El Premio Ohtli Award, Mexican

El Premio Ohtli Award, Mexican

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Emilio Nicolas, Sr. received this award in 2007 from the government of Mexico for sharing Mexican culture in the United States. Among the many awards he received over the course of his career, this one demonstrated his commitment to sharing Mexican culture in the United States through television. The medal uses the symbol of a traveler to honor the spread of Mexican arts and culture. Nicolas, Sr. played an instrumental role in building the earliest Spanish language television network in the United States, the Spanish International Network or SIN.
In the 1950s, consumers made television the centerpiece of the home, fueling competition among broadcasters to create new products, new programming, new stations, and even new networks. Innovators, such as those behind the creation of independent Spanish-language stations and eventually the Spanish International Network (SIN), challenged established broadcasting companies by creating new programming in Spanish and catering to underserved audiences. Established in the early 1960s, SIN knit together independents and created new stations to serve a national audience. With a complex business and legal history, SIN eventually became Univision in the 1980s. In the decades after 1980, Spanish-language programing options grew with recognition of Latinx communities as powerful consumer groups and the advent of new broadcasting technologies such as cable and digital TV.
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Currently not on view
Object Name
medal
date made
2007
maker
United Mexican States
place made
Mexico
Physical Description
silver; fabric (overall material)
red; white; green (ribbon color)
Measurements
overall: 18 in x 1 3/4 in; 45.72 cm x 4.445 cm
medal only: 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm
ID Number
2017.0213.02
catalog number
2017.0213.02
accession number
2017.0213
subject
Latino
Hispanic
Mexican
Mexican-Americans and/or Chicanos
Television
Broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Spanish
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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