Een jubileumnummer van de Top 50 en wel nummer 100. Een aantal karnavalsnummers vullen deze Top 50, maar de hoogste nieuwe binnenkomers zijn toch wel de discotheekstampers (Gary Glitter en Kincade). 't Spijkerkwartet is een van de kanskaarten, een jaar geleden stond 't in de Top 50. Op 20 staat Mexican Bandido van Old Shatterhand, een plaatje dat model stond voor de Wrangler reclame-deuntjes.

Deze Top 50 kun je hier beluisteren:

Uur 1                          Uur 2                          Uur 3

Onder de TOP 50 kun je de herinneringen van Michael Downing lezen uit de tijd dat deze Top 50 werd uitgezonden.

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The RNI memories of Michael Downing for this period


I wasn't keeping an RNI diary in February 1973, but my recollections of what was happening at the time are that Mark Slate left the station around this time and was replaced, for a short time, by a new DJ called Steve King, although he only had one stint on the Mebo 2 before deciding that it was not for him due to sea sickness. Steve was replaced in late March by Graham Gill, who transferred from Caroline.


Meanwhile, on the Dutch service, Buitengaats was the live breakfast show at the beginning of 1973, presented by Gerard Smit or Marc van Amstel, depending on who was on board at the time. I always found this a very enjoyable breakfast show. Driemaster was still presented by Leo van der Goot or Alfred Lagarde, although Alfred would soon leave, to re-emerge on the VARA later in the 1970s, where, in 1975, he presented an early morning programme on Tuesday between 6.00 and 7.00, before Leo van der Goot did the breakfast show from 7.00 to 9.00.  


About a week later than this Top 50, the anchor chain broke and the Mebo 2 drifted, having to cease transmissions for a while until it was safely back in international waters.


During this time there was new competition from Rado Caroline, which had recommenced transmissions and had a mixed English/Dutch schedule. Several of the DJs that were to be associated with Dutch language programmes from the Mi Amigo over the next few years joined in the first three months of 1973, including Bert Bennett, Joop Verhoof, Peter Brian (who became Peter Van Dam on later programmes) and Will van der Steen. So with Veronica, RNI and Caroline all broadcasting, February 1973 was a very good time for radio.