January 01, 2012

Slacker, Inc. expanded its curated Spanish language offerings by launching four new Latin stations – Memorias, Puro Norte, Romantica and Salsa – and also by updating two stations within the Latin genre – Puro Mexico and Exitos Pop. All of Slacker Radio's Latin stations are available for free on the web at www.Slacker.com, on home entertainment devices and on all leading smartphones.

Edgar Pineda, a terrestrial radio veteran of over 18 years, is joining Slacker station programmers Alex Cortez and Jackie Madrigal to curate the Latin genre for Slacker Radio. From working as a DJ at a regional Mexican station to Programming Director for Radio Romantica Network and Operations Manager for the Super Estrella Network, Edgar brings to Slacker his strong passion for Latin music and deep cultural roots. Launching today are three new stations programmed by Edgar Pineda: Memorias, Puro Norte and Romantica.

"I love the freedom of programming that Slacker offers me. I am able to select the songs that I believe listeners will enjoy, and refine the stations based on what my audience responds to," said Edgar Pineda, Latin station programmer at Slacker. "The deep music catalog, freedom to select tracks and ability to truly connect with my listeners makes Slacker a great outlet for those who appreciate music."

Memorias on Slacker plays Latin oldies hits from the last three decades from artists including Juan Gabriel, Camilo Sesto and Miguel Gallardo.

Puro Norte highlights the accordion-based music of rural Mexico from Nortenas and Corridos groups of past and present such as Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Los Tigres del Norte and Ramon Ayala.

Romantica plays tracks from the Spanish language adult contemporary format, showcasing the best of today's romantic music from artists including Ricky Martin, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis.

"There are deep, vibrant traditions surrounding Latin music and an incredible range of formats," said Scott Riggs, senior director of radio at Slacker. "Expanding our music offerings to include additional Spanish language stations programmed by expert DJs will enable our listeners to discover and enjoy a wide spectrum of Latin music."

A fourth Latin station Salsa launched on Slacker Radio, showcases the rhythm and beats from the Caribbean and Latin regions. Musicians featured on Salsa Radio include Gloria Estefan, Victor Manuelle and Tito Nieves.

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