In March 2014, it was exactly 50 years ago that Radio Caroline started its transmissions from the MV Fredericia off the British coast. And beyond that in August 2014, it will be 40 years ago that Radio Veronica and Radio Nordsee International as the most prominent watery wireless stations off the Dutch coast had to close down. This is the reason why we thought that the Radio Day 2014 had to become an even bigger event than usual.

425 people from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Spain, Seborga (Italy), Canada, Mexico, Dubai, the USA, Australia, Thailand and of course the Netherlands visited the Radio Day in Amsterdam on Saturday March 22nd 2014. For the fourth 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 350 visitors in the room.

Hans Knot 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, Peter Harmsen, Jörg Krips, Patrick Ambergen, Meindert Dikboom, Hill Favre, Ben Meijering, Vincent Schriel, Alex van den Hoek, Jan van Heeren, Luc van Heeren, David van der Ven, 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 Tony Currie ("Your Host From The Coast"), Wayne Hepler, Ian Biggar, Nico Steenbergen, Robbie Owen, John Ross-Barnard, Andy Archer, Johnny Lewis, Bob Le-Roi and Ray Clark. Well done guys, much appreciated!

 

The Radio Day 2014 was kindly sponsored by

 

 

This was the March 2014 schedule:

Welcome (commemorating Rob Olthof) with Hans Knot and Martin van der Ven

'The Pirate Radio Documentary'
A video documentary by Wayne Hepler

Swinging to you on 242: Radio Scotland
Ian Biggar (moderator), Tony Meehan, Bryan Vaughan, Pete Bowman

The Sound of Young Europe: Radio NorthSea International (RNI) - Part 1
Nico Steenbergen (moderator), Ferry Maat, Hans ten Hooge, Marc van Amstel, Pieter Damave, Dick de Graaf, Jan Harteveld
The Sound of Young Europe: Radio NorthSea International (RNI) - Part 2
Robbie Owen (moderator), Victor Pelli, Arnold Layne, Robb Eden, Graham Gill, Dave Gregory, Peter Chicago, Michael Lindsay, Roger Kent, Paul May, Peter and Werner Hartwig, Roger 'Twiggy' Day
Easy Listening with Britain Radio and Radio 355
John Ross-Barnard (moderator), Phil Martin, Tony Meehan, Graham Gill, Mark Sloane, John Aston, Patrick Starling
Radio Caroline: The Seventies - Part 1
Andy Archer (moderator), Johnny Jason, Paul Alexander (Rusling), Robb Eden, Don Stevens, Graham Gill, Clive Correll, Elija Vandenberg, Charlotte Ribbelink, Mickey Mercer, Teun Visser, Mike Plumley
Radio Caroline: The Seventies - Part 2
Stephen Bishop (Johnny Lewis, moderator), Stevie Gordon, Richard "Buzby" Thompson (Bob Lawrence), Stuart Russel (Nigel Harris), Peter Chicago, Ad Roberts, Martin Fisher, Marc Jacobs, Cliff Osbourne
The Tower of Power: Radio City
Bob Le-Roi (moderator), Ricky Michaels, Norman St. John, Mike Hayes, RWB (Ross Brown), Dick Dixon, Martin Green, Peggy Knight (Linda Bass)
Radio Caroline: The Sixties
Ray Clark (moderator), Robbie Dale, Keith Skues, Norman St. John, Bryan Vaughan, Gordon Cruse, Mark Sloane, Ross Brown (Freddie Beare), Bud Ballou, Steve Young, Tony Prince, John Aston, Wally Meehan, Alan Turner, Johnnie Walker, David Williams, Roger 'Twiggy' Day, Patrick Starling
Wally Meehan singing "You'll never walk alone"
The Radio Day - A retrospect with Hans Knot and Martin van der Ven

