The Spanish communicator and journalist Jesús Quintero, a creative and personal radio and television entertainer, creator of cycles such as “El Perro Verde” and “El loco de la Colina” with which in the 1990s he brought his stamp to the Río de La Plata, passed away today at the age of 82.
Jesús Quintero died at the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios de Ubrique geriatric residence in Cádiz, where he was housed with respiratory and coronary problems.
The mythical presenter and creator of multiple radio and television formats received more than 200 awards, among which the Ondas Internacional, the King of Spain prize for journalism, the name he gave to a classroom of the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Malaga and the Prize for journalistic originality.
The driver was born on August 19, 1940, in the province of Huelva, the son of José, the electrician, and María, the peasant, who told the child Jesus that “he was rarer than a green dog and a red mouse.” two ratings that he later used for his shows.
At the age of 20, Quintero got a job at the National Radio of Spain animating the afternoons with the program “Estudio 15-18” but as the proposal did not convince him, he proposed to make “El hombre de la roulotte” a program touring Spain in a van full of books and frying pans, interviewing “nobodies” and that event pushed him to the commercial channel Ser, where there were no advertisements in its early-morning space.
In the absence of commercial batches, “El Loco de la Colina” listened and made the problems of the desperate, the lonely, those in need of advice and those thirsty for affection heard and that bet could be heard on this side of the world through Radio Nacional .
So it was that without stopping doing radio and television in a way that was as unique as it was uncomfortable and provocative, in the ’90s he came to the Río de la Plata to work in Argentina and Uruguay.
Here he managed to interview the murderer Robledo Puch but he never stopped proposing dialogue with ordinary people and even suffered a violent robbery at his production company instead of denouncing the criminals he chose to try to interview them.
In 1991 he presented on Canal Sur the program “Thirteen nights” made up of 13 hour-long interviews with the writer Antonio Gala, each dealing with a specific topic, from which one of his three books emerged (the others were “Cuerda de Prisoners” and “Jesús Quintero: interview”).
He also worked as a producer for the singer Soledad Bravo and the guitarist Paco de Lucía and tried to develop as a manager and cultural promoter but in that area he enjoyed little success.