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Pete Myers
Iain Macintyre's picture
Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

Here's looking at us!

Published on : 29 June 2012 - 10:26am | By Iain Macintyre (Photo: RNW)
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When we were discussing how to mark the passing of RNW’s English service, I somehow managed to volunteer to put together a slideshow of faces down the ages.

Many of them will be less than familiar even to our regular listeners simply because, for many of the past decades, we were a radio station. It may be the 'most visual medium' there is (who said that?) but it doesn’t actually let you see what the makers look like.

In the 27 years I’ve been working here a lot of voices have passed under the bridge, as it were, but there are also a lot of people who were not normally to be found behind a microphone.

These days, our faces can sometimes be seen on the website atop the articles (yes, I’m afraid that is me up there) but there are still other colleagues who were and are neither seen nor heard.

So, before we go, here are some of the faces - past and present - behind the voices and behind the scenes.


  • Adam Coles<br>&copy;
  • Andy Clark<br>&copy;
  • Andy, John, Howie and Theo Tamis <br>&copy;
  • Ann Reef<br>&copy;
  • Anna Yeadell<br>&copy;
  • Anne Blair Gould<br>&copy;
  • Anne Marie Michele<br>&copy;
  • Ashleigh Elson<br>&copy;
  • Ashleigh, Chris and Marnie<br>&copy;
  • Bertine Krol<br>&copy;
  • Bram Posthumus<br>&copy;
  • Carol singers<br>&copy;
  • Chris Chambers<br>&copy;
  • Chris and Mike<br>&copy;
  • Chris, Marnie and Jonathan<br>&copy;
  • Daniel Frankl<br>&copy;
  • Daniel and Rob Kievit<br>&copy;
  • Dave Durham<br>&copy;
  • David Doherty<br>&copy;
  • David Swatling<br>&copy;
  • David Scherpenhuizen<br>&copy;
  • Department portrait<br>&copy;
  • Dheera Sujan<br>&copy;
  • Dheera, Luc and Marijke<br>&copy;
  • Dheera, Pete and Maggie<br>&copy;
  • Diana Janssen<br>&copy; JM -
  • Dinner 1<br>&copy;
  • Dinner 2<br>&copy;
  • Dinner 3<br>&copy;
  • Dinner 4<br>&copy;
  • Dinner 5 <br>&copy;
  • Dinner 6<br>&copy;
  • Dorothy Weirs<br>&copy;
  • English department at the office<br>&copy;
  • English department in Amsterdam<br>&copy;
  • English department in Amsterdam 2<br>&copy;
  • English department in Huizen<br>&copy;
  • Eric Beauchemin<br>&copy;
  • Fiona Campbell<br>&copy;
  • First TSWI team<br>&copy;
  • Francis Rolt<br>&copy;
  • Francis, Janet Anderson, Jaldeep<br>&copy;
