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Jonathan Marks, Director of Programmes, Radio Netherlands, Hilversum, June 1995

The Forgotten Firsts — Remembering Radio Netherlands

Jonathan Marks
Dec 30, 2018 · 16 min read
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Dutch concerts on mediumwave in narrow band FM aimed at the UK

In 1920’s, no-one understood radio propagation

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Radio Kootwijk, near Apeldoorn
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Broadcaster Eddy Startz
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Dutch relay British broadcasts because BBC has no facilities
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Holland hits front page of New York Times 1929
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PHI in Huizen regularly beamed programs to the US
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World’s first rotatable shortwave broadcast antenna
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Understanding Success

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Ship of the Week request programme

The need for Relay Stations

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Tijmstra with the new Lopik transmitting centre in the background
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Radio Netherlands Madagascar relay station is still on the air

Pioneers in Stereo recording

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Engineer Ruud van Steenis at the Neve mixing desk in Studio 11 (1984)

What does the Audience Want?

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Veronica Wilson
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Jose Zepeda from Chile was instrumental in building Radio Netherlands Latin American network of 600 stations.
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Radio Netherlands Caribbean Department
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Soulé Issiaka led the Bureau Afrique Office in Cotonou for well over a decade.
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One of the radio stations in a box 2005

Pioneering Listener Feedback

What the Internet did better

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A Montage of presenters from the 1980’s

What value does the Radio Netherlands archive still have?

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The Radio Netherlands Music department made thousands of hours of high quality recordings
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English Service leaves the airwaves 29th June 2012

Close down as a radio station in 2012

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A lot of valuable material was thrown out or given away as RNW was cleared out from its building because the value was not understood

My preferred future for the Radio Netherlands archives

Will the last two decades be remembered?

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Radio Netherlands Indonesian department made some excellent documentaries in 1990's
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