Josefa Salinas Obituary, Death – Award Winning Radio Personality, Josefa Salinas passed away on November 16, 2022, at the age of 53. Josefa was Old School 104.7FM on-air radio host. She was the former wife of rapper COOLIO, who also passed away recently on Sept 28th. As a child, Josefa Salinas desired to make the world a better place. That one objective has inspired many of her life decisions since childhood, from launching a successful career in journalism and entertainment to establishing a charitable organization and creating her own radio networks. Josefa’s unusual thinking piqued the White House’s interest, and she was recently honored as one of the few national participants in the inaugural South by South Lawn event, which took place at the White House in October 2016.
Josefa’s sensuous, commanding voice has delighted listeners across California for 30 years as an on-air personality, including 14 years on L.A.’s popular old-school station, HOT 92.3, where she also held the off-air position of “Community Affairs Director” and led the station to two highly coveted “NAB Crystal Awards.” Josefa has become a role model for women, a prominent symbol for Latinos, and a mentor/advocate for children and underserved communities through her “Pursuit of Excellence Institute.” Josefa has recently joined the Gold Coast Broadcasting family, bringing her voice and her popular radio show “The Community Review” to stations from the desert to the sea!
Josefa’s selfless efforts to aid others have earned her numerous distinctions, including recognition from the National Diversity Council as one of “California’s Most Influential Women” in 2016 and Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine as a “Latina of Influence” in 2017. Josefa has also received the Fathers and Families Coalition of America’s “National Leader of the Year Award,” the National Latina Business Association’s “Woman of the Year in Broadcasting” Award, the “Spirit of Peace Award,” and the President’s “Volunteer Service Award.”
Josefa has been a Los Angeles Commissioner appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti for the past three years. The job entailed rebranding and redesigning the Los Angeles Public Libraries. Josefa eagerly accepted the challenge, offering new equipment and resources, implementing novel activities, and making the libraries more friendly and accessible to all local inhabitants. Despite her many triumphs, Josefa has sought out new possibilities for growth and development, graduating from the “HOPE Latina Leadership Institute” as well as the “Latina Global Executive Leadership Program” at USC’s Marshall School of Business.
The former “Angelita de la Noche” (“Angel of the Night”) of POWER 106 in Los Angeles has become the founder and CEO of her own stations, bringing “The Power of Voices” to local and worldwide communities using cutting-edge technology. Josefa, who is still a music aficionado, has gathered some of radio’s greatest living heroes to reintroduce “HOT923 The Beat” into the lives of millions who have missed the Old School station since it left Los Angeles in 2015. She is working hard to develop “Your Military Voice,” a dedicated channel focused at active-duty military troops, their families, and retired veterans.
Josefa’s warm, conversational delivery, combined with her more than three decades of broadcasting and community advocacy experience, has made her a highly sought-after consultant and motivational speaker, frequently covering topics like “Leadership Development,” “Personal Empowerment,” and “Becoming a World-Changer Through Radical Thinking.” When Josefa considers the future, she envisions ways to make the world a better place by assisting those in need, giving a voice to the voiceless, and encouraging new opportunities in all aspects of living a complete life.