Society & Culture, Television & Film
Join Jack Rico, ShowBizCafe’s founder and editor-in-chief, as well as entertainment analyst for TODAY, Telemundo, NY1 and NBCNews.com, for a weekly Hispanic-American podcast breaking down the week’s most highly relevant stories in the mainstream and Latino entertainment scene. From movies, music, television, books, politics and media, ‘Highly Relevant with Jack Rico’ offers engaging in-depth interviews, reviews and personal recommendations on everything currently shaping our tastes and opinions of today’s America. This is a podcast for people who live a bicultural and bilingual lifestyle and who love to have their finger on the pulse of American and Latino pop culture.
Jack Rico is a bilingual entertainment journalist, with a focus on ﬁlm and bicultural pop culture. He is one of the rare personalities who can seamlessly traverse ﬂuidly between the Spanish and English language mainstream market. Jack is also the founder and editor in chief of ShowBizCafe.com, a pop culture website that is a fusion between the American and Latino pop culture experience, the ﬁrst of its kind. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jack contributes his pop culture knowledge on major outlets such as NBC’s TODAY Show, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey and Telemundo NY. His written work and interviews can be seen on NBCNews.com. He also is the host of The Highly Relevant Podcast, a weekly Hispanic-American pop culture show. Rico is credited with creating the ﬁrst Spanish language syndicated movie review radio segment on Univision Radio, plus he was the ﬁlm critic for People En Español magazine, the largest Spanish language magazine in the United States, for almost a decade. Jack Rico made journalism history when he became part of the founding on-air anchors that launched Univision’s Al Despertar in 1999, the ﬁrst Spanish language morning newscast in New York City. Rico holds a degree in journalism from Miami Dade and has held various television awards, including the Associated Press, El Diario ‘EL‘ Award and The Ace Award. He is currently a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, one of the most prestigious and largest ﬁlm critic organizations in the United States, as well as the New York Film Critics Online. In 2011 Jack was named Chair of the ¡Viva Broadway! Advisory Board, the ﬁrst Hispanic initiative ofThe Broadway League.