The Sounds of Brazil’s First Show On WNUA

The Sounds of Brazil’s First Show On WNUA was broadcast on July 25th, 1992. Let’s enjoy that show all over again as we celebrate our 30th anniversary!

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A milestone moment.

Three decades is a long time. A long time in our lives, for marriages and careers and especially for radio shows, where the ‘shelf life’ is often determined by the rating book every three months or so.

That’s even more true for commercial radio because both the challenges and rewards are greater. That was where I wanted to be from the beginning. I dreamed of bringing Brazilian music to the largest possible audiences. This week, it’s our first show for Chicago’s Smooth Jazz WNUA 95.5.

Wherever you are listening from right now, online or on the radio, a debt of gratitude is owed to a pair of Chicago radio stations that – 30 years ago – took a chance on a unique and unusual show called ‘The Sounds of Brazil’.

One is today’s flagship station, 90.9 FM WDCB in west suburban Glen Ellyn, where we are heard every Sunday at 2 pm. The other was our radio home for 18 years and the station where this show grew to national prominence: Smooth Jazz WNUA 95.5.

This week, I’ve recreated my very first radio program for WNUA. You’ll hear every song exactly as it was on 10 pm. Saturday July 25th, 1992. I’ve even included our original jingles, too!

1987 was an important year for me and for WNUA. I made my first trip to Brazil in April of that year, and on August 3rd, WNUA began broadcasting an exciting and eclectic mix of jazz, pop and New Age music, which grew to become the Smooth Jazz format.  

WNUA would go on to become one of the most heralded radio stations in America and The Sounds of Brazil grew too; expanding to more than 60 cities coast-to-coast.

The Sounds of Brazil is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, and this milestone could never have happened without the support of many talented people, a musical confluence of coincidence, and more than a little luck!

I will be forever grateful to them and most of all, to you for listening. So, if you missed it the first time, here’s our “first show” again!

You’ll find pictures, stories and more this week on the homepage slider all week long. Check back daily!

Happy Listening,

Scott Adams, Program Host


The Sounds of Brazil’s First Show On WNUA

Hour 1:
Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Latin Lovers<>Lee Ritenour/Festival
Gabriela’s Song<>Dori Caymmi/Dori Caymmi
Serrado<>Nestor Torres/Dance of Phoenix
Special Announcement
Dindi<>Flora Purim/Butterfly Dreams

Set 2:
Introduce Our Next Set
Samba Da Barra<>Azymuth/Tightrope Walker
Baleia Azul<>Victor Biglione/Baleia Azul
Your Smile<>Kevyn Lettau/Kevyn Lettau
Introduce Next Set                           
Barabare<>Sergio Mendes/Brasileiro
Visions<>Leo Gandelman/Visions
Don Quixote<>Cesar Camargo Mariano/Pontas Estrelas

Set 3: The Brazilian Minute: 1967

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Corcovado<>Stan Getz & Gilberto/Bossa Years
Baia<>Walter Wanderley/Next Stop Wonderland Soundtrack

The Sounds of Brazil’s First Show On WNUA

Hour 2:
Set 1:

Summer News<>Antonio Adolfo/Jinga
Welcome To Our Second Hour
Small World<>Ricardo Silveira/Small World
Nos Dois<>Milton Nascimento/Barca Dos Amantes
Suave Chuva (Tender Storm)<>John Klemmer/Brazilia

Special Announcement
Antonio’s Song<>Michael Franks/Dragonfly Summer

Set 2:
Introduce Next Set
The Island<>Roseanna Vitro/Reaching For The Moon
So It May Secretly Begin/Pat Metheny/Still Life (Talking)

Introduce Next Song
Voce E Linda<>Caetano Veloso/Caetaner
Felicia and Bianca<>Oscar Castro-Neves/More Than Yesterday
Anthem<>Full Circle/Secret Stories

Set 3:
Nua Idea<>Gal Costa/Plural

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Next Week: We’ll go back in time to relive Brazilian music’s most amazing year, 1967! This is a musical surprise you won’t want to miss! Please plan to join me for this special show.

I hope you’ll enjoy the program this week, too, and please – tell a few friends about us! It’s always great to share the music.

Whether it’s your radio, your computer at work, or your tablet or smartphone, thanks for tuning in! I really appreciate it, and please tell a friend or two about us.

And don’t forget about our weekly broadcasts in Chicago: Sundays at 2:00 pm Central on 90.9 FM WDCB and

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The Sounds of Brazil’s First Show On WNUA

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