Luis Hernandez

Morning anchor

I was introduced to radio my sophomore year of college, after a classmate invited me to audition for a DJ job at the campus' new radio station, WFCF. I showed up, read a couple of cue cards, and got the job. The following semester I changed his major and radio has been a part of my life ever since.

I moved back home to South Florida after graduation and worked as the sports director at WJNO in West Palm Beach living the tough life. You know, spending hours and hours going to sporting events and talking with some of the biggest names in sports in Miami.

I got the chance to head west for a few years, trading in the sunny beaches for life in the Mile-High City. There, I continued my radio career and dipped my toes into television life as a sports host for a local high school football show. But South Florida pulled me back and to the news desk at WIOD. It was an exhilarating and difficult experience during the 2004 hurricane season.

It was on my next adventure, a job at a newsroom in Gainesville, where I found public radio. (I like to brag about the fact that my time at the University of Florida came during the years the basketball team won back-to-back titles and Tim Tebow arrived.) From Gainesville I went to Fort Myers, then once again out west to public radio in Las Vegas.

While in Sin City (which by the way, people in Las Vegas hate when you call it that) I covered hard news, politics, environmental issues and had the chance to interview an interesting assortment of characters including Boyz II Men, Andre Agassi, and MikeTyson.

But Florida brought me back. And I'm grateful to be back in South Florida​​, for the third and final time.

Univision

It was eight months ago that Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident on the jetty of Government Cut near South Beach. 

Arturo Zamora is 13 and ready for a relaxing summer. His plans are quickly shattered when his family's business is threatened by a developer,  he loses one of the most important people in his life and he has to find the courage to express his feelings to a girl who has swept him off his feet. 

This is the plot of a new children's middle grade novel out now, the ‘Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora,’ by Pablo Cartaya. We spoke with Cartaya about the experiences he had growing up that inspired much of the story.

Miami Herald

Lee Weissenborn will be remembered for many things:  He loved animals, he believed in fighting for the little guy when he was a lawyer and  he tried to move Florida's state capital from Tallahassee to Orlando. 

Richard Graulich AP / Miami Herald

Things are a bit quieter at the state capital, now that the year's legislative session is over. Many bills were left on the table, as always happens, but one that made it is being cheered by numerous environmental groups. 

Pedro Portal pportal@elnuevoherald.com / El Nuevo Herald

You can be a part of the upcoming 2017 MLB All Star Game. OK, you cannot actually play in it, nor can you take part in the homerun derby. But you can become one of the army of unpaid volunteers during the weeklong festivities. If anything, there's some baseball swag to collect for your time.

What sort of positions are available for volunteer? One can be a greeter or work at the information booth. There's a need for people to work booths for video games and batting cages.

Pat Sullivan AP / Miami Herald

There has been a lot of attention on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses in recent years. There was an alleged case of rape on the University of Miami two years ago that ended with the firing of a professor and a lawsuit from an accused student.

Miami Herald

Late April is the only time football matters outside of the regular and post-seasons - It's the NFL draft, when teams try and make smart decisions, or try and look smart, and pick their future stars.

For the first time in its roughly two decades of existence, a South Florida LGBT film festival will not use the words gay or lesbian in the title of its event.

The former MiFo LGBT Film Festival starts Friday under a new name: OUTshine Film Festival, with 65  movies over 10 days.

Mark Gilbert, chairman of the festival, spoke recently with WLRN about the rebranding of the event. He started by taking us back a bit to understand how we got to this point.

WLRN

President Donald Trump arrives in Palm Beach Thursday afternoon for meetings at his Mar-a-Lago estate, dubbed the Winter White House, with Chinese President Xi Jingping.

Miami Herald

More than 50 people were recently arrested in a major international sting operation that led to the dismantling of an identity theft network centered in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Two of the most recent defendants were Francisco Matos-Beltre and Isaias Beltre-Matos, both originating from the Dominican Republic. The network was selling Puerto Rican birth certificates in more than a dozen U.S. states. Alfonso Chardy of El Nuevo Herald tells how the network operated and whether Puerto Ricans should be concerned about their identity.

Miami Herald

NFL owners decided overwhelmingly to allow the Raiders to move from Oakland to Las Vegas. The Raiders started in Oakland, moved to Los Angeles, and then went back to Oakland. They're basically playing a very expensive version of 'musical chairs.'

I have to add a couple points here: As a former resident of Las Vegas the idea of a professional football team, especially the Raiders, in Sin City - well, it's a mixed bag for me.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Back in December Doral residents, by a vote of almost 2-1, put Juan Carlos Bermudez back in city hall as the city's mayor. This is not a new experience for Bermudez. He was Doral's founding mayor (2003-2012). We spoke with him about some of the challenges he faces this second time around. 

WLRN: Why did you want to come back to lead the city of Doral when you were already mayor?

http://florida.adl.org/

At least 86 Jewish organizations in the United States have received threats since Jan. 1, 2017, according to authorities. South Florida is no exception. Just this Monday, a bomb threat forced the evacuation of a Jewish Community Center in Davie. A synagogue in Miami Beach was desecrated  over the weekend and several cars in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood were marked with swastikas. 

PATRICK FARRELL pfarrell@miamiherald.com / Miami Herald

Miami is one of the worst places for first-time home buyers according to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. That will be obvious if you find yourself currently shopping for a nice and affordable home in the current market.

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