The Radio Rose of Texas by Derek Burroughs, jr.

Chapter 1: Texan Radio takes to the air in Europe. Attempt of a diary of the Olga Patricia stations.

Part 3.

Updated on February 28th, 2007.

 

 
Radio Dolfijn is a reality at 4.40pm on Monday, November 14th, 1966. Dutch press for ©Hans Knot’s archive.
 
Monday, Nov 14th, 1966. Radio Dolfijn.

 

Transmission on 1322 kc.

 

“Maandag middag om vier uur is van het schip Laissez Faire…”Radio Dolfijn” in the lucht gekommen…”[1]

 

-1640 Instrumental Music[2][3].

App. 1640-1650 Peter van den Hoven

 

”Luisteraars in Nederland, aan dit moment makt Uw kendt met het nieuwe Nederlandse radiozender Radio Dolfijn

Instrumental music

"Radio Dolfijn zendt dagelljks uit op de 227 meterband van 's morgens 6 tot 's avonds 12 uur. Radio Dolfijn brengt U muziek en nieuws. Radio Dolfijn wil Uw trouwe huisvriend zijn. Radio Dolfijn richt zich vooral op de volwassenen. Met prettige, aangenaam klinkende, muziek, met evergreens die al generaties lang populair zijn, met melodieuze muziek, muziek die U dagelljks kunt beluisteren."

Instrumental Music

Address at the Perskonferentie at the Hotel Gooiland in Hilversum

 

 

November 13th, 1966: Radio Dolfijn Perskonferentie in Hotel Gooiland, Hilversum, almost 7 months after a similar venue at London’s Café Royal.  Jack Curtiss, speaks, while Dutch press people are listening. Bill Vick is no.2 from right. Photo: Jack Curtiss.

 

“...Pers, Radio en Televisie...Radio Dolfijn Perskonferentie in de Terrassaal...Hotel Gooiland in Hilversum: Welkom, dames en heren van de pers, welkom op ons radio zendschip, dat voor anker ligt op de Noordzee. In het komende uur zult U volledig geinformeerd worden over de gang van zaken betreffende Radio Dolfijn. ...de nam Radio Dolfijn...

“De Lage Landen“,”Radio Kleve”, “Piet Hein“, “Albatros“, “Ameland“, “Dolfijn” en “Golfstrom.”...Wij danken Uw vanuit de studio voor Uw komst en aandacht en hiermee is de aanwezigheid van Radio Dolfijn in de ether een officieel feit.'

Sammy Davis I wanna be with you

"'I wanna be with you' van Sammy Davis jr. Dit is Radio Holland-Radio Dolfijn op de 227 meterband. Hierbij wil ik U de programmering bekend maken. Van 6-10 in de ochtend Look Boden, 10-14 Jacques Soudan, 14-19 Peter van der Hoven en 19-24 Jos van Vliet."

Esther and Abi Ofarim Le Prince, incl. A second of a strange mix.

 

 

November 14th, 1966: Persmeldung. Flyer delivered at Radio Dolfijn Perskonferentie. Source: Jack Curtiss.

 

App. 1658-1659 Peter van den Hoven

Liebe wunderbar...Jacob

Interference from Radio Moscow Int Sign from Leipzig in same channel

Uw luistert naar Radio Dolfijn op’t 227 meterband van’t middengolf

...Uw maag luisteren naar het station van op 6 Uur morgens-12...

6-10 Look Boden

10-2 Jaques Soudan

7-12 Jos van Vliet.

2-7 Peter v der Hoven

in 1 Min 5 Uur

Arabesque Henry

 

Tuesday, Nov 15th, 1966. Radio Dolfijn.

 

 

 

Radio Dolfijn QSL card to Dick van Schenk Brill from ©Hans Knot’s archive. Drawing also used in (undated and unnamed)newspaper article about Look Boden with this title: ”Nederlands nieuwste piraat zendt uit van de Caissez Faire”(!)

 

 

Press Conference in Hilversum Monday, November 14th, 1966[4]. William Vick informed of which djs that would be broadcasting on “Dolphin Radio”: Peter van der Hoven, Rob Klaasman, Thijs Lieffering, Jacques Soudan, Jos van der Vliet, and Look Boden. The owner of the Olga Patricia was said to be “Radiovision Broadcasts.” From ©Hans Knot’s archive.

 

Transmission on 1322 kc.

