Diego Castellanos, host of Philadelphia’s 6ABC show, dies at 88

A legendary personality who spent nearly half a century behind and in front of a Channel 6 camera in Philadelphia has died aged 88.

WPVI-TV has announced that Diego Castellanos, longtime host and producer of the station’s “Puerto Rican Panorama” public affairs show, has died.

Castellanos’ career in broadcasting began in 1954 at a Spanish radio station in Camden. In 1970, he joined Channel 6 as producer and host of the show addressing the concerns of the Hispanic community in the Delaware Valley.

According to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, Castellanos is a graduate of the New Jersey Military Academy, he has a master’s degree from Montclair State University and a doctorate in education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He served in the New Jersey National Guard for ten years and was honorably discharged as a commissioned officer.

“Puerto Rican Panorama” was unique in that it dealt with issues of the Hispanic community, but it was broadcast in English; it was the longest running such television show in the world.

Castellanos retired from Channel 6 in September 2018.

His family says funeral services are currently being arranged.

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