Hugo Morales is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingüe, Inc. In 1976, Mr. Morales and an all-volunteer staff of farmworkers, former farmworkers, and artists founded Radio Bilingüe, which began radio broadcast operation over the entire San Joaquin Valley in California, on July 4, 1980, to affirm the First Amendment free speech rights of Latinos.
Radio Bilingüe is a transnational satellite community radio service in Spanish, English and Mixtec (an indigenous Native American language in Mexico) that serves Latino radio audiences in the Northern Hemisphere. It has its headquarters in Fresno, CA. Regional offices are in Salinas, Lamont and El Centro. The national production studios are in San Francisco. Radio Bilingüe is the recognized national Spanish-language radio service for the public radio system in the United States. It serves over half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish-language national talk show, Línea Abierta, its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino, and its rainbow of Spanish-language folk music for its national Latino audiences. The entire 24-hour daily operation is devoted to informing hard-to-reach, low-income, Latino populations in California and across the U.S.
Mr. Morales is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. He was raised in Oaxaca until the age of nine when his family immigrated to California. Throughout his youth he was a farmworker. After graduating from high school in 1968, he went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In 1994, he became the first resident of the San Joaquin Valley to be a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.