 

0830-0851 Look Boden

 

Engine, Engine Roger Miller

Tijd naturlijk op Uw station Radio Dolfijn op’t 227 meterband Precis half 9

Jambalaya Jo Stafford

Tijd 3 ½  min. Half over 9

Simon&Garfunkel: I am a Rock

Tijd op Radio Dolfijn op’t 227 meterband 6 over half 9

Look Boden

10-2 Jaques Soudan

2-7 Peter v der Hoven

7-12 Jos van Vliet

Instrumental Moon River

10 over half 9 Uw luistert naar Radio Dolfijn op 227 meter op de middenband

Stevie Wonder: Blowin’ in the wind

Enorm! Enorm van Stevie Wonder 14 ½  mins over half 9 Uw luistert naar Radio Dolfijn op 227 meter

Ann. Skiffle Group but

Barbra Streisand If you were the only boy in the world

Radio Dolfijn op 227 meter 12 ½ mins voor 9

Skiffle Group Dutch version It ain’t me babe /Different recordings?/

Tijd 9 ½ voor 9

Wouldn’t...love me/Get me

 

 

The new djs on 1322 kc line up for photo between programmes: (lr) Rob Klaasman, Thijs Lievering, Look Boden,  Jacques Soudan, Jos v.Vliet, Peter van den Hoven. From ©Hans Knot’s archive.

 

0925-0929 Look Boden

 

Far down below

Shirley Bassey

4 ½ voor half 10

James Last

Radio Dolfijn op 227 meter

Johnny Cash

 

0959-1002 Look Boden/ Jacques Soudan

 

Theme: Hawaii music

1 min voor 10

Goede Morgen dames een half min over 10..

(Jacques Soudan)

Ad for Tagy? Coffee

Piano Jazz

 

Plus Persconference over Dolfijn w Bill Vick/Jack Curtiss/Basil van Rensburg (Broadcast over 1322 kc?)

 

Wednesday, November 16th, 1966. Radio Dolfijn.
 
“Wat er nieuw is aan Radio Dolfijn.[5]” Dolfijn’s format consists of American evergreens from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis jr., Cleo Laine, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Conniff, Johnny Mann, Keely Smith plus Mantovani, Helmut Zacharias, Kurt Edelhagen and Dutch Cabaret.
 
 
Dutch headline on the station with the happy Dolphin sounds. Dutch press via ©Hans Knot’s archive.
 
Thursday, Nov 24th, 1966. Radio Dolfijn.

 

Transmission on 1322 kc.

Strong utility Interference

 

Look Boden 0810-

 

Ramsey Lewis Uptight

German ID: Radio Dolfin: Empfangzeit 8 Uhr und 10 Mins MEZ

Donderdag 24.November Tijd 11 ½ over 8

Radio Dolfijn Amsteldijk 63 Amsterdam Z[6]

Look Boden

French Music: J’ai Entendu La Mer

German ID: Radio Dolfin: Empfangzeit 8 Uhr und 15 Mins MEZ

Radio Dolfijn op 227 meter

1000 Gulden

Twinkle: Tammy

 

11 voor half 10? Should be 9? Confusing!

10-2 Jacques Soudan

2-7 Peter van der Hoven

7-12 Rob Klaasman

Morgens? luisteren naar Thijs Lievering tot 6-10 Uur

Children’s group

German ID: Radio Dolfin: Empfangzeit 8 Uhr und 20 Mins MEZ

German ID: Radio Dolfin: Empfangzeit 8 Uhr und 25 Mins MEZ

Radio Dolfijn Amsteldijk 63 Amsterdam Z

Asking for a Coffee Name[7]

Instrumental Baby took good care of me

German ID: Radio Dolfin: Empfangzeit 8 Uhr und 30 Mins MEZ

1000 Gulden te winnen

Johnny Cash Way down

Op Uw station Radio Dolfijn

I just couldn’t take it baby

German ID: Radio Dolfin: Empfangzeit 8 Uhr und 35 Mins MEZ

 

 
Saturday, November 26th, 1966. Radio Dolfijn[8].
 
 
“Evidently one had decided calling the station “Radio Holland”…We hope that Radio Dolfijn soon reverts to the top-40 formula.” (Kink November 26th. From ©Hans Knot’s archive. )

 

After Nov.28th, before Dec.4th, 1966. Radio Dolfijn.

 

Transmission on 1322 kc.

 

App.1200-1245 BST Peter van der Hoven Tussen 12-2 Uur

MoR/Jazz/Continental format

Good signals, but interference from Radio Moscow, Leipzig, GDR[9]

 

Guantanamera w Sandpipers(played on Radio England Nov.9th.)

Station promo w Dolphin sounds and splash

Station promos say schedule is 0600-0000(Dutch Time)

Station address: Radio Dolfijn, Postbus 4022, Amsterdam

Christmas greetings to be in 3 weeks before, mentions Dec.20th, 24th and 31st.

