National Hispanic Heritage Month Recognized With Special Programming Lineup On Both KCET In Southern California and Link TV Nationwide

Nichole Goodman

KCET Originals and Acquired Specials Honor Latin Cultures and Regions Including First Time Broadcast of the 2018 Imagen Awards

Pictured: Conexiones: A Mexican Cuban Connection​ premieres on KCET Tues. Sept. 25



Burbank, Calif. – Aug. 28, 2018– KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced today specially curated programs to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on both KCET public television in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. The shows highlight Hispanic culture as well as the obstacles presented to Latinos by today's societal constraints. Exploring the hardships and triumphs of bi-cultural identity, undocumented citizenship and immigration, these documentaries look for a way to educate communities and create positive change. Programming will begin on Sun., Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. on KCET in Southern California with a select few also airing on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) and will continue throughout the following four weeks.

In addition to the network premiere of the 2016 documentary CONEXIONES: A CUBAN MEXICAN CONNECTION, KCET will host two other Hispanic Heritage Month specials BEYOND BORDERS: UNDOCUMENTED MEXICAN AMERICANS and a fan-favorite edition of CALIFORNIA’S GOLD WITH HUELL HOWSER highlighting the beloved host’s visit to the Cesar Chavez Foundation. Three KCET Originals – LOST LA, ARTBOUND and THE MIGRANT KITCHEN will feature Hispanic Heritage content as well during the month long celebration.

To cap off the Heritage Month schedule, KCET will for the first time broadcast THE 33rd ANNUAL IMAGEN AWARDS administered by the Imagen Foundation, an organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry.


The lineup will telecast as follows (subject to change) with streaming on kcet.org:


CALIFORNIA’S GOLD WITH HUELL HOWSER “Chavez Center” – Sun., Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. PT on KCET

Huell travels to the Tehachapi Mountains to visit The Cesar Chavez Foundation. Set on 187 acres, the buildings were once home to a tuberculosis hospital. Chavez lived and labored there during his last quarter century as he fought for better rights for migrant workers.


LOST LA “Borderlands” – Tues., Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. PT on KCET

This episode explores the interconnected lives of three people who lived through California’s transition from native land to Spanish colony and from Mexican province to American state.


ARTBOUND “La Raza” – Tues., Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET and Link TV

In East Los Angeles during the late 1960s and 1970s, a group of young activists used creative tools like writing and photography as a means for community organizing, providing a platform for the Chicano Movement in the form of the bilingual newspaper/magazine La Raza.



US policy decisions trigger the rise of undocumented immigration in a documentary program that explores the under-reported lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the United States.


LINK VOICES: “Craving Cuba”- Sat., Sept. 22 at 11 p.m. PT on KCET and Fri., Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (Also streaming on linktv.org)

This documentary explores the bi-cultural identity through the Cuban-American lens by highlighting the Cuban-American experience and their complicated relationship with the country of their origin.


ARTBOUND “Variedades on Olvera Street” – Tues., Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on KCET and Link TV on Sept. 15 at 4 p.m.

This look at Los Angeles’ Olvera Street is part history lesson and part immersion in stereotype of the birthplace of Los Angeles.



The 2016 tour of Cuba by Mexican-American roots group Los Cenzontles captures a unique glimpse into Cuban cultural life during an historic time of openness between the United States and Cuba. 


LINK VOICES “Los Wild Ones” Sat., Sept. 29 at 11 p.m. PT on KCET and Fri., Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (Also streaming on linktv.org)

Documentary follows the semi-dysfunctional yet extremely tight-knit family of Irishman Reb Kennedy - "the most infuriating, difficult man you can’t help but love" - and the young Hispanic rockabilly musicians on his label, Wild.


THE MIGRANT KITCHEN “Alta California” – airs Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.

A collective of culturally connected, distinguished chefs (including Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Wes Avila of Guerilla Tacos, Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, as well as Jorge Gaviria of corn purveyor, Masienda) work to preserve heritage and push forward the “Alta California” Mexican food movement.


THE 33rd ANNUAL IMAGEN AWARDS– Tues., Oct. 2 at 9:00 p.m. on KCET

The Imagen Awards are the premier Latino entertainment awards program dedicated to honoring the creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures onscreen and honor the positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of the entertainment media. The program rewards the excellence of those entities or individuals whose productions elevate the image and status of all Latinos.


Join the conversation on social media using #HispanicHertitageMonth


*KCET and Link TV are expected to merge with PBS SoCal, subject to regulatory approvals.



KCETLink Media Group is an award-winning national independent, nonprofit, digital, and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining, and transformative ways. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink is financially strong with $51 million in endowments that include a board-directed endowment funded by $65 million in proceeds from participation in the FCC Spectrum auction, and two additional endowments funded by recent gifts. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens seldom available in conventional American media. In 2017, KCET launched 140 hours of original programming and experienced 25% higher viewership over the previous year. KCETLink content is distributed nationally on Link TV via satellite on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through digital delivery systems including Apple TV, Amazon, and Roku. For more information please visit http://www.kcet.org/apps and https://www.linktv.org/about/apps. Total video views across KCETLink’s own websites and OTT platforms grew 94% in 2017 over 2016.  For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

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