A native Californian, Maria Sanchez graduated from the University of California, Davis where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the double major of Public Relations and Human Resources. Ms. Sanchez also served as the Commencement Speaker at her graduation ceremonies. After taking some time off, she decided to continue her education at Portland State University’s Master’s Program in Theatre Arts with an emphasis on Scriptwriting.
Ms. Sanchez began her professional broadcasting career as the producer for 103.5 FM KOST’s “Mark & Kim Show” at the time the longest running morning broadcasting team in LA radio history. While producing for the perennially popular Mark & Kim, she also interviewed hundreds of guests covering numerous topics as the host of an uninterrupted half hour Public Affairs program.
Having found her calling as an interviewer, Ms. Sanchez transitioned from being the producer of the highly rated “Mark and Kim Show” to the most listened to talk radio station in America – KFI AM 640, Los Angeles. During her stint at KFI, she was a permanent weekend host and often served as the substitute host for such talk radio favorites as Bill Handel, John & Ken, Phil Hendrie and Wayne Resnick.
Having gained invaluable professional experience in the largest market in the country, it was only a matter of time before she developed “The Maria Sanchez Show.” A topical, sometimes controversial, occasionally eclectic, always listener friendly, audience pleasing talk show heard on TALK 650 KSTE. It was not long before “The Maria Sanchez Show” was considered Sacramento’s must hear radio from 9am to noon, Monday through Friday.
With a desire to pursue opportunities in the television industry, the resourceful Ms. Sanchez returned to the metropolitan Los Angeles area and produced a sit-com pilot for NBC TELEVISION. Currently she can be seen moderating infomercials for a variety of products. During this time also co-created and anchored the debate oriented call-in participation show “Cross Talk” for the local NPR affiliate, KCLU 88.3 FM.
Pictured left at the 25th anniversary celebration of ‘My Friend’s Place’ Maria, (one of the founding board members) is with Founder, Steve LePore. Maria served on the board of directors of My Friend’s Place, a resource center for at-risk youth in Hollywood, for nearly ten years. Former ED of MFP, David Brinkman on the right.
A civic minded mother of four, Ms. Sanchez is also a Founder of both the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Oaks Christian School, in addition to serving on the Board of the previously mentioned My Friend’s Place.
Maria maintains a balance in her life by exercising, gardening, reading non-fiction, writing, traveling and interacting with her community both politically and philanthropically. And she still finds time to pursue her journalistic endeavors interviewing and being interviewed by interesting personalities in the Current Events, Political and Philanthropic fields. Oh, yes, and she’s an animal lover as well.
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Maria plus Four! Ms. Sanchez and her four children.
Maria at the Ronald Reagan Museum, Air Force One 2013.
Maria and daughter Katharine – 2013
Maria – New Years Ever 2013 with sister Teri and sorority sister Marianne