Pablo Raul Alarcon, the founder of Spanish language media conglomerate Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), died June 11 in Miami. He was 82 years old.

Alarcon, born in the city of Ciego de Avila, Cuba, founded his first radio station in that country in 1951. By 1960, when he left Cuba for the United States, he already had a network of 14 stations that were taken over by Fidel Castro's government.

In the United States, Alarcon replicated his work in Cuba, beginning as a DJ and eventually purchasing his first FM radio station in New York. That marked the beginning of SBS, which today includes 21 radio stations, among them Mega 97.9 FM in New York City, the highest rated Spanish language station in the United States. SBS has also expanded to include TV station Mega TV, Internet portal, and now, a TV production facility.

Until his death, Alarcon sat on the board of SBS and was the company's president emeritus.

SBS is a publicly traded company whose president is Raul ALarcon Jr., Alarcon's only son.