Abel Pulido, a Latin radio host, and famed entertainer for nearly four decades, passed away November 17, 1992. He was 80. Mr. Pulido was best-known as the host for many Spanish-language music programs on several radio stations in the San Joaquin Valley. He also performed in vaudeville shows.
In addition, Mr. Pulido owned and operated Frank’s Market on South Ninth Street in Modesto and helped with his wife’s restaurant business, Abel & Lupe’s Café, next door. The restaurant was well-known for its authentic Mexican dishes, and was popular with local patrons.
He began his broadcasting career in 1945, working for KCEY, Turlock, and continuing on KMOD, Modesto (which became KFIV), and KTRB, Modesto, for nearly 40 years. He retired in the mid-1980s due to ill health. As a young man, Mr. Pulido performed in vaudeville shows! He played with live mariachi bands, Mexican dance troupes, and big bands.
In addition to his wife Lupe, he is survived by his son, both of Modesto and two grandchildren.
He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and President of the Tuolumne School Parent-Teachers Association.
Remembrances were directed to Community Hospice, Visiting Nurses Association and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, all of Modesto.