The Sevillian journalist earned the respect of the profession by presenting film and music programs on both radio and television
The now qualified master of radio and television, Alfonso Eduardo Perez Orozco, died this Thursday after a long illness that erased his memories. Those same generations – which includes the one who writes these lines – did nothing but increase their love for cinema with the legendary “Film Magazine. ” Born in Montellano (Seville), he always showed an immeasurable love for his land, although facing the camera on TV or before the microphones he spoke as if it were from Valladolid itself.
He began his radio experience in 1960, on the Radio Vida station (germ of COPE). There he had “Hit Parade” – then eventually it was called “It’s great to be young.” In this corner, Alfonso Eduardo Perez-Orozco offered both national musical novelties (including flamenco, another of his great passions) and those hits that came from the other side of the Atlantic via Rota and Morón.
His leap to television came in the seventies presenting and directing “Film Magazine” (1974-1981), together with the critic Alfonso Sánchez, Pepe Ruiz, and the charismatic Pepe Ludmir (chronicler from Hollywood) or the great Enrique Herreros in the broadcasts of the Oscars. Listening to the tune of the program – Elmer Bernstein’s theme for “The Magnificent Seven” – was an invitation to enter the world of Hollywood with his shootings, interviews (like the one he made with John Ford) or his faithful appointment to all the national festivals and international cinema.
In San Sebastián he spoke with George Lucas, an unknown young man named Harrison Ford and RD2 at the premiere of “Star Wars”. Tireless worker, during the years this program was broadcast, he combined it at RNE with “Estudio 15-18” together with Marisol del Valle. It so happens that he is the only professional who has received two waves, one for the TVE program and the other for the RNE space.
In addition to the Ondas, he was also recognized with the National Award from the Academy of Music for his work in disseminating flamenco and with the International Press Award at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as the medal from the circle of film writers. After the cancellation of the program, in 1981 he was the director of the 1st edition of the Seville International Film Festival and later (1983-1990) he was in charge of the Puerto de la Cruz Ecological and Nature Film Festival.
On paper, he directed ” Magazine of Cinema ” in which he gave the opportunity to many lovers of the seventh art to show their concerns. In his Seville of the soul, he edited the magazine “Flamenco hoy”, as well as later he conducted “El Arriate” on Canal Sur, about the world of copla and popular culture. Also in the Andalusian autonomous region, he presented “Nocturno”. Today the book of his life has faded to black, but in the memory of all those who knew him and those who love cinema thanks to him there will always be a will continue.