We understand from the latest announcement (which is bound to be revised or deleted at any moment) that the Babalú Radio Hour has now become Estefan-Free Radio. [I kid you not; this is what they actually called it). This development will no doubt be hailed by pop-music lovers everywhere who have long hoped for Estefan-Free Radio. Babalú also announced that it's going to "cover anything except Santanagate and only because [they've] written literally thousands of words on the matter." This is somewhat akin to the Nixon White House having proclaimed at the height of Watergate that it would not address the matter because there were already thousands of reels of tape that pertained to it.
We also take exception to its description of recent events involving the Estefans as "Santanagate," which is a two-year old scandal involving Carlos Santana's poor choice of wardrobe at the 2005 Oscars. What we have here, however, is not Santanagate, but Estefangate. But it can hardly surprise anyone that Val Prieto would not permit the word "gate" (redolent of scandal) to be attached to the august name of Estefan. The Estefans, after all, have fought longer and better for Cuba's freedom than the rest of us, according to Val Prieto. In any case, the tribute of his silence is certainly preferable to the spectacle of his adulation.
UPDATE: Although the subject is off-limits on Babalú's Estefan-Free Radio, Val has consented to discuss the Estefan affaire on Mambí Radio's "Ninoska" Show" at 3:00 pm. This is what Val lives for and his big chance to rectify all his past mistakes on Estefangate. Will Val avail himself of it? Of course not. The Estefans might be listening (fat chance!). In any case, I'll listen and report if anything worth mentioning is said there. Perhaps I might even call the show if the spirit moves me.
UPDATE 2: Just as I predicted, the Babalú post announcing the inauguration of Estefan-Free Radio has been deleted. I am surprised to see that I exert more influence over them now than I ever did when I opined there.