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Served the world through Radio Netherlands Worldwide from 1996 to 2012

The living archive

Five years after its demise as a broadcaster, Radio Netherlands is beginning to stir in its grave. We ain’t dead yet… There’s a lot of activity on the web, such as these two sites about the orphaned Radio Netherlands archive: … Continue reading

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Radio Netherlands one-day broadcast

Celebrating its 70th birthday, a special broadcast was made by former Radio Netherlands staff from the Automobile Museum in Schagen, North Holland province. The museum is home to the only surviving RN Outside Broadcasting Van, which has been restored, outside … Continue reading

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Studios and offices now National Heritage

The former Radio Netherlands studios and offices have been designated National Heritage monuments by the Dutch Culture Minister, Ms. Jet Bussemaker. In a drive to preserve recent buildings, characteristic of the post-WWII reconstruction period, the former home of RNW in … Continue reading

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RN Service Indonesia… Ranesi!

Radio Netherlands’ international service aimed at Indonesia closed at the same time as the other sections in 2012. Known by its syllabic acronym Ranesi, the service provided independent news and background to a faithful listenership in the former Dutch colony … Continue reading

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Another one bites the dust…

After their valiant effort to resuscitate the Dutch week in review – in Dutch – the former RNW team at De Week Die Was had to throw in the towel. The ex-RNW staff who produced the weekly show for podcast … Continue reading

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RNW talent at home on prime time national TV

In the late 1990s Simone Weimans and Max Ohlenschlager hosted RNW’s Roughly Speaking, a fast-paced programme aimed at the station’s young listeners. Deftly produced by Howard Shannon, the weekly show presented an amalgam of the Dutch music scene, social issues … Continue reading

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Recreating the past: Liberation of Netherlands, 1945

Seventy years after the event, the Dutch are commemorating the liberation from Nazi occupation of 5 May 1945. To mark the occasion, Radio Netherlands’ Dutch service in 2005 restored a radio broadcast originally aired from London by Holland’s extraterritorial station … Continue reading

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Newsline – a sideways look at current affairs

Although RN’s English service was quite a small operation by international standards, it boasted its own current affairs programme, Newsline. For a couple of decades, the station’s journalists sought out intelligent comment on the news of the day. It was … Continue reading

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Your weekly fix of news in Dutch

If you never cut the umbilical cord with the Netherlands, you could always rely on shortwave radio to keep you in touch with the news from the Dutch. Maybe your Dutch grandparents emigrated to the US in the 1950s. Or … Continue reading

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Digging for gold, finding Earth Beat

There was a bit of a fracas over the past month when the old RNW.nl website was taken offline by the management of the new rnw.org. While most of the audio archives have found a safe home, no such luck … Continue reading

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