RADIO BROADCASTING IN ARGENTINA CELEBRATES A CENTURY ON THE AIR
On August 27, 1920, Enrique Susini, César Guerrico, Luis Romero Carranza and Miguel Mujica carried out the first radio broadcast in the country.
They put on the air a performance of Wagner’s opera “Parsifal” at the Coliseo theater of Buenos Aires City.
"Los Locos de la Azotea" (The rooftop madmen) as the four men were called from then on, laid down a milestone in Argentine and Latin American history.
They positioned Argentina as the third country in the World with regular daily broadcasts, but the first to continue them over time, as well the first with transmissions in Spanish.
Therefore, today we are jointly celebrating the 100th anniversary of that event, which the UNESCO deemed as the first broadcast in history, aired for radio purposes.
Journalist and writer Carlos Ulanovsky develops on that definition: on the one hand, the broadcast had the intention of being massive as far as the audience is concerned and, on the other, the broadcasts had continuity in time.
Thus, this project, which was private at the time, began to “socialize sounds” by bringing together Theatre and Opera personalities.
Between 1927 and 1937 three public radio stations were born: Radio Municipal, Radio Provincia and Radio del Estado, which for many years put on the air the best lyrical and classical music in the World, as well as theatre.
Here at National Classical Radio, we feel deeply proud that the public radio played, in its early years, a role in advancing and promoting culture and classical music for many people.
¡Happy first century of radio!
Parsifal, by the German composer Richard Wagner, is a sacred scenic festival, Bühnenweihfestspiel, as its author defined it in three acts; with music and libretto in German, composed by himself. It is based on the medieval (13th century) epic poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, about the life of this knight from the court of King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. Wagner conceived the work in April 1857 but only completed it 25 years later, with its premiere at the Bayreuth Festival on July 26, 1882 (the premiere would be attended by, among others, French composers Vincent d'Indy and Ernest Chausson).