24/10/2002 The restoration of the Santa María Cathedral
was the main subject of discussion during the popular Radio 1 morning magazine.
24/10/2002 On 24 October, Villa Suso Palace in Vitoria became
a radio studio for the day, as the Buenos días programme broadcast
by the RNE National Spanish Radio - Radio 1 moved its entire team to the
Alavan capital in order to emit a special programme on the ´Encounters
with the Cathedral´ initiative organised by the Santa María
Cathedral Foundation. The presence of the RNE formed part of a series of
Radio Open Days inaugurated by Radio Euskadi on 11 October this year with
its programme Boulevard Magazine.
For five hours, the RNE afforded the general public a glimpse of the
behind-the-scenes activity that takes place during the broadcasting of
a radio programme. The restoration of the Santa María Cathedral
was the main subject of discussion during the popular Radio 1 morning
magazine. Antonio Jiménez, director of Buenos días, undertook
to give the audience a blow-by-blow account of this unique project which
has won much international acclaim.
The team directed by Jiménez, which consists of over 20 people,
visited the archaeological excavations and works currently being carried
out in the Old Cathedral the previous day, learning about the history,
problems and solutions proposed as part of the recovery project. All this
was analysed in great detail during the five hours that the programme
lasted, thanks to the participation of a number of key figures.
Buenos días started broadcasting from Vitoria at 8.00 in the morning,
focusing first on political issues and current affairs. From 10.00 onwards,
the programme turned to less serious matters and concentrated instead
on the Old Cathedral. Antonio Aguilar, Provincial Minister for Public
Works and Town Planning and president of the Santa María Cathedral
Foundation, and Gonzalo Arroita, managing director of the Foundation,
explained the basic characteristics of the project.
The programme also featured an audio tour of the building, seasoned with
the humour and congeniality of figures such as Javier Capitán,
Luis Figuerola, José María de Juana, Citizen García,
Oscar Cabero, Carlos Latre and many other professionals.
On 11 October, Radio Euskadi broadcast a similar programme from the new
Visitors Centre, located just next to the cathedral building. The programme
Boulevard Magazine, directed by Almudena Cacho, offered listeners an in-depth
look at the different aspects of the restoration project. Among other
things, the programme featured a live interview with the British writer
Ken Follett, who visited the Old Cathedral the same day in response to
an invitation by the Santa María Cathedral Foundation.