16. November 2018
Just in: THIS WEEKEND: 2 new offshore radio jocks to join Radio Mi Amigo Int.!
WELCOME BOB LE-ROI and HANS HOGENDOORN!
This weekend will see the première of two new shows on Radio Mi Amigo International: Former RNI Dutch newsreader and DJ Hans 'ten Hooge' Hogendoorn's first show will air on Saturday and Sunday while Bob Le-Roi (UK) will also be heard for the first time on our station, starting this Friday and Sunday.
Bob Le-Roi is an offshore veteran too, a presenter who has been in broadcasting virtually his whole working life, starting out on Radio City, one of the legendary offshore radio forts off the coast of his native Whitstable.
Since then, Bobs voice has been heard on a long list of radio stations: BBC Radio Medway, ILR Invicta Radio. Radio Fax in Ireland, Juke Box Memories, European Classic Rock. Radio Seagull and the Voice of Peace, just to name a few.
Whilst still at the BBC, he became involved in supplying the Ross Revenge through 1983 - 1990, an illegal operation that was universally known as 'The Whitstable Navy'. He later joined Radio Caroline, working out of the Maidstone TV Studios and later in Larkfield.
Radio Mi Amigo International - home of many former Offshore Radio pioneers - is proud to add Bob Le-Roi to its current crew of Free Radio presenters. As of this weekend, Bob can be heard weekly as part of Mi Amigo's live weekend programs.
FORMER RNI'S 'HANS TEN HOOGE' TO JOIN MI AMIGO!
It is with pride and great pleasure that we can now confirm that former RNI -onboard- Dutch DJ/Newsreader 'Hans ten Hooge' (real name: Hans Hogendoorn) will join Radio Mi Amigo International's crew.
Hans is a fantastic addition to our team of former offshore radio presenters, and not just for his great work on the MEBO II. For many years he was also a very well-known shortwave presenter for 'Radio Netherlands World Service', for which he also created all imaging.
Furthermore, Hans' unique and very recognizable voice is still widely known in the Netherlands, as for some 20+ years he was the station voice for NOS radio, the Dutch national public broadcasting organization ('the Dutch BBC'), where he can still be heard in imaging and promos.
Apart from being a great broadcaster, Hans also is one of the nicest guys in the business, who loves radio and has fond memories of the offshore radio days, same as we all do here, at 'Europe's Best Oldies Station'.
We expect his first shows to start in mid November, at which time we'll publish a special edition of our Newsletter with more information and details about Hans Hogendoorn joining Radio Mi Amigo International. Stay Tuned!Subscribe to our Newsletter here
Radio Mi Amigo International's November Newsletter is here!
The latest edition of our Newsletter is out today.
In it you'll find the latest news about our station, the autumn competition, how YOU can help to keep us on the air and much more. You can download the newsletter here.
If you have subscribed in the past you will find it in you email today.
Due to new legislation it is possible that some of you will have to re-subscribe and 'opt-in'.
Take RADIO MI AMIGO with you - now on all smartphones!
Did you know that Radio Mi Amigo International can be received while you're on the road, in the car or anywhere you are, via your smartphone. Any smartphone: iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones and Blackberries.
We've selected 3 great apps for you: the RadioNED app (recommended for Dutch listeners as it has all Dutch radiostations), the radio.NET app and the TuneIn app (recommended for International listeners)
Just click in this picture to find your favorite App store, also open this link in your smartphone and download the app from there. Once inside the app, look for Radio Mi Amigo International and mark/save it as a 'favourite'.
You're always just one screenclick away from our music, wherever you are!
Emperor Rosko renews contract Radio Mi Amigo InternationalEmperor Rosko pictured here in the live studio of Radio Caroline on board the MV Mi Amigo, back in 1966
After weeks of tough negotiations Radio Mi Amigo International and Emperor Rosko are happy to announce they renewed their mutual commitment for another year, securing the legendary DJ's weekly program until at least September 2019.
In the mid-60s, Rosko served on Radio Caroline's ship the MV Mi Amigo in the 60's joining Caroline South in early 66 and leaving around the autumn of that year to join the French service of Radio Luxembourg. Later he also worked at BBC's Radio 1.
So we are happy and proud that we have him in our midst because this is where he belongs: with the many ex offshore radio DJ's that make Radio Mi Amigo International the only station providing the 'Soundtrack to a generation, presented by the team that lived it..!'
