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Holguin: Vargas Castro, from Chemistry to the Radio
Arnaldo Vargas Castro. Photo: family courtesy
Many awards, certificates and acknowledgements, together with many clippings from newspapers and photos that have also lived many years, talk of the life and the career of Arnaldo Vargas Castro, a man that has lived for radio reporting in the Cuban province of Holguin.
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He first graduated as a chemistry engineer, but the passion for communicating and telling the audience on the values of every day people took him back to the classroom and graduated in journalism in the province of Santiago de Cuba in the early 1990's.

Vargas, as everyone calls him, first reported about life and work in the municipality of Mayari as a volunteer correspondent of Radio Angulo, ¡ahora! newspaper and the local channel Tele Cristal.

He was also a presenter and directed Radio Mayari station, to later move to Holguin city and started reporting for Radio Angulo (VMKO), where he has gained the people's love and admiration.

"I never thought I'd be a reporter. For me journalism was something distant, but when I met this chance I didn't let it go. I was first a volunteer correspondent. I supervised the radio then from my position as a leader of the Communist party of Cuba, but in 1984 l was appointed director of Radio Mayari; that was when I told myself, this is my chance."
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The Joy and Pride of Working at Radio Angulo (CMKO)

Arnaldo Vargas Castro has worked for the printed press and the television, but it is the radio his reason for existing. He is very proud of having founded ¡De Primera Mano! - the prime time news show at Radio Angulo, as well as the morning news show Contigo – from CMKO too.

Thru Contigo his close link with the audience went growing. Then, he walked out and talked to the people face to face.

"It was so nice, you know, touring the city's streets without even knowing it very well. But I got to interview people in their houses, even while they were making coffee, which tinged the show so much with that unique scent early in the morning. It was just something special and natural, with that magical realism. I can't get rid of those memories from my start in Radio Angulo."

"In journalism you've got to go to the place, talk to the everyday doers of life, common beings; it's true you should talk to the managers and leaders, but you should allow the people become the true main character," Vargas said.

I will not retire

I will retire as an active reporter; but I'll continue collaborating with the different shows of Radio Angulo, where l grew up as a professional. But from now on my contribution to the www.radioangulo.cu web site and the social networks will be my major task. Anyhow, I feel a special love for the radio.

"I am fascinated by the radio. To a point I am the radio because I resemble the radio. I've worked fast with my genetic dynamism, with agility. I never let things for tomorrow; that's the way the radio goes for me, but I never underestimate any media outlet."

Vargas assures he got spelled by Radio Angulo because "it's got something special, and much to praise its human values. Everyone that works there falls in love with the radio. You forget your daily concerns and feed all from journalism."

Time can not stop this man that will continue doing what seduced him and gave him so much in life: the radio.

As a true follower of Jose Marti that Vargas is he says, "You have to live life with courage, and wait for death with a kiss."

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