Prior the official celebration of the 80th anniversary of the foundation of CMKO (August first, 1936) its today's staffers met to celebrate the date in a special ceremony held at Expo-Holguin trade and fair grounds.
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The fiesta was a good excuse to acknowledge those CMKO staffers with a remarkable career.
Some were granted the awards Microfono de la Dignidad (Microphone of Dignity) or the Microphone of the Cuban Radio), as well as other recognitions for the work done there.
The Hacha de Holguin (Holguin Axe) - top award given by the Provincial Assembly of the People's Power to remarkable personalities and institutions – went for legendary presenter Sergio Antonio Gonzalez Valero.
Gonzalez Valero, 88 years old, is the oldest Cuban presenter still working.
The Hacha de Holguin, which is a symbol that identifies the Cuban province of Holguin, is an archeological piece from the aboriginal culture that lived in the region prior the Spanish colonization.
Gonzalez Valero, who is a winner of the National Radio Prize in 2015, was granted that award for his remarkable career in radio presenting.
The Provincial Assembly of the People's Power also acknowledged with the award Escudo de la Ciudad (City Coat of Arms) to reporters Arnaldo Vargas Castro and Lydia Esther Ochoa for their dedication to journalism for over 30 years.
Luis Antonio Torres Iribar, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and its First Secretary in the province of Holguin extoled the political, social and moral values that mark the Holguin Radio Broadcasting System, specially CMKO – its main station – which defend Cuba and orients the people on the work of the Cuban Revolution in different social fields.
At the initiative of CMKO staffers, the station was renamed Radio Angulo to honor its founder and owner - Manuel Angulo Farran -, a Holguin born martyr that was killed by the troops of dictator Fulgencio Batista the ninth of Decembre, 1957. / By Alfredo Carralero Hernandez - ACN / Translated by Radio Angulo.