The Sancho Show
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"Welcome to The Sounds of Sancho, Our mission is to let you know...


We exist to promote the importance of education in our community". The Sancho Show had been on the Airwaves of Aztlan from 1984 to 2000, broadcasting on public radio, in Pasadena, California. We began this crusade with the purpose of curbing the high drop out rate in our schools, via the airwaves. For over sixteen years, the message had been the same, "No School, No Class"; the program had won many accolades from the media, community and education leaders. In addition to the Sancho Show, the Sancho staff also produced the Annual Chicano Music Awards, which was held each year to raise scholarships for deserving Chicano students attending college. These efforts led to the development of Sounds of Sancho Records, "SOS Records." After sixteen years the Sancho Show was removed from public radio with no explanation. The only reason that makes sense is that they did not agree with our message of urging Chicanos and the community in general to stay in school. After much discussion with the station and the college no reason was given for the removal of the only program on public radio, in the nation, whose goal was to keep people in school.

When he was on the air, Sancho was the cool-talking, joke-telling hip cat broadcasting on the Airwaves of Aztlan playing music from his eclectic Chicano music collection. When not behind the microphone, he is Daniel A. Castro Ph.D., a retired community college president and always advocates higher education.

Sancho’s impetus for promoting education in the Chicano community was an alarming dropout level among Mexican American high school kids and the noticeably few Chicano students on college campuses. Relying on his years of activism and his Chicano can-do attitude, he created his own music show on the radio. Over the years, "The Sancho Show" served as an avenue to reach the Chicano community with the music while he delivers his winning message ”No school….No class!" 

Besides "The Sancho Show," you could find Sancho working on the Quetzalcoatl Memorial Scholarship Fund and the highly successful Chicano Music Awards concerts.  He launched these fundraising activities with one thought in mind: to assist and encourage people of all ages to stay in school and continue their education.

The Quetzalcoatl Memorial Scholarship Fund was created as an ongoing tribute to Sancho’s son who was killed in a car accident at the age of eight. During "The Sancho Show's" first year, Quetzalcoatl and his sister Tonantzin created the "Little Gente" segment in which they read the community news. Today Sancho carries on the dreams he had for his son in the Quetzalcoatl Scholars. The recipients are all outstanding students who have been chosen for their academic achievement and tradition of community service.

Sancho’s career in education began several decades ago and is still going strong, both as a student and a teacher. He has attended East Los Angeles College, University of California- Santa Barbara, Occidental College, and classes at Harvard University, The Oxford Roundtable in Oxford, England. Sancho always says, you're never too old to get an education. He has returned to the classroom where he teaches Sociology.  His community work and academic achievement have earned him the prestigious Ford Foundation Education Fellowship in Washington, D.C. and a Coro Public Affairs Fellowship in Los Angeles.

"The Sancho Show" featured many great staff and volunteers answering the phones or collecting food for the needy and gifts for children at Christmas. The other voices on the Airwaves were those of Chulies and Riche. The show was six hours every Saturday evening filled with music, community information, book reviews and calendar of events.

To hear some of the good-times and musica, you can click on all year round or you can contact us at Sancho Show: P.O. Box 92500 Pasadena, CA 91109. 

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