All the Nicaragua newspapers are in Spanish, but a little knowledge of the language will help to understand current issues in the country and search for upcoming cultural events. The Literaria section of La Prensa’s Saturday edition has a good cultural calendar for the upcoming week, as well as original poetry, book reviews and interviews. All dailies and weeklies originate in Managua, with the two major daily papers La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario being available in most of the country.
With the importance of music, FM radio is a big part of Nicaraguan life. Most stations are very eclectic in their programming, though there are stations that specialize in dance music (FM 89.9), progressive (FM 99.9), classical (FM 101.1), Mexican (FM 93.9), Mexican and romantic (FM 100.3) and romantic (FM 98.7). The later two stations have the most relays and are a good bet to have a signal in the outlying areas.
Outside of the telenovela (dramatic mini-series), news is the most important element of television in Nicaraguan. The most popular and influential is Canal 2 with news programs at 6:30 a.m., 12 noon, 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Canal 2 also has a great cultural program every Saturday, airing at 4:00 p.m. and hosted by the legendary Nicaraguan folk music artist Carlos Mejía Godoy. The program features folk music and dancing and special cultural and human-interest reports from rural locales around the country. On Sunday evenings is an excellent news feature program at 8:00 p.m. hosted by Carlos Fernando Chamorro. Canal 4 has aggressive news reporting at 7:00 p.m. Canal 6 is government run with news, videos and some limited cultural reporting. Canal 8 also has news and interviews in the evenings and Canal 12 has a morning call in talk show from 6:30–9:00 a.m. that deals with relevant issues.