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Saturday, February 18, 2006


As I started to prepare this week's Maltese music podcast, my thoughts kept taking me back to the many memories I have of my departed friend and former colleague Charles Arrigo. Most of them are too private to publish on my blog...even though I hinted at some of them in my post about his passing last Monday.

Yesterday, fellow blogger David posted a comment on my blog entry about Charles Arrigo and it became obvious to me that instead of my weekly music podcast I had to release one of three interviews I recorded with Charles back in 1990/1991. All three interviews are from the radio series Il-Fil tat-Tiġdid, which I produced right after the closure of Malta's cable radio service and the dawn of cable TV in the Maltese islands.

I've chosen to podcast the first of these three recordings I made with Charles Arrigo back when we worked together on a daily basis. He was the first official guest on the series; fellow broadcaster Charles Xuereb was an unofficial guest because the two of us had just finished co-producing/presenting our own take on the popular 20 Questions game show, with a series of live broadcasts on Radio Malta 2 every Saturday morning. Charles Arrigo had also taken part in that live series, as a substitute host for Charles Xuereb during a couple of broadcasts, but his name is the one that remains associated with what is possibly the most popular radio game show to ever grace the airwaves in Malta.
Charles Arrigo leading a recording of Hawn Haga in 1957In this picture on the left he appears during one of the first recordings made in 1957 at the Rediffusion studios in Valletta. The panel in that first series, entitled Hawn Ħaġa, included the actress Ineż Soler, her husband Guido Saliba, and Alexander Cachia Zammit.

Mużika Mod Ieħor returns next weekend with the 12th podcast in the series, even though that may prove to be a little tricky since I'll be in Malta over the next two weekends. More about that in the coming days, right here on my blog.

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