I recently posted about this in the goings on thread, but I’ve finally uploaded the first of several tapes I digitized when I visited my grandpa over the holidays. He had a radio show in Provincetown, MA in the early 80’s where he played Portuguese classics and contemporary music for the local immigrant community. There’s some great stuff in there!
This episode’s first half is classic fado type stuff and the second half has some AMAZING new wave and pop stuff. Here’s the description I wrote for soundcloud:
My grandfather, Antonio Ferreira, created a radio show called Lusíada in the early 80’s in an effort to connect the Portuguese immigrant community of Provincetown, Massachusetts with the music of their homeland. He played both classic and contemporary music he gathered on his yearly trips back to Portugal. He also used the show to inform the community of local news and events.
At the time, he also owned the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery. Because his show aired in the afternoon while he was working at the bakery, he always recorded episodes at home in advance. He had a complex audio setup so he could play his records and tapes, and record his interludes using his own microphones. He output everything to a reel-to-reel tape that he delivered to the station.
He kept these tapes afterwards, and he still has boxes of them in his house. I recently visited over the holidays and digitized a selection of them, including this episode.
Check out the great new wave punk song at 30:25 - Amor by Heróis do Mar. My grandfather seems to have played this and the following track at the wrong speed, but I actually like it better that way. I’m not sure whether he did this intentionally or whether he just wasn’t familiar with new wave and thought it was supposed to sound like this.