This research has the objective to study the development of radio broadcasting and musical circulation in São Paulo between 1930 and the mid-1940s. It is not only concerned with the relationship between music and radio broadcasting, but also takes into account how the radio universe was crucial to the construction of what would become known as the popular song in all its cultural complexity. The period corresponds to the deployment of a commercial radio project and the transition to a new cultural scene in the postwar period. Understanding its consequences implies also in evaluating the historical production on the subject, scrutinizing how the memory of the radio was built in the city and questioning the reasons for a certain silence on the subject. On the other hand, it must also consider the peculiarities of the São Paulo radio language, which highlighted the heterogeneity of its social fabric and foreign influences and broadcasts, as well as the tensions between a progressive logic of the construction of the city and the resistances of traditional cultures. With this, we intend to trace the steps of the cultural projects of the city and address the importance of this medium for the imagination of its time, the formation and dissemination of music, and the consolidation of a certain modern, urban and cosmopolitan São Paulo identity.
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