Ronny Tober record ad

Ballpoint ad

3.edition of 6 week-competition.

Address: Radio Dolfijn, Wettstraat 3, Postbus 1325 te Amsterdam

Mention of presenters Jos van Vliet and Peter van Dijk

-Tussen 10-12 Uur

 

 

Ouder publiek the target of the new “227”. From Dutch press via ©Hans Knot’s archive.

 

December 1966

 

Saturday, Dec.17th, 1966[10].Britain Radio[11].

 

Transmission on 845 kc.

 

0600-0900 Alan Black

0900 News, then Morning Serenade w Phil Martin

MoR/Light pop format

Fair/good signals, but co-channel interference from Roma 2 and these beacons on 840 and 850?: 1: MQ, 2: DI, 3: F, 4: UE

 

Morning Serenade theme So What's New Bert Kaempfert

Ads: Inter-Cham w Chuck Blair(Phil: "a knock-out idea")

Camera Offer

Big Fry Picnic

Bakery

Weetabix

Uppercut Club of Billy Walker opens on Dec.21st w Alan Black

"Britain R djs Roger Day, Bill Berry and Bruce Wayne. Dec.21st: The Who, 22nd: The Easybeats, 23rd:Dave Dee, Beaky, Mick and Tich, 24th: Eric Burdon&Animals, 26th: Jimi Hendrix, Pretty Things, 30th: Spencer Davis Group 31st: Geno Washington and Ran Jam Band. Sponsored by Billy Walker"

Weather 0930

London's Edgeware Road-Victoria Sporting Club

Graham Gill visit in studio

Also  Errol Bruce seems to feature on ad

Sandy Posey: Single Girl no.29 in Britain R Top 30

Hallmark of Quality jingles plus Happy Weekend

Silver Circle Bingo Club at 1200-1215

 

Sunday, Dec.25th, 1966. Britain Radio.

 

Transmission on 845 kc.

 

The conditions aboard the ship around Christmas 1966 are said to be unpleasant. There is no cook on board, fresh drinking water has ran out and the crew and DJ's has to live on corn beef and spaghetti as there is no other food on board.

 

1106 Phil Martin.12 noon Ted Delaney(Mark Stevens) on tape1300 Errol Bruce 1500 Graham Gill. 2000 Phil Martin. Ad for Tartan Racing Pools, 212 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2. Christmas greeting by Jack Curtiss on behalf of Britain Radio and Radio Vision Broadcast Int’l. Reference to Britain R 30.

 

 

The start of “Echo” on Britain Radio. From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of February 7th, 1967.

 

January 1967

 

January, 1967. Britain Radio.

 

Transmission on 845 kc.

 

1357- 1429 Graham Gill Musical Carousel. “New Year’s greeting card.”

 

 

Programme schedule from 227 metres from early 1967. From ©Hans Knot’s archive.

 

Wednesday, January 18th, 1967. Britain Radio.

 

Tony Meehan joins Britain Radio from Radio Scotland[12].

 

 

New efforts to keep going. From From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of February 7th, 1967.

 

Sunday, January 22nd, 1967. Britain Radio.

 

Transmission on 845 kc.

 

Johnny Dark’s(Harry Putnam)”R&B Nightride” starts at 1900. 6 programmes are broadcast and has a “cult” following. Show lasts until Sunday, Feb.26th, 1967[13].

 

Wednesday, January 25th, 1967. Britain Radio.

 

Start of ”Nightbeat” at 1900 hours with Jack Mc Laughlin from Radio Scotland and also today Alan Black.

”Mc Laughlin’s Celidh is a household expression in Scotland. Even now, six months after Jack McLaughlin left Radio Scotland, people still write and ask what happened to their favourite programme.

Jack had moved to join Britain Radio.

This was one of that station’s desparate attempts to make good. The station was in trouble financially and its American backers were over here trying to sort things out.

Quickly, Jack saw that he had made a mistake. He tried to pump some life into things with his shows but he station was broke and the end was in sight.”[14]

 

Wednesday, January 31st, 1967. Britain Radio.

 

Alan Black, Programme Director

Woolf Byrne, Ass’t Programme Director[15]

 

 

,

 

Jack Curtiss writes in Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) for January 24th and 31st, 1967[16] and prompts the late Ed Moreno to give his idea on programming in the same paper[17]:

 

 

 

 

February 1967

 

Wednesday, February 7th, 1967. Britain Radio.

 

Dave MacKay, News Editor.

Ted Delaney has left to go home to the USA.

 

Thursday, February 8th, 1967. Radio Dolfijn.

