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The Medallas de Cortez awards are named in honor of Raoul Cortez, founder of the first Spanish-language radio station in the United States, KCOR/San Antonio, in 1946. Raoul Cortez was a visionary for his time and a legend for all times in the annals of Hispanic radio.

Here are the 2018 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists:

Broadcaster of the Year
Jack Hobbs, Revolver Podcasts
Norberto Sanchez, Norsan Media,
Tomas Martinez, Solmart Media
Carlos Moncada, AL & CM Broadcasting
Mike Flood, Flood Communications
Jim Kalmenson, Lotus Communications

Station of the Year
WITZ-AM & FM/Jasper, IN
KLNO-FM/Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
KBGT-FM/Abilene, TX
KWID-FM/Las Vegas, NV
KLZT-FM/Austin, TX
WEMG-AM & FM/Philadelphia, PA
KOYE-FM/Tyler-Longview, TX

General Manager of the Year
Diana De Lara, KINT-FM/El Paso, TX
Hector Marcano, WRUM-FM/Orlando-Jacksonville-Tampa, FL
Christian De La Cruz, KRZZ-FM/San Francisco, CA
Donny Hudson, WXDJ-FM, WRMA-FM & WCMQ-FM/Miami, FL
Cary Camp, KOYE-FM/Tyler-Longview, TX
Ken Kwilosz, Lotus Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Humberto Hormaza, WNUE-FM/Orlando, FL
Shirley Davenport, WYMY-FM/Raleigh, NC

Sales Manager of the Year
Rich Ripley, KRCX-FM & KXSE-FM/Sacramento, CA
Melissa DelCarlo, KLBN-FM, KHIT-FM & KGST-AM/Fresno, CA
Rick Hernandez, WEPN-AM/New York, NY
Ericka Aguilar, KCMT-FM/Tucson, AZ
Jorge Castaneda, KDBI-FM & KPDA-FM/Boise, ID
Jason Strongin, KLVE-FM, KSCA-FM, KRCD-FM & KTNQ-AM/Los Angeles, CA

Program Director of the Year
Luis Montoto, WLMV-AM/Madison, WI
Tony Luna, KLOL-FM/Houston, TX
Ana Maria Carballo Gonzalez, WBON-AM/Nassau-Suffolk, NY
Danny Ortiz, WEPN-AM/New York, NY
Jorge Guillen, KLBN-FM/Fresno, CA
Jammin Johnny Caride, WXDJ-FM/Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Pepe Garza, KBUE-FM & KBUA-FM/Los Angeles, CA
Arnaldo Olivieri, WNUE-FM/Orlando, FL
Isabel Gonzalez, KLVE-FM/Los Angeles, CA
Javier Cosme Matias, WKAQ-AM/Puerto Rico

Syndicated/National Personality of the Year
Erazno Y La Chokolata
Tino Cochino
Stephanie “Chiquibaby” Himonidis
Alex “El Genio” Lucas
Ernesto Jerez
Alex Sensation

Local Personality of the Year
Patricia De Lima, WLZL-FM/Washington, DC
Alberto Alegre, KSAH-AM & FM/San Antonio, TX
Jose Luis High, KWLN-FM/Wenatchee-Moses Lake, WA
Juan “DJ Gallo” Lezama, WYMY-FM/Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro
Juan Manuel Yanez, KOYE-FM/Tyler-Longview, TX
Jaeson Cardona, WNUE-FM/Orlando, FL
Oswaldo Perez, KLZT-FM/Austin, TX
Ruben Sanchez, WKAQ-AM/Puerto Rico

Marketer of the Year
Joanna Alvarado, KBMG-FM/Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, UT
Rick Ramos, Katz Radio Group
Marco Gonzalez, LBI Media National
Vladimir Gomez, Spanish Broadcasting System
Guillermo Torres, Univision Communications, Dallas, TX
Craig Williams, KWID-FM, KLAV-AM & KENO-AM/Las Vegas, NV

The awards will be presented at the 2018 Hispanic Radio conference, which will be held in Miami, March 13–14, at the Intercontinental at Doral.