Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The Forgotten Firsts - Remembering Radio Netherlands

Radio Netherlands QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
By Jonathan Marks, Editor Media Network.

Science & Technology Producer August 1980–9. Head of English Language Department, Programme Director, Creative Director 1991–2003.

Every country claims to have invented radio. In the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum they have so far focused on the radio pioneer Hanso Idzerda. He set up a business to make and sell his radios. And he realised that no-one would buy his radios if there was nothing to listen to. I think the evidence shows that he was one of the first, if not the first person to make regular broadcasts following a pre-announced schedule. But I would like to suggest he started off a chain of Dutch “firsts”, many of which are now in danger of being forgotten.

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