Founded in 2003 with the goal of welcoming and assisting the Italian community in Pittsburgh, Mondo Italiano has become “the” point of reference for anyone passionate about Italy and the Italian culture. Mondo Italiano organizes a variety of different programs such as Italian language classes, art exhibits, concerts, inter-cultural exchanges, cooking demonstrations, trips to Italy, travel presentations and as well as a library full of material in Italian (magazines, books, DVDs, CDs).
Raoul Casadei, king of liscio, passed away on @ 83 on March 13 from COVID-19 complications. Raoul had taken over the Orchestra Casadei from his uncle Secondo, who composed the popular Romagna Mia, in the 70s and helped popularize the music of Emilia-Romagna all over Italy. His son Mirko took over the Orchestra in 2000.
While Italian Sinfonia would love to be back on the air again, a wonderful substitution is Lolliradio Italia, a 24-hour Italian music station, bringing you the best of Italian pop, old and new, from Battisti to Baglioni, Pausini to Mengoni.
Lolliradio also broadcasts 5 other themed stations including Happy, Soft (a mix of mainly English and Italian older adult contemporary tracks – think Lite FM), Dance (DJ remixes), Hits (international hits currently playing on Italian airwaves) and Oldies (a lot of English dance pop from the 70s and 80s).
The station has its own iTunes, Android and Windows app and can also be found on TuneIn so if you’re not by your PC, connect your bluetooth receiver or Chromecast Audio @ home and transport yourself abroad for a while.
A sample of one of the many classics to be found on Italia…
YouTube user Flaniman2 is the man for all classic Italian pop music fans. His channel is dubbed “Tele Ricordi (La TiVù che non c’è più)” and his posts are made up of performances from mainly the 60s to the 80s of classic Italian hits performed live on music and variety shows, with a bunch of international hits sprinkled in.
♫ Ivano Fossati ♪ La Mia Banda Suona Il Rock ♫ Video & Audio Remastered HD