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Launch of Radio Italia Uno at the Marche Club
Radio Italia Uno Adelaide, the new Italian Radio Station, was officially presented to the community two months after its debut in an atmosphere of great celebration at the Marche Club. Over 500 people showed their support through their participation, many of whom chose to support the station by becoming Friends of the Radio. Andrew Antenucci, MC of the event, opened proceedings by welcoming the special guests: Minister Tony Piccolo, representing the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill; Steven Marshall Leader of the Opposition; David Pisoni, Member for Unley; Vincent Tarzia, Member for Hartley; Robert Bria, Mayor of Norwood Payneham and St Peters; Simon Brewer, Mayor of Campbelltown and Grace Portolesi, former Member for Hartley, as well as the numerous representatives of community Associations and Clubs. Entertainment was provided by new emerging local quintet Allegria, who performed a series of well known Italian songs.
After conveying Mayor of Adelaide, Stephen Yarwood and Acting Consul Orietta Borgia’s apologies, President Ted Iuliano addressed the audience by saying: “Radio Italia Uno, has been broadcasting seven days a week from its Adelaide studios since March 1 this year on the frequency 1629 AM. This station came into existence after a long period of reflection of a group of people who are passionate about the Italian-Australian community and look to the future with an eye on the past. The history of the Italian community of Adelaide is one of the most interesting chapters of Italian emigration and for this reason it must always be represented in all its complexity and facets. The voice of Radio Italia Uno will enter your homes with great respect towards you, the listeners, and high regard for your ideas and needs. It is an information project and a service to the community complemented by great music intended to keep you company every day.
“We invite you to visit our studios located at 7/60 West Terrace Adelaide (corner Waymouth and West Terrace) or to call us with your opinions. So far the community has given us so much support and the participation here tonight is a good indication that we are on the right track. I want to clarify that we are not an addition to the programs of Rete Italia, but an entity incorporated in South Australia. We have a contract with Niche Radio, better known as Rete Italia, for the use of 1629AM frequency in our State. I take this opportunity to thank my colleagues on the Committee, all Foundation and Life Supporters, Friends of Radio Italia Uno and all those who have chosen to advertise on our radio. Thank you to everyone who supports us financially and in spirit, without your support this project would never have been possible.
“Radio Italia Uno does not wish to compete with other radio stations. It endeavours to be another tool for the cultural enrichment of the Italian-Australian community and to be of support to the many battles the community will take on to secure its own future. I invite the whole community to take part in this project and help us improve and share this undertaking that we will continue to propel gradually into the future.
“As I said in the first radio broadcast of March 1, I wish to acknowledge one of the greatest members of the Italian community, Mr Luigi Penna, a great promoter of the Italian language and culture that did so much to have a radio station broadcast in Italian in this State. It is for this reason that we have named our studios after him.
“Thank you also to all those who have contributed to the success of this evening: Roberto Ciufoli, President of the Marche Club and his committee, Cathy Papandrea, Manager of the Marche Club, Frank Salzano’s Restaurant Bocelli, Galipo Foods, Avanti Pasticceria, Bottega La Vera, Amadio Wines and the Campania Club. Enjoy this wonderful evening and happy listening to Radio Italia Uno Adelaide!”
Minister Tony Piccolo took the microphone for a brief address, bringing also the Premier’s greeting and best wishes. Minister Piccolo reiterated how important it is to keep the Italian language and traditions and the radio is definitely one of the more effective ways to do so.
The Opposition Leader, Steven Marshall, emphasised his strong attachment to Italy and its traditions, very well represented by the Italian community in our State. “It is amazing that other communities continue to shrink while the Italian community is broadening. The opening of Radio Italia Uno is proof of this. Two radio stations account for a greater variety and choice for listeners, and this is definitely a good thing”, Mr Marshall said.
The evening continued with Program Director Giovanni Di Malta presenting the excellent team of the Radio’s presenters, who introduced their own programs. Programs range from information and news to sports, from music and song requests to regional cuisine, from general health to orthopaedic and psychiatric information, from nutrition to social security. Adelaide Blue Eagles player, Yvan Boyokino, co-presenter of the sports programs on Sunday and Monday, brought the greetings of his team and donated a T-shirt signed by the all the players. This was followed by the introduction of the Radio Committee members and the presentation of certificates to the Foundation and Life Supporters by President Ted Iuliano.
Il Globo, 12 May 2014