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Historic WQBA to go silent; personalities moved to Radio Mambí

In a move that will reduce local programming at Spanish-language radio stations, historic WQBA will cease to exist next month while its most famous personality will join Radio Mambí, now the area’s main talk-station.

WQBA 1140-AM, which since 1968 catered to Miami’s historic Cuban exile community, will immediately cancel its most popular show Prohibido Callarse (Silence Prohibited).

One of the show’s hosts, Roberto Rodriguez Tejera, has been let go; the other, Oscar Haza, who is also a popular TV host, will move to Radio Mambí 710-AM.

In addition to his own program, Haza will share the airwaves for an hour with well-known radio personalities at Radio Mambí Armando Pérez Roura and Ninoska Pérez Castellón, El Nuevo Herald has learned.

A spokesman for Univisión Radio, which owns both stations, declined to comment saying the new line-up at Radio Mambí is still a work-in-progress.

Come July 4, the four-decades-old WQBA, known among listeners as “La Cubanisima,” will disappear from the airwaves and become part of Univisión America, a station that will broadcast nationally.

The only remaining local host on the Spanish-language AM dial will be Bernadette Pardo, host of Pedaleando con Berny (Pedaling with Berny), which airs daily from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

"WQBA will disappear because it will become part of a national chain," said a source familiar with the changes, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment. "Over the next few days, you will be able to hear the station identified as the voice of Celia Cruz for the last time."

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