'The LA Connection' coming from Rosko's studio in California, can be heard throughout Europe on Shortwave 6085 kHz and Online: Fridays and Saturdays via Radio Mi Amigo International
This weekend: Aretha Franklin Special - Bruno's Soul Box
This weekend Bruno Hantson, our Soul Brother and R&B connaisseur extraordinaire, presents a one hour tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, that is NOT to be missed!
The show airs Saturday at 18:00 hrs and again on Sunday at 09:00 and 18:00 hrs.
25th, July 2018
Article in Radio User Magazine
There's a nice article about Radio Mi Amigo International in Radio User magazine, the result of increasing popularity and listeners numbers we currently see in the UK.
The August edition of Radio User magazine just came out and is currently available in shops everywhere in the UK.
Thanks to Paul Rusling who send us a copy, click picture to see the entire article:
14, July 2018
Join us this weekend!
June 11, 2018
We have upgraded our web streams!
Our low bandwidth audio stream for use in mobile devices has been upgraded to 96 kbps AAC+!
This latest streaming technology now gives you THE SAME audio quality as our main 192 kbps MP3 channel but with HALF its bandwidth use.
After experiencing issues with our audio streams last weekend, we replaced them, solving all problems while doubling the audio quality of our stream for mobile use!
Still problems connecting? Refreshing the cache of your browser then reload should solve it. The players should then work again.
22.214.171.124:8117 or like this: 126.96.36.199 port: 8117
See our new PROGRAM and BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Presented live shows and 24/7 music stream
'Soundtrack to a generation, presented by the team that lived it..!'
June 9, 2018
Saturday 16 and Sunday June 17 - 13:00 hrs - in 'Radio Cave':
Interview Jon Hudson (SDRplay)
Airplanes, ships, submarines, armies, secret services, radio amateurs, and many exotic broadcasters from all over the world...
...they all use Shortwave radio communication, and YOU can listen to them!This weekend we welcome Jon Hudson, founder of SDRplay, that magic black box that brings the world of radio to your PC, giving you a whole new experience discovering what's going on in the AM radio bands - yes, ALL of them!
And there's a lot more you can do with it as Jon Hudson explains talking Bob James in this weekend's edition of 'Radio Cave'. Tune in to get all the details firsthand.
As your old Shortwave radio may not cover all bands, it's time to try Software Defined Radio, or SDR - by SDRplay: the latest way to access the entire radio spectrum from Longwave to Microwaves - and everything in between.
Once connected to your PC, it offers a fully integrated design and a really user-friendly display, you'll be amazed by what this -super sensitive, low noise- little black box can do and discover it is the only radio receiver you'll ever need..!
SDRplay - made in the UK- ia at the forefront of this new technology. All information: SDRPLAY.COM
April 24, 2018
Technical update for our web stream listeners!Radio Mi Amigo International not only broadcasts on Shortwave 6085 kHz, but our music can also be enjoyed in full HD stereo via one of our two webstreams (see listen links at the right menu).
Some of you are listening via IP Radio's or other players and some of our earlier fans may have used one of 3 older webstreams that now will be discontinued as of Tuesday, April 24.
Below are the current web stream URL's for use in IP Radio's and other software that need you to type in the direct stream URL:
188.8.131.52:8117 [184.108.40.206 port: 8117] - (for high bandwidth 192 kbps)
220.127.116.11:8123 [ 18.104.22.168 port: 8123] - (for low bandwidth 48 kbps AAC+ )
March 9, 2018
Keeping the Captain's dream alive!
You may be aware that our captain and leader Cpt. Kord is seriously ill in hospital.
As we wait for the news that he is well enough to continue the great work he has started with the radio station, we have organised ourselves into an interim Management Team to keep his dream alive. The team has been appointed with one aim: to keep Radio Mi Amigo International bringing back 'the golden era of AM offshore radio'.
One of our first priorities was to sort out the problems accessing vital systems Kord used to manage from his studio in Spain, such as our website, webshop and email system. Whilst some parts of the operation were temporarily proving difficult to maintain to Kord's high standard, we'll get there.