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The Radio Day 2014 Awards Ceremony
with Hans Knot and Martin van der Ven
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For Top Technical Support of Offshore Radio
Carl Thomson [Radio Caroline] (laudation: Keith Skues)

For an Outstanding Contribution to Offshore Radio
John Aston = John/Chris Stewart [KING, 390, Essex, Caroline North, South, 270, 355] (laudation: Greg Bance)

For Offshore Radio Anoraks
Mary Payne [www.radiolondon.co.uk] (laudation: Chris Payne)

For an Outstanding Contribution to Offshore Radio
Ad Roberts [Radio Mi Amigo, Radio Caroline, Radio Monique, Radio 558, Radio 819] (laudation: Ferry Eden)

For Offshore Radio Writers and Historians
Offshore Echo's Magazine (laudation: Martin van der Ven)
Francois Lhote and Robert Magniez (both from OEM/France Radio Club) were substitutionally presented with the award.

For an Outstanding Contribution to Offshore Radio
Andy Archer [Radio City, Radio Caroline, RNI) (laudation: Hans Knot)

 

 

Mark Wesley (Radio Scotland, RNI), Peter Ford (RNI), Philip Hayton (Radio 270, BBC), Dick Klees (Radio Veronica), Peter Philips (Caroline 558), Nick Richards (Caroline seventies and eighties), James Kaye (Radio Caroline in the seventies), Jaap de Haan (Caroline seventies), Richard Jackson (Radio Caroline in 1986/87), John Dwyer (Radio Caroline, Radio Atlantis), Leendert Vingerling (Radio Delmare, tender captain), John Thompson (Voice of Peace), Bill Rollins (Tower Radio), Bob Noakes (RNI, Radio Caroline, Voice of Peace), Jan Veldkamp (Radio Monique), Herbert Visser (Radio Monique), Wim de Valk (Radio Monique), Elly van Amstel (Radio Monique, Radio 558), Edo Peters (Radio Monique), Fred Bolland (Radio Monique), Mark Dezzani, Peter Clayton (Radio Caroline), Jon Myer (Pirate Hall of Fame), René van den Abeelen (radioships.com), Hans Hettelder (radioship models), Ray Anderson (Laser Hot Hits 576), Dennis Jason (Radio Caroline, Laser Hot Hits 576), "Harkie" Paul Harald van Gelder (Radio 227), Frank Leonhardt (Offshore '98), Jan Sundermann (Offshore '98), Sietse Brouwer, Johan Vermeer (Radio Mi Amigo), Albert and Georgina Hood, Brian Cullen, Barry James, Graham L. Hall, Corrado Trisoglio, Mike Knight (Radio Luxembourg), Enda Caldwell (Atlantic 252, Radio Luxembourg), Ad Roland (Petersen), Stewart Payne, Hans Fjellestad, Jonathan Marks, Ruud Kegel, Ren Groot, Ton Vogt, Jaap and Jacqueline Schut (Museum RockArt) were aboard as well.

Radio 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!

 

 

 

Pictures

 


Welcome (commemorating Rob Olthof)

'The Pirate Radio Documentary' by Wayne Hepler

Swinging to you on 242: Radio Scotland

The Sound of Young Europe: Radio NorthSea International (RNI) - Part 1 (Dutch crew)

The Sound of Young Europe: Radio NorthSea International (RNI) - Part 2 (English crew)

Easy Listening with Britain Radio and Radio 355

Radio Caroline: The Early Seventies

Radio Caroline: The Late Seventies

The Tower of Power: Radio City

Radio Caroline: The Sixties

The Radio Day - A retrospect

The Radio Day 2014 Awards Ceremony

A Radio Day 2014 kaleidoscope: "Meet and greet"

The Radio Day Dinner
 

Frank Leonhardt: Radio Day 2014

 

Click here for the total package of 1.919 Radio Day 2014 pictures

© Martin van der Ven, Hans Knot, Theo Bakker, David van der Ven, Ben Meijering, Vincent Schriel, Christian Bergmann, Alan Milewczyk, Frank Leonhardt.

