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Sr Felipe | KZFR 90.1 FM CHICO
Sr Felipe
"I grew up in East LA in the 1950s tuning into the radio every day listening to do-wop, soul, Latin and rhythm and blues by such artists as Etta James, James Brown, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, gospel music and what I call cholo music, which is basically vocal harmonies from groups that were popular in East LA. In 1966 I was drafted into the Army and sent to the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a medic with the First Cav. Surviving that I came back to East LA, first going to East LA College and then going to Cal State LA and I began listening to a community station in LA called KPFK, which is a non-commercial, listener-supported, community radio station a lot like KZFR and I was also listening to KPPC, also a non-commercial radio station out of Pasadena City College. I went over to the KPPC one night in 1971 and got to know Johnny Otis, who I got to spend some time with and who encouraged me to do a radio show. In 1972 I left LA for a job as a social worker in Ventura. 1975 I left Ventura to go to Chico State for grad school and I also started making Senor Felipe’s Salsas in 1980, which I did for 25 years. During that time I heard about a new radio station looking for programmers. That station was KZFR. In early 1991 I went over to KZFR to see about becoming a DJ. I was told to put together a demo tape. I did that and dropped it off at the station and I had to make a quick trip to LA to visit my parents. I came back to Chico on Sunday night and there were several messages on my answering machine telling me that I start Monday. I’ve been doing “LA Sounds with Sr Felipe” every week ever since."