Happy Station Show

The Happy Station Show is the world's longest-running international radio programme, having originated in 1928 on shortwave radio. Its run has been interrupted twice - from 1940 until 1946 due to World War II and again from 1995 when it was cancelled until its revival in 2009.[1]

History

The program premiered on November 19, 1928 and was broadcast first by the private Philips Radio station PCJJ (later PCJ), and from 1946 by Radio Netherlands. Separate English and Spanish versions were broadcast, in addition to the multi-lingual version. It could be received all over the world. Popular music from Europe and various other countries was mixed with vintage recordings and multilingual chatter, switching back and forth between English, Spanish and Dutch by hosts each Sunday. It became popular since it gave listeners a chance to travel in their armchair during a period when international travel was difficult for most people. It also pioneered call-in shows, in both the English and Spanish versions, during the latter part of the 1970s. The show followed a format of light entertainment, special guests, music, and information about Dutch life. Edward "Eddie" Startz presented the programme from its inception until his retirement in the early 1970s. Tom Meijer took over the English and Spanish versions until his own retirement. He was followed by Pete Myers and Jonathan Groubert for the English version. Jaime Báguena was host of the Spanish version (La Estación de la Alegría) until the end of 1990s when it was cancelled by the management of Radio Netherlands.[2][3]

Revival

On March 12, 2009, the program was resurrected as an independent broadcast produced by Taiwan based PCJ Media via Radio Miami International (WRMI), which was also transmitted globally through podcasting and Internet streaming audio. The producer and presenter of this version is Canadian ex-patriate Keith Perron, who in the past has worked for Radio Canada International, Radio Havana Cuba, China Radio International, Radio Netherlands and other shortwave broadcasters. The new programme is not produced in Holland and has no involvement from Radio Netherlands. However, original host Tom Meijer is involved as a consultant, and will make occasional on-air contributions. The new production is produced in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic Of China, and the over-air version was broadcast on shortwave from WRMI's transmitters in Hialeah, Florida, in the United States.[1]

The show ceased broadcasting on WRMI in March 2010 but continues as a weekly podcast and internet radio show via the PCJ Media website and is also relayed over the air on several FM, Medium Wave, internet radio and short wave stations around the world.

References

  1. a b Osterman, Fred (2010). . DXing.com Newsroom. http://www.dxing.com/news.htm. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  2. van de Groenendaal, Hans (January 07, 2009). . EE Publishers. http://www.eepublishers.co.za/view.php?sid=15771. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  3. Berg, Jerome S. (2008). . McFarland. . http://books.google.com/books?id=Ux9fZj6izuEC&pg=PA18&dq=%22The+Happy+Station%22&hl=en&ei=dfDMS6_1CYOKlwfcue2ODg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22The%20Happy%20Station%22&f=false.