ABC 4 News has received several dozen emails from viewers who enjoy hearing Ortiz talk about news important to this growing community in Utah.
There's about 400,000 Latinos in the State of Utah. Many say they fell like they don't have a voice. Now the Latino Pulse on 1550 AM is apparently filling this gap.
Outspoken activist and defender of Utah's Latino community Tony Yapias invited Ortiz on the program. The ABC 4 reporter said it was easy to accept the invitation. "I'm reaching out to the Latino community in hopes that they will understand that ABC 4 News wants to hear what they have to say," Ortiz said.
He says the media tends to focus on what is wrong with Latinos.
"What we're trying to do is show the positive side because there are a lot of good people in the Latino community. They have great stories to tell and we want to know that. This is an opportunity to find them," Ortiz said.
The April 25 topics included allegations a public official in Tremonton shared racial comments about Latinos and immigration reform.
Tony says he's not surprised Marcos is stirring attention with his weekly appearances. "I think it's great for one thing. They see a familiar face. Marcos has been here in Utah for over 20 years," Yapias said.
The Latino Pulse airs on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. on 1550 AM. Marcos is live each Thursday.