theater, he now hopes to make it a yearly event. The concert, K-Earth’s “Latino Rock ‘n’ Roll All-Stars,” brought together a bevy of chart-toppers from the ‘50s and ‘60s, including Chris Montez, The Midniters, Little Ray and Rosie (of Rosie and the Originals). K-Earth’s Mucho Morales was the show’s emcee.
Cristina Saralegui is a very busy lady these days. As part of a national tour, her Miami-based TV show will tape several segments in Los Angeles next month. When not in front of the cameras. Saralegui is behind the microphones on “Cristina Opina,” her daily radio show. And she will soon launch “Cristina--La Revista,” a monthly magazine to be distributed by publishing giant Editorial America, S.A. Working in the print media is nothing new to Saralegui who, prior to venturing to the airwaves, was editor-in-chief of “Cosmopolitan en Espanol” and “TV y Novelas USA.”
Paul Rodriguez and entertainment executive Jeff Wald have formed a production company to develop and produce movie and TV projects, both in English and Spanish, which the comedian will also star in. The pair currently produce the weekly Spanish-language talk show, “The Paul Rodriguez Show,” now in its second year. In announcing their goals, Rodriguez observed: “I hope the new company will provide new opportunities for the wealth of bilingual Latino talent--both in front and behind the camera--that exists in this industry.”