For more than a decade, millions of radio listeners have woken up early in the morning to laugh along with the Spanish radio superstar, Luis Jimenez. With his irreverent humor and numerous characters, Jimenez now made the move to Internet radio where the whole world can get a dose of this radio genius.
Luis Jimenez Probably Best known for being the creator and master mind behind “El Vacilón de la Mañana” the morning show which during its 13 years on the air grew to become the No. 1 morning show in the New York market, and the most listened to Spanish radio morning program in the U.S. It was syndicated in X markets and heard worldwide on the show’s Web site, ElVacilon.com. Jimenez became the most listened and ground breaking radio personality in history in any language often beating Howard Stern’s program on terrestrial radio.
As a child growing up in Puerto Rico, Jimenez was fascinated with radio. When he was six, his father offered to take him to Disney World. Jimenez turned down the offer, and asked if he could go visit a radio station instead. Jimenez took his first steps in broadcasting working as a part-timer in Puerto Rican radio. In 1989 he moved to Orlando, Florida to work in a local radio station where his friend had become a program director. Things didn’t quite go his way and the young radio hopeful had to take work as a maintenance employee while keeping his position on the air.
In addition, Jimenez is the voice of HBO Latino and History Channe en Español. For his passion and dedication, for his tireless determination, for overcoming obstacles, and because of his influence in the Hispanic community of the United States, Jimenez has received many honors including being named the Padrino (Godfather) of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade of 2003. The official announcement was made during his radio program by former First Lady of the United States and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. Jimenez has been invited to participate in different debates on the Latino vote on CNN’s Election Center hosted by John Roberts.
In January 2008 after 13 Years with SBS’ La Mega 97.9 in New York, which aired his hit show “El Vacilón de la Mañana” Jimenez launched “The Luis Jimenez show” on the Univision radio network, WCAA 105.9fm.This was a huge step for Luis Jimenez because the show was syndicated across the U.S. adding several markets and broadcast live from Univision’s brand new, state-of-the art studio in Midtown Manhattan.
Currently Luis Jimenez is more excited than ever while working on his biggest project so far. After so many years in Radio Jimenez decided to get a head start into what’s becoming the future of radio. In 2015 kicked off the Labor Day weekend with the launch of his online radio venture, the Luis Network. This online venture puts Luis and his wife Alma, who is his show’s executive producer and on-air talent, in the driver’s seat. Owning the network will allow Luis to speak his mind without restrictions, controlling the content and the revenues. Not only people can listen to Luis Network Live, but also listeners can download and listen to any show at their own Convenience and time.
It was only a matter of time before his charisma, wit and talent won him the hearts of the Hispanic community of Orlando. In 1993 his friend George Mier, who had become ProgramDirector of WSKQ, invited him to move to New York to host the morning show. So it was
that on August 9, 1993 El Vacilón de la Mañana was born. With that also was born a new era for Luis Jimenez. With impeccable comic timing, Jimenez a long side his own colorful morning crew interacted with outrageous callers and a stellar guest list of celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to Donald Trump. He’s also created a cast of zany characters including the Latin lover “El Chulo” whoromances ladies over 65 and the cuckolded “Cornelio Toro” who seems oblivious to the evils of his cheating wife.
Luis Jimenez’ talents reach beyond radio. He has sold out Shows at Carolines, The Comedy Garden at New York’s Madison Square Garden and at the New York Comedy Festival. His first album, “El Vacilon de la Mañana’s Tortilla Party,” was nominated for a prestigious Billboard Latin Music Award, marking the first time a radio personality had received the honor. Since then, he’s released three additional comedy albums. In 2005, Jimenez brought his morning mayhem to the big screen, releasing the feature film, “El Vacilón: The Movie.” The movie had an eight-week run in limited release, and was then released on DVD.