2022 Corn Mother Honoree
Tina Cartagena was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1953, surrounded by a loving family, and developed close relationships with aunts, uncles, and cousins.
One uncle, Louie Ornelas, lived one house away, and other aunts and uncles lived two blocks away. She still maintains a close relationship with the neighbors and family she grew up with.
Tina discovered an appreciation for Mexican music, jazz, Motown, oldies, and popular music on the radio. She has fond memories of listening and dancing to songs that varied from “Volver, Volver” by Vicente Fernandez to “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra.
Tina has lived in Colorado since 1974. Since January, 1990 she has worked for public radio KUVO JAZZ, where the music frequently stirs emotions and memories of her childhood. The station plays jazz; Latin jazz; canciones (songs) from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Jamaica; and Afro-Caribbean sounds. Tina has had several jobs there, from her first position as Membership Director to her current position as Vice President of Radio. She is especially proud that KUVO JAZZ delivers positive information and highlights the rich cultural contributions of our Hispanic community!
Tina has two sons, Ben Lujan and Victor Lujan, and a grandson, Benjamin Lujan Jr. She has been married for over 20 years to Carlos Lando, whom she met at KUVO. They share their love for music, family values, and KUVO!
“Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Tina is on pages 23-26
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