Radio Day in Argentina: one of the oldest media that is still in force

On August 27, 1920, the first radio broadcast in Argentina took place. Credit: Tomás Sazanowicz for Footnote.

In Argentina commemorates the broadcasting day every August 27. The date coincides with the first radio transmission made in 1920 by Enrique Telemaco Susini; Miguel Mujica; Cesar Guerrico Y Luis Romero Carranza. Young nicknamed “the crazy people on the roof” made the first radio broadcast from the roofs of the Theater Coliseum of the Buenos aires city. The objective was to spread the work Parsifalof Richard Wagner.

Radio was one of the first mass media that brought information to millions of homes around the world. Although it has undergone changes over time, with the arrival of media such as television or the Internet, the radio continues to this day. In addition, it was adapting to new technologies, and today it is also heard through cell phones or via streaming.

Inspired by those forerunners of radio in Argentina and the world, the radio theater is presented The madness on the roof, 100 years later. Footnote spoke with the actor Philip Foppiano, who is also the author of some of the radio theater texts. The direction is in charge of oscar naya and the actresses participate Marisa Alfiz Y Estela Lopez. In addition, the show has the enormous bonus of being represented in the mythical and ancient “Chalecito of the 9 of July”, located in Sarmiento 1121, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA).

Data from the consumption survey carried out by the Cultural Information System of Argentina (SINCA). Credit: Victoria Di Blasi for Footnote.

Radio Day: “Rooftop madness, 100 years later”

Felipe Foppiano told what the show is about: “It is a tribute to Argentine radio on its 102nd anniversary; which includes, among its segments, a radio play parody”. He also mentioned the feat of the “Crazy people on the roof”, who in August 1920 inaugurated broadcasts in the country, also being pioneers worldwide. “The name of our show plays with that affectionate nickname that they earned for their commitment and passion, as well as for having installed themselves on the roof of a theater,” Foppiano describes.

The idea arose in 2020, for the centenary of radio in Argentina. “As a theater group, we had already done a similar show years ago, with a different name and other content,” said the author. Now, in the framework of the proposal for the Chalecito, “the we update; We changed some texts, the name and we are presenting it renewed”.

In the year 2020, the radio in Argentina celebrated its 100 years. Credit: Youtube channel “Ministry of Culture of the Nation”.

Milestones of Argentine radio

Asked about which segments of the history of radio the show includes, Foppiano remarked that they evoke various radio moments that remain in the collective memory. “We use sound files and we also recreate iconic moments with our performances,” he pointed out. For example, he mentioned: “The old (and not so old) ads that we include and that the public usually accompany the choir, reciting and even singing.”

In this regard, he added that one of the funniest moments is the review by the most famous radio whores, which they compiled “after doing a little research.” These are “all real mistakes that have occurred live and on the air in these more than 100 years of history,” he clarified.

About one of the segments, which is a parody of radio theater, Foppiano explained: “It is a text that I wrote for that old radio theater show, and it seemed ideal to us to bring it to this show.” He also said that the idea was to allude to the themes, to the expressive forms, in a parodic tone; also recreating the live performance of sound effects or “noises”. These help to set the scene without image in the old radio dramas. In addition, it includes a country-themed radio drama and a forbidden love story between a foreman and his employer’s daughter.


Presentations in the “Chalecito”

On August 31 at 6:00 p.m. they perform a function that is taken to the stage on the last days of each month. “There are still a few places left, which we are offering at 2×1”, Foppiano clarified. The show is presented in the “Chalecito de la 9 de Julio”, located in Sarmiento 1121. This is another famous Buenos Aires rooftop that saw the broad avenue traced and erected at the Obelisk.

The place was built by Don Rafael Diaza visionary founder of the famous house “Diaz Furniture”, the Chalecito also housed a pioneer radio: LOK Furniture Diaz”, founded in 1928. Foppiano invited the public to come closer: “Those who come, in addition to see the Chalecito inside, unique views of the city will be taken from its countless windows. In addition, “they will know the history of the hand of Diego Setson, great-grandson of Don Rafael, in an unmissable guided tour”, he highlighted.



Radio Day in Argentina: one of the oldest media that is still in force – Nota Al Pie