Ray Cordeiro

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Ray Cordeiro
BBS MBE
Native name郭利民
BornReinaldo Maria Cordeiro
(1924-11-12) November 12, 1924 (age 93)
Hong Kong
Other namesUncle Ray
OccupationBroadcaster, Disc Jockey

Reinaldo Maria Cordeiro BBS MBE (Chinese: 郭利民,[1] born 12 December 1924 ), known professionally as Uncle Ray, is a Hong Kong broadcaster, actor, and disc jockey at RTHK.[2] He was named "The World's Most Durable DJ" in 2000 by the Guinness Book of World Records.[3] He is of Portuguese descent.

Career[edit]

Cordeiro worked as a warden in Stanley Prison and then as a clerk at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation shortly after World War II. In 1949, at the age of 25, he started his broadcasting career as a scriptwriter with Radio Rediffusion.[3] He eventually became a DJ and hosted a program called Progressive Jazz. He joined Radio Television Hong Kong in 1960 as the Head of Light Music. In 1970, he started the series All the Way with Ray, which is still running. He has also cameoed in various Hong Kong films in the 1970s and 80s.[4]

Through the years, Cordeiro has interviewed many prominent musicians, including the Beatles. He was recognized by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. for his lifelong contribution to Presley. He was voted top DJ in Hong Kong for four consecutive years. He was awarded an MBE in 1987 by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.[2]

Programmes hosted[edit]

  • Progressive Jazz (1949-1960 at Reddifusion)
  • Talent Time (1950-1956 at Reddifusion)
  • Rumpus Time (1950-1956 at Reddifusion)
  • Just For You (1964-1969 at RTHK)
  • From Me To You (1964-1969 at RTHK)
  • Hit Parade (1964-1969 at RTHK)
  • Lucky Dip (1964-1969 at RTHK)
  • All the Way with Ray (1970-present at RTHK)
  • Just Jazz with Uncle Ray (2012-present at RTHK)

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1974 Games Gamblers Play
1975 Let's Rock
1975 The Last Message Policeman
1976 The Private Eyes
1981 Security Unlimited Horse race trickster
1983 All the Wrong Spies The Jew

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Executive日記——長壽DJ停播疑雲 Uncle Ray動人舊歌". 頭條日報 Headline Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  2. ^ a b "For the record". South China Morning Post. 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  3. ^ a b "Bittersweet 93rd birthday for DJ 'Uncle Ray' as he mourns Mona Fong". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  4. ^ a b "Ray Cordeiro". hkmdb.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.