Top Rated LA Morning Radio Host Off Air All Month, Due to Contract Negotiations or Ratings Tampering Investigation

Spanish-language broadcast company not being clear about El Mandril's absence


Until a month ago, Ricardo Sanchez was flying high as Los Angeles' top-rated local morning radio host.

Then the Spanish-language radio personality known as "El Mandril" disappeared from his slot on KLAX-FM (97.9), the Los Angeles station owned by Spanish Broadcasting System.

Now details are emerging concerning the 47-year-old radio host's eviction from L.A. airwaves in early November. He's still going to work every day, but his show is no longer being broadcast.