Crosno Middle School?

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Steve Crosno Middle School?

A movement is currently afoot to convince El Paso Independent School trustees to name Cordova Middle Crosno after Steve Crosno. The school’s namesake, former high school coach Carlos Cordova, asked the school board two weeks ago to remove his name from the school following his indictment on public corruption charges. Crosno, the legendary El Paso radio personality who kept three generations of El Pasoans entertained with his unique brand of humor and musical tastes, died in August, 2006. “Maybe this is the best way to pay homage to Crosno,” said KTEP-FM Operations Manager Dennis Woo. Woo is part of a group of radio professionals in El Paso who have launched an effort to have the school named after Crosno. In a column I wrote in the El Paso Times shortly after Crosno’s death, I pointed out that most people – including Crosno himself – never fully grasped the larger signficance of his on-air presence. Long before marketing experts recognized the importance of the Hispanic market, Crosno was already catering his radio programs to the rapidly-growing Mexican-American audience. His “Crosno Hop” TV dance program was a huge hit in El Paso and Las Cruces in the 1960’s and 1970s. Beyond that, he very directly influenced a crop of young and Crosno4webaspiring Hispanic media professionals who had never before seen nor heard someone on the radio or TV speak their language. On October 27, Crosno was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. But is it likely that EPISD trustees will even remotely consider the notion of a Steve Crosno Middle School? “Several organizations are already expressing interest in having the school named for someone,” said EPISD spokesman Louie Villalobos. Among the names being heard are El Paso Astronaut Danny Olivas and famed Bowie High School Coach Nemo Herrera. Villalobos said the school board will begin the process of changing the school’s name during their December 12th meeting.

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Up until I was about 12, I didn’t listen to the radio. One Christmas our mom and dad got us a little transistor radio. We listened to KHEY, which was the biggest country/western station around. this mostly because it was what Mom listened to when she was working around the house, which was pretty much all the time. Shortly, though, the kids at school (this was still Putnam) turned us on to KELP.

KELP was a bonafide top forty radio station, and the disc jockey head and shoulders above all others was Steve Crosno. Crosno was completely

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Mario Ramos Sr. passes

MARIO RAMOS SR., 50, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2008. Mario was born in El Paso, Texas on November 30, 1957 to Jose and Inez Ramos. He retired from El Paso Community College as Studio Coordinator and Master Control Center for Instructional Telecommunications for EPCC TV Channel 14. Mario is survived by his wife Silvia M. Ramos; sons Mario Ramos Jr. and Daniel Mario Ramos; daughters Gloria Ramos Silva, Graciela Ramos and Joanna Ramos and 17 grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 12:30pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. ARRANGEMENTS BY HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME,, 1060 N. Carolina Dr. 598-3332

Mario was one of Steve’s great friends from the early 70s. Mario really loved the music Steve played especially an R & B song called “Potato Salad”.

Sincere condolences to his family.

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