Dutch AM – born again?
The winners of the five regional Dutch mediumwave licences advertised in November 2007 have been announced. Two have been awarded to Crosspoints BV, the company that owns Arrow Classic Rock and Arrow Jazz FM. This has caused great surprise in the Netherlands, given that Arrow recently relinquished the high power channel of 675 kHz. The company isn’t saying what it plans to do with the frequencies, but a spokesperson told the website RadioFreak.nl that “internally we do have an idea what we’re going to do with them, but I can’t yet say anything.”
The frequency of 1485 kHz has been awarded to Radio Marina, an oldies station. The frequency was advertised for a single transmitter in The Hague, but on its website Radio Marina says it plans to operate two transmitters serving South Holland and Flevoland.
Almere 1224 kHz has gone to Stichting Radika, which currently broadcasts on FM from Rotterdam under the name Radio Amor. Finally, Amsterdam 1557 kHz has been awarded to Stichting BKB3, which currently operates Magic FM in Amsterdam and Alkmaar.
In summary, these are the new stations:
* Heinenoord 828 kHz 20 kW (day) and 5 kW (night): Crosspoints BV (Arrow)
* Echt 1035 kHz 10 kW: Crosspoints BV (Arrow
* Almere 1224 kHz 40 kW (day) and 20 kW (night): Stichting Radika (Radio Amor)
* Location unconfirmed 1485 kHz 1 kW: Radio Marina
* Tilburg 1485 kHz 1 kW: Radio Marina (future plans)
* Amsterdam 1557 kHz 1 kW: Stichting BKB3 (Magic FM)
(Andy via Media Network)