Saturday, October 27, 2012

Radio Netherlands says goodbye to Personnel

This week was the final week for more than 250 employees at Radio Netherlands.  They held a final "borrel" (drinks reception) in the entrance hall of the building in the Witte Kruislaan 55, in Hilversum. A simple gathering without speeches, pomp and circumstance. Now after years of being open 24 hrs a day, the door closes on Holland's external broadcasting service, at least in the form that most of us knew it.

I still maintain that Radio Nederland Wereldomroep was actually one of the world's first social networks, even though the back channel was via letter (and phone from about 1981 onwards).

Below are the entries from 1948 in the book World Broadcasting, later called World Radio Handbook, published in Denmark.

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