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Spanish Radio Host Mixes Racy Talk With Health Messages


Kansas City, MO – Mario Canedo is a radio host on the Spanish-language station La Super X, or 1250-AM. His show A La Cama con Canedo, or "to bed with Canedo" is on every weeknight between 9PM and midnight. Listeners might at first tune in for the racy conversation, but Canedo is trying to do much more than that.

The show provides a chance for callers to talk openly and anonymously about love, relationships and other sensitive topics. Canedo grew up in Mexico, and he believes that many Latino cultures can be especially intolerant of open homosexuality. So he also uses the show as a forum for gay issues, including HIV and AIDS awareness.

Canedo is also a prevention specialist on HIV/AIDS for the Good Samaritan Project. And this weekend (September 12, 2009), he organized Orgullo Latino, Kansas City's first Latino Gay Pride event at Hyde Park in midtown.

Mario Canedo recently stopped by our studios to talk to KCUR's Susan Wilson.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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