Many non-Spanish speakers might not know who Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is, but he's one of the most influential people in the country.
As host of the daily Spanish language morning radio show, "Piolín por la Mañana," he reaches 3.5 million people listen every morning. But while he's mostly about entertaining, he's also passionate about political issues like immigration. He was a major force in rallying his listeners for immigration reform in 2006.
Piolín is based right here in L.A., and he was just inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Take Two host A Martinez recently stopped by his studio to talk about this honor, his work on immigration reform, and more.
On being inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame:
"It's a big blessing, especially because Larry King is going to be there, too. He's going to be hosting this great event, so that's going to be another dream come true."
On emigrating to the United States:
"Anybody who comes to the United States, they come because they want to work for their dreams. When I came to the United States…I crossed the border from Tijuana, and I remember going through difficult situations when I was crossing the border, as soon as I arrived to Santa Ana, California. It was difficult so I better take advantage of my time and my blessing to be in this great nation."
On why he has immigration lawyers on his show:
"What I am trying to do is give to my listeners the best information about immigration or any situation that they night have with people that know exactly how to respond to the questions that they might have."
On why new immigrants should learn English:
"I think its important that when you come to the United States, you learn the language. English, we have to work for that. That's the only way we're going to show the power that the Latino community has. I believe that if you're a person that gives back to the community, if you're preparing yourself to become better in the United States, I think you deserve a chance to stay here. When I became a U.S. citizen, it was like a movie in my mind. Going back to when I crossed the border, where so many situations where I got fired because I was undocumented. Now I'm a U.S. citizen, I was like, wow, God can make a miracle for anyone who has faith and that can come anytime."