Luis Antonio Perez is a media producer and radio host based in Chicago. He was a host-producer at Chicago Public Media’s Vocalo project 91.1 FM from 2007-2015. Prior to radio from 2003-2007 Luis worked in independent short and feature length film production best known as producer of the freestyle hip hop rap battle event and feature documentary Rhyme Spitters 4. Luis is also a board member of the Association of Independents in Radio and a multiple Moth Story Slam winner.
Vocalo began in 2007 as part of an effort to draw more diverse audiences and more underrepresented voices to the public radio airwaves. Over his many years with Vocalo Luis Antonio hosted and produced daily talk programming interviewing dozens of artists, authors, academics, journalists, newsmakers, and community members. He also produced live events, trained radio workshops, and served as digital media editor and interim managing director. He is also a contributor to WBEZ and NPR’s Latino USA.
Luis was appointed to the board of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) in February 2015. As a member of the executive committee on the AIR board he works as an advocate for diversity in media and independent producers. In 2011 Luis was a recipient of the AIR’s New Voices scholarship for diversity in public media and served as captain and mentor for the program in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Luis was one of five Media Arts panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Before his career in public radio, Luis was an actor and accomplished filmmaker which began in 2003 as the male lead in the Dogma 95 film Common Senses. Most of Luis’ work has been behind the camera as producer, production manager, assistant director, camera operator, editor, and writer. From 2003-2007 he worked on over 30 short films by Chicago filmmakers. Luis is best known for directing and producing the fourth installment of the legendary hip-hop freestyle rap battle event and documentary feature film Rhyme Spitters.
As a well-known performer in Chicago’s burgeoning ‘Live Lit’ storytelling scene. He has shared true stories from his life growing up in Chicago’s northwest side at the stages of the Moth Story Slam, Grown Folks Stories, Chicago Slam Works, Windy City Story Slam, Story Lab, Story Club, Gust & Glory, and many others.
After graduating from Friedrich W. Von Steuben Metropolitan Science high school in Chicago Luis was a student at various colleges and universities over the following 15 years including City Colleges of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He ultimately earned his undergraduate degree with highest honors summa cum laude from Columbia College Chicago in Arts Management.
Luis is also an amateur street photographer.
Updated March 2016