Vicki Solá first arrived at WFDU-FM in August, 1981. In the beginning, she hosted a weekly Jazz program, and served as Jazz Music Director for several years. After slipping more and more Salsa and Latin Jazz into these shows, she created her present program, Que Viva La Música, with station management's blessing, in February 1983. Vicki and her long running program provide the New York-metro community with authentic Salsa and Latin Jazz, produced by a singular mix of famous performers, plus artists rarely heard on commercial stations.
Her mission is to perpetuate the music of the greats–Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Ray Barretto, and so many others–and also provide a venue for the countless talented, underrated veterans and new artists alike who are struggling to present their product to the public.
Outside of the station, Vicki has been featured on American Latino TV, served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, and has written articles for internationally circulated trade periodicals, including Latin London Magazine, Descarga Catalog, and Latin Beat Magazine, for which she writes the column, "A Bite From the Apple." Vicki recently published a SciFi/Fantasy novel, The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press), and is planning a sequel. A member of several animal welfare organizations, she remains committed to fighting cruelty. She lives in Bergen County, New Jersey with her son Frank and rescued Shepherd-hound, Cookie.
Vicki Solá and her long-running radio program Que Viva La Música, heard on 89.1 WFDU-FM and Salsa Warriors Radio (www.salsawarriors.com), provide the New York metro community with Salsa and Latin jazz produced by a singular mix of famous performers, plus artists rarely heard on commercial stations.
Featured on American Latino TV, Solá has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, and her articles have appeared in internationally circulated trade periodicals.
As she established her show, Solá worked full-time at a New York Spanish commercial station and part-time at a faraway one that offered oldies along with local fishing reports, and she took evening classes in which professors apologized for keeping her up. She also performed freelance audio production, usually at three a.m.
In short, she spent years guzzling black coffee, gulping down cold pizza, and walking into walls. After she banged her head against a particularly hard cinder block, it dawned on her that the stories she was cranking out during her spare time were autobiographical. And she felt compelled to share them.
Author of SciFi Fantasy novel The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press), and e-books Gneeecey’s Glossary…and other stuff and Gneeecey’s Pals, Solá lives in Bergen County, New Jersey, with her son Frank and rescued canine Horsey Cookie (a shepherd-hound mix certified by the county shelter as having been born on Earth).