Feliciano takes his turn as Guest DJ on Alt. Latino for NPR Radio, recorded from their world headquarters, in Washington, D.C.
It was hosted by Felix Contreras at NPR following Jose’s prestigious Donation Ceremony in Flag Hall in the Smithsonian Museum of American History on Flag Day, 2018. The conversation proved to be a memorable one for both jocks that day on the air…
According to Felix: “…in fact, we are elevating him to ‘Alt. Latino Icon’ status to reflect his contributions and the roads he paved when it wasn’t easy. We are hardly the first to acknowledge these achievements but we definitely don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to do our own tribute.”
Felix was referring to the spectacular event earlier that morning when the Smithsonian hosted Feliciano’s Donation Ceremony where the actual banner that inspired Francis Scott Key’s poem, The “Star-Spangled Banner” is on permanent display. It was at this ceremony where the iconic guitar that Jose Feliciano played exclusively during his career in the 1960’s and ’70’s — his recordings and live performances, including the recording of “Light My Fire” and his historic rendering of the our National Anthem — was given to the museum.
It’s all part of the year-long Golden Anniversary celebrating Jose Feliciano’s ascent onto the international music scene along with his controversially ground-breaking rendition of the American national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”