Centro Teams Up with WIPR to Produce TV Show


The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY announced today a partnership with WIPR-TV, Channels 6 and 3, to produce joint TV shows for Puerto Ricans on the island and states about the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

The TV show will span over two seasons and will comprise twenty episodes featuring cultural, historical and current topics. The show, which is based on content originally published in the online magazine Centro Voices, will be bilingual (English and Spanish) to reach a wide audience. The episodes will highlight the contributions of Puerto Ricans across the United States, including some of our most vibrant neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Hartford, among many others. Puerto Rican award winning producer, Eduardo Aguiar will helm the project.

WIPR President, Cecille Blondet Passalacqua, shared her enthusiasm for the venture, “In searching to affirm the richness of our audiences, and to reaffirm our values and roots, we are pleased about this collaboration with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Puerto Rican Voices’ main purpose is to present the experience, life and contributions of Puerto Ricans in the United States. What better way to do this than by combining the academia the main research institution of these topics– with the direction of a first-class producer like Eduardo Aguiar and with the technical support of WIPR, the principal corporation for public broadcasting.” 

Centro’s director, Dr. Edwin Meléndez, was present at the conference earlier today at the WIPR facilities in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Today, we take a step towards strengthening the ties amongst Puerto Ricans, the ones that are here and the ones that are there. We are very thankful to all those who have contributed to making this much needed project a reality. Specially, we extend our gratitude to WIPR’s President Cecille Blondet and producer Eduardo Aguiar who is taking over the production of the program. At Centro we commit to providing a wide and inclusive perspective on the diversity and richness of the historical and contemporary reality of the Puerto Rican community in the United States.”

This partnership advances Centro’s mission to preserve, understand and share the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S. Stay tuned for the premiere this summer!

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