Radio 5 (Netherlands)

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Radio 5 (Nostalgia)
Broadcast area Netherlands
Slogan Je voelt je thuis (You're feeling at home)
Frequency 747 kHz, Cable, DAB, Internet
First air date 1983/2006
Format Information, entertainment, music, game
Former callsigns Hilversum 5 (until 1985)
Radio 747 (2001-2006)
Owner State owned
Website www.radio5.nl

Radio 5 is a Dutch public-service network radio station operated by NPO. On weekdays between 06:00 and 19:00 it aims to broadcast an accessible mix of easy listening music, short interviews, and listener participation (games, etc.), together with brief news summaries and other public information items, to a target audience of listeners aged 55+, branded Radio 5 Nostalgia.[1] On weekday evenings the network carries specialized factual and discussion programmes concerned with the life of the spirit, education, opinion and debate.[2] At weekends the emphasis is on philosophy and religion, poetry and readings, as well as special programming for first-generation immigrants.[3] Overnights the network broadcasts non-stop music Monday to Friday, also non-stop music at weekend from 1900hrs Friday to 2359 Sunday as Max Nostalgia, but not on 747 kHz. From January 2014 Radio 5 Nostalgia started broadcasting on a Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 6pm Dutch time, The Nostalgia part also ends at 6pm Dutch time Monday to Friday.

Radio 5 was launched in 1983 under the name of Hilversum 5. In 1985 the network changed its name to Radio 5, This was altered yet again on 1 April 2001 when Radio 5 became Radio 747 to reflect the change of frequency from 1008 kHz to 747 kHz. More recently, on 4 September 2006, the name was changed back to Radio 5. Although the 747 kH medium wave transmissions were appreciated by motorists and enabled the channel to be heard across much of Europe at night, the domestic audience is increasingly reached via cable or internet.

Because of the increase of its listeners, it is considered to make the easy-listening programming, Radio 5 Nostalgia available 24-hours a day. From September 2011 Radio 5 Nostalgia became available 24-hours a day, known as Max Nostalgia, but only at certain times on 747. Not from 1900hrs Friday to 2359hrs Sunday. Radio 5 on 747 broadcasts separate programs on that frequency, mainly specialized programs.[4]

On 15 July 2011, as a result of a fire and collapse of the antenna at the FM and TV tower in Hoogersmilde, large part of the Netherlands were left without terrestrial FM radio and TV. As a stopgap Radio 5's 747 kHz AM frequency has been temporarily assigned to Radio 1 to make a news, current affairs and sports radio program available to those in the affected area.[5] However, by December 2012 the mast had been rebuilt and restored to full operation.[6]

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Radio 5 Nostalgia in the Netherlands now broadcasts 24 hours a day 7 days a week. From 1900 Dutch time to Midnight Monday to Friday it broadcasts non-stop music as Max Nostalgia, and at weekends from 1900 Friday through Saturday and Sunday. Since 1 January 2014 Radio 5 Nostalgia broadcasts from 0000hrs to 1800 Dutch time Mondays to Fridays and now also at the weekend (Sat and Sun)from 0600 to 1800hrs Dutch time.

On 747 Medium Wave, Radio 5 broadcasts music from Midnight to 0600 from Monday to Friday, when the mix of music and talk programs resumes.

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