TUTV welcomes its first Spanish language talk show La Charla, or The Chat. It made its debut on May 4 on Comcast channel 50 and online at templetv.net. It officially begins as a regular program in the fall of 2017. Temple Communication Studies student Rafael Logroño conceptualized and successfully pitched the show to TUTV manager Paul Gluck.
"I think that media really fails to represent minority voices," Logroño said. "I want to see change. And then I noticed, if I want to see change, I have to be that change."
In addition to Logroño, who serves as host and moderator, the show's panel includes recent media school graduate Iri Guerra, mechanical engineering student Franky Acosta, political science major Angel Betancourt and Latin American studies student Cristina Romero-Muñiz. They are all Latin American, some of whom were born abroad, some first generation Americans.
"Without even trying I had this diverse group of people," Logroño said. "Our experiences with public speaking are all a little different. Most of us are comfortable speaking in Spanish, others are a little more timid, but we work towards getting more comfortable."
La Charla covers a range of topics, including U.S. and Latin American politics, pop culture, lifestyle and even trivia. In the pilot, the panel talked about Trump's presidency, as well as Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos.
"I asked the panel, is a journalist to be impartial at every single moment?" Logroño said.
This sparked some heated discussion with clashing opinions among members of the panel. They also discussed lighter fare, like Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez and statistics that revealed the different reasons that millennials use Tinder. The panel played a game of Heads Up for Latin American culture, and a game similar to Never Have I Ever.
"I wanted to do something that would emulate the style of Spanish television shows like !Despierta America¡ where things are very informative but they are very fun," Logroño said. "It's like "Good Morning America" and the "Today Show" on drugs. There's music, there's movement, there are exercise segments or dance segments and you also have interviews with politicians, you also have hard news segments."
Logroño is paving the way for the representation of minority voices on TUTV.
"I think it's something that's missing not only in a big landscape of media here in the U.S., but on TUTV," Logroño said. "We like to be called a diverse university, so let's prove it with what we have on our channels."