De hoogste nieuwe binnenkomer op nummer 32 is de man van de TROS tunes : André Moss met Ella. De treiterschijf van vorige week is de op één na hoogste binnenkomer. De kanskaart van Ted Bouwens zegt me niet zoveel. De andere kanskaarten zijn overbekend. Op 18 in de Troef 20 staat Chi Coltrane. Vorige jaar op de radiodag vertelde ze dat ze wel 's aan boord van de MEBOII was geweest. De treiterschijf van deze week geeft duidelijk aan dat het karnaval eraan zit te komen. Binnen een paar weken zal de Top 50 bol staan van karnavalsmuziek.

 Deze Top 50 kun je hier beluisteren:

Uur 1                          Uur 2                          Uur 3

En als extraatje de


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

The RNI memories of Michael Downing for this period


The Kanskaarten were certainly less obscure by the beginning of 1974 - I can remember all of them, although you only hear Ted Bouwens' Kanskaart from this week on Bert van der Laan's Tipparade shows these days.


My RNI diary for this weekend:


Friday 4 January 1974

Rob Eden, Brian McKenzie, Gerard Smit and Hans Molenaar all go off on shore leave today and Marc van Amstel, Hans ten Hooge, Don Allen and Robin Banks return to the Mebo 2. Marc van Amstel takes over Buitengaats this evening and International Service programmes are:


20.00 Mike Ross (Toppers 20)

22.00 Brian McKenzie (Rock'n'roll Special)

24.00 Don Allen

2.00 Robin Banks

4.00 - 6.00 Skyline


The Toppers 20 replaces the previous Top 30 and, in addition to the singles Top 20, there is an LP Top 10, although this is not in any particular order. Also, there are no station hitpicks any longer, although there is still a Smash Play. Mike Ross says that this new chart will last all of 1974.


Today is Cass the Cook's wedding day and guests at the wedding include Rob Eden and Brian McKenzie.


Newsreader during the pre-recorded Rock'n'roll Special is Don Allen.


Saturday 5 January 1974

The Troef 20 is not played in any particular order in this afternoon's Driemaster. International Service programmes are:


20.00 Mike Ross

22.00 Don Allen (Country'n'Western Jamboree)

24.00 Robin Banks

2.00 Mike Ross

4.00 - 7.00 Skyline


Don Allen says that he has heard people say that RNI will be closing down, but he knows nothing about it and nor does anybody else on the Mebo 2.


Sunday 6 January 1974

Apart from the Treiterschijf, the records that I have heard most on RNI over the past week have been:

Donny Osmond - When I fall in love

Charlie Rich - The most beautiful girl

New Seekers - You won't find another fool like me

Frank Sinatra - Let me try again

Gary Glitter - I love you love me love

Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody

Alice Cooper - Teenage Lament '74

Astrid Nijgh - Ik doe wat ik doe

Wally Tax - Miss Wonderful

Stealers Wheel - Star

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Billy Paul - Thanks for saving my life

Leo Sayer - The Show must go on

Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas everyday

Melanie - Will you love me tomorrow

Roy Wood - Forever


The Driemaster LP show lasts only one hour today. International Service programmes are:


20.00 Mike Ross (Hitback Show)

22.00 Graham Gill (Request Show)

24.00 Rob Eden (Contemporary Music) 

2.00 - 3.00 Don Allen


RNI closes down at 3.00am for work on the insulators. Don Allen reads news during the recorded Request Show and Contemporary Music Show.

The hitback cometition is reinstated in the hitback show this evening.


Monday 7 January 1974

RNI’s campaign to stay on the air is now hardly mentioned on the air at all, despite the Eerste Kamer meeting next week. Marc van Amstel mentions it and plays “Mozart 40”, RNI’s first Smash Play, but otherwise nothing. Tonight’s programme schedule is:

20.00 Mike Ross

22.00 Robin Banks

1.00 Don Allen

4.00 -6.00 Skyline

Mike Ross says that they are now using the smaller studio and are likely to do so “for about the next year”.


Tuesday 8 January 1974

Hans ten Hooge goes off on the tender and Hans Molenaar returns to the Mebo 2. Marc van Amstel stays on Buitengaats. Tonight’s Skyline programme is presented by Louise.


Wednesday 9 January 1974

It is not being revealed who Louise, the new host of the Skyline programme, is. Robin Banks has received a letter that was clearly not intended for him. He says that, if the writer would like to send him their name and address, he will return it. Hans Molenaar says that if the new Barend Servet record does not make the Top 50, he will leave RNI.


Thursday 10 January 1974

Better reception today than yesterday, but still quite poor. A whistle develops over the medium wave signal at about 22.45, which persists.


Friday 11 January 1974

Marc van Amstel and Mike Ross go off on shore leave and Graham Gill and Gerard Smit return. Hans Molenaar now takes over on Buitengaats and Dutch service news is read by Hans Molenaar, Marc van Amstel and Gerard Smit during the day. International service programmes this evening are:

20.00 Graham Gill (Toppers 20)

22.00 Brian McKenzie (Rock’n’roll Special)

24.00 Don Allen

2.00 Robin Banks

4.00 – 6.00 Louise (Skyline)

Don Allen reads the news in the pre-recorded Rock’n’roll Special. Again the whistle starts over RNI’s medium wave signal at about the same time as last night, presumably being caused by another station.


Then these were the new records that I heard RNI play for the first time during the week commencing 5 January 1974:




James Lloyd

Je t'aime Cherie

Scott Walker

Woman left lonely

Dusty Springfield

The summer is over (Reissue)

Frank Smith

Come back home

Chris Montez

No one knew

Johnny Hoes

Jongens, 't is zo fijn

Middle of the Road

Honey no

Art Garfunkel

I shall sing