'Queen of the Radio' Betty Pino Dies

“I grew up with these artists, starting in the 1970s. On the AM stations, the sound was either a very local Cuban sound or talk shows. With the exception of an occasional Raphael or Julio Iglesias track, you didn’t hear that international sound I was used to and I knew existed worldwide,” she told the magazine. “I began as a receptionist at an AM radio station here in Miami . . . and when my boss purchased an FM station, I told him, “There is a lot of music that isn’t played here . . . Let’s make a station of only ballads. The audience is thirsty for this music.”

Since then, Pino became a beloved fixture in Spanish-language radio.

Our thoughts are with Pino and her family.