'Well, that's it.' 96-year-old DJ bids farewell in Hong Kong
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'Well, that's it.' 96-year-old DJ bids farewell in Hong Kong

Last Updated May 15, 2021 at 6:55 am ADT

In this Saturday, Feb.15, 2021 photo, Hong Kong 96 year-old DJ, Ray Cordeiro, also know as Uncle Ray, gestures after finished his last show “All The Way with Ray” at the studio in RTHK, the broadcaster in Hong Kong. A mellow goodbye from Hong Kong’s oldest DJ, Ray Cordeiro, who signed off from his show for the last time early Saturday morning, after a 72-year career in broadcasting. (Radio Television Hong Kong via AP)

HONG KONG (AP) — After more than seven decades in radio, a 96-year-old Hong Kong DJ bid farewell to his listeners Saturday with “Time to Say Goodbye,” sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

“Well that’s it. Thank you very much for tuning in, goodbye, thank you for coming,” Ray Cordeiro said in both English and Cantonese before signing off ahead of the 1 a.m. news.

It was the coda to a radio career that began 72 years ago, and a more than 50-year run for his show “All the Way with Ray,” which started on public broadcaster RTHK in 1970. Along the way, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Tony Bennett, the Beatles and Cliff Richard and nurtured rising Hong Kong pop stars such as Sam Hui.

In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged Cordeiro as “The World’s Most Durable DJ.”

Affectionately called “Uncle Ray,” Cordeiro is known for his deep, calm voice, trademark flat cap, and easy listening repertoire. For his last show, he spun a variety of tunes from the the Carpenters, Perry Como and Louis Armstrong, among others. He was born in Hong Kong of Portuguese descent.

“I think I’m the luckiest man in the world,” he said in an interview with RTHK earlier this week. “To do what I want to do, to love what I want to love, and I don’t think I have any regrets.”

Alice Fung, The Associated Press

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