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Record breaking 96-year-old DJ retires






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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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