- Radio 538
Infobox Radio station
name = Radio 538
slogan = Radio = 538Eén station, alle hits ("One station, all the hits)
frequency = between 102.0 and 102.9 FM (and in Limburg on 891 kHz midwave)
airdate = December 11, 1992
share = 11,2 %
share as of = March/April 2008
share source = [http://www.radio.nl/2003/home/links_en_info/002.informatie/001.cijfers/001.luistercijfers/default.asp?IntArticleID=131786&int_currentpage=1]
webcast = [http://www.garnierstreamingmedia.com/asx/radio538.asp]
website = [http://www.radio538.nl/ www.radio538.nl]
Radio 538 (pronounce radio vijf-drie-acht) is a commercial
radio stationin The Netherlandsaimed at young people. It has a broad format including Top 40, dance, R & B and recent hits. As of April 2004, it is the most popular radio station in The Netherlands with an average market share of about 12%.
Radio 538 was founded in 1992 by a group of former employees of
Radio Veronica, led by Lex Harding. Broadcasts started on December 11 1992from a villa in Bussum. The name Radio 538 is derived from the wavelengthat which Veronica broadcasted in the seventies (538 meters).
From the start in 1992 till
1995, Radio 538 only broadcast via cable. A request to broadcast in the ether was denied at that time. After a media campaign during which 320,000 signatures were collected, Radio 538 got its ether frequency in 1995, consisting of various regional frequencies. In 2003, Radio 538 was given a new nationwide frequency, 102 FM. However, Radio 538 had to pay € 57 million to gain the new frequencies, which it can operate until 2011.
In 1995 Lex Harding started the TV station
TMF(The Music Factory) after which Erik de Zwartbecame the new president of Radio 538. At the end of 2002Erik de Zwart left to go to competitor Noordzee FM. Jan-Willem Brüggenwirthbecame the new president. In December 2003 Radio 538 was sold to Advent International. Lex Harding kept 10% of the shares. In May 2005 Radio 538 was sold in its entirety to John de Mol's company Talpa. In June 2007 the Talpa holding was sold to RTL Nederland.
In 1999 Radio 538 started the hip-hop and
R&Bprogram Juize, which developed into the radio station Juize.FM on 18th July 2004. Currently, the station has 16,000 listeners per day, making it one of the five most popular radio stations on internet. Since 1 July 2005, Juize FM is broadcast in most of the Netherlands by cable and has also started running shows with presenters.
Froukje de Both
Niek van der Bruggen
Rick van Velthuysen
Arlo van Sluis
Bart van Leeuwen
Erik de Zwart
Edith den Doosch
Jeroen van Inkel
Menno de Boer
Mirella Simoncini (Green Report)
Ruud de Wild
Wessel van Diepen
Wouter van der Goes
Taken from the
Dutch WikipediaRadio 538 page.
(As of 24 December 2007)
List of radio stations in the Netherlands
* [http://www.radio538.nl/ Radio 538 web site]
* [http://www.radio538.nl/538/radio538/info/ Radio 538 Info Page]
* [http://www.radio538fanclub.nl/ Radio 538 Fanclub]
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