Well, as the first Mexican American on talk radio in Los Angeles and as someone who had never done this for a living, I find it easiest to talk about everyday life, my own experiences and current events. I am very much a simple man, a family man, a workingman, just like everybody else. And having been born in poverty in the Rancho San Pedro housing projects, from a broken home, I can relate to people who face those kinds of issues. I may be opinionated, at times too conservative for some, at times too liberal for others, but I have never forgotten what I came from. Some people respond to that.
Do you feel a responsibility on the airwaves to defend Latino causes, or do you think your role is to remain impartial?
I do feel a responsibility because of the years I have spent looking at life through a Latino prism, which has provided a sensitivity others don't have. Therefore, when the occasion calls for it, I must allow that sensitivity to prevail. I am not first and foremost a Latino talk show host. I happen to be a talk show host who is Latino.
You were a negotiator for Irwindale's bid to land the L.A. Raiders several years ago. What do you think of the rumor du jour, which has the team moving from the Coliseum to a new stadium adjacent to Hollywood Park?
\o7 (Laughing) \f7 As one of the few who really understands the complexities of putting a stadium deal together, and knowing how preoccupied L.A. is with other issues, unless the NFL itself comes up with a big chunk of money, I don't see the Raiders moving anywhere else in L.A.