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La B Grande (XEB 1220 AM)

XEB 1220 AM, known as the B Grande de México (the capital B of Mexico), is one of the oldest stations in Mexico and Latin America. It is part of the Mexican Radio Institute, which has 21 stations in the country, four of them are online. Belongs to the National Newscasts System and has programs in all its stations adapted for different ages. Almost all of its programs are educational and promote regional literature and music.

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The station XEB 1220 AM belongs to the Mexican Radio Institute since 1983. The Institute is public decentralized legal entity with its own budget. As a public institution it belongs to the Secretary of Public Education and is in charge to administer the government radio stations.

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El Buen Tono - XEB was exclusively in the hands of El Buen Tono until 1945, when Banco Nacional de México and some other businessmen purchased shares in the company. Afterwards, in the 1960s, the station became part of the group of companies controlled by Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, founder of Telesistema Mexicano which will grow in the media giant Televisa. Finally, in 1983, XEB joined the Mexcian Radio Institute.

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Carlos Lara Sumano - Is the General Director of the Mexican Radio Institute since 2013, appointed by the Secretary of Public Education at that time, Emilio Chuayffet Chemor. Lara Sumano was already once the manager of the Institute in the period of 1995-2002, during the time when presidents of Mexico were Ernesto Zedillo, from the Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI, and Vicente Fox, from the National Action Party PAN. Lara Sumano was the internal comptroller of the Secretary of Communications and Transport, General Director of Telecomunicaciones de México (TELECOMM), among other positions. He was the firs president of the Association of National Radio Broadcasters of Latin America (2000-2002), where he is currently honorary chairman.

Lara Sumano was involved in the Tecnoradio scandal, where a supposedly new company participated on a public tender and won 37 frequencies in 2017, but it turned out that the company is related with the same radio broadcasters as always: Radiorama and NRM Comunicaciones. According to an investigation of the daily newspaper El Universal, the director of the Mexican Radio Institute had 249 out of the 600 shares of Tecnoradio. However, the Federal Institute for Telecommunications denied this information: Lara Sumano effectively participated as the treasurer in the creation of Tecnoradio in 2011, but he resigned from this position and his shares before the conflicting public tender took place.     

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

José Pablo Dueñas Herrera and Velia Pérez Martínez - Dueñas Herrera appears as manager in XEB 1220 AM, while Pérez Martínez appears as the responsable for programme.


Mayorazgo 83, Col. Xoco, Deleg. Benito Juárez, C.P. 03330, Ciudad de México, México.Teléfono: 01 (55) 5628 1700

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