On Thursday, March 9th 2023, we said goodbye to one of the greats of radio broadcasting: Polito Vega. His career spanned over 50 years and he was born on August 3rd 1938 in La Playa de Ponce before he moved to New York in 1959. He has been a staple in the radio community and his influence on many is evident even today. Keep reading more.
Who was Polito Vega?
Polito Vega was a pioneer in the radio industry. He started his career at age 17 when he joined a local Puerto Rican station as an announcer. His first job in New York City was at WKDM in Spanish Harlem where he worked until 1967 when he moved to WADO-AM, the first 24-hour Spanish language station in the United States. It was here that Polito gained notoriety as a pioneer of Spanish language radio broadcasting. After working at various stations throughout New York City, he eventually made his way to WBGO-FM in 1986 where he hosted a popular salsa music show every Thursday night for over 20 years.
Polito had an incredible impact on the Latin music scene through his work on airwaves and with live events such as salsa concerts at Madison Square Garden alongside legendary promoter Ralph Mercado and Latin Quarters gigs held every Thursday night. He also held outdoor concerts called Las Maquinas which brought together people from all walks of life to enjoy performances by some of the best Latin musicians around. Through these events, Polito showed us that music brings us closer together regardless of race or class – something we can all appreciate today.
Polito’s influence extended beyond just music though; he was an advocate for social justice, promoting awareness about important issues like immigration reform and economic inequality among Latinos living in New York City and beyond. He used his platform to speak out against injustice wherever it occurred and encouraged others to do the same through their words and actions – a true testament to his passion for making this world better for everyone who inhabits it.
How did Polito Vega die? What was the cause of his death?
Another Legend Has Passed On To Paradise – Radio One of the Greats, Polito Vega. His legacy spanned more than 50 years and touched countless of lives within the radio industry. Unfortunately, he passed away on Thursday, March 9th 2023 with the exact cause of death yet to be disclosed by his family and close friends. Until now, people all around the world continue to pay their respects, not just for Vuelta’s contribution in making a mark in radio but also for his intense passion and joy for music which allowed him to be an important part of many people’s everyday lives.His Cause of death is yet to be confirmed from family and friends . We can only guess until his family finally releases an official statement about it.
Tributes Pour To Polito Vega death
Polito Vega’s passing marks the end of an era but also serves as a reminder of how much one person can do when they are passionate about something they believe in. His legacy will live on through those who have been inspired by him to push boundaries, challenge conventionality, question authority, stand up for what is right — no matter how hard it may be —and most importantly never stop believing that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Our deepest condolences go out to the Vega family during this difficult time and may Poloto rest peacefully knowing that his legacy will continue living through us all forevermore. Thank you for everything you did for our musical community!
🚨Polito Vega🎙📻 has passed Away @84
The King of Spanish Radio in New York in the 80s most of us remember him on
la “Mega” especially Saturday & Sundays from 12pm -8pm when he use to Rock Salsa & Merengue💃🕺
Those were the Days they’ll be nobody like him ever what a legacy he leaves behind!!! 🙏🙏🙏R.I.P ✝️✝️✝️
Muere “Polito Vega” a los 84 años edad Descanse en Paz✝️🕊🙏 para todo Eternidad gracias Polito🕊🕊🕊🎶🎛🎙
Luisito Soto Jr.
Another Paradise Radio Legend Has Passed Away Polito Vega Is One Of Radio’s Greats. Polito was born on August 3, 1938, in La Playa de Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised there before moving to New York in 1959. He has only known one profession: radio. Remembering His Salsa Concerts At The Garden With Ralph Mercado Influencing Me In Loving Radio His performances in our Bronx streets (Las Machinas) and his Thursday night gigs at Latin Quarters Wow, They Were Epic To Me; Thank You For Everything You Did For Our Musical Community. Polito Vega, may you rest in peace. ANDANDO, please accept my heartfelt condolences.
I actually remember that show “La Mega”! I would listen on occasion. Sad to hear about him passing away. Rest In Peace and condolences to his family and friends
Wow lo estuve escuchando por tantos años cuando vivía en NY ..andando 🙏🏼💔🥺
Descanse en paz Politó Vega