The Reading / Listening - Radio Show - Level 5

A 96-year-old DJ has retired after broadcasting for over 70 years. Ray Cordeiro hosted his final radio show in Hong Kong. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster and a household name for several generations of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided it was time to hang up his boots on his show. He ended his final programme with his customary words: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for tuning in. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckiest man in the world". He told listeners: "I don't think I have any regrets."



Ray Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is known for his trademark deep voice. He played easy-listening music and chatted in English and Cantonese. The Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the title of the world's most durable DJ. In his role as Hong Kong's most celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names in the music industry, including the Beatles. He said COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said it was difficult working for so many months "in the presence of COVID-19" when he was in the "high-risk demographic".

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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. retired after broadcasting
  2. Cordeiro is a legendary
  3. a household
  4. it was time to hang
  5. Thank you very much for
  6. Thank you
  7. the luckiest
  8. I don't think I have
  1. name
  2. man in the world
  3. tuning in
  4. any regrets
  5. broadcaster
  6. for over 70 years
  7. up his boots
  8. for coming

Paragraph 2

  1. affectionately
  2. known for his trademark deep
  3. He played easy-
  4. the world's most
  5. Hong Kong's most celebrated
  6. he got to know some of the
  7. in the music
  8. in the high-
  1. broadcaster
  2. biggest names
  3. called Uncle Ray
  4. risk demographic
  5. listening music
  6. industry
  7. voice
  8. durable DJ

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 96-year-old DJ (1) ___________________ broadcasting for over 70 years. Ray Cordeiro hosted his final radio show in Hong Kong. Mr Cordeiro (2) ___________________ broadcaster and a household name for several generations of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided it was time to hang (3) ___________________ on his show. He ended his final programme with (4) ___________________: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much (5) ___________________. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckiest man in the world". He told listeners: "I don't think I (6) ___________________."

Ray Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is known for his (7) ___________________. He played easy-listening music and chatted in English and Cantonese. The Guinness Book of World Records awarded him (8) ___________________ the world's most durable DJ. In (9) ___________________ Hong Kong's most celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names in (10) ___________________, including the Beatles. He said COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said it (11) ___________________ for so many months "in the presence of COVID-19" when he was in the "(12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A96-year-oldDJhasretiredafterbroadcastingforover70years.RayCo
rdeirohostedhisfinalradioshowinHongKong.MrCordeiroisalegendary
broadcasterandahouseholdnameforseveralgenerationsofHongKong
ers.TheveteranDJdecideditwastimetohanguphisbootsonhisshow.He
endedhisfinalprogrammewithhiscustomarywords:"Well,that'sit.Tha
nkyouverymuchfortuningin.Goodbye.Thankyouforcoming."Hesaidh
ewasthe"luckiestmanintheworld".Hetoldlisteners:"Idon'tthinkIhav
eanyregrets."RayCordeiroisaffectionatelycalledUncleRay.Heisknow
nforhistrademarkdeepvoice.Heplayedeasy-listeningmusicandchat
tedinEnglishandCantonese.TheGuinnessBookofWorldRecordsawar
dedhimthetitleoftheworld'smostdurableDJ.InhisroleasHongKong's
mostcelebratedbroadcaster,hegottoknowsomeofthebiggestnamesi
nthemusicindustry,includingtheBeatles.HesaidCOVID-19affectedh
isdecisiontoretire.Hesaiditwasdifficultworkingforsomanymonths"int
hepresenceofCOVID-19"whenhewasinthe"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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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