|Birth name||Gerard Ekdom|
26 March 1978 |
|Time slot||12:00 - 14:00 p.m.
|Show||Ekdom In De Nacht|
|Time slot||4:00 - 7:00 a.m.
Gerard Ekdom (born in Utrecht, 26 March 1978) is a radio DJ at the Dutch radio station 3FM. Since September 2001 until September 2010 he hosted the show Arbeidsvitaminen (lit. labour vitamin, a Dutch term for music played while doing manual labor) each weekday from 10:00 until 12:00 am. Since September 2010 he is the host of his new show "Effe Ekdom" as well as the Friday evening show Ekstra Weekend, together with Michiel Veenstra.
From early in life, Gerard Ekdom had the ambition to become a DJ. As a young talent, he was frequently asked as a drive-in jockey since he was fourteen. He started his radio career at local station Radio De Bilt. He has worked for the Stadsomroep Utrecht and NEW Dance Radio. He owes his career in part to DJ Fred Siebelink. Ekdom met Siebelink one day in Utrecht, recognizing him by his voice, and introduced himself. Siebelink spotted the boy's talent and showed him around the Stadsomroep, which was happy to employ him.
In 1998, Ekdom started his career at 3FM. A year and a half earlier he had sent a demo tape to then-manager Jan Steeman of the project Pyjama FM by AVRO studios. After a phone call from Steeman he was welcome to AVRO's night school. During this studies he was occasionally heard on Magic FM and Hot Radio.
In September 1999 Ekdom moved from night shows to Sunday morning and hosted the show EKDOM!. His major breakthrough was seven months later, when the Arbeidsvitaminen needed a stand-in host. Both Ekdom and the AVRO enjoyed his hosting of that show, and quickly afterward he was given the opportunity for his own nightly show. On 17 September 2001 he succeeded Wim Rigter as host of Arbeidsvitaminen. Since then, he has been on air every weekday between 9 and 12, and has made the show the most famous of its station.
3FM Serious Request
From 19 December until 24 December 2005, Ekdom, together with colleagues Giel Beelen and Wouter van der Goes, created the show 3FM Serious Request. During the full length of this show, broadcast on radio 24 hours per day, they would live in a so-called 'glass house', without any food. The radio listeners were able to request tracks for a small fee, which was then donated to the charity for the victims of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ever since that event the radiostation organises a yearly Serious Request on behalf of a different charity.
- 2006 Giel Beelen, Gerard Ekdom, Sander Lantinga against landmines
- 2007 Gerard Ekdom, Michiel Veenstra, Rob Stenders for drinkingwater
- 2008 Giel Beelen, Paul Rabbering, Coen Swijnenberg for refugees
- 2009 Gerard Ekdom, Giel Beelen, Annemieke Schollaard against malaria
- 2010 Gerard Ekdom, Giel Beelen, Coen Swijnenberg against aids
- 2012 Gerard Ekdom, Giel Beelen, Michiel Veenstra against infant mortality
A year earlier, this charity show had won a Marconi Award. In 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 Ekdom entered the house again, every year making it an even greater success than the year before.
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