"El Piolin" Was Accused of Harassment Before Popular Spanish-Language Radio Show Nixed

See the update at the end of this post about the disclosure Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo was accused of sexual harassment before Univision abruptly ended his popular morning radio show.

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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 23, 8 A.M.: I've been around the peripheries of radio long enough to understand that radio is a business, that next to modern-day journalism, the squawk box is the epitome of a business that is always looking to dump veterans in place of cheaper, newer, lesser talent. But yesterday's sudden announcement that Univisión Radio is dumping legendary radio personality Eddie "El Piolín" Sotelo stings particularly bad. His morning show, "El Piolín por la Mañana" (which aired locally on KSCA-FM 101.9), wasn't just a daily 5-hour yakfest; it served as the Mexican Pacifica Radio, a place where El Piolín interviewed politicians, doctors, entertainment personalities, but most importantly served as a daily affirmation for his millions of working-class immigrant listeners, those who didn't want to bother with the histrionics of other Spanish-language radio show hosts but instead wanted someone who consistently gave shouts to them with his exhortation, "¿A qué venimos a este país? ¡A triunfar!" ("Why did we come to this country? To triumph!")


Here's an interview I did with Marketplace, where I used to contribute and I'll hopefully do again sooner rather than later...

While Piolín was more than happy to delve into the double entendres, childish voices, and general wackiness that defines Spanish-language radio hosts, he also showed that audiences could embrace something more substantial, more thoughtful. For chrissakes, El Piolíon, more than any one person, is responsible for the nationwide immigrant marches of 2006, the largest protests in American history; it was he who first proposed the idea among radio personalities, and it was he who brokered an unheard-of on-air meeting of rivals before the marches, a show of solidarity that translated into the masses taking to the streets. That secures his place in American history, as does his story: a teen who entered this country illegally, ended up in SanTana, and went on to change the course of history. (You can find out more about his past in the definitive Piolín profile, written by my compa Ben Quiñones for LA Weekly so long ago...)

All of that, unceremoniously dumped yesterday. Univisión didn't offer any explanation, and Piolín hasn't offered comment, although radio watchers suspect the conglomerate wasn't happy with his falling ratings; he was recently beat in Southern California by rival station KLAX-FM 97.9's Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez, and all you need to know about his show is that mandril translates as "baboon."

On a personal note, Piolín is the reason ¡Ask a Mexican! exists. As I've explained many times before, if it wasn't for Weekly founder/former editor/my mentor Will Swaim seeing an El Piolíon billboard in SanTana, he wouldn't have asked me to create the columna. Piolín was kind enough to introduce me when I won an award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, presenting me with a copy of that original graphic, which hangs in my home office. A class-act man who'll pop up somewhere soon, because we need him.

UPDATE, JULY 30, 2:28 P.M.: Clockwork Coker sitting in for the vacationing Mexican-in-Chief here. (Vacations for Mexicans? Since when?) Anyway, the other zapato has dropped as Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo was reportedly accused of sexual harassment before Univision abruptly ended his popular morning radio show.

Alberto "Beto" Cortez, who wrote for and was heard on air with Piolin, claims his "boss" had been "physically, sexually and emotionally harassing" him for three years.

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armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Poor little Piolín - first he violates US immigration law and gets away with it then he violates the personal space of one of his subordinates.  This border-hopping groper has no sense of boundaries or decency. 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Poor little Piolín - first he violates US immigration law and gets away with it then he violates the personal space of one of his subordinates.  This border-hopping groper has no sense of boundaries or decency. 

Berto
Berto

Andale con la jerga, pues.  El Piolin - "el chupa-caballero",  "la salchicha de Los Gangeles", "Huevos en la boca en la manana', "La Paloma de Pantalon"


Keep it rolling homiesitos, ju know wha to do..

focoyou.focome
focoyou.focome

My parents use to listen to him!  I use to listen to him too, but innocent to proven guilty!  I truly believe that this is not true.  How can a grown ass man hide this for 3 years.  Makes no sense! My opinion!

satanarchist
satanarchist

hahaha! looks like he was doing some grabby-grabby! buh-bye!

are you gonna post the details OCW, or are you gonna quietly ignore it all until it goes away?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

La Mariquita Piolin, ja ja ja. Fifty percent of Mexicans are on the downlow.

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

Ha! scooped you, so when the Mexi's away the Coker will play or were you too busy writing an obituary for the newspaper paper box? ; )

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

Maybe termination was due to harassment claim.

