World´s longest-serving DJ dies after six decades of broadcasting

Ray Cordeiro - Image Twitter Radio Television Hong Kong

Ray Cordeiro, who earned the title of the world´s longest-serving DJ, has died at the age of 98 according to his former employer.

Radio Television Hong Kong said on Saturday, January 14 that Cordeiro had passed away on Friday but it gave no further details.

The DJ retired from the station in 2021 at the age of 97 bringing an end to a career that saw him interview many of the greats in music.

Cordeiro, who was officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest-serving DJ, was born in Hong Kong to Portuguese parents.

He started working in 1960 for Hong Kong´s public broadcaster after jobs as a prison warder and bank clerk. He went on to produce the “All the way with Ray” easy listening programme which was aired on RTHK Radio 3 until his retirement 51 years later.

Cordeiro was proud that his fans who grew up listening to his show remained with him through all the years, at the end taking to the internet to listen after moving away from the former British Colony.

He interviewed many famous musicians but it was his interview with the Beatles in 1964 that made him famous. He had attended a course at the BBC in London and made use of the opportunity to interview the band.

By all accounts, they got on well and even autographed a magazine cover for him, which he says is “probably worth a fortune.”

News stations around the world have taken to the air to mourn the death of the world´s longest-serving DJ.

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