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Older: Our 25th Anniversary Special


Published: 04/05/2017

by Scott Adams


Program #1297 - 'Our 25th Anniversary Special'

This show airs daily from 04-05-17 through 04-11-17 Monday-Friday at 7am, 3pm, 6pm and midnight Central Time (US). Weekends, too.

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Sure feels great to be 25 again!

Looking back is something I don’t do often – there’s simply too much to look forward to. But with The Sounds of Brazil turning 24 this week, I thoght it would be fun to capture the essance of our very first radio broadcast by recreating the playlist from April 5th, 1992. Meanwhile, here are a few timely tidbits: 


The Sounds of Brazil's 25th Anniversary StoryStream at

StoryStream: Our 25th Anniversary

25 years is a long time for any radio program and we've collected a lot of great stories,

memories and music along the way. Click here for our StoryStream and check back often.



Friday's Brazil Back2Back features two-in-a-row from Luciana Sousa -  with Oscar Castro-Neves and James Taylor.  Listen at the top of the hour at 11 am and 2 pm CT, exclusively on our streaming station. Who eles does this sort of thing?  Daily Listening Guide.

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Sunday's Brazilian Brunch serves up a birthday buffet of the best songs from singer Rosa Passos, just days ahead of her birthday. Relax and recharge with us, only on Sundays at 5 am, 9 am and 2 and 8 pm Chicago time and only on The Sounds of Brazil webstream. 

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Like us on Facebook:  There's always something musical going on with our Facebook page for The Sounds of Brazil, and it's easy to enjoy Brazil Club's fan page too. ‘Like’ them both, so you won’t miss any of the sun-season fun we’re planning for you!

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Click over to the Brazil Club Lounge page. Check out our latest poll question, browse our real time, interactive playlist and drop a not in the Chat Box. The music plays as soon as you click the link, so... happy listening! 

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Our Facebook fan page is growing every week! Join other fans and friends of The Sounds of Brazil on our Facebook page. It's easy to enjoy Brazil Club's fan page too. ‘Like’ them both, so you won’t miss any of the sun-season fun we’re planning for you!

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This week’s show:

My Producer's Notes


The Sounds of Brazil made its broadcast debut on 90.9 FM WDCB 24 years ago. We'll celebrate by recreating that very first playlist in the exact order it was presented on April 5th, 1992.

The time was right. Many of today's established Brazilian jazz stars were just starting out with their careers, and several had already been signed to Verve Records by virtue of their years at Berklee School of music in Boston. Sometimes I still wonder if there was 'cap and gown' moment for Leo Gandelman, Toninho Horta, Claudio Roditi and Ricardo Silveira. What a picture that would be!

On the radio side Jazz was in full bloom, riding on a pop trend started in the 70's which gave rise to the careers of the new jazz generation, like Chuck Mangione, Grover Washington, Jr and Pat Metheny. The New Age format arrived in 1987 to give a spot on the dial for Baby Boomers to discover.

And The Sounds of Brazil found its place.

The show spent a relativity short time with WDCB initially. I had my sights set on WNUA, which was my radio home in Chicago for 17 wonderful years. A brief run with WLFM followed before I returned home to WDCB three and a half years ago to anchor Sunday afternoons at 2 pm.

As the Smooth Jazz format grew in popularity, so did our affiliates list which brought The Sounds of Brazil! to fans in more than 60 cities inthe US, Caribbean and Central America. Today, our show reaches more than 1,000 cities around the world with our 'Always Live' 24/7 streaming station, and it's still growing, thanks to the creativity of the musicians and the passion of our loyal listeners. After having the privilege of hosting this show for 22 years, somehow the words 'thank you!' seem woefully inadequate to express my deep appreciation to you.

And I'll be forever grateful to WDCB's Ken Scott, Scott Wager and Dan Bindert, and WNUA's Lee Hansen, John Gehron and Rick O'Dell for the incredible support they have shown me over the years. 

The music from that first show is telling: many of these songs are still part of our playlists today due to their popularity of the years. And unlike most radio stations, where the music is selected by automation software, The Sounds of Brazil has always been programmed 'one song at a time' - to show off the emotion of the music in its best possible way. I recall agonizing over each song for that critically important first show, and it's no different today.

Except for this week, where the hard work was done more than two decades ago, allowing us to kick back and relive how it all began with our 1,297th consecutive weekly show, er, I meant ‘Program #1’ for The Sounds of Brazil! 

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'The 25th Anniversary Special - Our Very First Show' 

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Mountain Flight<>Toninho Horta/Diamond Land

Saci<>Astrud Gilberto/Plus

Only A Dream In Rio<>James Taylor/That’s Why I’m Here

Special Announcement



Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Ainda Lembro<>Marisa Monte/Mais

Gabriela’s Song<>Dori Caymmi/Dori Caymmi

Serrado<>Nestor Torres/Flight of Phoenix

Introduce Next Song

Sun And Rain<>Ricardo Silveira/Small World

Brazilian Love Affair<>George Duke/Brazilian Love Affair         

Anthem<>Full Circle/Secret Stories


Set 3:

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Leva E Traz<>Ivan Lins/Awa Yio



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Hour 2: 

Set 1:

Bein’ Cool<>Djavan/Puzzle of Hearts

Sorte<>Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso/Gal Costa

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Dança dos Meninhos<>Milton Nascimento 

Garoto<>Carlos Barbosa-Lima/Brazil with Love

Your Smile<>Kevyn Lettau/Kevyn Lettau

Introduce Next Song

Distant Horizon<>Kenia/Distant Horizon

This is for Luisa<>Trio Da Paz/Brasil From Inside 

Set 2:

Introduce Next Song

Carly & Carole<>Deodato/Prelude 

Serra do Luar<>Leila Pinheiro/Novo Millennium

Spirits Of The Forest<>Leo Gandelman/Visions  

Introduce Next Song           

Edge of the Night<>Paulo Ramos & Shelby Flint/Futuro            

Catamarca<>Max Groove/Aqua Frio


Set 3:

Tin Tin Por Tin Tin (Little By Little)<>Joao Gilberto/Amoroso

Tender Storm<>John Klemmer/Brazilia

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Next week With April being Brazil's 'Discovery Month' (Cabral claimed the land for Porugal on April 22nd, 1500), we'll do some musical exploring of our own with the best of 'The Best Compilation Albums'.

I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please - tell a few friends about us on WDCB, and the new It's always great to share the music.

Always a pleasure,

Scott Adams

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Featured Station Broadcast dates: 

04/05 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

04/07 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

04/08 11:00 pm ET Saturday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

04/09 10:00 am ET Sunday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

04/09 10:00 am ET Sunday: Mix 105

04/09 12:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

04/09 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

04/02 5:00 pm ET Sunday: Downtown Dayton Radio

04/02 8:00 pm ET Sunday: WHJZ New Buffalo

Daily @ 7 am, 3 pm, 6 pm & midnight CT:

Orlando listeners: The Sounds of Brazil returns to Orlando FL beginning Saturday May 15th on Brasil Radio, 93.1 FM and 810 AM!

View our complete daily broadcast schedule here.

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