Radio personality Josefa Salinas dies suddenly

Longtime radio personality Josefa Salinas died unexpectedly this week according to fellow Old School 104.7 FM.

Radio DJ Jimmy Reyes announced his passing on his social media account on November 16.

“Today was an emotional day, I learned that our hermana Josefa Salinas passed away. There is so much to say about her, she was an amazing person with a beautiful soul! She loved making a difference in the community, she touched so many lives with EVERYTHING she did. From her – How to be a camp girl wanting to give EVERYONE a Christmas tree/free gifts on the radio. Over 22 friendship and I will never forget it. It was an honor to call you a friend and to have worked in radio with you all these years, we have been through a lot! I know you will live forever in our hearts. It’s gonna be so hard for me not to say you’re next on the radio. I’ll never forget you.

jimmy reyes

Salinas’ death comes two months after the death of her ex-husband, rap star Coolio.

Most recently, Salinas worked at Old School 104.7, with Reyes.

According to her biography, Salinas worked 14 years on the popular old school Los Angeles station, HOT 92.3, where she also held the position of “Director of Community Affairs” and led the station to win two of the coveted “ NAB Crystal Award.” Through her Pursuit of Excellence Institute, Josefa’s heart for community service has led her to become a role model for women, a powerful symbol for Latinos, a mentor/champion for children and underserved communities.

For the past three years, Josefa served as Los Angeles Commissioner, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Along with the appointment came the challenge of revamping the image and operating models of Los Angeles public libraries. Josefa took on the mission with enthusiasm, providing new equipment and resources, creating innovative programs, and working to make the libraries more welcoming and accessible to all residents of the city.

Salinas was also a big supporter of the town of Inglewood after serving as emcee for the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Festival.

Salinas’ career spanned three decades and she will be missed.

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