 

Transmission on 1322 kc.

 

Look Boden? 1044-1053

 

Radio Dolfijn met het nieuws

News sounder from CRC/WFUN

Vietnam short  ceasefire because of Vietnam New Year-Tet.

100000 Guilders taken in Golferstraat, Amsterdam robbery

Utrecht...

Italy West German Starfighter down in Sardinia

Temps 5-6 graden

Dit was het nieuws op Radio Dolfijn door Look Boden het volgende nieuws kvart voor 12.

Oh Mary do open Bill Ennis

Le Train Esther&Abi Ofarim

Dit is Radio Dolfijn op 227 meter

Dutch Yodel Music

 

 

 

Stem af op Radio Dolfijn. Ad from Dutch press. From ©Hans Knot’s archive.

 

Sunday, Feb.26th, 1967. Radio Dolfijn.

 

Transmission on 1322 kc.

 

1400-1502. Look Boden. Top 30. Zontagmiddag 2-4. Mention of Box 35,...and Boudewijn van Hengst(Later Lex Harding)

 

 

Programmes of UK Commercial Radio Stations. From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of February 14th, 1967.

 

Tuesday, February 28th 1967. Radio Dolfijn/Britain Radio.

 

Transmissions on 1322/845 kc.

 

Jack Curtiss resigns as General Manager, goes to San Francisco as dj.

Brian Tylney resigns as Ass’t General Manager.

Woolf Byrne goes to Radio 390.

Ed Moreno has just left the station.[18]

Antenna mast breaks at 12.45. Both stations off air.

 

 

 

Why do all the good Britain Radio djs go away? Curtiss, Ross-Barnard, Bennett, ”Marino” and Martin, and Delaney had also left when this was printed. Mr. or Ms.Starling of Billericay in Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser), of Jan.31st. 1967.  On February, 28th, 1967, Ms. or Mr.D.Cadwell of Weston in Herts. asks the same question and wonders if they are now on other wavelengths.

 

 

”Uit de ether.” From Haarlems Dagblad March 2nd, 1967 and ©Hans Knot’s archive.

 



[1] ”Radio-Dolfijn, de tweede piraat die Nederland entert.”

[2] Norwegian log in afternoon of Nov.14th after school: Instrumental soft music with Dolphin sounds.  An enormous change from Radio England, active until Nov.13th -2338 on same frequency.

[3]Radio England Nov.13th, at 2300. Last program in English with many of the DJs saying goodbye. Gordon Bennett, Bill "Boss" Berry, Roger Day and others were there, former dj Johnnie Walker is now on Caroline. and dj Rick Randall went back to WFUN Miami(This is not correct. Rick Randall never worked on WFUN.(Ron O’Quinn),according to announcement. SRE ceased transmissions at 2330 in English with jingle "Boss Radio". The carrier left the air at 2339. R.England became Radio Dolfijn 227 m on Nov.14th broadcasting in Dutch from 0500-2300 every day. First day non stop instrumental music only... Second day djs were doing the show with pop and light music.”(DX-NEWS 11/66)

[4] In “Telegraaf” Tuesday November 15th, 1966.

[5] “Telegraaf”

[6] Per DX-NEWS 1/67: Amsteldijk 65, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Zuid, Holland.

[7] From a recording on http://www.geocities.com/themcr2001/

[8] Does anyone know if it was considered in October 1966 to broadcast SRE in English from Midnight till morning after a Swinging Radio Holland had closed for the day?-Editor.

[9] According to a recording by Tore Larsson, Falköping, Sweden.

[10] According to a recording by Tore Larsson, Falköping, Sweden.

[11] After the demise of SRE, Britain Radio changed its address to 17 Berkeley Street, London W1, the registered address of Peir-Vick Ltd. (Eter-Aktuellt 2/67)

[12] From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of January 24th, 1967.

[13] ”One pirate station's top show, Johnny Dark's R&B Night Ride, (Harry Putnam, American sales director on Radio Essex, formerly of WTOW Towson, Maryland, he also broadcast as Johnny Dark on Britain Radio) attracted more fanmail than any other. (This really bugged the other deejays as the show was played from US-recorded tapes. "Johnny Dark" was never actually on the ship... but that's another story!)”

http://www.ritchie-hardin.com/soul/lookback.html

[14] From Radio News in: Time and Tide”, 25-31 May 1967

[15] From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of January 31st, 1967.

[16] From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of January 24th and 31st, 1967.

[17] From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of January 24th and 31st, 1967.

[18] From Radio News(in London Weekly Advertiser and National Advertiser) of February 28th, 1967, and March 14th, 1967.