At least 350 people from England, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Spain and most of all the Netherlands visited the Radio Day in Amsterdam on Saturday 17th November 2012. For the third time, we gathered in the new Hotel Casa 400 in the Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4 in Amsterdam. With its modern facilities and technique, the new building allowed us again to open a big "Radio Day Marketplace" including several stands with offshore merchandise, a bar and most of all enough place to meet and greet. In addition the enlarged "Radio Day Conference Hall" with capable loudspeakers, several headlights and a modern projector meant "easy listening and viewing" for up to 300 visitors in the room.

We started with Sonja van Proosdij who was interviewed by Jan Parent on her memories of the REM-eiland, home of RTV Noordzee in 1964. Jan had arranged an additional video interview with Marc van de Mosselaer, who had served as a technician on that platform. The Flemish impact on Radio Mi Amigo and the VVVR programme on that station were central in an interesting panel led by Walter Galle. "Caroline 558" was the famous offshore station's title during the latter part of the 1980s. 10 former deejays and technicians relived their memories on our podium. "Radio 270, Yorkshire's part of the beat fleet" meant the next nostalgic panel which was moderated by Bob Preedy and completed by singing deejay Mike Hayes. Marconi Oeuvre Award winner Felix Meurders chatted with Bert van der Laan on his impressing radio career. And last but not least, Radio Caroline North occupied centre stage. BBC journalist and Caroline expert Paul Rowley chatted with five former Caroline jocks and expert Andy Wint. Wally Meehan pleased us with two of his Caroline hymns.

Many former (mostly) offshore radio colleagues attended (we do hope we haven't forgotten the one or other). These were Sonja van Proosdij, Jan Veldkamp (Jan Parent), Danny Vuylsteke, Marc Jacobs, Walter Galle, Frans Schuurbiers, Jean-Luc Bostyn, Peter Philips, Mark Matthews, John Dwyer, Peter Chicago, Johnny Lewis, Richard Staines (Steve Silby), Nigel Harris, Dave Richards=Michael Grant, Mick Williams (Ray Clark), Steve Conway, Roger Scott, Mike Hayes, John Aston, Pete Bowman, Bob Preedy, Bert van der Laan, Felix Meurders, Mark Sloane, Alan Turner, Wally Meehan, Andy Wint, Paul Rowley, Jonathan Marks, Andy Sennitt, Paul Freeman, Bill Rollins, Graham Gill, Marc Jacobs, Ferry Eden, Stevie Gordon, Bob Noakes, Hans ten Hooge (Hogendoorn), Peter Jager, Marc van Amstel, Dick de Graaff, Peter Ford, Edo Peters, Herbert Visser, Ad Roberts, Arie Swets, Dick Verheul, Peter de Vries (Wout van der Meer), "Harkie" Paul Harald van Gelder, Ton Vogt, Freddie Schorsch, Jan Sundermann, Martin Green (Groen), Sietse Brouwer, Johan Vermeer (Louis Stuster), Charlotte Ribbelink, Peter Clayton, Albert and Georgina Hood, Brian Cullen, Barry James, Graham L. Hall, Ruud Kegel, Mike Knight, Klaas Vaak (Tom Mulder), Ad Petersen (Roland).

Hans Hettelder proudly presented his superb radio ship models. Museum RockArt offered a splendid kaleidoscope of radio merchandise.

Extra Gold NL broadcast for 7 hours live from the event. During the recent years, Extra Gold NL has definetely become a Radio Day mainstay!

Hans Knot, Rob Olthof and Martin van der Ven would like to express their thanks to everyone who attended the Radio Day making it a huge success again! And most of all we would like to say a big thank you to our vital "helping hands" Jan-Fre Vos, Jörg Krips, Patrick Ambergen, Meindert Dikboom, Hill Favre, Ben Meijering, Jan van Heeren, Luc van Heeren, Ulrike van der Ven and Jana Knot-Dickscheit. Without you we would have got totally stuck. Last but not least many thanks to our moderators Jan Parent, Walter Galle, Steve Conway, Bob Preedy, Bert van der Laan and Paul Rowley, well done guys, much appreciated!

