600 on-air serves of Italian
Harvey Community Radio’s first- ever show, Italian language program Musica Viva, has hit a major milestone after airing its 600th show.
Produced and hosted by Angela Vitalone and Mimma Morabito, the show began in June 2004 and has provided a splash of Italian culture across the airwaves.
Mrs Morabito said since she and Mrs Vitalone started the show in June 2004 it had evolved and grown in scope.
“It’s a big milestone and we’re very proud to have achieved that because starting from the beginning we never though we’d get this far,” Mrs Morabito said.
“We still enjoy doing the show on a Wednesday morning and we keep saying we’ll be here for a long time.”
Mrs Vitalone said the pair now had set their sights on reaching 1000 shows.
“Our program is always very good with the kids, we usually have a lot of the kids from the local school that learn Italian so they have the chance to come and talk on the microphone in Italian,” she said.
Mrs Vitalone said the show was about more than just Italian music — it was a celebration of Italian culture.
“We obviously started with a lot of Italian music and some of the local news and news from Italy,” Mrs Vitalone said.
“Then we started introducing a little bit of cooking and recipes, a few interviews this year with guests from Italy.”
Mrs Morabito and Mrs Vitalone said hosting the show was often the only time they spoke Italian.
Mrs Vitalone said she was delighted to have listeners come down to congratulate her and Mrs Morabito during their 600th show on November 7.
Musica Viva producers and hosts Mimma Morabito and Angela Vitalone celebrate their 600th show with Harvey Community Radio.