Drury Launching Radio Program for Hispanic Issues in Springfield

Drury University has announced a new program on their campus radio station, KDRU, that will be focused on promoting awareness of Hispanic culture and issues in Springfield.

“Hola Springfield” airs its first broadcast this Saturday, March 30th, at 11 a.m. on KDRU, 98.1 FM.

Grupo Latinoamericano head Yolanda Lorge (photo courtesy Facebook)

“The radio program will help create awareness of the Hispanic and Latino presence in this area, as well as their contributions to the community, the diversity that exists within the group, and the richness and variety of its cultures,” Yolanda Lorge, longtime president of Grupo Latinoamericano, said in a statement. Lorge will be the program’s first guest.

The show is being funded as part of a partnership between Drury and Group Latinoamericano that received $15,000 from Community Foundation of the Ozarks. In addition to the radio program, Drury will be overhauling Grupo Latinoamericano’s website and social media channels, hosting events during National Hispanic Heritage month this fall and help conduct media literacy and finance workshops in Spanish.

“We’re excited to begin this work after months of planning and for the opportunity for our students to tackle hands-on projects working with the community, such as ‘Hola Springfield’,” Dr. Lina Gomez-Vasquez, assistant professor of communication, said in a statement. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn, connect, and make an impact.”

The program will also be available as a podcast on Soundcloud and on Grupo Latinoamericano’s website.

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