updated on Monday May 13th
For 34 years, the annual Dutch "Radio Day" has been a "must" for all (offshore) radio experts and enthusiasts. About 350 people are normally attending the event each year. This website has galleries of photos from previous events and will keep visitors up to date with news of this year's event as arrangements fall into place.
Due to organisational reasons the Radio Day team has renegotiated with Hotel Casa 400 and amended the date of next year's event.
The Radio Day 2014 will now definitely be held on
22nd March 2014 from 10:30 till 18:00h CET
This is the preliminary schedule:
More details will be published during the summer months.
Vanwege organisatorische redenen heeft het Radio Day team onderhandeld met de leiding van Hotel Casa 400 en de datum voor de Radio Day 2014 definitief vastgesteld op:
Zaterdag 22 Maart 2014 van 10:30 tot 18:00h CET
Boven staat het voorlopige
programmaschema. Meer details zullen in de zomermaanden bekend worden
The following Radio Day will take place on Saturday 22nd March 2014 (take notice of the amended date) in Hotel Casa 400 in Amsterdam, Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4.
Doors will be open from 10:00h CET. The Radio Day will take place from 10:30 to 18:00h CET. Admission is € 15,-. There's no need to order a ticket in advance.
In the past, several people have attended the Radio Day without paying the entrance fee. Please understand that the organising team has to pay quite an amount of money for preparing the event and for hiring the conference room. That is why we will present every visitor with a wristband which has to be worn clearly visible. Additionally a colourful paper sticker should be worn on your sweater or jacket which could be provided with your name (in doing so other radio colleagues and friends will appreciate identifying you). Our friendly helpers will exercise regular controls. Thank you for your understanding.
Vanaf 10.00 uur in de ochtend zal de zaal open zijn. De Radio Day zal om 10.30 uur beginnen en om 18.00 uur eindigen. Toegang is 15,- €. Het is niet nodig een ticket vooruit te bestellen of te reserveren.
In de afgelopen jaren hebben verschillende mensen de Radio Day bezocht zonder de entree te betalen. Begrijp a.u.b. dat het organisatieteam behoorlijk veel geld dient neer te leggen voor de voorbereidingen van de dag en de huur van de conferentieruimte. Derhalve zal elke bezoeker een polsband worden uitgereikt, die duidelijk zichtbaar gedragen dient te worden. Tegelijkertijd krijgt U een kleuren sticker, die op uw jas of trui dient te worden gedragen, voorzien van uw naam. Op die manier kunnen radiocollega's en radiovrienden iedereen gemakkelijker herkennen. Onze vriendelijke assistenten zullen regelmatige controles houden. Dank voor Uw begrip.
Voor het buitenland kost de gedrukte versie van FMM € 22,--
Stuur gewoon een mailtje.
The 2004 Radio Day saw the Radio Caroline 1973/74 reunion with many former deejays, technicians and crew members, and in 2005, "RNI in 1970" attracted several former Radio NorthSea employees who had a magnificent discussion on the podium. In November 2006, the Voice of Peace reunion formed a major highlight, as 20 former VoP jocks and technicians got together from all over the world.
But the biggest event ever was the 2007 one with 450 visitors. We listened to Tom Mulder (Klaas Vaak) and saw the Swinging Radio England reunion. And we were fascinated to hear Johnnie Walker, Robbie Dale, Roger Day and other well known jocks telling their stories on Radio Caroline after Monday August 14th 1967... In 2007 we also introduced the "Radio Day Awards" as a bi-annual event to acclaim the efforts of several special people who stood up for free radio without governmental control.
The 2008 Radio Day included an in-depth interview with Radio Atlantis' Adriaan van Landschoot and saw "Radio Caroline in the late seventies (1977-80)" as a main topic. Four panels discussed that exciting era just before the MV Mi Amigo sank in March 1980. This included nearly all the English and Dutch colleagues who worked for the legendary offshore radio station around thirty years ago. Again it became a big class reunion.
