'Miss Alma' Garza, Longtime Radio Bilingüe Host, Passes Away
March 17, 2016 at 4:34 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of RADIO BILINGÜE personality ALMA GARZA, who died MARCH 9th in FRESNO after a long battle with diabetes. She was 68.
"MISS ALMA" was the longtime host of "ONDA TEJANA," a Tejano music show, on the national noncommercial Spanish-language network since 1985; her last show was NOVEMBER 14th. The TEXAS native was based at the network's FRESNO headquarters.
The network released a statement saying, “It is with heavy hearts that we’re sharing the very saddest of news of the passing of our dear compañera, MISS ALMA GARZA. Nobody could cheer our hearts like MISS ALMA as she played the greatest and most soulful Tex-Mex music for us every SATURDAY. For her audience and her RADIO BILINGÜE friends, she was the best of company through all of our highs and lows in life, connecting families, sweethearts, comadres, compadres y ‘toda la raza guatosa.’ Nobody lived more ‘bilingüe’ than MISS ALMA, who was passionate and proud about her family, her community, her languages – Spanish, English and Spanglish – and her roots. She is a Puro Tejano treasure and one of our own.”
RADIO BILINGÜE founder and Exec. Dir. HUGO MORALES said, "ALMA GARZA through her life represented what RADIO BILINGÜE set out to do in 1976: to provide the platform for Mexican-American authentic voices and the traditional arts to flourish. ALMA GARZA did that every minute she was on our microphones for three decades beginning in 1985. Her life and her being is the story of the Mexican-American Tejano migrant. With limited formal education, she came to our studios as a community volunteer with her authentic RIO GRANDE voice and her extensive knowledge and genius for the border music. This propelled her show to be the most highly rated musical show in our clock. In 2000 we were able to bring her on staff. Her fans ranged from judges and lawyers to the barrio families among whom she lived until her death. ALMA started a movement for Tejano music outside of Texas, and that movement will continue to thrive.”