Jimenez Producer Says Show Will Be 'Revamped'
May 10, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS' DAVID HINCKLEY reports today that the producer of LUIS JIMENEZ's popular morning radio show, which is currently between stations in NEW YORK, says JIMENEZ will be "analyzing and revamping" the show in the wake of a 30-day suspension for a song parody that insulted lesbians.
UNIVISION, which hired JIMENEZ away from SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM (SBS) in JANUARY, suspended him for a month after complaints by the GAY AND LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION (GLAAD) about material on his MAY 1 show. GLAAD cited a parody called "Las Patas" ("The Dykes"), which GLAAD said mocked lesbians, and introduced a gay character called "Chef Pepin," who was the target of insults in a skit. GLAAD, which says JIMENEZ has a history of anti-gay material, says it has scheduled a meeting next THURSDAY with UNIVISION and JIMENEZ's producers to discuss the program.
GLAAD president NEIL G. GIULIANO praised UNIVISION for "doing the right thing and taking responsible action against vulgar and bigoted comments." UNIVISION has not commented on the case beyond confirming a suspension. JIMENEZ's producer, MARIA ALMA, yesterday declined to discuss any specifics. She noted that radio content in general is facing increased scrutiny since WFAN morning host DON IMUS was dismissed by CBS. "I think people are being more careful," she said. "It's a new challenge, and LUIS will be taking this time to analyze what he needs to do with the show."
JIMENEZ's UNIVISION show is now heard in five cities, including LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO and SAN FRANCISCO. It is expected to debut in NEW YORK next JANUARY on WCAA (105.9 FM). When he left SBS's WSKQ (97.9 FM) last DECEMBER, his show was #1 in the city. JIMENEZ has a date with SBS in court tomorrow. Both sides have filed suits claiming the other is using material that belongs to them.