Reinaldo Maria 'Uncle Ray' Cordeiro, 78, MBE, began his working life as a warder at Stanley Prison and had a stint at the bank before boredom led him to apply to the newly opened Rediffusion in 1949. He started as a scriptwriter in the days when DJs had to follow strictly the patter and choice of music of scriptwriters. He moved over to Radio Hong Kong, now RTHK, in 1960, where he introduced live shows, before opting for late-night easy listening in 1970. He says the secret to becoming the world's most enduring DJ is speaking from the heart. I started in cable radio in 1949. I love saying that because of cable TV nowadays. Ever heard of cable radio? Well, I was there. I wasn't allowed to go on air, because I was a scriptwriter. I knew absolutely nothing about scriptwriting. I went to them straight from the Hongkong Bank. When I came back from Macau after the second world war, there were no offices open, only the Hongkong Bank and the government. So I went with a bunch of Portuguese boys to Stanley Prison, where we all became warders. We had a lot of fun, but I gave in when my dad insisted I joined him at the bank. I stayed for four years, but I was bored to my bones. There were no computers in those days. Everything had to be done by hand, and those ledgers were so heavy. Imagine spending day after day just checking names in the ledgers. Luckily, I had started to play the drums in Macau, so I continued with it and formed my own trio. Then Rediffusion started in 1949 and I went to see them. I saw an American boss who offered me a job when I told him I liked music. My starting pay with them was $700. I was getting only $217 at the bank after four years. I almost fainted. I thought they had to be either blind or stupid. I was overjoyed. I started to research all the transcription services for how to write scripts. After three months, I was already quite aggressive. I loved jazz and was scripting a programme called Progressive Jazz. I told the boss I wanted to voice my own jazz programme. That was my on-air debut. I was also scripting pops programmes like the Diamond Music Show and the Shiro Hit Parade. My lucky break came when the director of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation visited and I had him as a guest on my show. I had no idea he knew so many jazz musicians. He had met Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and all those greats. We got along and before he left he told my boss to give me a proper break. So I started to voice all the pop programmes and have never looked back. From there I worked my way up, putting on live shows which were very popular. One regular member of the audience was Emily Lau Wai-hing, now a legislative councillor. She was a very naughty teenager. Lucky Dip was the first live show, with a live band or group and I went around with a box of letters and the kids were allowed to pick a letter and read the request on air. They had great fun being disc jockeys. Emily Lau was one of those who was always grabbing the microphone from me. Another very popular programme was a talent show we had just for army personnel. One young soldier by the name of Terry Parsons won every week, with his versions of Frank Sinatra songs. It got to the point where no one wanted to take part because he always won. In the end we gave him his own 15-minute show, just to keep him away from the competitions. We became friends and when I went to the BBC in Britain for a broadcasting course in 1964, I met him in London. By then he was well-known and had changed his name to Matt Monro. When I finished my course, I went to a friend at EMI and asked him to line up some interviews for me to bring back to Hong Kong. I told him, I wanted to start at the top, with The Beatles. He called Brian Epstein, their manager. I went for the interview, armed with the latest edition of Fab magazine, which was all about them. All four Beatles signed it for me. It's now my life insurance, locked away in the bank. When I came back I took over the 4pm-6pm slot, Monday to Saturday. I became King of Pops. Then in 1970, I started All The Way With Ray, because I wanted a wider audience. Thirty-three years later, it's still going strong. It gained my second entry into the Guinness Book Of Records. I already hold the record for the most durable DJ in the world. The most gratifying aspect of the show is how it is able to bring comfort to the old and sick. Retire? I've never heard of the word. As long as God gives me good health I will carry on. No matter how sick I am, when that light goes on I am cured. The programme is my life.