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Friday June 27th 2003
Hans Knot reporting from the Dutch radio scene:
It's already June 26th and the last edition of the international report for this month. In the second report this month I mentioned the link between radio and
train spotters. In some books can be read that Boom Boom Brannigan on Swinging Radio England had his own model train imported from the USA. His former colleague Roger 'Twiggy' Day wrote me that he has never seen a train in the hole of the Laissez Faire. So one of the many 'stories' in the history of Offshore Radio was a false one. But there was
another guy who responded on the trains. Steve wrote me to say: ' Thank you for sending me the latest report. Are you saying that some of those cool Caroline DJs were in fact "train spotters". It makes me feel a little bit better about my own anorak tendencies. Twenty-five years ago I worked for the then British Rail as a surveyor based at Paddington. I can assure you there's nothing very romantic about standing next to a railway line with an express train charging by at 90mph - especially if a passenger chose to flush the loo at that very same instant! Still, that could explain a plug on Caroline for the North Norfolk Railway - a local enthusiasts line - which cropped up on an air-check from March 77 - remember that? I'm not surprised you didn't remember the plug, it was just one of those announcements that the DJs read out, rather than a properly produced add - I only remembered it after hearing it on a recording of
'Conditions on the road are bad, so if you are just setting off for work, leave a little earlier.' DJ Kelvin O'Shea . In fact on another recording I have of him from February 1977. James opens up the station at 10am by announcing: 'This is Radio Caroline broadcasting from the MEBO 2' - so he obviously hadn't changed very much!' Thank you Steve.
It was my good old friend since the late seventies, Ron C Jones, who wrote from Ontario in
Canada: 'Greetings from Canada's number one Radio market. Not too much to report this time my friend. 92.5mhz, which started broadcasting as CISS (KISS 92.5) with a Country music format and then switched to Urban/CHR after 2 years, has been sold and is now broadcasting as 'Jack FM' with a 70's/80's mix of music, there are no! jocks at this time and no commercials. Just music, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1050 CHUM is still on air, with a 'Oldies' format, but the listener's are few, so there may be a format change again? 1150 CKOC, which is located in Hamilton, has a much better mix of 'Oldies' but reception is poor/average from my location. 107.9 FM, which used to be a great Oldies station but switched to Urban/Rap music has switched formats again to Classic Rock and sounds 'tired & boring' (to my ears, anyway), perhaps I am getting *Too Old?*. Strange as it may seem, this Radio market does not have a Radio Station targeted to Teenagers/Young Adults? But the more things change, the more things stay the same! I hope all is well in Groningen. Ron.'
Another good friend who appears on a regular base in this report is Leendert
Vingerling. He's trying to find everyone he ever met on his trips as the tender king to the Ross
Revenge. On June 22nd he wrote me that he found, with thanks to the
internet, again one old guy: 'With thanks to Walter Zwart, who found a message from him in his guest book from
Fergus Penman (Fergie McNeill). Well I decided to write him at
once. And he came back with the following answer about the things he did during the past
years. 'After I went back to England, I studied to go to university and ended up with a master's degree and a teaching certificate and developed an interest in Asia and was offered jobs in several countries but decided Thailand would suit me
better. I am single but you never have to be single in Thailand if you don't want to! I have never seen so many beautiful
women, but the best thing is the people, they are always smiling and happy and
friendly. The food is great, and the climate, especially in the deep
south, where I am, it is hot every day of the year. I never ever need to wear a
jacket. The scenery is amazing too I am teaching English to postgraduates at a southern state
university, and will probably remain here for the rest of my life. After 3 years I couldn't imagine
Readers in the Birmingham area should tune in their radio set on weekdays between 7 and 10 PM as Caroline Martin is presenting the Evening Show on BRMB. Caroline worked on Radio Caroline in the eighties and brought a warm atmosphere on the Ross Revenge..
Wednesday June 25th 2003
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Sunday June 22nd 2003
Last week, I went to visit the founder of the Voice Of Peace, Abie Nathan in an old age home "somewhere in Tel-Aviv". Contrary to reports and rumours that Abie had died, I can tell you that he is very much alive.
