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Senin, 28 Januari 2008

RRI pioneer M. Jusuf Ronodipuro passes away

JAKARTA (Antara): M. Jusuf Ronodipuro, one of the founders of state radio station RRI, passed away at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital at about 11:20 p.m Sunday.

He was 88.

Born in 1920, Jusuf suffered a stroke in June 2007 and had been in and out of hospital since then.

According to daughter Fatmi Ronodipuro, the burial will be held at the Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta.

Along with Bachtiar Lubis, Jusuf was the first person to read Indonesia's 1945 Proclamation of Independence on air.

Jusuf requested then president Sukarno make a recording of the proclamation as historical proof of the event. The recording was made in 1950.

Jusuf also coined the "Once on air, it remains on air" slogan of RRI, which remains in use today.

Jusuf held various positions during the Sukarno era such as secretary general of the information ministry as well as a number of assignments to London and United Nations headquarters in New York.

He also served as Indonesian ambassador to Buenos Aires during Soeharto's administration.

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