The Reading / Listening - Radio Show - Level 4

A 96-year-old DJ retired after 70 years of broadcasting. Ray Cordeiro hosted his final radio show. Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster and a household name for several generations in Hong Kong. The veteran DJ decided it was time to hang up his boots. He ended his final show with his customary words: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for tuning in. Goodbye." He told listeners he was the "luckiest man in the world" and had no regrets.



Mr Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is known for his deep voice. He played easy-listening music and chatted in English and Cantonese. He was awarded the title of the world's most durable DJ. In his role as a celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names in the music industry. COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said it was difficult working when he was in the "high-risk demographic".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Radio Show - Level 5 or  Radio Show - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-57129010
  • https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3133376/uncle-ray-always-hit-listeners
  • https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/ray-cordeiro-96-year-old-radio-dj-bids-farewell-in-hong-kong-14815506


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. retired after 70 years
  2. Cordeiro hosted his final
  3. Cordeiro is a legendary
  4. a household
  5. it was time to hang
  6. Thank you very much
  7. the luckiest man
  8. no
  1. broadcaster
  2. in the world
  3. up his boots
  4. regrets
  5. of broadcasting
  6. name
  7. for tuning in
  8. radio show

Paragraph 2

  1. affectionately
  2. He is known
  3. the world's most
  4. he got to know some of the biggest
  5. in the music
  6. COVID-19 affected his decision
  7. He said it was
  8. in the high-
  1. to retire
  2. durable DJ
  3. risk demographic
  4. for his deep voice
  5. names
  6. difficult
  7. industry
  8. called Uncle Ray

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 96-year-old DJ retired after (1) ___________________ of broadcasting. Ray Cordeiro hosted his (2) ___________________. Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster and a household (3) ___________________ generations in Hong Kong. The veteran DJ decided it was (4) ___________________ up his boots. He ended his final show with (5) ___________________: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for tuning in. Goodbye." He told listeners he was the "luckiest man in the world" and (6) ___________________.

Mr Cordeiro (7) ___________________ Uncle Ray. He is known for his deep voice. He played easy-listening (8) ___________________ in English and Cantonese. He was (9) ___________________ of the world's most durable DJ. In (10) ___________________ a celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names in (11) ___________________. COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said it was difficult working when he was in the "(12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A96-year-oldDJretiredafter70yearsofbroadcasting.RayCordeiroho
stedhisfinalradioshow.Cordeiroisalegendarybroadcasterandahouse
holdnameforseveralgenerationsinHongKong.TheveteranDJdecidedi
twastimetohanguphisboots.Heendedhisfinalshowwithhiscustomary
words:"Well,that'sit.Thankyouverymuchfortuningin.Goodbye."Het
oldlistenershewasthe"luckiestmanintheworld"andhadnoregrets.Mr
CordeiroisaffectionatelycalledUncleRay.Heisknownforhisdeepvoice.
Heplayedeasy-listeningmusicandchattedinEnglishandCantonese.H
ewasawardedthetitleoftheworld'smostdurableDJ.Inhisroleasaceleb
ratedbroadcaster,hegottoknowsomeofthebiggestnamesinthemusici
ndustry.COVID-19affectedhisdecisiontoretire.Hesaiditwasdifficult
workingwhenhewasinthe"high-riskdemographic".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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