Any off-air recordings of the Happy Station Show with Eddy Startz?

Eddy Startz (Source: Radio Netherlands Archives)

I was recently contacted by Shortwave Radio Audio Archive subscriber, Geoff Gilham, who asked: “Do you know if any recordings of Edward Startz exist?

That’s a very good question, because unfortunately, we have no off-air recordings of Eddy  Startz in the archive at present. Startz had a very long tenure at RNW retiring from the Happy Station at the end of 1969, so there must be recordings out there.

Post readers: If you have off-air recordings of Eddy Startz on The Happy Station Show, please comment or contact me. We’d love to add them to the archive! Many thanks!

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13 thoughts on “Any off-air recordings of the Happy Station Show with Eddy Startz?

  1. Richard Langley

    Ray: Could there be anything wrong with the dates of two of these broadcasts? 5 January 1961 was a Thursday, not a Sunday, and 4 June 1965 was a Friday.

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  2. Keith Perron

    I have around 400 full shows from 1952 to 1969, but these are studio tapes.

    As for off air recordings. I have a few bits and pieces. These are from his pre-Radio Netherlands days. Made between 1928 and 1933. These were recordings Philips engineers made at the Philips Laboratory in Eindhoven as programs were going out, recorded on glass discs.

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  3. Tom Quinn

    As an 81 year old Scotsman I have many happy memories of The Happy Station.
    My father tuned in every Sunday in the Forties and Fifties and through this I developed my lifelong Shortwave interest.
    Can still remember “A Nice Cup Of Tea” and am able to whistle the Dutch national anthem…Hah!
    Tom Quinn
    Glasgow

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  4. Richard Langley

    I think Keith Perron has some and I recall he featured one or more of the recordings of original Happy Station programs on his revived Happy Station show, which used to be broadcast over WRMI. I’ll check to see if I have any recordings of these replayed programs but Keith might read this and offer up something from his archives.

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  5. Bill (WD9EQD)

    I guess I’ll add a few more.

    You-Tube Video of early Radio Netherlands. Eddy is part way thru. I love the rotatable antenna:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJOBgkhak6I

    The following page from Radio Without Boarders has a nice write up on Eddy Startz and Happy Station.
    I think it has the same video as above. But there are a couple of audio clips from 1938.

    http://verhalen.beeldengeluid.nl/radio-without-borders#chapter-1817210

    And the Offshore Echos site has a write up with a couple of audio files at the bottom of the page:

    https://www.offshoreechos.com/Happy%20Station/Happy%20Station-00.html

    And for some great info on Radio Netherlands, I suggest you start at the first page of Radio Without Boarders:

    http://verhalen.beeldengeluid.nl/radio-without-borders

    73
    Bill
    WD9EQD
    Smithville, NJ

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