Een Top 50 met daarin ook aandacht voor de "concurrent" Veronica. Op nummer 17 vind je Veronica 538 van Vader Abraham en consorten. Verder op nummer 42 Old Shatterhand met I'm the greatest en op nummer 48 Les Beaux Jours van Rika Zarai, een alarmschijf, die de Top 40 nooit haalde. Tussen de kanskaarten zitten het mooie Baby don't get hooked on me van Mac Davis en I'd love you to want me van Lobo en die laatste zie je ook wel 's op 192TV (opname uit het Duitse popprogramma Disco).

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 en daaronder een paar scans uit de ME van November 1972.

The RNI memories of Michael Downing for this period


Friday 3 November 1972

Nico Steenbergen is on from 19.00 to 20.00 and then, unannounced, at 20.00 there is the return of the International Service. Programmes are:

20.00 Mike Ross

22.00 Don Allen

24.00 Brian McKenzie

3.00 – 6.00 Mike Ross

Don Allen is the former Radio Caroline North DJ. The three DJs came on board the Mebo 2 at about 18.30 and had only 90 minutes to prepare for this evening’s programmes. Mike Ross says that there will be quite a few new names and faces on the station – does this mean that Tony Allan, Dave Rogers, Terry Davis and Arnold Layne will not be returning? Mike also says that, if it wasn’t for Brian McKenzie, he would not be there. There is news at the top of each hour between 21.00 and 3.00, read by the DJ broadcasting in the immediately preceding hour. Mike Ross also says that the International Service will be around for a long time to come. The reinstatement of the International Service is obviously another spot decision, as the Dutch DJs made no reference to it during their programmes earlier in the day.


Saturday 4 November 1972

Records that I have heard most on RNI over the past week, excluding the Treiterschijf, have been:



Lynsey de Paul

Sugar me

Theo & Marjan

He schat weet je dat

Alex Harvey

To make my life beautiful

David Cassidy

How can I be sure

Michael Jackson

Ain’t no sunshine

Old Shatterhand

I’m the greatest



Rick Nelson

Garden Party


Ventura Highway

Rika Zarai

Les beaux jours


Tony Berk has an hour with Mariska Veres of Shocking Blue at 15.00, followed by an hour of oldies with a few DJ hitpicks at the end from 16.00 to 17.00. Nico Steenbergen still thinks that he has two hours – he was reminding us of the “Drie Beatles” spot at 20.30 in his show; however, that hour is not broadcast, as the International Service is on with the following programmes:

20.00 Don Allen

22.00 – 24.00 Brian McKenzie

There is a new engineer on board the Mebo 2 – an American named Steve Berry. Today is Edwin Bollier’s birthday, so the three English speaking DJs, plus Mike Ross’s wife Sheila (also on board) and Hans Molenaar sing him “Happy Birthday” at 22.00. The Greenwich time signal is reintroduced at the top of each hour this evening. RNI closes at 24.00 for maintenance work.

A mobile discotheque show today features Leo van der Goot and Tony Berk.


Sunday 5 November 1972

The Dutch DJs still do not know about the return of the International Service, which tonight is:

20.00 Brian McKenzie (Hitback Show)

22.00 Don Allen

24.00 – 2.00 Mike Ross

The hitback competition is reinstated and Mike Ross, who will be taking over this programme from next week, helps pick the winner of the previous hitback competition. RNI closes for more maintenance at 2.00.

Today’s mobile discotheque features Alfred Lagarde and Ferry Maat.


Monday 6 November 1972

RNI is off the air for part of this morning’s Leo van der Goot show and, when it returns, reception is very poor. Therefore there is no International Service this evening – RNI closes for maintenance at 20.00 following an announcement by Brian McKenzie.


Tuesday 7 November 1972

RNI is back on the air this morning at 6.00 with much improved reception. Tonight’s programmes are:

20.00 Mike Ross

22.00 Don Allen

24.00 – 3.00 Brian McKenzie

One of the most noteworthy things is how popular Alex Harvey’s “To make my life beautiful” was on RNI. It was amongst the most played records in the week to 22 September 1972 and was still being played a lot 6 weeks later.


Wednesday 8 November 1972

The return of the World Service is announced. It is to broadcast every Sunday between 10.00 and 20.00 on 6205KHz in the 49 metre band.


Thursday 9 November 1972

Dick de Graaf goes off on shore leave and Hans ten Hooge comes back on board as a newsreader.

A new feature on the Mike Ross show is "Around Europe", the object of which is to provide information about concerts taking place all over Europe.


Friday 10 November 1972

New programmes for Friday evening are:

20.00 Mike Ross (International Hit 30)

22.00 Don Allen

24.00 Brian McKenzie (Rock'n'Roll Special)

2.00 Brian McKenzie

3.00 - 6.00 Mike Ross

The International Hit 30 replaces the International Prediction Hit 40 and has records from Germany, Spain, France and Belgium as well as the UK and USA.

A mobile discotheque today features Ferry Maat and Tony Berk.


New records played on RNI this week included:




Loop di love

Bob Seger

If I were a carpenter

Rod McKuen and Liesbeth List

Far side of the hill

Zangeres Zonder Naam

Het slavenkoor

Helen Reddy

I am woman

Four Tops

Keeper of the castle

Michael Jackson


Betty Wright

Baby sitter

Jose Feliciano


Martine Bijl


Isaac Hayes

Theme from The Men


Wonder girl

Vikki Carr

The big hurt


Together alone


There has been a time

Gallagher and Lyle

Give a boy a break

De Middle of the Road zakt deze week van 6 naar 12

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Mexico van de Les Humphries Singers zakt deze week van 3 naar 4

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The Sweet zakt deze week van 4 naar 8

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En reklame voor Timex hoorde je regelmatig op de radio

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