We managed to set up a new domain and the web site can now be reached again at: www.radiomiamigo.international
We temporarily closed the webshop as due to the Captain's absence there's also a backlog of orders. Email addresses linked to the original domain are not working yet, but that too will be fixed soon. We'll keep the first part (everything before the '@') of the addresses, only replacing the old domain name with the new 'radiomiamigo.international' domain name. So regularly check the new website or the new Facebook page for the latest news.
Our daily shortwave transmissions on 6085 kHz in the 49-meter band remain unaffected and continue as normal. If you’d like to listen digitally, best way is to use the links at the top right menu from our website.
So, thank you for your understanding. And thank you for your support.
Together, we will keep Captain Kord’s dream alive.
Together, we will keep Radio Mi Amigo International on the air!
January 7, 2018
Peter van Dam 1952 - 2018Words can't describe the sadness we feel losing one of our own: Peter van Dam - the original Radio Mi Amigo icon, DJ, our colleague, friend, the voice in almost all of our jingles and audio design.
Peter spend the last years of his long and amazing radio career on the station where it all started: Radio Mi Amigo. His contemporary shows were original, sparkling and popular as ever, bringing joy and delight to his many fans, to us - and to himself.
For that -but especially for knowing how happy Peter was to be on the radio again, with us, on Mi Amigo, we feel grateful. We'll always remember and honour him as his voice remains where it belongs: with us, in our jingles - every day and in every show. Forever...
February 25, 2017
Join our live weekends!Our DJ's || Our Frequencies || Broadcast Schedule
Mi Amigo's daily shortwave broadcasts bring back that warm original AM radio sound that comes with AM modulation. REAL radio, the way we remember it from those exciting times when the Pirates ruled the airwaves. Combined with our jingles and a selection of great songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's, it instantly brings back the memories of the Golden Era of offshore broadcasting.
However we do use modern technology and a more contemporary presentation style to create what we believe would be the sound of those very offshore pirate radio stations, had they still been on the air today. Its called: 'Free Radio'...
February 6, 2017
Test transmissions for North America
Always trying to find new ways of reaching new SW audiences both in- and outside Europe, this month we are conducting a series of test transmissions from within the USA.
Last December we had a successful 125 kW broadcast from Germany aimed at North America. Reception reports came in from all over the USA but also from many South American countries such as Mexico and Brazil.
This month we will do 3 test broadcasts from inside North America, from the small town of Monticello in the northern US state of Maine, very close to the Canadian border.
We'll use the two 50 kW transmitters from SW station WBCQ, which is run by a dedicated team of radio enthusiasts for the benefit of the listeners.
There's also a link with European Offshore radio since one of the leading figures behind WBCQ is Allan Weiner, who worked for Radio Caroline on the Ross Revenge in 1985 and later went on to start his own offshore station Radio New York International (RNYI) from the M.V. Sarah in 1987.
If you want to check online receivers in the US, here are some links:
USA WebSDR's for 9330 kHzEdinburgh, Indiana
Rochester, New York
Sea Girt, New Jersey
Middletown, New Jersey
Milford 1, Pennsylvania
Milford 2, Pennsylvania
January 21, 2017
We would like to thank our listeners for all the nice reactions to our programs!
We received so much mail over the past weeks: real letters, emails and photographs of where you put our stickers. So thanks again you are the best! Keep listening and we'll keep providing the music, every day on 6085 kHz and online!
December 30 - 2016
'The Fastest growing AM Radio Station in Europe' would like to thank all listeners for their support over the past year. In the new year we will continue to grow and keep you entertained and surprised, so stay tuned in 2017!
December 17 - 2016
X-MAS presents from Radio Mi Amigo International!
This Christmas we'll present you with 2 extra high power Special Event broadcasts that will cover a large part of the globe!
What better occasion than X-mas to celebrate the fact that in 2016 we became the fastest growing AM/Shortwave station in Europe -and possibly the world.
The large European continent and North America together hold 15% of the world’s population, over 1 billion people. Of course we know Shortwave is a niche but we’re convinced that this time more people than ever will tune in to our special broadcast.
Our special Event show will be presented live from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, with contributions from all involved with Radio Mi Amigo, directly from studio's in Holland, The UK, Germany, Spain and Equador. We'll introduce ourselves to hopefully many new listeners, celebrate with the current ones, look back at our 2016 highlights and play some very special music. You'll get updates of our plans for next year and we'll talk DX and Shortwave.
Please note the times and frequencies below and calculate UTC times to your timezone.
