Hello. I am the former director of programmes at Radio Netherlands
(1991-2003), the Dutch International broadcasting service. Some may know it as
Radio Nederland. Originally a shortwave broadcast station, Radio Netherlands
was one of the first to start a transcription service to provide FM radio
stations overseas with a catalogue of feature programmes and high quality
music recordings from the Concertgebouw and Holland Festival and jazz from
concerts like the North Sea Jazz festival. In later years the recordings
were done together with the AVRO, a domestic public radio production house.
The station morphed into an NGO in 2012 and has downsized to a point where it
is a shadow of its former self.
I am writing a series of articles because the Netherlands is celebrating
100 years of radio this year. I see that the discs and tapes sent to
in the US and elsewhere seem to command quite high-prices on Ebay, even
though they were never intended to be sold.
I have the impression that the quality of the recordings (especially jazz
and classical music) were well ahead of their day. Radio Netherlands was
one of the first in the 1960's to issue stereo transcription discs and was
quick to embrace the Philips Compact Disc once there were sufficient
players in radio stations. But it would be useful get a reality check.
So my question to this group. Does anyone remember these discs? If so,
does it bring back? What value do you think it played in sharing Dutch
culture with the rest of the world? Was the technical quality of the pressings
Happy to hear from anyone with anecdotes to share the stories with the rest of
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