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3 questions to…Daniel Perez, founder of Radio SCOOP

Episode 15. On April 5, 1982, Radio SCOOP began broadcasting in Lyon, taking advantage of a law passed a few months earlier, ending the state monopoly on audiovisual. Daniel Perez, its founder, remembers.

This week, Radio SCOOP celebrates its 40th anniversary. A few months after the arrival of François Mitterrand at the Élysée, on November 9, 1981, the deputies voted a law authorizing local radio stations to broadcast on the FM band. It is the end of the state monopoly on broadcasting. Until then, only public radios were authorized, so-called peripheral radios (Europe 1, RTL, RMC) broadcast from Luxembourg, Andorra or Monaco. As early as 1982, 2,000 radio stations were listed, including Radio SCOOP, whose first broadcast was on April 5, 1982.

Radio SCOOP: Can you come back to the genesis of Radio SCOOP?

Daniel Perez : “In 1981, I felt very quickly that a new horizon of freedom was going to be made available to us and that we had to take advantage of it. I was self-taught, I knew nothing about this profession (Editor’s note: Daniel Perez was working in insurance at the time) I started to study, then I looked for a site to broadcast and I found Mont Cindre in Saint-Cyr-au-Mont d’Or (Rhône) to install the transmitter , as well as premises to be able to do the studios and one thing leading to another, I created Radio SCOOP with a friend, who is no longer there and to whom I would like to pay tribute who was Albert Artiaco (Editor’s note: founder of the working group temporary Ecco, which became Adecco). For the record, the transmitter was installed on the roof of his mother’s villa”.

Radio SCOOP: how did you build the program and the broadcasts?

Daniel Perez : “I immediately had the will to hire the best animators. At the time, there was no school for animators, there were just young people who were gifted for the radio, I So I looked in high schools and I started building my team like a football coach. I was meticulous and a perfectionist, always present and even, in a pinch, vis-à-vis my employees, I was a pain in the ass. Since the creation of Radio SCOOP, I did not know in detail the evolution of this profession, but I knew that it was going to be a great revolution, in particular in terms of proximity and history proves me right”.

Radio SCOOP: Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel?

Daniel Perez : “No, never! But we had difficult times. Because we must remember that the law forbade us to advertise, so we created Radio SCOOP with our own money, there was no revenue We had to wait for a law in 1986 to allow us to start advertising.

We’ve held hundreds of events and it’s hard to remember them all. The greatest artists have come to us. But we can mention, the first plateau in France of Celine Dion, it was in 1983 at the fair of Lyon. In 1984, Patrick Bruel is still almost unknown and we are among the first to play his title “Tired of this girl“. The Jacksons came to our house too, Jermain Jackson with Pia Zadora.

What pleases me is that 40 years later, Radio SCOOP remains a local radio, a regional radio*. We never wanted to expand to Paris, because what I think doing radio from Paris for the big cities was not possible. Even today, radio is the media of immediacy and nothing will replace radio”.

* Radio SCOOP also broadcasts in Saint-Etienne, Roanne (Loire), Le Puy-en-Velay, Yssingeaux (Haute-Loire), Aubenas (Ardèche), Bourg-en-Bresse, Valserhône (Ain), Mâcon (Saône-et -Loire), Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) and Vichy (Allier).

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