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Every once in a while when I'm out dancing, someone hands me a little card titled:  WILLIE MEDINA SALSA HOTLINE, which lists FM radio and cable TV latin music programs in the New York City area.  It's also available at Casa Latina Music Shop in El Barrio and also The Salsa Museum.  I don't know Willie Medina, and there's no number for him on the little paper, but I'm told he's a great guy who loves latin music and prints this info up for the rest of us.   Click on Willie Medina to see another web site referring to him.   I hope he permits me to reprint his listings here in the interest of spreading the the word about the music.   Many, but not all, of the listings below come from Willie Medina's little list.  Please note that I have not checked these listings myself.  If you find errors, or know of other salsa and Latin programs on FM,  please email me at Salsa@nyc.rr.com  with the information.

FM 93.1  -  "Amor 93.1 FM" - Radio Romantico  -  www.amorfm.com   -  Mostly romantic latin music, almost no salsa.

FM 97.9  -  La Mega www.lamega.com  -  212-246-9413  and 212- 541-9200.  At most times, plays 1 salsa, 1 merengue, 1 house,  5 advertisements, several minutes of chatter, then repeats the pattern.   Very little salsa per hour of programming.

FM 105.9  -  "LatinoMix 105.9" -     212-310-6000.  Used to play a lot of salsa but has now switched to what they call "latin mix", which unfortunately doesn't include much classic salsa.

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9:00 AM to 1:00 PM -
93.1 - WPAT - AMOR - "El Senor Bolero" - Douglas Pena


12:00 noon to 8:00 PM - 97.9 - WSKQ - La Mega - "Salsa Con Polito" - Polito Vega


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM - 99.5 - WBAI - "Ritmo Con Ache" - Nancy Rodriguez 212-209-2900


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - 99.5 - WBAI - "New World Gallery" - Chico Alvarez 212-209-2900


6:00 PM to 10:00 PM - 88.3 - WBGO - "Latin Jazz Cruise" - Awilda Rivera 201-642-9246


9:00 PM to 10:00 PM - 101.9 -    WQCD - "The Latin Quarter" - Maria Von Dickerson

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM - 89.9 - WKCR - "Sonidos Colombianos" -Alba Garzon & Sadys Espitia 212-854-9290

8:00 PM to Midnight -
  105.9 - WCAA - Caliente - "Super Mix" - Gina Ley Va - 888-684-1059

10:00 PM to 1:00 AM - 89.9 - WKCR - "Caribe Latino" - Carlos Rosario & German Santana 212-854-9290

8:00 PM to Midnight -
  105.9 - WCAA - Caliente - "Super Mix" - Gina Ley Va - 888-684-1059

8:00 PM to Midnight -
  105.9 - WCAA - Caliente - "Super Mix" - Gina Ley Va - 888-684-1059

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM - 89.9 -  WKCR - "Musica En Nueva York" - Federico 212-854-9290

11:00 PM to 1:00 AM - 89.9 - WKCR - "Som Do Brazil" - Eduardo Delgado & Jess Van Delima 212-854-9290

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM -
90.3 - WHCR - "Rincon Caliente" - Jose Clausell, Carlos Rosario, Willie Medina 212-491-4685

8:00 PM to Midnight -  105.9 - WCAA - Caliente - "Super Mix" - Gina Ley Va - 888-684-1059

11:00 PM to 2:00 AM -
89.9 - WKCR - "Mambo Machine" - Cheo Diaz 212-854-9290

8:00 PM to Midnight -   105.9 - WCAA - Caliente - "Super Mix" - Gina Ley Va - 888-684-1059


11:00 AM to 3:00 PM -
90.3 - WHCR - "Essence & Rhythm" - Nelson Rodriguez 212-491-4685


12:00 noon to 4:00 PM - 89.1 - WFDU - "Que Viva La Musica" - Vicki Sola 201-692-2013


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM - 90.1 - WUSB - "Onda Nueva" - Felipe Palacio 516-632-6901 - Stonybrook - Suffolk, L.I.

9:00 PM to Midnight - 88.3 - WBGO - "Latin Jazz Cruise" - Awilda Rivera 201-642-9246

10:00 PM to 12 Midnight - 90.3 - WHCR - "Salsa Con Sabor" - Eddie Love 212-491-4685 - alternate Saturdays




24 Hour Salsa Music On The Internet - Click your way to this salsa music site on the web, crank up your computer's speakers, and enjoy continuous music, including info on the song, artist and name of CD while it is playing.  High speed internet connections will probably sound best.  Home computers using a standard dial-up modem and telephone line may not be able to provide enough capacity for the songs to sound clear. You can try going off-line and then back on in the hopes that a different connection will improve the sound.   Also, you may have to wait 30 - 60 seconds after a song begins playing before the name appearing for that song updates.

