After 65 years of broadcasting, Radio Netherlands Worldwide's Dutch service will go off the air this week. To mark the close-down, the department will present a 24-hour live radio marathon.
The special live broadcast on 10-11 May will, one last time, bring that feeling of a 'home away from home' to Dutch listeners around the globe, reminding people how radio can be a friend in a foreign land.
Looking back... and forward
During the programme, hosts Karin van den Boogaert, Anouk Tijssen en Wim Vriezen will look back to the beginning of the station, playing wartime audio from Radio Oranje and from the many RNW newscasts about important moments in Dutch and world history.
Of course they won't forget any of the department's special programmes about culture or language or the shows specifically for expats, seafarers, and truck drivers. They'll dip into the music archives and they'll share memories sent in from listeners around the world.
Although the Dutch service is saying goodbye, they will also talk about the future of Radio Netherlands Worldwide - spreading free speech in places where press freedom is under threat and where people can not get independent information.
Plans for the closure or continuation of the other language departments are under discussion.
There are many ways to get involved in the radio marathon.
First off, you can listen! Check the hour-by-hour programme (in Dutch) and listen online or via satellite, shortwave or mediumwave radio (click here for frequencies; it's a pdf file in Dutch). You can also watch excerpts on BVN (see below).
Secondly, you can vote on the most memorable RNW radio moment (Dutch) from the last 65 years.
Lastly, you can share your own memory of Radio Netherlands Worldwide. The best stories will be shared on air and all entrants will be entered to win a copy of a beautiful book about the end of the Dutch world service: Je band met Nederland (Your link with the Netherlands).
To submit an entry, comment on this page (the page is in Dutch but you can write in English) or send an email directly to: .
To tune in:
The 24-hour radio marathon begins on 10 May at 20:00 UTC (22:00 local time) and will continue until 11 May at 20:00 UTC (22:00 local time).
The broadcast can be heard via shortwave in Europe (with summaries on shortwave in the rest of the world), satellite (BVN) and Wereldomroep.nl (with images). In the Benelux, listeners can tune in on 1296 AM. Click here for frequencies.
BVN will also cover the radio marathon.
On Thursday, May 10 at 19:00 UTC (21:00 local time) with a repeat on Friday, May 11th at 07:00 UTC (09.00 local time), reporters from the Dutch department will look back at their farewell journey which covered all the continents where Dutch expats and emigrés listened to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. During the broadcast, listeners can call and comment on the stories.
On Saturday, May 12th at 20:55 UTC (22.55 Dutch time) with a repeat on Sunday, May 13th at 20:55 UTC (22.55 Dutch time) , there will be a look back at the farewell broadcast including highlights of 65 years of radio and a very special ending.
Go to www.bvn.tv for local broadcast times.