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The Legend Of Walter Mercado

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Through the 1980s to the early 2000s, astrologer and TV personality Walter Mercado was a household name in Latinx homes – reaching, at his peak, an estimated 120 million people with his daily horoscopes. Then, in 2007, Mercado disappeared.

With their newNetflix documentary Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, directors Kareem Tabsch and Cristina Costantini bring Mercado back into the public eye, revealing how a young man from Puerto Rico became one of the most famous individuals in the Spanish speaking world. As the directors chronicle his journey from Puerto Rican sugarcane fields to international stardom – and his role as a vital figure against homophobia in Latin society – the film gives Mercado the revival he was seeking all along. (Rebroadcast)

Walter Mercado passed away on November 2, 2019.

You can watch the trailer for Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado here

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.