Radio Veronica Studios : 1970

Radio Veronica was probably the longest running of all European offshore radio stations, broadcasting primarily to listeners in Holland from 21st April 1960 until 31st August 1974 when Dutch government legislation came into force.

Broadcasting on 192 meters (later 538 metres) Medium Wave from the m/v Borkum Riff, later m/v Nordeney, Radio Veronica in its heyday became the most popular of all radio stations in the Netherlands.

During its 14 year existence, Radio Veronica encountered several other pirate competitors including Radio/TV Noordzee broadcasting from the REM island, as well as ship-borne Radio Dolfijn and Radio 227 (ex Radio England & Britain Radio), Radio Nordsee International (RNI), Radio Caroline, Radio Atlantis and Radio Mi Amigo.

In contrast to most other European offshore stations in the 1960s, which originated their programmes from ship-borne studios, nearly all Radio Veronica’s output was pre-recorded on land at studios located in Hilversum, Holland.

The photos below were made when CIB’s Fred Bunzl visited Veronica’s studios in Hilversum’s Utrechtseweg in July 1970. Fred well remembers his visit: “The thing I remember most was the almost total lack of security. Nobody knew in advance that I was going to visit — I simply walked in the front door and asked the girl at reception if I could take a few photographs. She just smiled and told me to go upstairs where the studios were located. I took a few photos and I remember meeting Lex Harding who happened to be recording one of his programmes at the time. I also made a recording of interviews with some of the technicians and with Lex Harding… The sad part is that very recently, when I tried to transfer the recording to .mp3, the old cassette refused to cooperate and turned to spaghetti – lost for ever 🙁

After closure some ex Veronica staff set up a new organisation (VOO) and were granted a broadcasting license in December 1975.

The picture above of Radio Veronica’s studio building is provided thanks to Jelle Boonstra of More info about Radio Veronica here and here.




Click here for:
Radio Veronica Trip Souvenir Pictures.
Radio Veronica Recordings.

The Best Internet Radio Stations?

Pete Naughton, who writes the podcasts and internet radio column for, recently published a list of what he regards as “The Best Internet Radio Stations“. He’s divided these into a few categories:
1. Recently Added
2. General Listening
3. World Music
4. Jazz & Soul
5. Throwback
6. Classical Music
7. Talk Radio

Some interesting items here, including 192 Radio in Holland (retro pirate Radio Veronica) and AM 1710 Antioch OldTimeRadio Illinois playing American radio dramas from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Although not on Pete Naughton’s list, I’d say that West Point Internet Radio is also well worth a visit. It’s a US based, privately funded, non-commercial enterprise offering no less than 5 separate non-stop programmes:
Famous provides the “Greatest Hits of the 50s, 60s & 70s” inspired by WFIL, the legendary Philadelphia AM rock station of the 1960s.
Breezy Radio offers big band music and singers, swingers and standards from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
Classic Country is just what it says: Country Music’s Best,
Soft Tracks provides “Soft Rock and Folk”,
and finally
The Classical Channel has non stop classical music.

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