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Vanaf woensdag 30 augustus tem zondag 3 september 2017 wordt in Taverne Bijenhof te Bissegem(Kortrijk) een 5-daags radio-event georganiseerd door “Mi Amigo 40”. Een gebeuren helemaal gericht op de Engelse zeezenders.
Er zal worden uitgezonden op de FM voor de regio Kortrijk op 97.8 MHz. Maar daarnaast kan je ook wereldwijd luisteren naar “LONDONFM” via de webplayer van deze website.

Een overzicht van de medewerkers geven we jullie graag mee. Naast de naam krijg je ook een overzicht van het radioleven van de persoon in kwestie. Heel wat Engelse dj’s en daarnaast ook aardig wat Nederlandse radio dj’s hebben toegezegd om aan dit LONDONFM evenement hun medewerking te verlenen.

Een gast die we graag verwelkomen bij LONDONFM is GRAHAM GILL. Graham heeft een dik gevuld radio leven achter zich en nog steeds, lees alvast meer over Graham Gill hieronder

Heel speciaal voor Londonfm en dit dankzij de technische medewerking van Alex van den Hoek en Rob Schel, heeft Graham Gill een programma opgenomen. Maar een programma dat meer is dan zomaar een radioprogramma, het werd immers opgenomen in Museum Rockart in de oude Radio Veronica studio. Dus een programma dat nog heel wat geschiedenis met zich meedraagt. Het programma van Graham Gill wordt op zondag 3 september uitgezonden van 10-11am. Eerder in de week op woensdag 30 augustus van 14-15u is er een interview op Londonfm met Graham Gill te beluisteren. Een interview dat ook in het Rockart museum werd opgenomen en dit door Wim van de Water van

(Graham Gill bij Wim van de Water op interview in museum RockArt)

GRAHAM GILL born as ‘Graeme Gilsenan’ on 15th April 1936 in Melbourne, Australia. His radiocarrière started at the age of 14 at Radio 3UZ in Melbourne. After about a year he transferred to 3KZ where he worked as studio panel operator for Alan Freeman before becoming a broadcaster in his own right. From there he moved to Griffith in New South Wales, to 2RG as well as MTN-9 TV. At the end of 1965 Graham moved to Europe and, like many Australians of his generation, ended up living in London’s Earls Court. He found work at the Wimbledon Palais where, like Mark Roman before him, he got spotted by Radio London. In May 1966 he joined the station, although his stay on the Galaxy was brief – just two weeks – before he was offered a job on the rival Britain Radio / Radio England operation. He also spent time on Radio 390 but when it closed down visa problems forced him out of the country and he moved to Holland.


Graham returned to sea during the seventies, working on both Radio Caroline and Radio Northsea International off the Dutch coast. Here he sang his theme tune live every night over the backing of Junior Walker’s Way Back Home. When the Dutch introduced their anti-pirate legislation in 1974 Graham joined Radio Netherlands (the Dutch equivalent of the World Service). He retired in 1984 but in 2002 was tempted back onto the air to present some shows on the short-lived Radio Caroline cable service in Holland.

Graham published his autobiography in 2010. Way Back Home: The Graham Gill Story is avilable from The Foundation of Mediacommunication.

(Graham Gill 1973) foto by Soundscapes

Here an article about Graham Gill written by Dr. Martin van der Ven. Following his book of Graham Gill “Way Back Home, the Graham Gill story”

Graham Gill has certainly been an offshore radio icon for several decades, and every visitor of the annual Radio Days in Amsterdam is looking forward to hear him singing his evergreen “Way Back Home”. Being a bit too young I unfortunately missed his programmes on Radio London, Swinging Radio England, Britain Radio and Radio 390 off the British coast during the 1960s. But as a 17-year-old teenager I first heard Graham on RNI on his regular late night programmes and his Sunday evening’s RNI Request Show during the early summer of 1973. His distinctive voice fascinated and meant a sort of RNI landmark to me. I was a bit astonished when he left RNI in June 1974 to rejoin Radio Caroline which played quite different, more adult orientated rock music. But Graham certainly didn’t disappoint his listeners as he had no problems to adept with the hippy culture onboard the MV Mi Amigo which he left only 11 weeks later, when the Dutch marine offences bill came into force. It took me another 22 years to get to know Graham personally. I first met him during the 1996 Radio Day in Haarlem. But in 2002, I came to know him even better. We met in Harlingen at the opening of Sietse Brouwer’s Dutch Radio Caroline and we jointly attended the fabulous offshore radio reunion in London in August of the same year. Some weeks later, I was entitled to have an interview with Graham at the German Radio Day in Erkrath where he described his fascinating radio career in great detail. In the meantime, we had become friends and built confidence. In the years to come, Graham took an active part in the Erkrath Radio Day on a regular basis and he didn’t miss an Amsterdam Radio Day anymore.

So what can I say about his long awaited book? You might think of me as a bit prejudiced. Nevertheless let me suggest that you will be pleasantly surprised when reading Graham’s memoirs. It’s the story of his life with most of all his intriguing radio career which began in his native country Australia where he received an full-scale training as a radio broadcaster. Graham had been lucky to gain important experience during his 14 years in Australian radio when he came to the UK in 1966. You may look forward to take part in many details of these years which formed the character of the young Australian who later had no problems to become acquainted with all these strange new radio stations broadcasting from ships and military forts in the North Sea. Graham particularises many interesting anecdotes concerning countless personalities he dealt with during all those years in on- and offshore radio. At first appearance, it might be a bit unexpected that he paints a rosy picture of the conditions on Red Sands Fort (home of Radio 390). But this very happy period of his life had to do with the strong feeling of a happy family that the great team of announcers was producing. 7 years later, history repeated itself under totally different conditions on the MV Mi Amigo where the “Caroline family” received him with open arms. On every occasion you share Graham’s desire for gaining new experiences and getting to know interesting and warm-hearted people. And he did succeed ever so often! I am sure you will be excellently entertained by this capturing biography. (Dr.Martin van der Ven)