'Luckiest Man in the World' Retires After 72-Year Career

Hong Kong DJ Ray Cordeiro, 96, bids farewell to listeners on his final radio program
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 15, 2021 9:15 AM CDT
'Luckiest Man in the World' Retires After 72-Year Career
In this photo, DJ Ray Cordeiro, center, poses with Hong Kong singer Sam Hui, left, and Hui's wife, Rebecca, at a Radio Television Hong Kong studio in Hong Kong on Feb. 14, 2021.   (Radio Television Hong Kong via 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 1am 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, Guinness 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."

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