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Rancho Alegre vs. Para La Gente, Part 1

Wow, judging by the attention we have recently enjoyed from Para La Gente on Facebook, you'd think that we went to the Statesman, KVUE, and picketed the station in a super public way. All we did was express our opinions in our own forums! We didn't angrily send them to Para La Gente, nor did we demand a response. Know why? BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR OPINIONS! That's all! We know that radio stations really don't care what one or two listeners think, even when you send a nastygram directly to the station. Having worked in public broadcasting (radio and television) for several years myself, I know that these things were just part of the deal. In fact, it was even worse because of the "public" part...everyone wants to tell you what to show and when. You can't please everyone, and some people will yell from the mountaintops how much they hate you (yet they continue to watch or listen).

Rancho Alegre News - Radio, Tejano-Conjuntopedia, Traders Village

Hey Tejano friends,

As you can see from our website, we have been BUSY!

We will soon publish our latest playlist, featuring over 800 of the greatest Tejano and Conjunto songs ever recorded. This list is not complete, of course. Not even close. We'll be adding more, because we know how much you love to hear it.

Tejano: A Genre in Transition

To me, Tejano is a genre in transition, struggling to reconcile its storied past with an uncertain future. And there are two young artists in particular who symbolize the dilemma the music is facing: AJ Castillo and Chente Barrera. I'm not trying to create an artificial rivalry or anything, because I know these guys have recorded together and they probably get along really well, but the difference between the two is rather striking, in my view.

Tia Chencha, Show Promoter

Look, I'm a guera. I don't speak a lot of Spanish (although I did pretty good when I got my haircut a few weeks ago...) And it's only been a couple of years since I started listening to Tejano. But in that short amount of time, I have fallen completely in love with it.


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