JULIO MARTINEZ celebrates his 32nd year as the weekly host of KPFK Radio’s Arts in Review, airing Fridays (2 to 2:30pm PT on KPFK 90.7fm, simulcast worldwide over kpfk.org. When he is not celebrating L.A.’s amazing live performance scene on the radio, he writes the weekly L.A. Stage Insider column for Los Angeles Stage Alliance’s online magazine, www.thisstage.la, pens the TeleVision features for latinheat.com and is a regular contributor to the Writers’ Guild monthly, Written By. Julio has published a book of his Holiday radio plays, The Eight Plays of Christmas. His stories can be read in The Story Salon Big Book of Stories and heard on the Story Salon CD, The Mario Sessions, as well as being podcast on storysalon.com and Iloveagoodstory.com. In an earlier life, he performed as a guitarist, arranger and music director for such singers as Al Jarreau (7 years), Sarah Vaughn, Helen Reddy, Irene Kral and others. Martinez also served as music director for the San Francisco Mime Troupe and The Committee Experimental Wing, as well directing the federally funded Public Players and the improve improv comedy troupe, Spontaneous Combustion.
For the last 15 years, Julio has profiled Latinos that have risen to prominence in the entertainment industry for Latin Heat Entertainment, profiling the rise of such now prominent stars as Rira Moreno, Edward James Olmos, Salma Hayek, Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, America Ferrera and many, many more. This week I am spotlighting Alex Meneses, who is recurring on the reboot of CW’s “Walker,”as wells moving prominently into writing and directing
For the radio, he has adapted O Henry’s The Gift of the Magi and Mark Twain’s Diary of Adam and Eve, as well as Che and Allen (an imagined meeting of revolutionary Che Guevara and beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The plays have been broadcast nationwide and on the BBC. A book of the radio plays, “The Eight Plays of Christmas,” is available at www.christmasradioplays.com and on Amazon.