Long-time radio personality Josefa Salinas died unexpectedly this week according to her colleague at Old School 104.7 FM.
Radio DJ Jimmy Reyes announced her passing on his social media account Nov. 16.
“Today has been an emotional day, found out that our hermana Josefa Salinas passed away. There’s so much to say about her, she was an amazing person with a beautiful soul! She loved making a difference in the community, she touched so many lives with ALL she did. From her -How to be a girl camps to wanting to give EVERYONE a free Christmas Tree/presents on the radio. 22+ years of friendship and I’ll never forget it. It was an honor to call you a friend and to have worked on the radio with you all these years, we went through a lot! I know you’ll forever live in our hearts. It’s gonna be so hard for me not to say that your coming on next on the radio. I’ll never forget you.JImmy Reyes
Salinas’ death comes two months after the passing of her ex-husband rap star Coolio.
Most recently, Salinas worked at Old School 104.7, with Reyes.
According to her bio, Salinas worked 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 win two of the highly-coveted “NAB Crystal Awards.” Through her “Pursuit of Excellence Institute, Josefa’s heart for community service has led her to become a role model for women, a powerful symbol for Latinos, a mentor/advocate for children and underserved communities.
For the past three years, Josefa has served as a Los Angeles Commissioner, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. The appointment came with the challenge of revamping the image and operational models of Los Angeles Public Libraries. Josefa undertook the mission with enthusiasm, providing new equipment and resources, creating innovative programs, and working to make the libraries more welcoming and accessible for all of the city’s residents.
Salinas was also a huge supporter of the city of Inglewood having previously served as mistress of ceremonies for the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Festival.
Salinas’ career spanned three decades and she will be missed.