Saturday, May 12, 2012

Radio Netherlands Dutch services bows out in style

Radio Netherlands has posted the truly superb video of the last 11 minutes of Radio Netherlands Dutch radio service, signing off with pride after 65 years of service. It was a superb send-off driven by a spectacular countdown to the big switch-of at 20 hrs UTC Friday May 11th 2012. It all ended with a burst of fireworks.
The "zero hour" moment was captured by an ANP photographer and can be viewed here. The Dutch text tells you to hold down the left mouse key and they drag to navigate right and left.

ANP Fish Eye Photo 
Earlier in the week they posted a video of the preparations. Haven't found a way to embed it. So it's here.

One of the former heads of the Dutch Department was Peter Veenendaal. He told the story of the station, the people and the moments in a very powerful video projected on the side of the building HQ. World class. It was a wonderful, powerful sound collage as well.

I like the short video trailer they made for the marathon transmission below. Realised that in fact I took the opening shot of the relay station when I visited for use on a QSL verification card we sent out to listeners. That particular radio broadcast I made in 1989 is in fact online in the Media Network vintage archive. They also brought the first RNW outside broadcast van back to the station. Of course, it still works! World class tribute to a world class team. Safe travels wherever the wind takes us further.

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