JaimeRoberto
JaimeRoberto

"The best way to shine a light...is to keep working hard and be grateful. When someone gives you an opportunity at work...be grateful everyday to that person." "We need to not segregate ourselves and say, no I am just going to be with my community, with Hispanics and that's it. No. We can't do that." Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo. The positive message of Piolin is in direct contrast to the ungrateful Latino Supremacist attitude of Jose Moreno, Amain David and Seferino Garcia of Anaheim. Isn't that right Gustavo?! Jaime Roberto.

cheliram
cheliram

Para Univision Nadie es indispensable! (For Univision everyone is replaceable)

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Soy puro gabacho pero yo se quien es El Piolíon. Otro pinche pendejo. jajajajaja!!

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

ha. those marches did a hell of lot.... 

if there was a march of 11 million people and the only sign they held was 'GOD BLESS AMERICA' I bet CIR would pass......but instead we get complaints and demands.....and boooooing the US national anthem when the tri-colors come to L.A. to play. 

Maricruz Barajas-Aguilera
Maricruz Barajas-Aguilera

Could itbe that he got too close to home ranted about some important person and he got the ax to keep him from his continuation of waking up the people??

Dennis Sam S
Dennis Sam S

@rick Don't understand estimate his followers, and I'm sure he can get enough sponsors to cover most if not all of the costs. Spanish speaking people don't only come from Mexico.

grvz5247
grvz5247

El Piolin va a regresar y va a ser mucho mas mejor y sus ratings van a explotar. Parece que univision mando a sus guarulas aqui para desir cosas mal de el pero a todos esos nomas son ojetes pagados de univision. Viva Piolin cabrones!

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

All he has to do is convince his followers that they should pay $14 a month for XM radio. How do you say "Fat Chance" in spanish?

Brenda Laird
Brenda Laird

I can't stand el cucuy! Sorry to see Piolin go! Orgullo, he has come a lo g aay.

esoj1211
esoj1211

Somewhere El Pistolero y Memin are laughing their ass off!!!

Ruben Alvarez
Ruben Alvarez

Ratings, Ratings, Ratings, that is what the radio industrial complex has become... Thank goodness for KPFK!

Ozzy Ramirez
Ozzy Ramirez

Oh ok my mistake I think it was that Cucuey guy

Gilbert A. Celaya
Gilbert A. Celaya

And they do this when the tulip wins a sweeps month. Just like mass media, if it makes sense, they won't do it.

Ale Murillo Z
Ale Murillo Z

Lets be honest.... lately the show was really boring.... he ran out of ideas.

D'jalmar Ernest
D'jalmar Ernest

He must have pist somebody very high up at Univision.... Can't say i'm surprised.... He was always talking about Immigration Reform. Isn't Univision bunch of Republican BESA CULOS???

Dennis Sam S
Dennis Sam S

He has enough followers to start his own show a la Howard Stern, and like Stern he can dominate any and all Spanish speaking media. "No, no, no" - Consuela (Family Guy)

David Rodz
David Rodz

on top of that they play corridos that supports mexican cartels

David Rodz
David Rodz

im mexican and dont listen to those fuckin radio stations, only wabs (paisas) listen tha shit

Fatima Cristerna Adame
Fatima Cristerna Adame

Unlike unlike, the story, the fact he got dropped and some of the crazy comments on here by some of your so called fans. Shame all around.

tepeque1975
tepeque1975

podran decir mil pestes de el pero nadie nadie como piolin no sean hipocritas y acepten la verdad .

tepeque1975
tepeque1975

piolin por la manana forever gracias piolin por todo lo k hiciste por las marchas para la reforma y muchas cosas mas y disculpa a esos estupidos k ahora reniegan de tu show y de tu persona mi familia y yo te keremos mucho piolin cuidate k Dios te bendiga hoy y siemprecuidate mucho bye.♥♥♥

Cirilo Prez
Cirilo Prez

Never really thought he was funny. His jokes were rehashed and unoriginal. I couldn't stand his comedy for more than 5 minutes. Can we bring el cucuy back?

Jay Seven Sins
Jay Seven Sins

Lack of new material and endless commercials could've been a sign that it was coming.

JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.
JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.

BTW...Terrestrial radio is dead. Piolin needs to hook up with TOM LEYKIS! Hey GUSTAPO, you need to hook up a meeting between them. I would love to hear Piolin interviewed on his show to know what went down.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@JaimeRoberto LOL  "Latino Supremacist" good one James Robert-O "do I even" Reade ! 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Lon Hall Dude, 'gabacho' means cretin. Your using that word is like blacks calling themselves niggers. 


grvz5247
grvz5247

@Rick Hale Many would. When howard stearn went to sirius many of his listeners didnt buy sirius infact most didnt but many did. They do have a spanish section.

grvz5247
grvz5247

@David Rz  I listen to them and so do many that were born here in the estados rovados.

grvz5247
grvz5247

@JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.  I dont like tom because he degrades people who dont make more than $200,000

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