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|Slogan||Messenger of music|
First air date
|1 October 1995|
Last air date
|1 October 2011|
Former call signs
|RTL Radio, RTL Rockradio, Happy RTL|
In 1992 Dutch radio station RTL Radio started broadcasting. After this station failed to be a success, its format and name was first changed to RTL Rockradio, then to Happy RTL and back to RTL Rockradio. In 1995, the name was changed to Kink FM and the ownership split 50-50 between RTL and Veronica. In 1996, RTL gave up on the cable station and sold its remaining rights to Veronica which is still the owner. From the start Kink FM had to fight for its existence.
In October 2005 Kink FM celebrated its tenth anniversary. The station's 12.5 anniversary was celebrated by organising a radio takeover. Several well-known Dutch artists such as Junkie XL, The Nits, GEM, Voicst and Rick de Leeuw (formerly of Tröckener Kecks) presented an hour-long radio show filled with the music of their choice.
Despite the fact that most programs were presented by Dutch diskjockeys (except for Roy Avni (Electronation) an Israeli DJ, Craig Solo (Hip Hop 120 and Traffic Jam) an English DJ, and Little Steven), Kink FM had an international appeal, mainly because of the low percentage of spoken word per hour and its internationally oriented playlist. This is even more so the case with Kink FM's two internet streams: Kink Aardschok, Kink X-Rated and Kink Classics which played music non-stop.
On 29 June 2011 Kink FM owner V-Ventures announced that the station would cease broadcasting on its 16th birthday: 1 October 2011.
On Kink FM's 16th birthday, the station ceased broadcasting. In place of Kink FM the Internet-streams are used by Pinguin Radio.
On 1 February 2019 Kink restarted, not as Kink FM but simply as Kink broadcasting via online channels, like their own website and via air but online van DAB+. By june 2020 Kink has proven to grow at a steady pace and has proven to have listeners with longest listing time frames within the dedicated listeners group.
- "Kink FM-dj's beginnen Pinguin Radio". Spitsnieuws.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kink FM.|
- Official website
- Kink ClassX: Online radio channel with the best of 50 years of alternative and progressive pop.
- Kink Aardschok: Kink's Online Metal-Radio channel
- KinkFM Podcasts: Podcasts of many Kink-shows
- Pinguin Radio - A new station launched by former Kink-FM employees