Sammy The House Ramirez

Sammy The House Ramirez has been on the radio for a little over 27 years. He grew up in Radio the same way he grew up with his community in Laredo.  People know him and people trust him. He is liked  by some and loved by everyone else. Grammy award winning Musician Adrian Quesada has called Sammy “The unofficial mayor of Laredo”.  When some artists visit Laredo they even ask for him by first name.  He is known for his honest interviews that are both beneficial to the public and the person being interviewed. He likes to learn things that he didn’t know and pass on that information with his audience. He also likes to make the person being interviewed dig deeper and learn something that they may not have known about themselves. He doesn’t consider his social media followers and his radio listeners anything less than friends or family. Needless to say Sammy has a lot of friends and family and they all trust him and enjoy his humor as well as his knowledge.  Sammy is not like everybody else and that’s what makes him unforgettable.  Every morning you can listen to his humor and knowledge on a very special show called Coffee and Magic. Sammy believes everyone should wake up with a little something special to get inspired for the day so grab a cup and get ready for some magic.  Humor, love, Inspiration, entertainment news as well as different trending stories from around the Internet. This is how Laredo wakes up and this is the man that does it. 


Sharon Arteaga

Sharon Arteaga convinced her parents to buy her a video camera instead of a Quinceañera. She has won numerous shorts competitions including being selected out of 900+ films to tour the US and Canada with LUNAFEST, a film festival that raises funds for breast cancer research and other charities. Arteaga received the highly-competitive Austin Film Society grant for her short film "Plane Pretend" which has won four best shorts awards and is currently in the festival circuit. Arteaga was recently a 2019 Tribeca Through Her Lens finalist for her next short "In Tow." She is working on several narrative shorts while developing her first feature film. Arteaga is passionate about teaching others to also tell their stories through film.


Brenda Camacho

Brenda Camacho was born and raised in Laredo, TX. She graduated from Alexander High School, Class of 2012. She then went to Laredo Community College for two years, then transferred to Texas State University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in 2016. 

After graduating, Brenda joined the KGNS Team as an Associate Producer, and then worked her way up to a Multimedia Journalist / Producer / Anchor. 

During the weekdays you can catch her out on the streets getting video and interviews with our elected officials or community members. You can catch her stories on the KGNS New Early Edition, KGNS News Evening Edition and KGNS News at Ten. 

On Sunday, Brenda anchors and produces. You can catch her at 5 and the news and weather. 

Brenda is grateful for the opportunity to get to know the community, and inform them on what’s going on. 

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Patricio  Salinas

Patricio Salinas is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Prior to teaching, Mr. Salinas worked as a press videographer for multiple stations in Texas and Florida. His most recent stint was in Miami, for the FOX affiliate-- WSVN.

Salinas photographed live-coverage of Hurricane Irma—and the aftermath in the Florida Keys. In addition, Salinas photographed and edited numerous stories dealing with the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Prior to Florida, Salinas also worked for Univision Dallas; the CBS affiliate in Beaumont, TX; and the ABC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley.

During his time working on the U.S.-Mexico border, Salinas earned a Lone Star Emmy Nomination for his videography work that documented immigrant families working the fields of South Texas. Salinas is an honors graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Radio, Television and Film. Salinas earned his Master of Fine Arts in Radio-Television-Film from the University of North Texas—specializing in documentary filmmaking.

Ashley Salas

Laredo native, Ashley Salas, has always had a passion for writing and photography. That passion led her to graduate from Texas A&M University in May 2018 with her creative writing degree. During her time at A&M, she was the social media director for Her Campus at Texas A&M University. While part of the organization, she was also the communications intern for the English undergrad department working for the English Aggie newsletter. Every summer, until graduation, she was a writer for DeLaredo City Magazine. Currently, she is the graphic designer and associate web producer for the Laredo Morning Times. One day, she hopes to live in Spain and work for Vogue magazine. 


Joel Cotton

Joel F. Cotton is an entrepreneur/sales and marketing coach. Born and reared in Laredo in 1983, Joel was part of the first graduating class of the Business Magnet School at United South High School in 2001. He then continued to the University of Texas to serve as the marketing officer for the Red McCombs School of Business’ Hispanic Business Student Association. While at UT, he also co-founded the Texas Latin Dance Club. 


His current entrepreneurship endeavors include: Candela Latin Dance Studio, Cotton Group Design, Paseo Real, Altezza Events, Estancia Events, Sound Modern Entertainment, Go Realize Marketing, and Kid University (Little College of Fun and Learning).


Rafael  Benavides

Rafael Benavides is a native Laredoan and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and minor in Anthropology. He continued to study anthropology and both classical and modern Nahuatl at the post-graduate level at La Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, El Instituto de Dociencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, Yale University and Kaltlamachtiyolaj tlen Nauatlachmanaltianij.


He studied journalism and took a number of film and digital media courses in New York while working at Sirk Productions and the United Nations Children’s Fund in New York City. He has extensive experience as a journalist by working for the Laredo Morning Times, Channel One News, El Mañana de Nuevo Laredo, LareDOS News and various other publications. He worked as a federal interpreter for the Nahuatl language for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.


He also brings marketing and public affairs experience from his previous positions as the Marketing Manager and Spokesperson for the Sames Auto Arena, Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, and currently as the Public Information Officer and official spokesperson for the City of Laredo.


Luis Tienda Jr.

Luis Tienda Jr. is the owner and creative manager of 13th West Media, the parent company of Felicity Wedding Studio, Empresario TV, and Mi Cultura Laredo.  Luis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with focus on Entrepreneurial Studies from UTSA.

Luis developed his film and media company over the part several years.  As a Laredo native, Luis is an active participant in doing his part to create a movement that highlights the wonderful things Laredo has to offer.

Rolando Sanchez

My name is Rolando Sanchez, but you can call me Rolan. I first got behind the camera when I was 15 as a student involved with the yearbook club at Lyndon B.  Johnson High School.   I work on various projects that come my way. However, I find my focus in portraiture and commercial projects.   

While I’ve been experimenting with my camera and light for eight years, I’ve been a professional photographer for five. My passion has taken me to New York City and Los Angeles, where I explored opportunities and expanded my network. But my heart belongs to my hometown. 

Among a growing list of opportunities in Laredo, I’ve worked on invigorating projects for DVINO Magazine, Danny’s Restaurant, Bolillo’s Café, and Tabernilla.

My creativity continues to evolve alongside the many people and businesses I work with. I’m an open book ready to share my knowledge so feel free to contact me with any photo questions - view my portfolio at

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