In 2009, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Laser 558 with a Laser Reunion including Jessie Brandon, Charlie Wolf, Mike Barrington, Johnny Lewis, Ray Anderson, Dennis Jason, Leendert Vingerling, Paul Jackson and Jim Perry. Keith Skues had been celebrating his 70th birthday plus "50 years on the radio" a few months earlier. He was interviewed by the Dutch radio legend Tom Mulder. A most intensive dialogue between Steve Conway and Nigel Harris (Stuart Russel) fascinated the audience. Ingo Paternoster pleased everyone with an interesting "AFN in Germany" presentation. Last but not least, 2009 saw the second Radio Day Awards celebration.
2010 saw a superb Radio Mi Amigo panel. Marc Jacobs chatted with Hugo Meulenhof, Ferry Eden, Will van der Steen and Bert Bennett. One of the highlights was the "Radio 390 Reunion". Brian Cullingford, Roger Scott, Mark Hammerton, John Stewart and Graham Gill took part in a fascinating panel with Trevor Adams from Project Redsand as the moderator. We welcomed Seve Ungermark from Sweden who has worked for the Scandinavian offshore radio pioneer Radio Nord. An "RNI is 40" reunion included the following guests: Victor Pelli, Graham Gill, Arnold Layne (Roger Scott), Peter Chicago, Bob Noakes, Peter Ford, Hans ten Hooge (Hogendoorn), Peter Jager, Marc van Amstel, Pieter Damave and Leo van der Goot. Nico Steenbergen and Robbie Owen chaired both panels. Chi Coltrane concluded the Radio Day 2010 with three of her songs.
In 2011, we started with a dialogue between Jonathan Marks and Andy Sennitt on the “History of Radio Netherlands’ Media Network”. Then, Josje de Munck was presented with the prime copy of the Hans Knot’s new book “Laser 558 – All Europe Radio”. You could watch parts of a new video containing an interview with Gerard van Dam who chatted with Leendert Vingerling on the podium. Gerard and several of his former colleagues then took part in an interesting panel about Radio Delmare. “The forgotten stations from former wartime defence forts” was the title of the second panel in the English language. Radio Veronica followers were fascinated by Juul Geleick and his dialogue partners "op volle kracht". “Get Your Kicks On 266 with Radio London memories” was our final panel in 2011 which saw several several guests coming from abroad and even from Australia! Finally, the third Radio Day Awards Ceremony was held.
The 2012 event 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.
Click on the banner to download an enlarged version of the Radio Day poster.
How to reach Hotel Casa 400 at the Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4 in
HERE for a map.
By public transport
To stay for the night:
Hotel Casa 400 offers 520 comfortable rooms. All rooms are equipped with a 2,10m long comfortable bed, a spacious worktable, flat screen TV with several interactive functions, free use of Wi-Fi, a safe which is wide enough for a laptop, and a refrigerator. All rooms are non smoking rooms. The hotel offers one- and two person rooms and at some rooms it is even possible to place a third bed. There are also rooms with a dividing door and there is one room specially for disabled guests.
We have arranged a special Radio Day discount hotel price for our attendees at "Casa 400". Download a reservation form.
Casa 400 is gevestigd aan de rand van het centrum van Amsterdam.
Op enkele minuten loopafstand bevindt zich het station Amsterdam Amstel,
vanuit daar zijn er snelle verbindingen met trein, metro, bus en tram.
En zo bent u met 10 minuten in hartje Amsterdam. Met de auto rijdt u
binnen enkele minuten op de ringweg A10.
Eenmaal aangekomen bij Casa 400 kunt u in de parkeergarage onder het gebouw parkeren tegen een gereduceerd tarief van €2,50 per uur met een maximum van €16,00 per 24 uur. Mocht onze parkeergarage onverhoopt toch vol zijn dan heeft u de mogelijkheid in de straat te parkeren tegen een uurtarief op maandag t/m zaterdag van 9.00 t/m 21.00 van €3,- per uur of een dagtarief van €21,60.
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