)* Note that in the U.S. the broadcast date is still December 25! 7 - 9 pm [EST], 6- 8 pm [CST] and 4 - 6 pm [PST]
December 10 - 2016
Test transmission to Far East reached half the planet...
'Radio Mi Amigo World Service.'.. no joke!. This is how our Asian broadcast was received on the Indonesian Island of Bali today... :)
Our signal covered almost half the planet from Europe to Tasmania, the most southern part of Australia.
Well done Shortwaveservice! See first hand how the broadcast was received on Bali where Lion shot this video. He, the fishermen and those pretty ladies -who take care of him there- were not the only ones listening: reports pouring in from:
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam, Tachimachi - Japan, ZhangJie - China, Samara - Russia, Saratov - Russia, Irkutsk - Russia, Zaporijja - Ukraine, Nedumangad - India, Quezon city - Philippines, Denpasar - Indonesia, Subang Jaya - Selangor - Malaysia, Brisbane - Australia, Port Macquarie - Australia, Perth - Australia, Melbourne - Australia ....and counting. Lots more coming in!
December 7 - 2016
Friday 9 December, 10 - 11 hrs UTC, on 11.730 kHz
As the fastest growing AM Radio Station in Europe, we are constantly on the move trying to find new ways to expand our coverage.
So far most of are broadcasts are aimed at Europe, but together with our broadcast partner Shortwaveservice in Germany we're exploring new ways of reaching other parts of the world as well, such as with recent high power test broadcasts directed towards North America.
This coming Friday, the 9th of December from 10 to 11 UTC, on 11.730 kHz, Radio Mi Amigo we will do a special broadcast aimed at larger Asia, Australia, China and Japan.
For this purpose we will use a transmitter located in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (see picture) with a high power 125 kilowatts. Mi Amigo's own Lion Keezer is currently on the Indonesian Island of Bali and will monitor the signal first hand from there. But of course we're looking out for your reception reports from that huge part of the world!
This special broadcast will also be relayed on our regular 6085 kHz at the same time in Europe.
So please tune in: 11.730 kHz on Friday, December 9, from 10 to 11 UTC (that's 11 - 12 hrs Central European time)
As always you'll promptly receive our beautiful QSL-card and some Mi Amigo car stickers in the mail.
Below: the 11.730 125 kW footprint:
November 20 - 2016
Special Broadcast Sunday, November 27: 6145 kHz - 20:00 - 22:00 hrs. [cet]
Sunday evening November 27 from 20:00 - 22:00 hrs CET we will do another special event show, this time to promote our new daily transmissions on 6085 kHz.
The show will air on 6145 kHz with 100 Kilowatts (!) from the Armeria transmitter, just like we did in October.
The 2 hour show will be hosted by Cpt. Kord from Alicante and will have have 4 segments presented live by 4 of our DJ's: Johnny Lewis, Peter van Dam, Ron O'Quin and Keith Lewis from their studio's in The UK, Holland and Equador.
We expect this broadcast to be received not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world and again we look forward to your reception reports. As always, we'll reward you with our new printed QSL card and Mi Amigo car stickers.
Europe's fastest growing AM Radio Station is now...
YOUR ALL DAY MUSIC STATION!
Now: every day on 6085 kHz: our new -all day- frequency!
Great news: as of Sunday, October 30, we have our own dedicated Shortwave frequency of 6085 kHz and extended our daily broadcasts from 9 in the morning until 6 o'clock in the evening.
Not only will listeners be able to enjoy our great selection of music from ‘the Golden Era of Offshore AM Free radio’ every day, on Shortwave in the 49-meter band, but:
Our daily live programme 'Hello Europe' can be heard on weekdays 14:00 hrs and will be repeated later at 19:00 hrs in the 75 m band on 3985 kHz.
The new dedicated shortwave transmitter on 6085 kHz is a big step forward, but our growth will not stop there. We expect to bring you more exciting news about further AM expansion in the Northern European regions soon.
Your All Day Music Station on Shortwave
What started two and a half years ago with a few tests on shortwave (initiated in Spain by our 'Captain' Kord Lemkau), has grown fast into a consistent pan-European radio station with an international cast of mostly former Offshore Radio DJ's and studio's in 5 countries.
