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Dec 18, 2013 8:50 PM by Janine Reyes

Coastal Bend Broadcast Pioneer Dies

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A man many refer to as a broadcasting pioneer in Corpus Christi has died.

Victor Lara Ortegon became a name and a voice many came to know in the Coastal Bend in an era before television.

He died early this morning at the age of 89.

Judge Ray Madrigal spent today pouring through decades of pictures and memories he has of the broadcasting pioneer.

"We used to call him the Walter Cronkite of Corpus Christi because that's the way we felt about him," said Madrigal.

Many felt that way about Ortegon. The spanish commentator spent decades interviewing hundreds of people for his spanish commentary show on KUNO.

"Every morning, every morning he would come up with okay, if you miss a day of school, you can never come back to that day," Madrigal recalled.

He loved to focus on education, but he also got involved with plenty of politics.

"Sometimes we agreed on a project, some times we didn't agree on a project, but that's life and I had a lot of respect for him," Madrigal said.

Even after retiring 10 years ago, he continued to be a voice for the community.

"He's going to be missed at Magic 104.9," Madrigal said while looking at a picture of Ortegon at the radio station.

Even recently he contributed to broadcasts for the station.

Station Owner Carlos Lopez says a tribute to Ortegon today over the airwaves flooded the station with condolences.

Lopez called Ortegon's passing a huge loss for the community.

A rosary is set for Ortegon Sunday at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Funeral Home. His funeral mass will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Pillar in Molina. His burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetary.

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