Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 Prince Harry visits Cracolandia-SP

British Prince Harry visits Cracolandia (Crackville) in São Paulo along with São Paulo's mayor Fernando Haddad on 25 June 2014, while he was in town during his stay in Brazil as part of Football's World Cup hullabaloo... 

Prince Harry proved to be very fearless and ended up having fun mingling with the recovering crack users. Nothing better than images to prove all...

Prince Harry met recovering crack addicts and was mobbed by huge crowds in a violent São Paulo slum. Luz or Cracolândia (Crackville) as its nickname, is notorious for drugs, with crack available for as little as 80p. An estimated 1 in 3 residents die within 5 years of arriving in Crackland - usually meeting violent ends.

The prince toured a new rehabilitation facility. By Ruth Styles.

Prince Harry speaks to Diana das Neves (25) and Ricardo da Silva (34) both of whom have just started cleaning jobs - at Crackville in São Paulo on a winter afternoon, 25 June 2014.

Prince Harry and S.Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad look on intently as a former crack addict tells his story at the Open Arms (Braços Abertos) rehab centre.

All smiles: The ex-addicts, some of whom were about to begin work in the first jobs they have ever had, beam as they pose with the prince. As a large police and security presence kept order outside, Harry walked into the building and was surrounded by the workers who took his picture with their camera phones. He chatted to reformed drug-users, among them Ricardo da Silva, 34, who first began using crack when he was a young boy. When Harry arrived, Mr. da Silva was beginning his cleaning round - the first job he has ever taken. 'My life was very difficult but now it's changed. I'm trying to forget the past,' he explained.'I started to use crack when I was eight. In the past I used crack 24 hours a day but not anymore.' Smiling, he added: 'The last time I used it was on Sunday.' Nevertheless, Mr. da Silva, who spent 4 years on the streets of Crackland says he is turning over a new leaf.

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Do we have something to celebrate? I guess so! Prince Harry got into the spirit of things... 

in the meantime... it's business as usual at Crackville...

Good morning, Mr. Sunshine, you brighten up my day...

Fernando Haddad guides Prince Harry through the maze of cameras & people.

Cracolandia's glorious day!

Tragic: Prince Harry looks grim as he meets recovering crack-addicts and hears their stories in Cracolândia - one of the most notorious slums in Brazil.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

1965 Radio stations

A few pages of Revista do Radio's section 'São Paulo não para' with news from the radio scene in the largest city in Brazil. 

Luiz Aguiar substituted Sergio Galvão at Radio Bandeirantes at the helm of 'Os brotos comandam' (Teens rule) circa 1965. 

DJ Ricardo Macedo had a daily show during 1965, called 'Placard Bandeirantes do Sucesso' at Radio Bandeirantes. On Mondays & Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:00 AM Ricardo Macedo showed the 10 best selling extended-plays (5 on Monday & 5 on Tuesday); on Wednesdays and Thursdays Macedo presented the 10 best selling albums; on Friday & Saturdays he showed the 10 best selling singles. On Sundays, Ricardo Macedo had a 2-hour show starting at 10:00 AM up to mid-day where he played the 25 best selling singles of the week.

At Radio Tupi, that had been 'modernized and revolutionized' by Helio Ribeiro, there was a 1 hour show from 9:00 to 10:00 where Uruguayan DJ Alberto Moravi presented the best European pop music there was. Alberto Moravi had an espetacular collection of 45 rpms imported from various European countries and played them at his show. Moravi hardly spoke Portuguese so the Brazilian Speakers Union entered with a petition at the Ministry of Communications (whatever its name was then) to have a ban imposed on him. The ban came and Alberto Moravi's show which was the best thing possible for the fans of rock & pop music was axed for ever.

By August 1965Helio Ribeiro had already left Radio Tupi and went to Radio Panamericana to do his revolution there too.

The article on the right about the popularity of Luiz Vieira, is written by Mario Julio, Revista do Radio's man in São Paulo.

Here is the list of the 19 different radio stations in Rio de Janeiro in 1965.

550    Radio Eldorado
590    Radio Relógio
680    Radio Copacabana
720    Radio Carioca
800    Radio Ministério da Educação
860    Radio Mundial
900    Radio Tamoio
940    Radio Jornal do Brasil
980    Radio Nacional

1.030 Radio Continental
1.060 Radio Metropolitana
1.130 Radio Mauá
1.180 Radio Globo
1.220 Radio Mayrink Veiga
1.280 Radio Tupi
1.320 Radio Rio de Janeiro
1.360 Radio Guanabara
1.400 Radio Roquette Pinto
1.430 Radio Vera Cruz

São Paulo radio stations circa 1965

620    Radio Panamericana
670    Radio Excelsior
700    Radio Eldorado
780    Radio Marconi
840    Radio Bandeirantes
890    Radio Gazeta
960    Radio Difusora

1.000 Radio Record
1.040 Radio Tupi
1.100 Radio Nacional
1.200 Radio Piratininga
1.300 Radio São Paulo
1.380 Radio Industrial Paulista
1.410 Radio America
1.600 Radio Nove de Julho

Radio Cometa
Radio Santo Amaro