His condition is not good, and he is confined to a wheelchair. His speech is a bit slurred, but his memory is still sharp, and remembers events that happened years ago.
Abie is now 76 years old, and I am sure that we all wish him a long life. If any of you who once knew him, want to pass any messages on to him, you may do it through my e-mail address (email@example.com). I don't promise any answers from him, but I will pass the message on to him the next time I see him.
Tuesday June 17th 2003
|Knesset Legal Counsel "Clarifies" Arutz-7 Ruling
Knesset Legal Counsel Anna Schneider has essentially withdrawn her decision of yesterday that led to the ejection of an Arutz-7 reporter from a Knesset committee session. Knesset Law Committee Chairman Roni Bar-On of the Likud threw out Arutz-7's Haggai Seri from the session, claiming that Schneider had ruled that Arutz-7 was illegal. This, despite the fact that Bar-On had been interviewed several times on Arutz-7. Last night, however, Schneider released a statement explaining that she objected only to Seri's presence at a hearing dealing with Arutz-7. Seri and Bar-On were to get together this morning for an "amends-making" meeting.
From the Arutz 7 Internet Daily News Update:
LIKUD MK THROWS OUT ARUTZ-7 REPORTER
Knesset Law Committee Chairman Roni Bar-On (Likud), an attorney who has been interviewed more than once on Arutz-7, threw out an Arutz-7 reporter from today's committee session. As the session started, veteran Arutz-7 Knesset correspondent Haggai Seri, who has covered many Knesset committee sessions, was summarily ejected from the conference room at the behest of Chairman Bar-On. Bar-On claimed that he was acting at the behest of the Knesset legal counsel, who stated that Arutz-7 is not legal. The Knesset voted on Feb. 23, 1999 that Arutz-7 should be granted a license - but the Supreme Court, in an unprecedented decision, later overruled the law,
forcing Arutz-7 to continue broadcasting from the sea.
Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin said afterwards that Arutz-7 cannot be described as a pirate station because its transmissions are broadcast from the ocean. MK Sha'ul Yahalom (NRP) said that Arutz-7 broadcasts to hundreds of thousands of listeners and has long become a legitimate institution. Likud MK Ayoub Kara said that a Committee Chairman does not have the authority to determine whether a given reporter is allowed to work in the Knesset.
Same story, but from the Haaretz online Newspaper edition:
Arutz Sheva reporter removed from Knesset discussion <<...>> <<...>>
<<...>> <<...>>The chairman of the Knesset House Committee, MK
Roni Bar-On (Likud), on Monday ordered the removal of Haggai Seri, the Knesset correspondent for the right-wing Arutz Sheva (Channel 7) radio station, from a committee meeting, on the grounds that the station broadcasts without a license.
<<...>> The move came after Labor MK Shalom Simhon noticed the reporter was recording during the meeting to discuss the government's economic plan.
Simhon said it was unacceptable for a reporter working for an illegal radio station to be present during such meetings. Following a very brief consultation with Knesset legal advisor Anna Shneider, Bar-On ordered Seri's immediate removal, despite the fact that he holds a government-issued reporter's permit, and has been a Knesset correspondent for the past four years.
There was no objection to the decision from right-wing MKs participating in the meeting, among them Nissan Slominski (National Religious Party), Eliezer Cohen (National Union), and Likud MKs Omri Sharon, Inbal Gavrieli, Daniel Benlulu and Gideon Sa'ar.
"I'm not sure the committee chairman should have acted as he did," Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) commented, "but I will back any decision reached by any committee chairperson, so long as it's devoid of political interests."
Rivlin added that the radio station broadcasts from international waters, and therefore is not breaking any laws.
Among the harsh responses from the right-wing, deputy Education Minister Zvi Hendel (National Union) said that as long as the legal status of the radio station remains unsettled, the station is broadcasting from international waters, and paying royalties as required, it is not breaking any laws. Shaul Yahalom (NRP), outraged by the removal of the reporter, claimed that Arutz Sheva is an important media body that reaches thousands of listeners, and has long been legitimate.
MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) called on Rivlin to prevent Knesset access for Arutz Sheva reporters, claiming that by cooperating with the reporters, the Knesset is taking a position contrary to the recommendations of the attorney general, and contrary to the law.
Seri, who reports for an internet site affiliated with the radio station, regularly attends House Committee discussions, and often interviews ministers and MKs.
"I'm a regular journalist, and do my job," Seri said. "It is unheard of for anyone to bar a reporter holding a government-issued permit. It's a blow to the freedom of the press."
Sunday June 15th 2003
Hans Knot reporting from the Dutch radio scene:
to this second edition of my international report in June. You will be
astonished by reading this bulletin and think that Dutch people are
really made. Last time I wrote about the fact Radio 10FM didn’t get a
licence from Dutch authorities. But a lot has happened since.
to a Johnny Walker jingle from
Swinging Radio England!
In July we will back with the next report. Keep on loving radio!
Tuesday June 3rd 2002
Een commentaar door Rob Olthof (SMC):
Wow, Radio London komt eraan
Radio London komt na 39 jaar weer terug in de ether. Het legendarische station kwam kort voor Kerstmis 1964 in de lucht en tienduizenden hoorden haar zwanenzang op 14 augustus. 1967. Omdat Big L op toppunt van zijn roem uitzenden werd verboden door de Britse overheid, begon de legende 'Big L' pas goed. Klonen is sinds kort erg in de mode zoals u weet en na de succesvolle film 'Boys from Brazil', waarin Onkel Adolf Hitler gekloond werd door Neo Nazis, volgde het schaap Dolly en binnenkort ook de mens.
In de tussentijd worden nu 'dingen' en 'popsterren' gekloond. Omdat bijvoorbeeld Abba niet meer optreedt, bedacht Joop van de Ende de musical 'Mamma Mia', waarop het publiek in de zaal een gekloonde Abba hoort. De mens is een volgzaam zoogdier, zoals u weet, en popsterren worden dan ook nageaapt: hoeveel Presley's lopen er niet rond op de wereld dus één nieuwe Big L moet mogelijk zijn, denkt Ray Anderson.
'Vriend Ray Anderson', bekend van EAP producties, onder de naam Jumbo Records, ook bekend omdat de eigenaren van Jumbo weleens kennis maakten met justitie, maker van voortreffelijke LP's en CD's over zeezenders en kortstondig eigenaar van Laser Hot Hits, gaat zich nu opwerpen als manager van Radio London. Hoe deze zakenman, welke reeds eerder failliet ging, nu de vele duizenden euro's gaat ophoesten voor een 400 kW zender, is velen een raadsel. Meneer Ray Anderson, welke nu door het leven hoopt te gaan als Philip Burch, gaat binnen 3 maanden Radio London opstarten.
Mr. Anderson leeft zeker nog in de jaren zestig, toen je in Engeland uitsluitend BBC Light Program had. Nu, anno 2003, zit het hele land vol met stations, gouwe ouwe stations, easy listening, pop, rock etc. Wie zit nou te wachten op Big L? Wat voegt Big L nou toe aan het radiolandschap? Vele deejays van het toenmalige station zijn dood, hebben een andere baan of zijn gepensioneerd. De eerste RSL van Radio London - jaren geleden - was een groot succes, de tweede ook nog wel, de derde helemaal niet.
Welke muziek moet je nu draaien als Big L? Gouwe ouwe, pop? In deze moeilijke tijd, waarin een nieuwe cd van Madonna nog eerder op internet te downloaden is dan te koop in de winkel. In een tijd van popstations als Virgin, XFM, Capital Gold, Classic Gold en Easy listening Prime Time Radio in perfect digitaal geluid. Wie zit nu op meneer Anderson te wachten? Een kopie maken van het verleden, heeft toch geen zin? Wie zit nu op een kopie van Van Gogh te wachten? Of een namaak Presley? De kloon is altijd de mindere van het origineel. Waarom je station Big L noemen? Waarom niet Radio Peking Int?
