LOS ANGELES (AP) — On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. tune their radios to Oswaldo Diaz’s show and get a peek into the love lives of immigrants.
“The moment has arrived,” the 33-year-old Diaz announces in a deep, authoritative voice in Spanish. “To do away with doubt. To test your partner’s fidelity.”
Changing the tone of his voice into the high-pitched, plain speaking character of “La Chokolata,” Diaz fields calls from lovesick listeners wondering if wives left behind in Mexico, deported husbands and love interests sparked on Facebook remain faithful despite months and sometimes years apart. Then he calls their unsuspecting partners pretending to be from a new company offering to send a free heart-shaped box of chocolates to “someone special” on their behalf.
Do they send it to their significant other or someone else?
“I want to see whether she still loves me,” said one caller, identified only as Felipe, who had not seen his wife in five years. “To see if she still thinks of me.”
Diaz’s show is broadcast by Entravision and reaches over 2 million people nationwide. “El Show de Erazno y la Chokolata” features many of the staples of a “Sabado Gigante” type variety show: A recent episode featured funny headlines from Mexico (“Goat Attacks Do
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