June 18, 2021

Juan Carlos Del Missier, the voice of the sleepless

Sleep four hours a day. He says he doesn’t need more. He made his own wakefulness and that of others an air company that has been in the air for more than a decade and whose “clients” in wakefulness consider essential. Juan Carlos del Missier is the owner of one of the friendliest dictions on the dial, the announcer at 8 pm a week and a break on Saturdays. For many, he is the lord of Radio Miter’s Sundays. For others, the one who achieved the no-dream, an ally.

A little disk, a whispered story and the stormy world of those who cannot sleep seems to be easing. When many think of the late-night industry as an impossible business, the announcer with the French surname keeps betting on the listener of the changed dream.or. It unfolds in a complex mission: to be the gentleman who accompanies during the roast fire the day of the week with the most suicides in the world, and to be – at the same time – the one who calms all those insomniac souls from Monday to Friday.

He was born on January 18, 1955. His first years were spent in the Plaza Constituyentes neighborhood of Santa Fe, in front of a piano that would allow him to obtain the title of professor. The son of a technical construction draftsman, the radio exerted its early background influence, while at his desk, his father, Juan Bautista, worked in a pure silent stroke with plans, protractors, and pencils.

The Santa Fe announcer who has worked at Miter for more than three decades.

The combination of music and ether was a constant. In his youth he studied law at the Faculty of the Coast, was the voice of LT9 de Santa Fe and worked as a distributor of prints and posters for the record companies CBS, EMI and other extinct labels. A crossing with Hugo Guerrero Marthineitz changed the north. The Peruvian was invited to the littoral station and his question knocked down all the certainties. “Why don’t you go try your luck in Buenos Aires? You have to do radio there “, challenged him, invited him into his Falcon and gifted him with a destination.

He was already working at Radio Municipal when he enrolled in the announcing career at ISER. While others took hold of the microphone from the ego, the extroversion, the word aloud, the Santa Fe built his own brand by dint of softness, delicacy when saying, bonhomie. For 34 years it has been one of the lifelong tones that float on Radio Miter.

On the Mansilla station 2668 he began as the voice of a Fulton colony commercial. Later he became a mobile phone writer and wrote and read the news on the news service. In 1988 came the litmus test: one day Juan Carlos Mareco missed the cycle Cordially and “the fireman” Del Missier appeared with his legs shaking, but his fear made up. By 1989 he earned his own space, Latin Night, a radio milestone that had Franco De Vita as its initial godfather. “When Ricardo Arjona played on Florida Street, he went through the program. Raphael or Dyango also visited us. Julio Iglesias himself called and we didn’t believe him. ‘Juanquita, don’t you want to attend me?‘he told me laughing on the air after the production cut him off. “

Del Missier and the personal disco at his home.

Del Missier and the personal disco at his home.

For 1996 another classic arrived, Let’s live life that celebrates a quarter of a century uninterrupted (Sundays from 12 to 14). Mister Del Missier has been the voice of the soccer preview ever since. From overnight -his other product- premiered in January 2010, hours before Sandro’s death. That sad night, with the shock of the news, Juan Carlos carried a bag of vinyl from El Gitano, took it to the radio and prepared to “watch over it” with honors, while his new listeners came crying. “Roberto had spontaneously called the radio months before to talk to me on the air. I have saved that recording and it moves me. He told me that he was walking like María Elena Walsh, ‘like an orange walking from the living room to the dining room with an oxygen tube'”.

-Is the purpose of your late-night program to help the listener to sleep or to help them pass that anguish of insomnia better?

– My wish is that it appeases the anguish, that accumulated sadness. At one time, the taxi driver, the guard worker, was a great companion, but times changed, work began to fail, and the pandemic ended up changing habits: especially at night. And the relationship was strengthened. When everything dies down, when that uncertainty appears, a melody can caress you, a word can dry your tears.

-The broadcasters define the early morning hours as “marginal”. Does that definition make you mad?

-I had great discussions about that. I say: keep with that concept. Let’s use early morning, not marginal. I don’t like that word. How? Is the listener marginal? The early morning is a powerful, impressive strip. It is the wave that allows the radio to always keep going. I maintain that the late night must be powerful. Let’s think about this moment of pandemic: there are the infected who cannot sleep, or those who are afraid of contagion, or those who wait for their vaccine. What a powerful group of listeners waiting for a touch.

The piano teacher who studied law.  (Photo: Alfredo Martínez).

The piano teacher who studied law. (Photo: Alfredo Martínez).

-A perfect album for a desperate insomnia?

-A vinyl of Alan Parsons, I robot, for example. Or Vangelis, the album Spiral and the theme To the Unknown Man.

-Your early mornings have a melancholic imprint. Doesn’t that strip allow you to get out of that state?

– There is a little bit of that, but I play with nuances. A song has bridges. I don’t believe the laughter on the radio every day. And less at night.

-You have a special anecdote interviewing Luis Miguel …

-1992. Dressing room. I was finishing a great show at the National Amphitheater of the Federal District and he received me out of the shower, in slip, with a white T-shirt, all wet and with a hair dryer in hand. He says ‘I could dry your hair a little bit too’. That was cause for laughter and relaxation. And while she was drying her hair, I asked her what she would look like singing tango. He told me: “The idea of ​​singing a tanguito is good, right?” I told him that in Buenos Aires it would be of high impact. The funny thing was that on the next album, Romance 2, singing The day you Love Me. That was a nice, cool Luis Miguel, afterwards it was impossible to chat with him again.

Twenty hours of air per week.  Del Missier, a classic of the early mornings.  (Photo: Alfredo Martínez).

Twenty hours of air per week. Del Missier, a classic of the early mornings. (Photo: Alfredo Martínez).

He owns a collection of almost five thousand vinyls and the hose “we are not going to let you sleep.” His mode has notable influences from the icon he worked with one summer in the ’80s, Mochín Marafioti. He is a Union fan, born a few meters from the stadium and a specialist in memories of that “revolutionary” team from Toto Lorenzo from 1975. Every morning it takes up to 45 minutes to lower his adrenaline and fall asleep after the radio electroshock.

“Why invent hell when there is insomnia?” Asks Amélie Nothomb in one of her novels. Mister Insomnia smiles and proposes to think of the radio vigil as time gained. He does not think about the time change, nor about retirement, he only worries about the non-improvised content of each night and in maintaining the voice: avoid alcohol and help unruly strings by gargling with baking soda and warm water.

“Mine is handmade. I write the stories that I tell, I think if for each text a country music theme, a touch of bandoneon, suits me. I’m interested in detail. In the midst of the hubbub, I am careful which word I choose. And I will never go on the side of aggression or bad language “.

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