In een tijd van digitaal geluid ga je toch niet een mega zender van 400 kW gebruiken om je speeltje, je ultieme natte droom te verwezenlijken? Kijk, Radio 390 werd leuk 'gekloond' door Prime Time Radio, eigentijds en toch door de ex luisteraars van 390 gewaardeerd. Zelfde format, toch eigentijds. In de ether op FM band in Engeland, dus aantrekkelijk voor adverteerders. Helaas is de middengolf niet meer aantrekkelijk voor adverteerders, daar kunnen Ruud Hendriks en Michael Bakker meer over vertellen.
Sunday June 1st 2003
Hans Knot reporting from the Dutch radio scene:
Hello friends and already it's June within a day and time for another international report. Again your response was great. Most of you take it simple by writing 'thank you' and some are responding on the contents of the report. And also this time a few of them are included.
I do write a lot on former 'pirates' but nowadays there are still pirates, people who do transmit illegal radio signals. In the USA some people can not stop transmitting and then the next thing is happening: 'A former Orlando pirate was sentenced to 9 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of operating an FM station without a license. After his release, Rayon Sherwin Payne will be on probation for a year and must perform 50 hours of community service. The case stemmed from an interference complaint in 1999. In February of this year, Payne pled guilty and agreed to forfeit his equipment.'
Recent figures show that in Holland 6,5 million households make use of their local cable net when watching television. This is 93,4% of the total population. 509.400 households make use of their own satellite dish, which is 7.3%. Yet there are 97.700 (1,4%) households which neither use the cable or a dish but the original television aerial system.
It now seems that the plans to have an RSL from the Ross Revenge this summer are passé. Nothing has been made official, but I read in the Horizon that there is a plan to bring the Ross Revenge to Southend on Sea in 2004.. By the time you're reading this the former
Radio Caroline ship has also left the mooring at Queenborough. It is not known yet where the ship is at the moment. Reason for towing it away is that a mooring maintenance programme is undertaken in The Medway Ports. When this is completed the authorities will review their charging regime. So there will be more money needed to save the ship. Contact the above e mail for more info about how you can donate money.
On May 21st we learnt something new on Yorin FM, one of the commercial radio stations aimed at the youth. In their daily schedule there is some space to mention the people within the entertainment industry who are celebrating their birthday. Today also
Ronan O'Rahilly was mentioned as he celebrates his 63rd birthday. Congratulations to you, Ronan. But now to the fact that we learnt something new as the presenter told us that he was the famous owner of Radio Caroline and that he named his radio station after the wife of John F. Kennedy. Can anyone tell me what the name of the daughter was? Oh yes we did get, in the end, Radio Jackie, but that was a land based pirate station.
In the meantime it was Roger who responded with: 'I think his real name was David Carmichael'. I surfed on the internet and found a lot of people with the same name, but not the one we're looking for. What Chris wrote me, after getting this information, that he remembered his real name too. Carl or David Carmichael his father, by the way, owned in those days a newspaper in New York
So dear friends if you know an answer just write to me: HKnot@home.nl
Till another time I wish you all the very best and don't stay in the sun too long as the batteries in your transistor radio are getting worse and worse in the sun.
Taken from the UK Radio website:
|RADLON MEDIA LIMITED
PO BOX 7336
"RADLON MEDIA LIMITED IS AWARDED HIGH POWER MEDIUM WAVE FREQUENCY TO BROADCAST TO UK"
Essex based Radlon Media Limited has secured a high power AM – Medium Wave Frequency from the Dutch government to broadcast to the UK. The frequency is one of only a few high-power International frequencies available – 1008 kHz with a transmitter power of 400 kilowatts.
Managing Director of Radlon Media Limited – Ray Anderson, said, "We are delighted in being awarded this frequency, it is the culmination of over 12 months work. This will now enable us to proceed with our plans to re-launch the former pirate radio station – RADIO LONDON – BIG L and other programming formats".
The footprint from this transmitter should cover a population of 20 million people in the South East and East of Great Britain as well as much of The Netherlands and Belgium.
Ray Anderson added "We will be interested in hearing from Airtime Sales personnel, Deejays and Investing partners who can assist us so we can quickly bring this station back on-air and make it a tremendous success".
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