McHenry Tichenor,98, who built a radio empire that spread...

DEATH ELSEWHERE

November 12, 1996

McHenry Tichenor,98, who built a radio empire that spread a distinctive style of Mexican-American music from its Texas cradle to the rest of the country, died Oct. 24 at his home in La Feria, near Harlingen, by the Mexican border.

At his death, he was chairman of the Dallas-based Tichenor Media System, which he founded after he bought KGBS in Harlingen in 1949 and introduced all-Spanish radio in the United States. The system has grown to 19 Spanish and bilingual stations in six markets including Chicago, San Francisco and San Antonio.

His stations featured music that is a blend of traditionally Mexican music with distinctly local echoes of pop, rock, blues -- even some German polka rhythms and accordions. In recent years, it became a hit with second- and third-generation Mexican-Americans, particularly younger, more affluent English speakers.

Shizuo Asada,85, former president of Japan Airlines, died Friday of respiratory problems in Tokyo. He was JAL president from 1971 to 1981 and helped Japan's major carrier cope with financial troubles in the early 1970s, when fuel prices surged, the company said.

Pub Date: 11/12/96

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