Doctora Isabel Gómez Bassols, one of Hispanic Communications Network (HCN)’s leading radio personalities, was honored this week by Univision television for her long career and tireless work for the US Latino community.
On its weekly headlines show “Aquí y Ahora“, the largest Spanish-language television network in the country described the radio psychologist as a “master in the art of listening.” The television report, hosted by prime time TV journalist Teresa Rodriguez, revealed that after years of listening to the problems of thousands of radio listeners, Isabel fell on difficult times herself. She managed to overcome challenging times that deeply affected her life, and returned to radio with more compassion than ever on her new daily call-in show with Hispanic Communications Network.
At the age of 72, Isabel underwent an operation last year to remove a kidney tumor. Doctors removed the tumor and a third of her kidney. Biopsies revealed the tumor was not malignant.
“I felt like a star”, said Isabel of her second chance at life. As she relived the difficult medical experience on the show, she stated, “I feel a desire to live to the fullest … I do not feel my age,” Isabel emphasized how the full support of her family, including four children and six grandchildren, helped her overcome the potentially life-threatening moments. The experience taught her a valuable lesson:
“I want to call on all women, women who are warriors, that think we have to solve everyone else’s problems and forget about our own. We can’t go on like this, so my message is: love yourself so you can love others.”
On the day following the television feature, Isabel’s live Facebook video chat saw more than 19,000 views by loyal fans and followers.
With that love for life and a passion to genuinely help others, Isabel has served as one of the main personalities in Hispanic Communication Network’s new radio programming lineup since the start of 2016.
Isabel’s shows airs daily 1 to 2 p.m. EST. She is followed and trusted by thousands of fans. “The most important thing in radio is to listen,” she says.
“Hispanic Communications Network values the career, human touch and endless commitment of our Dra. Isabel to the Latino community. We are grateful this compassionate leader is being recognized. I’m sure it’s a feeling shared by all her followers,” Alison Rodden, CEO of the mission-driven media company, said.
The modest schoolteacher, whose vocation to public service led her to become a radio star, is grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with her audience through a new radio program with Hispanic Communications Network.
“I feel deeply honored. If this serves to help people to focus on all that they can do and achieve, that’s a good thing, because helping our people is the greatest treasure that I can have,” said Isabel.