 

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Pictures


Het REM-eiland - een avontuur op poten
Sonja van Proosdij in gesprek met Jan Parent
Video interview met Marc van de Mosselaer

Radio Mi Amigo: Vlaams op z'n best - De Vereniging Voor Vrije Radio
Gesprekken met Marc Jacobs, Danny Vuylsteke, Frans Schuurbiers en Jean-Luc Bostyn. Moderator: Walter Galle

Europe's Best Music - Caroline 558
Peter Philips - Mark Matthews - John Dwyer - Peter Chicago - Johnny Lewis - Richard Staines (Steve Silby) - Nigel Harris - Dave Richards=Michael Grant - Mick Williams (Ray Clark)
Moderator: Steve Conway

Yorkshire's Part of The Beat Fleet: Radio 270
Roger Scott - Mike Hayes - John Aston - Pete Bowman
Moderator: Bob Preedy
Video: Greetings from Don Robinson
Mike Hayes singing: "I Fell In Love With A Snowgirl"

De Meurders Methode
Bert van der Laan in gesprek met Felix Meurders over zijn radiocarrière

The Big Wide Wonderful World of Radio Caroline North
John Aston - Mark Sloane - Roger Scott - Alan Turner - Wally Meehan - Andy Wint
Moderator: Paul Rowley
Wally Meehan singing "The Ballad of Radio Caroline"


A Radio Day 2012 kaleidoscope: "Meet and greet"
 

© Martin van der Ven, Theo Bakker, Werner Tschoepe, Edward Waterson, Jan Parent and Vincent Schriel

 
 

 

Audio Recordings

 

Welcome with Hans and Martin

Het REM-eiland - een avontuur op poten

Radio Mi Amigo: Vlaams op z'n best - De Vereniging Voor Vrije Radio

Europe's Best Music - Caroline 558

Yorkshire's Part of The Beat Fleet: Radio 270

De Meurders Methode

The Big Wide Wonderful World of Radio Caroline North

Farewell with Hans, Martin and Rob

 

 

 

 

Videos

 

Alex van den Hoek's superb synopsis (40 minutes in HD quality):

REM Island 2.00
Johann Vermeer (Radio Mi Amigo 272) interviewed on Extra Gold 6.55
Radio Mi Amigo panel 8.50
Caroline 558 panel 16.00 (includes Peter Philips talking about climbing the mast during the hurricane)
Radio 270 panel 23.10
Ad Roland interview on Radio Extra Gold 29.40
Felix Meurders interview 31.20
Radio Caroline North panel 33.50
Some of the panels have an introductory interview with the chairman and there is also some of the photos, video material shown during each one.

 

Click HERE for 15 different videos (almost all in HD quality)

 

 

 

 

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Extra Gold NL broadcast live from the Radio Day 2012 in Hotel Casa 400:

11u-12u met oa Sietse Brouwer, Jean-Luc Bostyn en Johan Vermeer
12u-13u met oa Mark Sloane en Rob Olthof
13u-14u met o.a. Hans Hogendoorn als Nieuwslezer, Tom Mulder en Rene Verkerk
14u-15u met oa Bernadette als Nieuwslezeres, Ad Roland en Peter de Vries
15u-16u met oa Edo Peters als Nieuwslezer en over Radio 819 en Hans & Ger van Unique FM
16u-17u met oa Rene Verkerk en Wim de Water
17u-18u met Peter Jager als Nieuwslezer, Felix Meuders en Jaap Schut

Luister naar de Radio Day 2012 promo (NL)

Listen to the Radio Day 2012 promo (ENG)

 

 

 

 

Even More Pictures

Ben Meijering

Vincent Schriel

Extra Gold NL

Mediapages

Theo Bakker

Frans Schuurbiers

 

 

 

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