  • Frank Scimone<br>&copy;
  • Geethani Piyasena<br>&copy;
  • Georg Schreuder Hes<br>&copy;
  • Ginger da Silva<br>&copy;
  • Grant Coburn<br>&copy;
  • Greg Kelly<br>&copy;
  • Guy Wilson <br>&copy;
  • Hal Crawford<br>&copy;
  • Helen Barrington<br>&copy;
  • Helene Michaud<br>&copy;
  • Hello, world!<br>&copy;
  • Helma Brugsma<br>&copy;
  • Helma, Ann and Joke<br>&copy;
  • Hilary Staples<br>&copy;
  • Howard Shannon<br>&copy;
  • Iain Macintyre<br>&copy;
  • Internet folk<br>&copy;
  • Iris Walstra<br>&copy;
  • Iris, Nick and Howie<br>&copy;
  • Jacky Spears<br>&copy;
  • Jaldeep Katwala<br>&copy;
  • James Kliphuis<br>&copy;
  • Jerry Cowan<br>&copy;
  • Johan van Slooten<br>&copy;
  • Johanna Stoyva<br>&copy;
  • Joke Waterman<br>&copy;
  • John Tyler<br>&copy;
  • Jonathan Groubert<br>&copy;
  • Jonathan Marks<br>&copy;
  • Joop Heinz<br>&copy;
  • Josh Maiyo<br>&copy;
  • Kathy Clugston<br>&copy;
  • Laura Durnford<br>&copy;
  • Lee Martin<br>&copy;
  • Liesbeth de Bakker<br>&copy;
  • Lorenza Bacino<br>&copy;
  • Louise Dunne<br>&copy;
  • Louise Williams<br>&copy;
  • Luc Lucas<br>&copy;
  • Maggie Ayre<br>&copy;
  • Marcel Snyders<br>&copy;
  • Marijke Peters<br>&copy;
  • Marijke van der Meer<br>&copy;
  • Mark Bellamy<br>&copy;
  • Marnie Chesterton<br>&copy;
  • Martha Hawley<br>&copy;
  • Max Ohlenschlager<br>&copy;
  • Max, Reza Kartosen and Maaike<br>&copy;
  • Michael Blass<br>&copy;
  • Michel Walraven<br>&copy;
  • Michel and Ashleigh<br>&copy;
  • Michele Ernsting<br>&copy;
  • Michele, Jaldeep, James, Mike, Theo and Jimmy Ocitti<br>&copy;
  • Mike Shaw<br>&copy;
  • Mike Shea<br>&copy;
  • Mindy Ran and David<br>&copy;
  • Nevil Gray<br>&copy;
  • Neville Powis and Howie<br>&copy;
  • Neville, Max, Liesbeth, Bertine and Jonathan<br>&copy;
  • Newsreaders<br>&copy;
  • Newsreaders 2<br>&copy;
  • Nick Meanwell<br>&copy;
  • Outside the RNW building<br>&copy;
  • Paddy Maguire <br>&copy;
  • Paul Anstiss<br>&copy;
  • Paul Clark<br>&copy;
  • Perro de Jong<br>&copy;
  • Pete Myers<br>&copy;
  • Research File team<br>&copy;
  • Richard Walker<br>&copy;
  • Rob Groen<br>&copy;
  • Robert Chesal<br>&copy;
  • Sarah Johnson<br>&copy;
  • Theo, Adam and Hal<br>&copy;
  • Theo, Jonathan, Paul Whiteman, Nick, Carol van den Ring, Anna Holland-Kemp, Perro, Dave, Jacky, unidentified<br>&copy;
  • Thijs Westerbeek<br>&copy;
  • Tim Fisher<br>&copy;
  • Tom Meyer<br>&copy;
  • Translators<br>&copy;
  • Vanessa Mock<br>&copy;
  • Veronica Wilson<br>&copy;
  • Wil van de Fluit<br>&copy;


