FRS History 1980-1989
July1983 was an important month in the life of FRS-Holland getting an offer which couldn't be rejected at the same time securing the station's future as a regular 3rd Sunday broadcaster. The offer came from Belgium where a very powerful station called Radio Delmare was operating on top of the 48 mb/6205 kHz on most Sundays & Saturdays. FRSH got the opportunity to lease airtime for a very acceptable fee and without a moment's thought a deal was made with Johan Rood who was responsible for running Delmare. Through the years many stations would follow FRS' example and took their chance with Radio Delmare. The great thing about Delmare's offer was the fact FRS could continue on a regular basis. The station felt very strongly about regularity. And we could lease as many hours as we wanted and even extend our programme schedule. Above all Radio Delmare had a 1.5 kW transmitter securing a solid FRS signal covering large areas of Western & Central Europe. This offer was just like a dream .... Sunday July 17th-while Peter Verbruggen stayed for a week’s holidays at the Dutch westcoast- Delmare only put out irregular tests instead of (the start of) relaying FRS shows. It could be the parcel with cassettes didn’t arrive in time. We have never been informed by the Delmare OP, a mystery. On Sunday July 24th at 09.30 GMT, one week plus 1.5 hour later (thunder!) than intended, an impressive FRS signal emanated from a lonely hillside, somewhere in Belgium. It was the start of FRS-Holland’s second life. Twelve days later, Sunday August 5th at 10:30 local time, Peter V. had to appear in court as a result of the January raid. He was not alone: quite a number of FRS people took the opportunity to support Peter during his confrontation with the judge. Although the judge was offered a complete FRS info-package including a large sticker for his expensive car, he was unrelenting! Peter got a fine of 500 Dutch guilders which was shared among several people. Bert van Leer who was also involved in the station although producing no shows in those days recalls the day the court-case took place .....[Bert van Leer about court case and FRS' 8th anniversary August 21st 1988]
Poor Bert, his memory was not what it used to be. He mentioned 1984, of course it was August 1983 but for the rest his story is correct.
On Sunday August 21st the 3rd Birthday was celebrated with a 4 hour transmission on 2 frequencies: 6205 and in addition also good old 7315 was being used . More than 60 letters were received proving FRS still attracted a large audience.
One of the disadvantages of being relayed by another station is the fact you are depending on a number of things which- in many cases- you can't control. Think of programme tapes not arriving in time. Another annoying circumstance can be a postal strike and this was exactly what prevented Radio Delmare from putting out the FRS programme tapes on Sunday September 18th. The tapes arrived at last on Thursday October 6th (!) and as a result it was not until October 9th these tapes could be aired. Already a week later the regular October transmission took place! The stormy weather from Saturday night caused damage to the aerial and early Sunday morning the damage had to be fixed. More than 100 letters were received in October although both transmissions took place within 8 days. The proposed October 30th 3rd Sunday broadcast was cancelled for serious reasons.
In the ranks of the FRS deejay crew there was already for some time the idea of introducing a new programme schedule. For already 18 months FRSH had been putting out the same formula and the time had come to make a few changes programme wise. All ideas were carefully discussed and finally a brand new schedule was compiled based on the slogan 'a Balance Between Music and Information'. Already on November 20th the new formula was introduced semi officially but the real thing had yet to come. A press bulletin was sent to various Free Radio Magazines introducing our new schedule along with the changes. The complete text of that press bulletin was printed in FRS' clubmagazine FRS goes DX edition 17-18 Nov./Dec. 1983.
Welcome Danny, goodbye Michael
In December the traditional X-Mas broadcast went out. It would become the final German Show presented by Michael and at the same time the very first Danny Kay Show. For one time there were two German Shows on one FRS Sunday. The marathon transmission lasted for 6 hours, the longest transmission in FRS-Holland's history so far. Despite Delmare's powerful signal, listening was rather difficult during the first 30 minutes of the broadcast because of heavy interference from Trans World Radio Monaco, broadcasting on 6210 kHz. This situation was beyond Delmare's control and apart from this, FRS-Holland was very happy with the facilities offered by Delmare.