THE RADIO MI AMIGO STORY

THE RADIO MI AMIGO STORY
(The Offshore Radio Years re-visited volumes
18)


Belgian businessman Sylvain Tack wanted to promote his Suzy waffles, and music artists on his
record labels, as well as pop magazine Joepie. He found the ideal platform with Radio Caroline,
starting with hiring a few hours airtime from, for Radio Mi Amigo. This soon expanded to a daily
service, and quickly became popular in Holland and Belgium. With the passing of the Dutch MOA
in 1974, Radio Caroline’s ship upped anchor and sailed to a position off the English coast. At first,
Radio Mi Amigo was clandestinely run from Belgium and Holland, but that soon became almost
impossible and Sylvain moved his whole operation to Spain, just staying one jump ahead of
the Belgian authorities. Exiled in Spain, which hadn’t at the time, any anti-offshore radio laws, Sylvain
with his Mi Amigo deejays settled into a life in the sunshine, recording programmes which somehow
found their way back across the sea to the Caroline radioship. Eventually Spain outlawed the
Mi Amigo operation. Sylvain Tack and the deejays were becoming tired of exile, and with an ageing
radioship there were soon changes. A new radioship was found, but there was a split in the control of
organization. Tack had left, and the new ship took longer than expected to fit out. The new era of
Radio Mi Amigo, from the MV Magdalena, only lasted for a few months. The ship broke her anchor
chain, and finished on a sandbank. She was quickly seized by Dutch police, and towed into harbour,
ending with an eventual fate of the breakers yard.

This new DVD / Blu-ray audio visual documentary tells the story of Radio Mi Amigo
and includes jingles, airchecks and interviews.

DOUBLE layer DVD-version
Price £30.50

BLURAY VERSION
Price £31.50

 

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