CNN Latino’s Ismael Cala
The King interview was conducted in English and is being dubbed into Spanish by CNN en Español staff. Although Cala is sometimes dubbed by others for these types of translated broadcasts, in the case King and the other LA shows, Cala – as he also often does- is dubbing himself.
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/21/13 – With a medium body build, a sincere smile, and eyes that beam love of life, Ismael Cala, the new host of CNN Latino’s CALA, brings a familiar warmth to center stage.
The Cuban born host has a fascinating story; By coincidences of life, Cala was recruited at the tender age of eight by Nilda G. Aleman, the director and producer of the children’s programming for the provincial radio station in Santiago, Cuba. Each year Ms. Aleman would recruit children who read well and had a steady voice from Cala’s
elementary school to train them on radio production, special effects, acting, and programming. “One day she [Aleman] came and asked who wants to be heard on the radio?” recalled Cala, “and without hesitation I raised my hand and said ‘me!’” Cala exchanged his childhood toys for the weekly anticipation of being in front of a microphone; “Radio is a theater of the mind,” recollected Cala, “and my mission became to help others live life to the fullest.”
In his professional career, he has travelled from Cuba to Canada, hosting radio shows and TV specials. His doors opened to relocate to Miami, FL when he first interviewed with Don Francisco (host of Univision’s Sabado Gigante). After his interview, Don Francisco called a local Miami radio station and stated that Cala was a talent that should be on U.S. airwaves. Since then, he has hosted radio and tv shows, with an elevated wisdom to combine political figures and entertainment for the growth of his audience; a staple that has landed him on CNN en Español and now, LA’s local CNN Latino.
Cala on CNN Latino, “is a platform to discuss and portray our points of view. We, the Latino community, are not a monolithic thinking community,” state Cala with a smile and firmness that depicts a wise journalist; “News doesn’t happen around us, it happens with
us and making the right decision on education, politics, finances, etc will empower us.”
Cala with Ismael Cala was directly inspired by Larry King’s show. Of course with a few differences as no one can be Mr. King. There are two signature elements that differentiate Cala with King’s structure. The first- Cala reflects at the beginning of the show, and the second, his guest will have the last word. Both elements make for a thought process that takes the audience out of its comfort zone, into analytical thinking, and educated opinions and choices.
Building upon his successful career, Cala is also looking forward to his first book being published called El Poder de Eschudar
translates to The Power of Listening
(by Penguin) this year; A spiritual journey and philosophy of life that becomes an interactive platform with his readers. The book includes interviews with his mentors Don Francisco and Larry King in a search of self introspection in a world that calls for outward focus. Already finished with his first book, he is already penning his 2nd
Some say he is the Latino version of Larry King, but in all reality he is a cross between the king of the microphone (King) and the inspiring guru – Oprah. Without a doubt, the Cuban born Ismael Cala is here to make head turns and hearts listen.
Watch Cala con Ismael Cala Monday – Friday at 9PM on CNN Latino, local channel63.