There are a variety of online salsa stations or programs.  But over the years, they keep changing.  Old ones leave, new ones arrive, and we cannot keep up.  So we no longer link to most specific salsa music "stations" on the internet.  I would suggest that you go to www.Google.com and do a search for "online salsa radio" or something similar and try some different stations to find the one you like.  You can also try clicking on the Salsa Section of Station Live365.com .

Here are a few online stations that are currently live (10/07):

Check out one of our own NYC salseros, Juan Montoya, who has an online music program specializing in "New York salsa" at  http://www.live365.com/stations/on2guru .

Also check out La Brisa Tropical.  Choose your computer's player at http://www.brisatropical.com/live.html .

Willie Colon, originally from the Bronx, NYC, and now in Albany, NY, has a regular online program playing classic salsa several days a week which has been running for many years.  Click on Willie Colon's Online Salsa Program to listen.

I have discovered two web sites that allow you to hear radio stations from all over the world, via the internet. You simply go to these web sites, and then choose a station anywhere. You will then be able to hear that radio station through the speakers on your computer. You must have, or will have to download, "real player software" which makes your computer able to play the sound. The two web sites are:

                   www.radio-directory.com                                                www.broadcast.com



"Salsa Rama" -  Playing salsa from the past, present and future.  Airing on cable in the 5 boroughs.  Chino Melao.  212-996-6185.

"Salsa Profile Presents -   BronxNet Channel 68.  Mondays 9:30 AM and 10:00 PM.  Tuesdays 8:00 AM.   Taped at Wild Palm in the Bronx.   Please note:  since cable channels or occasionally changed, please check with your cable provider for exact schedules.

"The Diamante Show" -    Featuring latin and salsa performers.  See their web site at  www.Diamante.net   for complete up-to-date schedule for New York City and New Jersey.  Currently, they appear as follows:   Manhattan channel 67 - Saturday and Thursday at 1:00 PM.  Brooklyn channel 35 - Monday at 6:30 PM.  Bronx channel 69 - Tuesday at 10:00 AM, Saturday at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM.  Jersey City channel 51 - Friday at 6:00 PM.  Please note:  since cable channels are occasionally changed, check with the Diamante web site or your cable provider for exact schedules.

"Salsa En La Calle" -  Brooklyn Cable channels 35 or 68 - Monday 12:30 PM 8:30 PM.  Queens - QPTV channel 57 - Friday 11:00 PM.  Manhattan - channel 57 - alternate Saturdays 10:00 PM , Willie Villegas.

"Latin Heat" -  In Manhattan on cable channels 56 (MNN)  and 108 (RCN) at 9:00 PM, once a month, starting with the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Also broadcast in the Bronx on BronxNet channel 68 at 8:30 PM, twice a month, starting with the 2nd Thursday of each month, every other week.

"The International Salsa Museum Show" - by Jose Obando 212-289-1368.  Mondays 7:30 PM, Manhattan Cable MNN #57.

"Punto Clave" - Wednesday 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM, on BronxNet #68.  Luis Stephanberg 718-584-6620, email  pclave@usa.net

"Latin Jazz-n-Kicken - BronxNet #68, Tuesday 9:00 PM.  Brooklyn Cable TV #35 - 68, Monday 10:30 PM.  Manhattan Cable MNN #34, Sundays 1:00 PM.  Steve Pouchie  718-829-5898.

"Cable Radio Show Rincon Criollo" - Brooklyn Cable TV #70 , Mondays 9:00 - 10:00 PM.  Ruby Baily 718-774-2600..


Latin Beat Magazine -
  www.LBMO.com .  A digital online magazine about Latin music,  Latin jazz, Afro-Caribbean, salsa, merengue, rock en espanol, etc.  Articles about musicians, new and classic albums, interviews, CD and book reviews, music news from different parts of Latin America.  Published in Los Angeles.   Web site www.LBMO.com .

New York Latino -  Covering latin music, politics, culture, etc.  Articles on latin musicians, performers, celebrities, Latin American cities and countries, the arts.  Majority of the articles are on latin music.   CD reviews, club guide.  Published in New York.  Available in latin music stores, well-equipped news stands, and some large bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, Borders Books and Music, Tower Books and Videos.  Subscriptions:  New York Latino, P.O. Box 356010, Briarwood, NY  11435.  Phone - 718-657-8248.   Fax - 718-558-8701.  Email:  newyorklatino@msn.com .