Now, with a more modern, contemporary touch and today’s technology, we are still fully dedicated to preserve the idea of Free Radio and do so with programmes and music that reflect the Golden Era of Offshore AM Free Radio.
Broadcasting on Shortwave, Medium Wave, FM and online, we enjoy a steady growth, with faithful listeners - not only in Europe but literally from all over the globe such as: the USA, South America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Australia.
September 26 - 2016
Special celebration broadcast this Saturday: COME CELEBRATE WITH US!
Saturday, October 29: Special 100 kW broadcast on 6120 kHz![This show has now been archived on Mixcloud. Direct listen link here - or click on the picture
Coming Saturday night, October 29, from 20:00 - 22:00 hrs [CET], we present a special powerful shortwave broadcast originating from our 100 kilowatt (!) relay station in Armenia, on 6120 kHz.
In this special live event show we will introduce and celebrate our own shortwave transmitter and frequency as well as our new -extended- winter programme schedule.
Hosted by Lion Keezer in Amsterdam, he and 5 other Mi Amigo DJ's will contribute live from their studio's in the UK, Belgium, Holland and Spain to tell you all about their shows and our new schedule and frequencies that will officially start the next morning, Sunday, 30 October, 09:00 hrs [cet].
We expect this broadcast to be received not only in Europe but also in large parts of the world and we look forward to your reception reports. As always, we'll reward you with our new printed QSL card and Mi Amigo car stickers.
More of these special 100 kilowatt SW broadcasts are planned for November 27 and December 25. Stay tuned...
October 5 - 2016
We are delighted to announce that another former offshore radio DJ will join the Mi Amigo International team: Keith Lewis.
The Voice of Peace, Radio Caroline, Radio Nova - are just a few of the stations that Keith Lewis worked for, back in the 80's.
Keith is a true believer in Free Radio, and like all of us he got inspired again by the idea of 'Bringing back the Golden Era of Offshore AM -Free- Radio' on todays airwaves.
After 22 years of absence he decided to make his comeback at Mi Amigo, the fastest growing AM -Free- Radio station in Europe.
Welcome on board Keith!
September 26 - 2016
New Radio Mi Amigo QSL Cards!
For those of you who received us on Shortwave or AM -and have send us reception reports, we have brand new QSL Cards!
Just don't forget to include your real address in your reception report, so we can send this nice QSL card - featuring a nice color pic of the MV Mi Amigo- to you in the old fashioned way: by real mail! Send your reports to: email@example.com
September 15 - 2016
Our new stickers have arrived!
Here they are: our new bumper stickers - fresh from the printers, available as of today!
We'll send you some for free if you send us a reception report in the month of September - and it would be nice te receive back a picture of one of our stickers somewhere in Europe or some other exotic place where we are received! Write us!
September 1 - 2016
NEW: extra -low bandwidth- web stream for mobile and slower internetHaving trouble listening to our High Quality 192 kbps online stereo web stream via your smartphone or because of slow internet connections? We heard you!
As of September 1st we installed an extra -low bandwidth- (48 kbps!) AAC+ web stream that will still give you amazing audio quality on all your mobile devices and on computers with limited bandwidth connections, especially in remote areas where high speed connections are not available.
So check it out, there are new links to the 48 kbps AAC+ stream from the right menu on all our web pages on this site. Enjoy!
PS: We also upgraded our 192 kbps player to look better and perform faster!
Paul Newman leaving Mi Amigo InternationalOur good friend and collegue Paul Newman is leaving Radio Mi Amigo International. His workload increased dramatically (his job requires a lot of travel during the week) and so did his many radio commitments.
Paul has been with us for well over a year and we are going to miss his warm familiar voice and the chimes of London's Big Ben every Sunday. So thanks Paul for all your great shows and friendship during those years. All the best from all of us here at Mi Amigo and lots of luck in your new Radio Adventures!
(Coming Sundays Cpt. Kord will take over Paul's time slot. A worthy successor - still a surprise- is expected to arrive and premiere his new show on October 9)
July 22 - 2016
We clearly touched the hearts of our listeners in true Free Radio spirit! During the show we received mails from literally all over Europe, and also from the USA, Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan(!) the United Arab Emirates and many from deep into Russia and Siberia.
Thanks to everyone who responded so nicely, stay in touch!
MixcloudSome of our shows are
Missed our Event? It's still here: Shortwave AM Radio Event of the Year - Live with the entire crew