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 1929 - 70th Anniversary - 1999

Philatelic Commemorative Issue

The "Administración Nacional de Correos"  in Uruguay has issued a set of "Souvenir Sheets" commemorating the anniversary of the Radio and TV National Service

 URUGUAY - ADMINISTRACIÓN NACIONAL DE CORREOS – DIVISIÓN FILATELIA
70th. ANNIVERSARY OF THE SODRE
OFFICIAL BROADCASTING, TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE
Over its 70-year existence, the SODRE has been the governmental service in charge of the promotion of cultural activities in Uruguay. It was created in 1929 as a radio broadcasting service – by then, it was just de Official Service of Radio Broadcasting.
 
 
 
 
Sheet*A* Televisión Channel, Auditorium's new building, broadcasting and Cinematography 
Sheet *B* Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Choir and  Ballet 
 
    Presently, the SODRE comprises four main activity fields: radio, television, entertainment, diffusion and preservation, and accordingly, a new meanining is assigned to the unchanged acronym of the Institution.

    Since 1931, most of the artistic activities developed in Uruguay were staged in its Auditorium – that caught fire in 1971 – and most famous artists from all over the world performed there.

    A Symphony Orchestra, a Chamber Music Group, a Chorus, a Corps of Ballet and a Radio-Serial Cast are the five resident companies of the SODRE.

    The National TV System with a TV Channel in Montevideo has  eighteen relay stations in the rest of the country, and three medium-wave, two short-wave and one FM – with three relay stations in the inland – radio stations.

    The SODRE’s companies perform in the regular concert, opera and ballet seasons.

    Its ‘Museo de la Palabra’ (Word Museum) is the first sound archive in Uruguay, and contains recordings by great figures in the domains of arts, politics, etc.

    Its ‘Archivo Nacional de la Imagen’ (National Archive of Image) counts on a remarkable historical wealth, and produces and shows films and videos.

    Most of the SODRE’s musical treasures – considered the most valuable ever gathered in South America – were lost when the Auditorium caught fire in 1971, but the material has been gradually replaced since then.

    The SODRE – a complex organization covering a wide range of activities – promotes, through both broadcasting and artistic performances, culture all over the country, and is the core leading institution in this field in Uruguay.

    The new Auditorium Complex – at the intersection of Mercedes and Andes Streets, in Montevideo, where the first Auditorium was inaugurated– is about being finished. Its facilities will meet the technical and cultural requirements of nowadays to ideally support the concert, opera and ballet shows.

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(Information provided by SODRE )
 
 
 
Technical features:  Code: 99-39-H  
Date of Issue: October 22, 1999. 
Value: $ 28.- 2 miniature sheets of  $14 each motive. 
Print-run: 8.000 of each motive.  
Design: Gastón Bruno. 
 
First Day Cancel (depicts a  microphone)
 
 
 
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