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Argentina's 'Loony Radio' threatened by hospital closure
By Paul Scheltus in Buenos Aires
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
With no front teeth, Pacotillo is an unlikely radio sensation. And his patter with members of his on-air posse sounds more like a group therapy session than a Saturday show. But then the broadcast is coming from the inside of a Buenos Aires psychiatric hospital. And it is called La Colifata or "Loony Radio".
Thousands of patients at the Jose Borda hospital have picked up the microphone and taken part in this unique radio show, since it started in 1991. They read poetry, discuss sports, music and politics, interview guests or simply sing a song. And millions of Argentines tune in to Loony Radio each weekend to hear their wit and wisdom.
Now this national institution is under threat. Mauricio Macri, the Mayor of Buenos Aires, recently presented a new health plan that would see the city's massive psychiatric institutions disappear within two years. They would be replaced by what he described as more modern answers to mental health treatment, such as halfway homes.
The announcement has spread uncertainty among patients and staff at Jose Borda. They agree the system needs updating and that there should be more effort made to integrate patients into society. But that's what the weekly radio broadcasts do.
Loony Radio was the brainchild of Alfredo Olivera. As a teenage hospital volunteer it occurred to him to tape interviews on topical issues with the patients and broadcast them on a friend's radio show. "The idea was to give a voice to a part of society that has been classified as ill and marginalised," he says.