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Radio Seagull - History


We broadcast from Harlingen, a small harbour-town in the northern part of the Netherlands, where the sound of the sea and of seagulls is heard everyday.

We also feel a strong relationship to the 'Radio Seagull' which broadcast from the MV Mi Amigo in 1973 and 1974 RS MiAm

Irish entrepreneur Ronan O'Rahilly approached Hugh Nolan and Barry Everitt (ex Radio Geronimo, 1970) and they helped launch Radio Seagull in 1973, along with Andy Archer, Bob Noakes, Norman Barrington, Tony Allan, Elija, Robin and Mike... with a mix of rock, jazz, classical and world music. There is more information on the Radio Seagull history website.

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Hugh Nolan   Barry Everitt   Bob Noakes

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Tony Allen   Radio Seagulll   Norman Barrington

During those days the ship, which also housed the radio station 'Radio Mi Amigo', was anchored four miles off the Dutch coast. Radio Seagull's original format included Progressive Rock, World, Jazz, Classical and Alternative music.

Seagull on Mi Amigo

The original Radio Seagull eventually mutated into Radio Caroline. It is therefore perhaps ironic that the team behind Radio Caroline Netherlands (which was distributed via the internet and Dutch Cable TV) launched today's Radio Seagull in August 2003.

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Thanks to Norman Barrington for some of the pictures

The crew of the MV Mi Amigo 29 July 1973


Elija Van Den Berg Barry Everitt
(with fist raised)
Norman Barrington Mike Wallgarland
 (Mike the poet)
  Mike Hydrophoil Andy Archer Robin Adcroft

Elija's comments about the 1973/74 Radio Seagull:

"My opinion of Seagull is it is the closest to a perfect radio station I have ever heard. The discussions and presentation of the programmes were human and intelligent. There was a real feeling of warmth and compassion. People talked about issues in a calm manner to people rather than shouting at them, which is mostly what they do today (no communication between listener and broadcaster/DJ. There was real feedback from the listeners, which was frequent and created real debate and thought. I was there all that period and it is nice to get some kind of acknowledgement of my existence after all these years, this is mostly thanks to Tony Allan."

Elija invites you to visit the Tony Allan memorial website



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