Spain's voice of radio dies

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9 September 2004, MADRID - Spanish journalist Matias Prats Cañete, the most popular radio announcer during the Franco regime, has died aged 90, it was reported Thursday.

9 September 2004

MADRID - Spanish journalist Matias Prats Cañete, the most popular radio announcer during the Franco regime, has died aged 90, it was reported Thursday.

Considered the master of Spanish radio, Prats had been in hospital in Madrid for months suffering from renal failure.

Prats was born in December 1913 in Villa del Rio in Cordoba. He was the father of one of Spanish television's best-known journalists, Matias Prats Luque.

He began his journalism career in November 1939 at Spanish National Radio (RNE) in Malaga covering football matches, but moved to Madrid during the 1940s.

From 1947-1971, he was the announcer of the News and Movie Documentaries (Spanish acronym: "No Do") reports that praised the government and were obligatory viewing in Spanish theatres during the Francisco Franco regime.

With his poetic broadcasting style, Prats became a sports icon, covering a number of famous matches, including the famous goal by Zarra on 2 July 1950, during the Spain-England World Cup match.

He later said: "Zarra put the goal in the net, and I put it in the heads of the Spaniards."

He was also the icon of Spanish bullfighting broadcasting for many years, and was the last journalist to interview on the radio the great "matador" Manolete before his death in 1947.

Prats worked at Spanish Television from its early years and even during the 1980s and 1990s.

Despite his advanced age, he occasionally covered football matches and bullfights.

He even made a foray into politics in 1971, when he was elected a deputy in the Franco regime's parliament (Cortes).

Prats also won numerous awards, including Spain's prestigious Radio Waves Award in 1955, 1965, 1996 and 1999, as well as the Gold Waves Award in 2003 for "carrying radio to the highest narrative expression and (being) a voice that endures in the memories of several generations of Spaniards."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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