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Alberto Calvo

Obituary for Alberto Calvo

December 4, 1957 - October 13, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 60


Alberto Calvo, 60, peacefully passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018. Calvo was born on December 4, 1957 to Patricio and Socorro Calvo. By the age of six he was interested in Radio and Public Speaking. After graduating from Jefferson High School, Calvo enlisted in the US Army, attended San Antonio College and started his broadcasting career in 1977. Calvo was a staple in the radio community, having been in the business for 43 years.
Calvo played a major role in the successes of many big names such as La Mafia, Emilio Navaira, and Selena. Calvo has also won hundreds of awards in his lifetime and has the unique distinction of being the only Texas Hispanic Disc Jockey to win the title of best "Spanish Format Personality of the Year" winning the prestigious Marconi Radio Award.
It all started when Calvo's mother, Maria Del Socorro Rodriguez Calvo, took him to KENS-TV to see Captain Gus – at that time it was located downtown.
"When I saw all those microphones, wires and technical equipment, it fascinated me," said Alegre.

The first sign of things to come occurred when Calvo was attending David G. Burnet Elementary School and many of his classmates did not understand what his first-grade teacher was saying. Mrs. May told him, "Albert, if you tell the kids what I say, you'll be the first in line."

"That was my prize," Calvo said. "So, from that point on, I was always used by my teachers to be the translator, the reader and later, the room monitor. I was a little scared at first, but that gave me self-confidence because it gave me a sense of accomplishment," recalled Alberto.

"By the time I reached junior high, I wasn't shy at all. My father, Patricio Calvo, always told me to be useful. But even at that young age, I felt I was valuable to both sides of my culture and I felt an obligation to help others. I felt communication was very important. Looking back, I think that is when I learned to be a bridge, or a middle man between people," said Calvo.

The fact that Alberto was so talkative, bilingual and outgoing made him the natural choice to DJ at homeroom parties on Fridays, where he spun 45 rpm records and made dedications. In addition, he was also assigned to act as master of ceremonies for some plays, assemblies and school talent contests.

Asked if he ever aspired to be a singer, Calvo smirked and giggled as he responded, "My mom loved to sing and she won a few amateur nights, noche de aficionados, contests at the Alameda Theater."

"I once thought I was going to get the chance to shine as a singer when she took me aside before a family gathering and said, 'Everybody in the family is going to sing, but I have a special job for you,'" recalled Alberto.

"'What?' I asked, 'you are going to introduce us,' said Calvo." With this, the Norteno 720 radio personality said it all.

Continuing to MC events as a student at Thomas Jefferson High School, Alberto was the first to introduce Patsy Torres when she did her first gig with Blue Harmony at the Student Building. As a member of ROTC, he was promoted to the rank of Major and named Public Information Officer. This made him the reporter and photographer for the unit where his favorite subject was Patty Lares, Shelly Lares' older sister.

During his free time, he listened to Manuel and Rick Davila, followed by Henry Pena during their "Top Teen Tunes" radio program on KUKA. They were the magnet that drew Calvo into radio.

Upon graduation in May 1976, the 5-foot-8-inch tall communicator reported for active duty at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He had joined the U.S. Army under the delayed entry program with the stipulation that he would become a part of the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS).

"However, they wanted to send me to computer repair school and because of this mistake, I was able to get an Honorable Discharge and come back home," Alberto said.

After honing his craft at numerous radio stations in San Antonio, El Paso and Houston, Calvo came back home to S.A. and in September 2001 and joined the staff of Norteno 720.

By then, Calvo had already accumulated a mantle full of trophies, plaques and certificates of achievement from record companies and several radio stations for his many innovations, accomplishments, professionalism and most importantly popularity with la gente.

"When I came onboard, Danny Garcia, then the program director, asked me to come up with something to attract listeners to the morning show and raise ratings. So, I asked the listeners, 'What's lacking?' 'What do you want?' 'Jokes, good music, horoscopes, tell me?'"

"All we want is to work," the majority said. "What we need are jobs," recalls Calvo.
"Others wanted to sell items. So, I came up with La Pulgita del Aire (The on-air Flea Market) and La Hora de Los Trabajos (The Job-Line Hour), but there was no telephone line in the DJ booth. So, I brought in a 50-foot telephone extension cord, connected a telephone and when listeners called in, I would put the guest microphone to the earpiece so their calls would be heard over the air," said Alberto.

Needless to say, they quickly gave Calvo a telephone and got rid of the unsightly cord that stretched down the hallway all the way to the receptionist's desk.

"That's my claim to fame," Calvo said with a laugh.

Since then, Alberto has found jobs for thousands of unemployed listeners and at the same time found workers for the many non-Hispanics who call him to tell him their needs in the way of blue collar workers such as carpenters, gardeners, domestic help and others.

"Nothing has changed, but this time I am translating the listener's Spanish to English for the potential employer; and I am translating from English to Spanish for those seeking a job. Just this morning, an Arab called in and I found him the talent he was looking for," said Calvo.

One of the first things El Amigo de La Raza (The Friend of the People), as he is also known, did was to make the Anglo Saxon community aware of his one-hour work program. As a result, up to one hundred jobs are available to his listeners on any given day. And if there is one thing the father of three boys and a girl hates to see, is a young healthy panhandler begging for money.

"By giving to panhandlers, you are enabling them not to work. You're giving them an easy way out and I also get angry when a listener does not go to work and lets a potential employer down," said Calvo.

The 52-year-old jock evens takes it a step further by broadcasting his personal cell number. He does not have to and the station does not pay his mobile phone bill, but he does so because he genuinely cares about his listeners.

"I feel blessed when I help others," Alberto said as he dipped his paint brush into a colorful palette and worked on a wall mural behind his home.
Alberto Calvo is survived by his sons Albert Calvo Jr., Alex Calvo, Alan Calvo, David Calvo, his daughter Alicia Calvo and his wife Maria Guadalupe Calvo.
Alberto requested that all his friends, family and fans attend his services.
ROSARY – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH at 6pm ~ Porter Loring Chapel, 1101 McCullough

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH at 9:15 am - Procession from Porter Loring to San Fernando Cathedral ~ MASS at 10am, San Fernando Cathedral, Interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Park

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