96-year-old DJ bids farewell in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) – After more than seven decades in radio, a 96-year-old Hong Kong DJ bid farewell to his listeners with Time to Say Goodbye, sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

“Well that’s it. Thank you very much for tuning in, goodbye, thank you for coming,” Ray Cordeiro said in both English and Cantonese before signing off ahead of the 1am news.

It was the coda to a radio career that began 72 years ago, and a more than 50-year run for his show All the Way with Ray, which started on public broadcaster RTHK in 1970. Along the way, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Tony Bennett, the Beatles and Cliff Richard and nurtured rising Hong Kong pop stars such as Sam Hui.

DJ Ray Cordeiro and his wife with Sam Hui. PHOTO: AP