The Radio Day Awards 2007
For every radio enthusiast the year 2007 is a very special one. It
marks not only the 40th anniversary
of the MBOA of 15th August 1967. This resulted in almost all
offshore radio stations around the British Isles ceasing
broadcasting. 1967 also commemorates the 40th anniversary of Radio
Caroline North and South resisting the MBOA a law described by many
as a draconian and blatant attempt by government to erode freedom of
speak. Both Caroline ships continued to broadcast to many millions
of listeners throughout Britain and continental Europe.
This gave reason to the organising team of the Annual Radio Day
Festival in Amsterdam to introduce the "Radio Day Awards", which
in the future
will be a bi-annual event. We give awards to acclaim the
efforts of several special people who stood up for the watery
wireless which brought about free radio without governmental control.
Besides Britain several other offshore radio stations of the 1960s
and 70s (especially Radio Veronica off the Dutch coast) led to the
vast choice in radio that we all enjoy today, thought-out Europe.
These awards go to revolutionary radio people, living and
contributing to the media during this all important period in the
European radio revolution.
The 2007 Radio Day Awards (to be known by the nick name ‘The
Radies’) had 4 categories and were awarded for:
“An Outstanding Contribution
to Offshore Radio” (3 awards)
“Offshore Radio Top Technical Support” (1 award)
“Offshore Radio Writers and Historians” (1 award)
“The Radio Anoraks Award” (1 award)
The celebration of the Radio Awards 2007 was presented by Robbie
Dale and Hans Knot at the 29th Radio Day in Amsterdam on 10th November .
the original audio from the celebration
Hans Knot: A very warm welcome everyone
attending this years Radio day, which is held for the 29th year. It’s very
good to see so many familiar faces from the offshore radio world from the
past. This year it is the very first time The Bi Annual Radio Awards will
be presented. En dus is het me een eer op dit podium te mogen staan samen
met mijn co-presentator, de man die we allemaal kennen als The Admiral.
Ladies and gentlemen give a warm welcome to Robbie Dale…
Robbie Dale: The choice of nominees and selections of recipients in this
premier year was not difficult. It was from a group of the very best in
watery wireless and thankfully most of the nominees are here today So lets
get the show on the go with or 1st award. This famous Dutchman stared many
tungs wagging including mine .he gave me my first radio job in Holland...
Hans Knot: De aller eerste Radio Day Award is voor een persoon geboren in
het jaar 1909 en pas op zijn 50ste betrokken binnen de radio industrie.
Hij is één van de grote bevechters van het omroepsysteem in Nederland. Hij
wist, samen met zijn beide broers en een uitstekend team om hun heen,
miljoenen luisteraars te trekken en met Radio Veronica een merknaam neer
te zetten die nooit is overtroffen binnen de radioindustrie in Nederland.
Een combinatie van zakelijk talent en een aanstekelijke bevlogenheid waren
onze genomineerde persoon, die veertien jaar lang de scepter zou zwaaien
als Veronica-directeur, behulpzaam. Hij vocht, waar mogelijk voor zijn
jongens, het personeel dat hem in die jaren voornamelijk loyaal
beantwoordde. Still at the age of 98 he’s the optimistic person he has
always been. When it was decided that this ‘Radio Day Award for
Outstanding Contribution 2007’ would go to Hendrik Verwey, better known as
Bull Verwey, the organising committee decided it should be a good idea to
asked two granddaughters of Bull Verwey to receive the Radio Day Award in
name of his grandfather. So please a
Robbie Dale: 2nd Radie award It seems that great broadcast engineers are
by nature born with special talent. A few are gifted, like Harry Potter
and grow into great wizards who have the special magical touch. But we
mere mortals, can only imagine how long and how hard they have worked to
learn the special wizardry to become a “Master Merlin of Modulation”.
Because most of you here today in this arena are radio enthusiasts. The
name I am about to reveal will be instantly recognizable. It is a name
almost as well knows as Radio Caroline itself. To those in broadcasting
technology it has become a name synonymous with outstanding achievement.
Especially achievement under extraordinarily difficult conditions. Lesser
men have walked away, some swam away…. …..But this man of our time.”
Stayed on-board,& Stayed on the job”, using his unique talent, tenacity
and no doubt a touch of technical magic time and time again. Getting the
modulation to the nation. He put power up the pole and ….The show on the
road. In this premier year the award for Offshore Radio Technical Support
and watery wireless wizardry is awarded to none other that the man we all
Hans Knot: We have another Radio Day Award in the Category Outstanding
Contribution to Offshore Radio. And this one is going to a Dutch
personality who’s roots in radio are also going back to the sixties, Like
the nominated person for the technical Award this guy tried to get a job
in 1966 on Radio London and even made some jingles for the station, which
he suddenly heard played one morning on 266. Iedere presentator in
radioland heeft ook zijn eigen voorbeeld waarvan hij delen van zijn stijl
overneemt. Zo ook onze genomineerde. Tony Blackburn was zijn groot
voorbeeld en zelfs de one liners van Bessie Balckburn werden opgeschreven
en vertaald en vervolgens weergegeven in het Nederlands in het programma
van de winnaar van deze Radio Day Award. Our nominated person is a very
friendly person who I know for many decades and has the ability – although
very popular with especially the housewives – to take a big distance in
normal live from all related to radio. He must have been a real problem
maker for slow technicians as our nominated person is also very well known
for the wonderful, mostly home made jingles he had in his programs in
Veronica days. He has a more than 35 years long career including offshore
radio station Veronica, TROS Hilversum 3, Cable One and Radio Ten Gold. I
would loved to have Ed the Speaking Horse here to introduce our nominated
Ladies and gentlemen give a big applause to
Tom Mulder also known as Klaas Vaak from Veronica days.