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Anonymous 20 September 2012 - 12:22am / USA

I knew Neville Powis over 40 years ago, an loved him. Over de laatse 38 jaren hij blieft net in contact met mij!!! `:-(
I am a lonely heterosexual American gringo in Denver, Colorado USA and I welcome your replies! I don't expect to hear from Neville because it has become clear that he does not give a shit about me....

Karl 30 June 2012 - 5:07am / United States

I began listening to Radio Netherlands on Shortwave and later listened via the Internet. Your programming was the most interesting on international broadcasting. I wish you well!

Said Alam Khan 29 June 2012 - 7:27pm / Pakistan

I really don't know, from where to start as unfortunately June 29, 2012 evening, i came across to your radio live broadcasting service, and in her second breath, the newscaster said that today is Radio Netherlands-RNW’s English service final certainly surprised me too much, and i came to the conclusion that its was my first day and last. Would that i had tuned RNW’s English service before this day. This day will be remembered by me for my whole life. Regards.

Sean O'Broin 29 June 2012 - 5:07pm / Ireland

Hi there
First listened to Radio Netherlands (then called Radio Nederland)in 1958 when I came across the dulcet tones and polyglot linguist Edward Startz in the 'Happy Station'Mai O'Higgins wrote the 'Happy Station' Song for Tom Meyer. Have fond memories of meeting Rosemarie Ninibar and Tom many years ago for recordings of the programmes in both English & Spanish. there wasa record playing during the Spanish version and Tom looked up the word for 'scratch' in a dictionary.

Going off the air is really so sad, thanks for the memories and my thoughts are with the staff loosing their jobs, hopefully they will be fixed up.

Just listening to the Research File with Anne Blair Gould from 1996.

Cheerio and goodbye.

73's to you all.

Sean O'Broin, Maynooth, Kildare, Ireland

FRANCIS Hearne 29 June 2012 - 5:00pm / United Kingdom

I am really sorry that the English section is finishing.I have been listening to you since I got my first shortwave radio back in 1980 & RNW was one of the first stations that I listened to.It was Happy Station & DX Jukebox/Media Network were just 2 programmes that got me hooked, not to mention your news output etc. Many thanks for providing me with a Dutch view of the world. All the very best to you all.

Denis 29 June 2012 - 4:46pm

So sad to see you go. Been listening forever it seems.

Marianna 29 June 2012 - 12:11pm / brazil

I have been living in the Netherlands for almost a year now and RNW was the perfect company as I could not hear/learn the country's news nor understand any of the local radio stations. I am terribly sorry that you are closing down the english broadcast. I am grateful for all the very serious journalistic work offered and the news flow provided during all these months and I wish you good luck and all the best to you all.

John Dolive 29 June 2012 - 3:46am / USA

I have been a listener to Radio Netherlands since I first discovered shortwave radio in the 1950s. That interest led me to a very enjoyable 50 year career in broadcasting here in the USA.

Tonight I tuned in to 6165 and heard your last English language broadcast. A sad event. Thank you for the thousands of hours of enjoyable listening. I always considered Radio Netherlands to have the finest programming on shortwave. You will be missed!!!

Randy Harrison 29 June 2012 - 2:06am / USA

Sorry to see you go. Good luck to you and God bless.

Wendy 27 June 2012 - 3:35am / Canada

For 17 years I have been faithfully listening to Radio Netherlands programming here in Canada. I have never been to Europe, but your programming has made me plan to visit Holland. It is with great sadness that I hear of your parting. Sending all members of the Radio Netherlands team love, and gratitude, from Canada.

Hans Eckardt 27 June 2012 - 2:14am / USA

I listened to the English Service when I was a kid, probably 40 years ago. I remember "Happy Station" and still have a Radio Nederlands sticker and a few QSLs from that time. I stopped by the site today for some nostalgia. This is very sad news; it was great to see all of the (new to me) faces in the slide show. Good luck all!

Andrew G Sennitt 26 June 2012 - 9:15pm

Thanks for your hard work putting this together Iain! It's good to see so many familiar faces again. One of them is Veronica Wilson, and quite by chance I noticed that The Community TV Channel, a satellite TV channel, was showing a documentary on the IT revolution in Africa on 26th June. I tuned in, and immediately recognised the narrator's voice. It was a programme Veronica Wilson wrote and presented in 2005 after she left us. It's a reminder that there is life after Radio Netherlands for the many talented people we have had the privilege of working with. As one of my old friends used to say - when one door closes, another opens!

Anonymous 26 June 2012 - 2:04pm / Lalaland

All the world's a stage, and all men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

Jonathan Cross 26 June 2012 - 1:17pm / Wales

You'll be sadly missed.
Good luck to you all

Natasha 26 June 2012 - 11:51am / Netherlands

Thanks for posting these pictures that finally give a face to the some of the people we've liaised with at Expatica for several years and who gave us great reportage and articles to publish! You are a great bunch and I wish you all the best in your next endeavours!

jasmin 26 June 2012 - 4:57am

Thanks for introducing us to the great people-past and present, who worked hard to keep us informed and entertained.God bless you all!

Anonymous 26 June 2012 - 1:47am / brasil

show us de oldest portuguese service, in the years 70-80-90

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