Univision Radio's longtime syndicated morning show "Piolin por la Mañana," featuring the popular veteran radio personality Eddie Sotelo, has been cancelled, according to an official with Univision Radio.
Univision officials declined to give any specifics surrounding Sotelo's departure and would only confirm that the program was terminated and that no replacement has been named.
Sotelo, who in June was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, was based in Los Angeles and was most recently on 14 owned-and-operated stations and 37 affiliates with an audience in the millions who tuned in to hear his rapid-fire humor and commentary on everything entertainment to pop culture and politics. While he interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood, one of his most celebrated guests was President Barack Obama in 2010.
Links to the syndicated show, which is produced out of KSCA in Los Angeles (Glendale, Calif.), 101.9 FM and which airs regional Mexican music, were down on Monday. In Sotelo's absence, music will be played for morning commuters, according to a source familiar with the departure.
Through the years Sotelo has become a voice for Latinos especially around immigration reform and peaceful political activism. The star radio personality has also tried acting, appearing in an episode of the now defunct TNT drama "Hawthorne" starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Marc Anthony in 2011. It was during that time that Sotelo told Billboard that he was hoping to continue acting while working on his radio show.
With a substantial audience that at times reached some 4 million radio listeners, Sotelo over the years became a spokesperson for a variety of products, including digital money transfer provider Xoom, the Pizza Patron restaurant chain and the P90X exercise program.
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