Antonio Carrizo, Argentine broadcaster, Died at 89


Antonio Carrizo was born on September 15, 1926, Buenos Aires Province and died on January 1, 2016

He was a noted Argentine radio and television presenter.

Antonio first experience in broadcasting was during his teens at the helm of a transit media vehicle, from which he could be heard hawking Mejoral, a paracetamol analgesic, in the General Villegas and surrounding Pampas towns.

After his year in the military service, he began on the radio as an ad announcer on Radio del Pueblo in 1948.

He later co-hosted a program on one of the most popular station, Radio Belgrano with Beatriz Taibo, in which the duo became known for announcing advertisements in the form of a dialogue.

In 1949, the radio theater producer at Radio El Mundo, Julio César Barton, hired him.

He has worked with some of the leading names in Argentine radio at the time such as Niní Marshall, Tita Merello, and Luis Sandrini, eventually becoming the station’s programming director.

Remaining on the radio, Carrizo debuted on Argentine television in the 1950s on Channel 7, and in cinema as a radio presenter in Luis César Amadori’s El barro humano (1955).

Carrizo was hired by Channel 9 director Alejandro Romay to host Sábados Continuados in 1964.

Carrizo returned to Channel 7 as host of Bienvenido Sábado (Welcome, Saturday), a variety show that aired in 1965, and in the 1970s hosted Primera de la Noche.

Mr. Carrizo was also hosted Cíclo Los Intérpretes (Performers’ Series) on Radio Rivadavia, devoted to folk and classical music, and appeared as a recurring guest commentator on the popular round table program Polémica en el Fútbol (Controversies in Argentine Football).

He received a Konex Award for his career as a presenter in 1981.

Carrizo was named President of the Society of Argentine Bibliophiles, and of the Argentine Chess Federation.

Later, Antonio projects included serving as master of ceremonies at the 1980 OTI Festival, as well as the annual Ciclo Música en la Ciudad (City Music Series), a classical music festival, from 1987 onward.

Antonio Carrizo then joined Juan Carlos Calabró as co-host of the radio comedy series, Calabromas, and its long-running television counterpart: El contra (The Jerk, Calabró’s stock character).

Carrizo had served as Cultural Attaché to the Argentine Embassy in Spain during the 1990’s, and was bestowed the Order of Isabella the Catholic.

In 2008, Carrizo underwent cardiopulmonary bypass and cerebrovascular surgery, then he returned as host of Tangos y Libros, and in 2010 was awarded the Argentina Bicentennial Medal by Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri.

He has over seven decades of work to show, and he earned widespread respect among colleagues and listeners for his authoritative intonation and cultural breadth.

Antonio Carrizo became known as el señor de la radio (“the lord of the radio”) in Argentina.

Antonio Carrizo passed away 89 yrs old on January 1, 2016.