Robbie Dale: 4th Radie award. Today we are paying tribute to some special
radio personalities and recognizing a great contribution of talent to the
media, including tenacity, determination and love of offshore radio. The
next award is for precisely that. A life time of love and dedication to
something radio , rather than someone in radio. This award recognizes the
deep feelings that radio arouses in listeners. Radio is “theatre of the
mind”. Some of us listen as we are doing other things, at work or at
school , in the home whilst preparing breakfast for example. But there are
those among us, who want to pass-on the enjoyment of radio to others.
These special people are also communicators. They listen, make notes,
write articles and books about radio. Yet… Perhaps most importantly they
keep records and maintain archives. Preserving particular periods in the
development of the media to be shared with future generations of radio
enthusiasts. These are the” writers and historians” We know them for there
enduring dedication to all things radio. Especially Offshore Radio. One of
this year’s Radie awards goes to a true radio enthusiast who not only
Loves listens, writes and records radio. but has also worked in the media
for many years. He is the energy behind one of the great radio web sites.
Please join me in acknowledging the countless achievements of “The Pirate
Radio Hall of Fame” and its founder
Hans Knot: "The Radio Day Anoraks Award”: We luisterden in de jaren zestig,
in ieder geval de Award winnaar en ikzelf en vele n met ons, naar Radio
London en Caroline, maar maakten ook uitstapjes naar andere stations. Er
was nog bij lange na niet een jaarlijkse bijeenkomst waar we gezellig onze
hobby, zoals we nu al bijna dertig jaar
doen, met elkaar voor een dag
kunnen beleven. Er waren, op een bepaald moment, wel andere mogelijkheden
tot uiting van je mening. Bijvoorbeeld in Hitweek, een blad waarin de voor
en tegenstanders van respectievelijk Caroline en London bijna wekelijks
hun mening lieten horen. And for those who don´t have the ability to
follow this story in Dutch it´s all about the possibility in the sixties
to give as a fan on offshore radio, the own ideas and
public. In the mid sixties we had here in Holland the publication Hitweek,
which can be compared with The International Times in Great Brittain.
Really an underground newspaper in which fans from Big L wrote as well as
their opposite the Caroline ones. Later on came the FRA and other
organisations with their leaflets. The first English language magazine,
where the reader also got the possibility to write was the PRN. Vanaf 1969
werd dit blad vanuit Nederland uitgegeven en ik vind het nog steeds een
eer dat ik in de redactie van dat tijdschrift mocht zitten. Op die manier
weet ik dat velen van toen nu nog steeds dedicated followers of offshore
Many names I learnt when in the editorial staff of PRN I see
again when sending away my International Hans Knot Report, and our Anorak
of the year is also a reader. Maybe I can say a very silent reader as he
doesn´t reflect. Now and then we see him in the newsgroup Offshore Radio
on internet. His strength is that he has collected all those years not
only recordings, next to the ones he recorded himself on excellent
condition in the sixties and seventies. No, he also collect very rare
songs and still succeeds in building his collection. He goes for it more
than 100% and is very happy when he gets something new, like last year
when I could give him a mint condition of a 1969 single. Dames en heren en
nu het moment dat ik ga vertellen dat onze allereerste Award voor de
Anorak of the Year is toegewezen aan de vanuit de kaasstad Gouda
afkomstige Rob Mesander.
Robbie Dale: Now that I have use up all my eloquent words on the other
recipients of today’s Radies. …….”We now come to the Oscar for best actor”……..Some
of the stages or if you prefer milestones in this persons career sound
like songs or movies., “The Apprentice”. “The Mechanic”. “Young Love”.
“The Car Salesman”. “Pirates of the North Sea” .”The Wild Wild West” .”The
Happy Hippy”. “The Establishment”.” Hooked Line and sinker”. “Rebel,… With
a course”. “The Prince and I”. “ In sickness and in health” “Old Seagogs”.
Never die. He has played many roles, both in his private and public life.
Taking on the reasonability of the character… thus giving the rolls he
played a “special full colour” by using voice an music. A true artist.
Today,he could be receiving “A booker prize” A knighthood, A Grammy” or a
Grandady in recognition of achievements in his life . But today we are
acknowledging and rewarding very special people who made a contribution to
the lives of tens of millions of radio listener. As a direct result of the
contributions made by these special people who filled radio, especial
Offshore Radio with love and excitement, “never to be forgotten”. I am
proud to call the next recipient my friend and colleague and present this
Radie for his outstanding contribution to offshore radio. Ladies and
Gentlemen I give it to
Sir Johnnie Walker MBE.