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The waves came to

Jesús Quintero

by chance, almost like the nickname

El loco de la hill

came to him , but with very different sacrifices and costs.

After a performance at the Lope de Vega theater in Seville, a man approached him impressed by that characteristic and powerful voice that reached the depths of the seats.

It was the train that took him to become an icon of radio and television.

He learned the trade and began his journey towards success, but also towards its most terrible side, on


with the program

Para Mayores Sin Reparo


And it was here that chance renamed the program first and then, until his last days,

Jesús Quintero




Jesús Quintero, the popular interviewer known as The Madman on the Hill, dies

  • Writing: CHEMA RODRÍGUEZ |


Jesús Quintero, the popular interviewer known as The Madman on the Hill, dies

From Rafi Escobedo to El Risitas: Jesús Quintero's best television moments

  • Writing: JORGE BENÍTEZ

From Rafi Escobedo to El Risitas: Jesús Quintero's best television moments

The madman on the hill

was not born from anything planned or measured, despite the fact that Jesús Quintero did not like that name of

For older people without hesitation


One night on the air,

Jesús Quintero


Jesús Quintero

: "They call this program

For older people without

hesitation. I don't like it. They haven't found titles as beautiful and suggestive as



at night, Chimes at midnight, In the burning darkness, The messenger. In

reality, I am an anonymous Sevillian who speaks to you from a hill on the Guadalquivir."

It was born from a Beatles song.

"...The fool on the hill / Sees the sun going down / And the eyes in his head / See the world spinning round..."


The fool on the hill

by the British group was played live on one of the

For unashamed adults

, that

Jesús Quintero

with a "in reality I am like a madman on a hill. I would like to ask you, and what would you like to call these ninety minutes of utopia?".

And since then that program with a name that did not fit with

Jesús Quintero

, which he practically hated, gave way to

El loco de la Colina


Myth and legend were born.

"I got tired of being a parrot announcer and that 's where

The Crazy Man on the Hill was born.

"he declared to

Vanity Fair


However, the rebirth was not easy.

According to

Jesús Quintero

himself in an interview with


, the new name cost him three months of suspension.

The program stopped broadcasting on the airwaves of



The reason:

it led to suicide


Finally, and after the three-month suspension,


accepted the new name.

Jesús Quintero

got him to move forward, although not without difficulties.

"They told me that there was no choice but to post ads. For what? I asked them. Aspirin, they told me. Well, my head doesn't hurt. And I left,"

Jesús Quintero

said in that interview .

Two years, from 1980 to 1982, the stony journey of

El loco de la

Colina lasted on public radio.

New insurmountable disagreements put the final point.

A year later, he made the leap to

Cadena Ser

, but difficulties followed him.

He was still

The Fool on the Hill

in all his glory, but he had already become a radio hit.

He reached audiences that were measured with

José María García

himself .

He turned the radio in Spain upside down by introducing mechanics that hadn't existed until now.

He created


radio ,

radio silence

, the success of long interviews, of the human being in his full essence.

How was the success of that name that generated so much objection, that in 1984


registered the radio title

El loco de la Colina

as an industrial brand.

In 1984, the public entity sent the then director of the Ser,

Eugenio Fontán

, a document in which it warned of the concession by the Industrial Property Registry of the service mark

El loco de la Colina


"I could not imagine that my life, my history, my schizophrenia, my depression and my neurosis could end up registered as a brand of shampoo.

I'm a fool

. I'm going to apply for the registration of

The fool on the hill

, "said Quintero, e did, after registration as a trademark carried out by



In 1986, those silences that

Jesús Quintero

used after each response from his guests ended, making them feel that something was missing, that they had not responded well and causing that without

Jesús Quintero

having to do anything, other than keep silent, the response of the interview was deeper and longer.

It ends up making them tell what they didn't want to tell.

Just with a silence.


El loco de la Colina

ended on the radio, but

Jesús Quintero

himself continued , he made the leap to television, continuing in his natural environment, the interviews.

Until in 2005 El loco de la Colina, that name that cost him the suspension of his program, returned to the public entity.

It was the year 2006 and



La 1

recovered the 'crazy man' and took him to television.

The disagreements were saved because

El loco de la Colina

was no longer a brand or a program, he was a man.

It was only one season, made up of 23 programs, but today

El loco de la Colina


Jesús Quintero

marked such a milestone and became such a legend on television in Spain that it seems unbelievable that it only lasted that season.

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