San Jose – Radio Ambulante, an online radio project that enables thousands of stories from every corner of the Western Hemisphere where Spanish is spoken to be told and listened to, premiered Tuesday.
The podcast was created by Peruvian-born Daniel Alarcon, named one of the best young U.S. writers by The New Yorker.
"It's a way to get to know ourselves more, to share our stories," the author of such prizewinning books as "Radio Ciudad Perdida" ("Lost City Radio") and "Guerra a la Luz de las Velas" ("War by Candlelight") said during a past interview with Efe.
Narratives broadcast on Radio Ambulante's official launch Tuesday included the story told by former Honduran President Mel Zelaya of his exile after being ousted in a June 2009 coup, and the odyssey of a Peruvian who stowed away on a ship to New York in 1959.
Alarcon, who lives in San Francisco and acts as executive producer, is backed by a team of journalists, poets and writers scattered around the globe.
During a test run earlier this year, the Web site - www.radioambulante.org - was visited by listeners in more than 70 countries in Latin America and such faraway places as Indonesia, Belgium and Namibia.