The irreverence and style of Augusto Ferrando to drive catapulted him as the icon of Peruvian television game shows. He was born in Lima on January 15, 1919 and had a passion for discovering new talents, a habit to which he dedicated himself in the program that marked a before and after in future television reality shows: Springboard to fame.
He began his artistic career at the age of 15 as an announcer thanks to his love of horse riding. At his young age, his particular style, vibrant and noisy, could already be noticed, for which he later became a well-known party entertainer, race narrator and commercial announcer. Part of his upbringing was spent in Chile, between Santiago and Viña del Mar.
Augusto Ferrando: a born talent spotter
He was the manager of the comic-musical magazine The rock of Ferrando, which he owned for more than four decades. He toured the most popular places in Lima and the provinces together with a group of artists who would later be part of the most important comedians and soneros in the country: Cesar Ureta, Guillermo Rossini, Pablo Villanueva ‘Melcochita’, Miguel Barraza. Likewise, one of the most valuable voices that Peru had also participated: Lucha Reyes.
His first experience in television hosting came when he was summoned to host The Ladder of Triumph, broadcast on channel 9. It consisted of a game show that made him better known than he already was thanks to his career on the radio. However, it was not until 1966 that his life would change forever with the arrival of the space that left its mark on Peruvian television.
Trampoline’s rise to fame
The iconic program began as a block called Trampoline to fame, from the Ómnibus Perú program. However, before the immense arrival of the public, it became a new format that began to last two hours, which in 1985 were extended to three at the request of viewers.
For 30 consecutive years it was on the air and in prime time on Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, when the number of channels did not exceed four. Likewise, it was one of the few shows that was broadcast live and with an audience in the Panamericana studios during that period.
Although it was considered a game show, its format was also characterized by being a Saturday magazine, which included music and comedy, with satire very present throughout the programming. To enter, viewers had to stand in long queues outside the channel, even from the night before, in order to be part of the public and, hopefully, win the two prizes that were distributed in each edition.
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Every Saturday singers and comedians attended among the various guests. Of the last group, the remembered Felipe Pomiano, better known as ‘Tribilín’, Violeta Ferreyros, Ingerborg Zwinkle, also called ‘Gringa Inga’, ‘Melcochita’, Carlos Álvarez, Hernán Vidaurre or Fernando Armas, who, as the name of the program says , used space as a springboard to start their humorous careers.
He passed away at the age of 80
The ‘Black’ most loved by the poor and most needy said goodbye to television in 1996, on the eve of Mother’s Day, with a variation of his iconic phrase: “One commercial and I won’t come back”. He passed away three years later due to a terminal illness. It was not a surprise that thousands of Peruvians gave the last goodbye to Ferrando in the midst of pain and popular outcry.
He was buried after three days of dramatic farewells in the historic El Ángel cemetery. His colorful clothes, his spontaneity, improvisation to speak and various nicknames for the characters who came to the show, which became hurtful, catapulted him as one of the characters that gave color to black and white television and marked the history of the Peruvian media.