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Radio Veronica
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Broadcasting since 1960, Radio Veronica was an offshore radio station and it broadcasts from offshore for over fourteen years. In order to stimulate the sales of radio receivers by providing an alternative to the Netherlands state-licensed stations in Hilversum, it was set up by independent radio, TV, and household electrical retailers in the Netherlands. After it starts broadcasting on 21 April 1960, it announced itself as VRON (Vrije Radio Omroep Nederland. Some of its staff applied for a broadcasting license and continued as a legal organization with the same name after the station's closure. It became the most popular station in the Netherlands as the original Radio Veronica.


As it broadcasts from a former lightship Borkum Riffanchored off the Dutch coastline, the ship was fitted with a horizontal antenna between the fore and aft masts, fed by a one-kilowatt transmitter. The studios and offices moved to bigger premises on the Utrechtseweg in Hilversum at the end of the 1960s. The station was influenced by English-language pirates like Radio London and adopted a faster format with jingles during 1965. Radio Dolfijn and then Radio 227, which targeted Veronica's audiences when another UK pirate, Swinging Radio England, went bankrupt it was briefly replaced by two Dutch-language successors.


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