Discomundo -  Periodically published in newspaper form, in Spanish, covers latin music and entertainment.   Available in some record stores and restaurants.  Discomundo, 159 East 116th Street, Suite 0004, New York, NY 10029-1352.  Phone 212-722-2612.  Fax 212-722-7666.  Email:  discomund@aol.com .  Web site:  www.discomundo-usa.com .

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Here are a few music stores with a good selection of salsa and latin music, and mostly knowledgeable staff.  They will usually check availability on the phone, and will special order CD's and tapes for you.   Some of them will actually play songs on a CD for you to decide if you want to buy it. 

Casa Latina - 151 East 116th Street (Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues),  NYC.     Open 9:00 AM to 6:00  PM Monday through Saturday.     212-427-6062.   Excellent selection.  A family owned store for many decades with a very knowledgeable staff.  For many years, Casa Latina has been the ultimate place to learn about and buy popular & difficult to find Latin music.   And they can ship CDs you buy anywhere in the United States and Puerto Rico.  Email - casalatina@aol.com .  See their web site at  www.casalatinamusic.com .  They sometimes carry the Eddie Torres Instructional Videos; be sure to call first to see if they have them in stock.

El Barrio Music Center - 100 East 116th Street (at Park Avenue),  NYC.  212-876-3409.

J & R Music World - Latin & World Music Section -  33 Park Row (near Broadway), lower Manhattan, NYC.  212-238-9000, ext. 4303.  Large Latin section.   Sometimes there is very knowledgeable help, sometimes not.

Latin Music Center - 471 West 42nd Street (10th Avenue), NYC.  212-563-4508.    Open 7 days a week until 8:00 PM.  Email:  manhattan.latin.music@worldnet.att.net .

Rincon Musical -
  1936 3rd Avenue (at 106th Street),  El Barrio, Upper Manhattan, NYC.  212-828-8604.  Other locations too.

Ritmo Latino - Mixed reviews on these stores.  May have limited selection.  Poor customer service.
                    - 124 Delancey Street, NYC.   212-260-1888.  May be closed.  Call first.
                    - 2882 C Third Avenue (between 150th & 151st Streets), Bronx.  718-401-0600.
                    - 3922 Bergenline Avenue, Union City, NJ.  201-866-8300.
                    - 210 Main Street, Paterson, NJ.  973-754-1110.

Casa Amadeo -   786 Prospect Avenue (near Longwood Avenue), Bronx.  718-328-6896.  Open Monday - Saturday 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM.

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ONLINE LATIN MUSIC STORES Browse large Latin CD catalogs and order CD's online.

www.Fania.com - Fania's web site offers original music from Fania musicians for download in both WAV and MP3 file format..  Very large selection of music from the 1960's and 1970's.  The only web site I know of which is offering WAV file downloads.  In other words, the full size files, not compressed files like MP3 with much data missing and inferior sound quality.

www.Descarga.com  -    www.descarga.com   - One of the best online sources of classic salsa and cha cha music.  Info:  718-693-2966.  Orders by credit card:  800-377-2647.   Email:  info@descarga.com.  Where they have thousands of Latin CD's, including some older and hard-to-find CD's.  Specializing mainly in salsa, but also feature Afro-Cuban, rumba, folkloric locum/Santeria, and more.  They also carry Latin videos, books and instructional material.  Catalog available.  This site has articles and reviews of Latin CD's.  And they have a very useful search function that enables you to look up songs by title or artist/band.  They can ship CDs to you anywhere in the world.

Other Online Music Stores:

www.ComboRecords.com - Has large selection of salsa and other Latin music.

www.Jazzconclave.com - A mail order online Latin record store with what they say are "reasonable prices".

www.IslaMusical.com -  Site for buying Latin music, videos, instruments & accessories online.   They call it "Capital Mundial de la Musica Latina". 

Other popular online CD "stores" are -  
www.musicblvd.com   -  www.cdnow.com  -  www.towerrecords.com  - www.worldmusic.com .   These are not specifically Latin, but they have some Latin titles.


www.latinmusica.com - An online Latin music "store".

See  www.lamusica.com   for Latin music guides, listings, reviews and sources of CD's.

www.MiMusica.com  - Online latin music store offers salsa, merengue, cumbia, pop/balada, rock en Espanol, jazz, rap, Mexican and traditional CD's.



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