Tucked away in a corner office in COPAL, Minnesota, Francisco Segovia and Claudia Reines talk with guests about the show they’re about to record.
Segovia and Lainez co-host Radio Jornalera’s show Entre Mundos — Between Worlds. Guest Rita Robles is heading home to Mexico, so we’re pre-taping next week’s show. Robles, who works for Arianza Americas in Mexico, will discuss her forced relocation.
Radio Jornalera began broadcasting in Minnesota in October 2020. However, its roots are in Pasadena, California. It is part of a network that spans countries as well as El Salvador and Guatemala.
And it started as a way to inform day laborers so they knew their rights and who to turn to for help when they needed it.
He said he contacted COPAL to see if the network would be interested in opening a station in Minnesota.
Each station focuses on issues relevant to its region, Reines said.
“I think a lot of the issues we deal with in other programs, not just Entre Mundos, are to let the community know what’s going on,” Lainez said.
Before moving to Minnesota, he worked for Radio Jornalera in Pasadena. Reines said they would discuss policy issues affecting immigrants and their children, such as DACA and TPS.
“At the time, Radio Jornarella was kind of a way to reach a lot of people through apps and programs on Facebook,” says Reines.
Entre Mundos is just one of seven shows that air Monday through Friday on Radio Jornalera Minnesota.
Radio Jornalera Minnesota and its various programs can now be heard live by downloading the app. Segovia says that in the future, he hopes to create a podcast with a wide variety of shows.
The idea behind Entre Mundos is that many people, especially immigrants, live in a dual world, Segovia said. This is especially true for first-generation immigrants, he said, who often don’t feel they are from here or from their home country.
“Our home is a dual world, and our children live in that dual world, too. So those are the identities we have to live with every day. Sometimes I’m in Minnesota I mean, we live in those worlds, we move between those worlds,” Segovia said. .
This, he said, is why he does shows that focus on topics such as cross-border issues. For example, the show with Robles focused on factors such as climate change forcing people to leave their homes. But the show’s topic also touches on familiar issues.
We also ensure that the issues and voices we cover reflect all of the different ethnicities within the Latino community.
“In this sense, I think the diversity of voices we have on this radio is a reflection of our community,” said Segovia.