Voz to celebrate 25 years with Portuguese stars and local awards
SOMERSET — Rádio Voz do Emigrante radio program is bringing in some big names in March to mark its 25 years of service to the Portuguese community. And in the process, the 1400AM WHTB program will recognize one member of the community for each year.
From the guest of honor, renowned Portuguese TV journalist Fátima Campos Ferreira, to multi-platinum album performer José
Cid, the event is expected to attract roughly 1,200 people and fill the Venus De Milo with songs, reflections and plenty of food and dance.
Cid, one of Portugal’s biggest pop singers and composers, will be performing. He has 25 silver records, eight gold and three platinum records to his credit.
“It was very difficult [to book him] because of his schedule and because of his international status and above all because of the high cost,” said Voz do Emigrante founder and director Frank Baptista.
Fátima Ferreira is also a big name. The host of “Prós e Contras” of RTP/RTP International, Lisbon, Baptista called her “the most outstanding and popular journalist who does that special roundtables of pros and cons, which has something in common with what we are all about… informing the community.”
A veteran journalist with more than 30 years experience, she will make the signature address of the evening.
The master of ceremonies will be Monica Villela Grayley, the Unit Chief for United Nations Portuguese Radio.
In addition to Cid, much of the music of the night will be performed by what Baptista calls the “most popular Cape Verdean Band in the region”: The John Miranda Band.
Baptista said that he is very excited about the prospect of recognizing 25 members of the community. The nominees are to be provided by listeners and anyone else who knows of someone who should be heralded.
The Radio Voz do Emigrante Celebration committee will then decide upon the nominees.
“We feel that it is important to recognize people in our community,” said Baptista. “They can be well-known or not well-known. What is important is that they have made a difference in the Portuguese community.”
Tickets for the event, which includes dinner, are $50. The event will take place Saturday, March 16 at 6 pm.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Frank P. Baptista or Helena Silva at 508.678.9727, ext. 38 or 39 respectively, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.