‘Keep in touch with the Dutch’

Symposium marking the ninetieth anniversary of international radio broadcasting in the Netherlands, 1927-2017

01June2017 14:00 - 17:00


On 1 June 1927 Queen Wilhelmina officially inaugurated international radio broadcasting from the Netherlands with a speech to listeners in the Dutch colonies. This transmission attracted attention from all over the world as it was one of the first times that sound had been transmitted via radio waves across such a distance. In the decades that followed Dutch radio-makers continued to play a pioneering role in international broadcasting, experimenting with new technologies and programming formats. This symposium aims to highlight several themes from this rich history and explore source-materials in order to think about a research agenda in this field and new broadcasting techniques in the digital age.


14.00-14.15    Vincent Kuitenbrouwer (University of Amsterdam)
14.15-14.45    Bas Agterberg (Beeld en Geluid)
Everybody Happy? Archiving RNW and the Heritage of Eddy Startz at Sound and Vision
14.45-15.00    break
15.00-15.30    Jonathan Marks (CEO Critical Distance)
International Radio Broadcasting in the Era of Amazon Echo
15.30-16.00    Rocus de Joode (Independent Consultant at JRCC)
The Importance of Shortwave, the Madagascar Relay station Now and Then
16.00-16.15    break
16.15-17.00    Panel: International radio in the digital age
  • Alec Badenoch (University of Utrecht/Vrije Universiteit): Radio Garden
  • Leon Willems and Suzanne Bakker (Free Press Unlimited): Radio Dabanga
17.00-18.00      drinks reception


Please register by sending an email to Vincent Kuitenbrouwer, History Department, University of Amsterdam

This symposium is sponsored by the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) and the Modern History Research Group 

Venue: University Library, Doelenzaal

Published by  Amsterdam School of Historical Studies