 

 
 

 

Audio Recordings

 

The panels:

Welcome with Hans and Martin (commemorating Rob Olthof)

'The Pirate Radio Documentary' by Wayne Hepler

Swinging to you on 242: Radio Scotland

The Sound of Young Europe: Radio NorthSea International (RNI) - Part 1 (Dutch crew)

The Sound of Young Europe: Radio NorthSea International (RNI) - Part 2 (English crew)

Easy Listening with Britain Radio and Radio 355

Radio Caroline: The Early Seventies

Radio Caroline: The Late Seventies

The Tower of Power: Radio City

Radio Caroline: The Sixties

Wally Meehan singing "You'll never walk alone"

The Radio Day - A retrospect

The Radio Day 2014 Awards Ceremony

 

Some jingles:

Zeezenders 20

Radio Day 2014 - De laatste, de beste

The Radio 2014 Awards Ceremony

 

 

Mark Dezzani's programme on Radio Caroline with interviews from the Radio Day 2014

 

 

 

Extra Gold NL live recordings from the Radio Day (12:00 to 17:00 h)

 

Radio Day 2014 promo (English version)

Radio Day 2014 promo (Dutch version)

 

 

 

 

Videos

 

Alex van den Hoek's amazing 45-minute video in HD quality:

 

A superb video produced by Umberto Fiume and Corrado Trisoglio from Italy:

 

Radio Day 22 Maart 2014 - Het Nederlandse RNI team
Aan het begin van het programmadeel over de Nederlandstalige RNI werd The Man of Action gedraaid. Spontaan sprong het hele RNI team in de houding (video van Ben Meijering):

 

 

Tijdens de radiodag op 22 Maart 2014 vroeg Moderator Ray Clark aan Robbie Dale en Johnny Walker hoe de beslissing genomen was om op 14 Augustus 1967 door te gaan. Luister naar hun antwoord en dat van Ross Brown (video van Ben Meijering):

 

 

Announcement of Andy Archer as recipient of an "Award For Outstanding Contribution To Offshore Radio" - Andy was in the bar at the time and received the award later (video by Lindsey Reid):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even More Pictures

 

Ben Meijering

Jonathan Marks

Vincent Schriel

Mediapages

Radio London website (Mary Payne)

Pirate Radio Hall of Fame (Jon Myer)

 

 

 

Click here for Radio Day pictures from more than 35 years

 

 

Nieuw boek van Hans Knot: Het REM-eiland

Het was op 9 oktober 1963 dat er voor het eerst in de geschreven pers gewag werd gemaakt van plannen te komen tot een commercieel televisiestation, dat vanuit volle zee haar signalen tot de kijkers in Nederland wenste te brengen. In de berichtgeving werd gesteld dat het de verwachting was, dat tegen het einde van het voorjaar van 1964 programma’s, gevuld met amusement en reclameboodschappen, waren te verwachten: ‘Dit nog naamloze station zal in volle zee buiten de vaarroutes worden gebouwd op een platform, zoals deze ook worden gebruikt bij oliewinning uit de zeebodem. Het zenderbereik zal een groot deel van Nederland gaan bedekken. Kanaal en golfbereik zullen zodanig worden gekozen, dat de bestaande verbindingen in het land en het lucht- en zeeverkeer geen hinder zullen ondervinden. De programma’s en de reclame worden verzorgd door de N.V. Reclame Exploitatie Maatschappij, REM, te Den Haag, met als directeur de heer W.J. Hordijk.’



In 2014 is het vijftig jaar geleden dat dit commerciële initiatief van start ging. Ik neem U graag mee in mijn nieuwe boek mee terug naar een periode waarin Nederland nog een behoorlijke conservatieve sfeer hing en midden in de opbouw, na de Tweede Wereldoorlog, verkeerde.
Hans Knot

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