Fernando de Almeida

Fernando de Almeida presented the Tic-Tac programme on Rádio Renascença, with Dora Maria- The programme’s producer was Tomé de Barros Queiroz. The indicating jingle of Tic-Tac was a ticking clock, ‘tick-tock, tick-tock’, followed by a song of the time. Besides broadcasts from the studio, Tic-Tac was also an auditorium programme, on Thursdays at the Politeama Theatre, with an orchestra conducted by Fernando de Carvalho. On the same station, the programme Despertar às Sete e Meia was also a great success. With Maria Júlia Guerra and Fernando de Almeida, produced by Artur Agostinho, it broadcast all week long from 7:30am to 8:30am. Fernando Rocha came in from Porto, with supplementary notes.

Fernando de Almeida developed his skills at Emissores Associados in Lisbon, a great radio school. Other popular announcers also learnt their trade there, like Artur Agostinho, Henrique Mendes, João Paulo Diniz, Armando Marques Ferreira and António Sala.

Fernando de Almeida also belonged to the Lisbon Parodiantes team, as a sound technician. He would take recorded records of noises for each programme. For example: first track, a horse walking; second track, two horses walking; third track, three horses walking; fourth track, one horse at trot; then, two horses trotting; one horse galloping. There were also noises of cars, planes, shouts. And if it was not recorded, Fernando de Almeida made it. There was a famous orchestra in the United States at that time, that of Spike Jones, playing strange instruments (clappers, bells, bellows, horns), which the sound technician used to illustrate certain situations. Fernando de Almeida did the sound and João Capela recorded the sounds (he also played the character of the Alentejo Local Man). Fernando de Almeida also acted as an advertisement announcer, together with Fernando Quinas, Helena Wolmar and Maria Eduarda Caldas. Sometimes they were a small part of a broadcast.

Author: Rogério Santos, 2021.

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Thanks to António Gomes de Almeida (Eça the Cat), for the images and contextualisation of the text.

Original text with images, at https://radio.hypotheses.org/4219

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