second call from BART at Wreck This Mess
- FREE RADIO UNDER COMMERCIAL CLOUDS, HEAVY PRIVATIZATION PRECIPITATION EXPECTED
I am writing under the name Wreck This Mess to call on all Free Radio
makers at stations like WFMU, KPSN, Radio Libertaire, micro radio,
internet radio and all musicians, producers, yodelers!!, samplers,
CIRCUS PERFORMERS, post-modern sonic thieves, indie label owners,
venues, and poets and writers, and avid supporters of indie
culture/music who have ever found airplay or pleasure here at WTM or
Radio 100 or Radio Patapoe or extended interviews or write ups on my
WTM playlist to write a letter addressing the constricting of the air
waves by the selling off of the frequencies to the highest bidders.
Or all those who have received homemade tapes of old shows... how
about the time I bought you drinks... time is tight but minds are
not. so invest a few micro-managed minutes to write a letter.
Thus far 18 [not the 80 earlier reported!] WTM allies have written
very articulate letters. This is a very nice bundle but remains a
VERY small percentage of the total number of people, organizations,
bands, axe-wielders, grammy award winners on my mailing list.
support the Dutch Free Radio Stations in their protest against Dutch
National Radio Frequency Policy which currently threatens the very
existence of Free Radio in the Netherlands.
If you appreciate stations like Radio 100, Radio Patapoe, Radio Vrije
Keyser and a half dozen other free radio stations around the
Netherlands and/or cannot live without my programming, my dedication
to new/unusual music, free radio [17 years now], the hypothetical
exposure my playlists give under-regarded music/musicians then I
implore you to write a letter and send it to
with a cc: ninplant@...
I recommend you give a very short introduction of who you are
[musician, band, DJ, fan, listener, important person in the world
of culture in/outside the Netherlands] to help paint an accurate
picture of the international extent of free radio and its dedication
ot adventurous radio for its own sake and the sake of those creating
interesting sounds / texts.
I also recommend to add where you are writing from, that you are
coming via Wreck This Mess [optional of course] and then WHY. Keep it
short but don't skimp on emotion or indignation. Read on for more
The Dutch government's recently implemented Zerobase Radio Frequency
Policy is designed to control and regulate free use of the ether by
commercial radio stations. On May 23 this year most available space
on the Dutch airwaves was auctioned off to the highest bidder. It
should come as no surprise to anyone that as a result of this auction
it has become clear that for the next eight years only the biggest,
most commercially and
mainstream oriented stations will be able to exploit the remaining
The government's claim to preserve diversity in the new airwave
distribution has proven to be a fraud. The ZeroBase Policy
acknowledges only two kinds of radio: public and commercial. Any
radio formats that don't fit within either of these categories have
in effect become criminal organisations. Zerobase's nasty little
brother "Project Etherflits", an initiative of the Department of
Economic Affairs, has since March of this year been pro-actively
identifying and tracking "illegal" broadcasters throughout the North
and East of the country, confiscating studio equipment and imposing
large fines. Many stations have already been forced off the air.
Although Free Radio culture in the Netherlands has a long history
[the 3 stations have all been around for nearly 20 years with
relatively-speaking few problems until now] and remains innovative,
popular and highly valued as an important cultural and political
resource, Free Radio is neither public or commercial. Thus, under
the Zerobase legislation these stations will never be granted a legal
broadcasting permit. Nowhere in Europe have legislators been so blind
to active, independent radio-making culture. This needs to be
changed. During its twenty-five years of existence Dutch Free Radio
has been a beacon of Dutch and international fringe cultures,
alternative political action and social change.
WE URGENTLY DEMAND THAT THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES
NON-COMMERCIAL, NON-PUBLIC FREE RADIO AS A SEPARATE LEGAL RADIO
CATEGORY WITHIN THE NATIONAL FREQUENCY POLICY. THAT IS TO SAY THAT
LOW-COST, FREE-ACCESS DOMAINS IN THE ETHER MUST BE CREATED.
Retain your own human dignity now. Write to radiofestatie@...
The letters will be posted <http://www.vrijeradio.nl> and other
places but we also plan a print version to send as a booklet to
concerned parties in the media and government.
your tireless and humble sonic slave,
bart / wreck this mess [amsterdam]