SBS Founder Raul Alarcon Dies
June 12, 2008 at 10:04 AM (PT)
SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM Founder PABLO RAÚL ALARCÓN, died WEDNESDAY in MIAMI. He was 72.
The CUBAN-born ALARCON founded RADIO CADENA AGRAMONTE in 1951. By 1959 he owned 14 radio stations on the island. The stations were confiscated by the Cuban government in 1960 and ALARCÓN emigrated to the U.S., where he settled in NEW YORK, ALARCÓN started as an announcer at Spanish WBNX-A 1380, then rose through the ranks, becoming PD and then Station Manager. In 1972, he created "LA GRANDE" on WEVD/NEW YORK, which became one of the most successful Spanish radio programs in NEW YORK.
ALARCÓN SR. launched SBS in 1983 when he borrowed $3.5 million to purchase his first radio station - WSKQ-A (LA SUPER)/NEW YORK. Within five years, SBS was profitable, generating sales of roughly $20 million. ALARCÓN and his son, RAÚL, JR., purchased his first FM station, Regional Mexican KLAX/LOS ANGELES, which was followed by the acquisition of WSKQ (LA MEGA)/New York. Today SBS owns or operates 26 radio stations in the U.S. and PUERTO RICO, as well as TV network MEGA TV and Internet portal LAMUSICA.com.
Funeral services for ALARCÓN will be private; a mass in his honor will be held at a later date.