1963-1970. Large collection of audio masters on reel-to-reel polyester tape of radionovela (radio soap opera) programs produced by the America's Production Inc. in Miami, Florida during the late 1960s. The company was created by Louis J. Boeri who saw an opportunity to fill the void in Spanish-language radio programming after the collapse of the industry in post-revolutionary Cuba. The programs were produced, written, and performed by a group consisting primarily of professionals, writers, technicians, and performing artists who left Cuba during or just after the 1959 Revolution and Mexican writers as well. In addition to the tapes, there is a small amount of marketing print material that describes the production process and provides program catalogs with synopses of many of the radionovelas produced by API that were licensed to radio stations across Latin America, the United States, and Europe. A small selection of titles and episodes have been dubbed onto compact discs and are available for consultation. There is also a small amount of video and film related to the production of a telenovela (television soap opera).
Conditions Governing Use
Access to the original audio tapes and VHS tapes is restricted because of the condition and fragility of
the tapes. Under no circumstances are users allowed access to the originals, nor to attempt to load the
tapes into playback equipment.
Biographical / Historical
Louis J. Boeri, president of America's Production, Inc. was an Italian-American who operated a public relations agency in Havana and served as director for U.S. public relations for the Cuban Tourist Commission. He left Cuba in 1959 and settled in Miami, Florida. He formed America's Production Inc. (API) in 1961 employing 36 exiled Cuban actors and actresses, along with 20 extras, writers, directors, and technicians.
Prior to the 1959 Revolution, Cuba was a major producer of radio and TV programming and supplied perhaps as much as 75% of all canned radio programs for distribution throughout Latin America. The industry collapsed following the 1959 Revolution. No other country was able to fill the void in program production. Additionally, Miami soon had a large community of highly talented Cuban exiles who could not work. Thus, Boeri was able to capitalize on the moment and from there came the inspiration to create America’s Production, Inc. or API. API began supplying radio programming not only to stations across Latin America, but also to a ready market for Spanish-language programming in the United States and Spain.
Boeri highlighted the fact that his Cuban soap operas were very popular in part because the actors and actresses use a “neutral accent” that would appeal to Spanish-speakers regardless of national origin or socio-economic status. About the history of the company, Boeri explained that API began by producing very pointed anti-Communist programs for the US Government including some commissioned by Voice of America. However, such programming was not viable for distribution to commercial radio stations, so the company turned to producing entertainment programming with subtler, more covert messaging designed to inspire hope, self-motivation, democracy, and to encourage free enterprise among its listeners, particularly in Latin America. Entertainment programming produced by API included radionovelas/dramas, comedies, advice programs, biblical dramas, mysteries, spy stories, and variety shows. America's Production Inc. created and distributed radio programs through 1970.
630 Linear Feet (8,961 7-inch audio reel-to-reel tapes housed in their individual tape boxes,
1 Hollinger records storage box, 1 legal-size document storage box, and 1 Hollinger upright audio-visuals storage box)
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