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Miami Herald editor Amy Reyes on becoming a radio star in the Dominican Republic

A woman in a dress under a neon rainbow.
Connie Ogle
Amy is the Miami Herald’s arts and entertainment editor. She oversees all the features coverage there, from restaurants to arts and music.

Today we’re throwing it back to a year ago — when I was doing a different kind of show. I was co-hosting La Ventanita podcast with the Miami Herald arts and entertainment editor, Amy Reyes.

She's a buddy.

Amy oversees all the feature coverage there, from restaurants to arts and music. And we did a little food podcast every week.

That makes her sound like a very important person. But Amy is one part journalist, one part comedian — and one of the smartest journalists I know.

She’s also a cult radio personality. Amy went down to the Dominican Republic one summer after college and ended up being one of the best-known radio and TV voices there. They called her La Americana.

They sent her out like a correspondent. A Michigan fish out of water learning the Dominican ways, from cave diving to learning how to make Dominican hooch, mamajuana.

The people loved it. And she loved it too. Today, she reps the Kingdom of Kendall with the same ferocity.

On the August 14 episode of Sundial, Reyes joined us to talk about the biggest art stories of the summer and what’s ahead. The annual Miami Spice dining event, which started this month, and the biggest upcoming music and entertainment events.

On Sundial's previous episode, Dalhia Perryman joined us to talk about using art to make the world around her better.

Listen to Sundial Monday through Thursday on WLRN, 91.3 FM, live at 1 p.m., rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Missed a show? Find every episode of Sundial on your favorite podcast app, such as Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Carlos Frías is a bilingual writer, a journalist of more than 25 years and the author of an award-winning memoir published by Simon & Schuster.
Elisa Baena is a former associate producer for Sundial.
Helen Acevedo, a freelance producer, is a grad student at Florida International University studying Spanish-language journalism, a bilingual program focused on telling the stories of diverse communities.