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Special guest DJ: Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs in the Mi Amigo live studio in Blankenberge, summer 2020
Marc Jacobs (real name Robert van Dam) gained his first radio experience at a local hospital radio station in Groningen.

It became the springboard to a wonderful broadcasting career that only really took off when he presented his first radio program on June 25, 1976 directly from Radio Caroline's legendary ship: the Mi Amigo.

Live from the radio ship, he presented the news and onboard programs of Radio Mi Amigo, including the popular 'Baken 16'.

On board the Mi Amigo Working on board a radio ship had been illegal since 1974, so Robert used the pseudonym Marc Jacobs, the name of his grandfather. "When I listen to that very first program today, I can still hear my voice tremble," Marc says.

His drive-time radio show 'Baken 16' was particularly successful thanks to his loose presentation style. Marc stayed on board the mv Mi Amigo until the end of 1977.

Together with colleague Jan de Hoop, known as Frank van der Mast, he tried to make the owner of Mi Amigo, Sylvain Tack, aware of the poor condition the radio ship was in. When that came to nothing, Van Dam and De Hoop decided to leave the station.

On deck mv Mi Amigo But on July 3, 1978, Marc returned to the ship, as - in his own words: "he was homesick for that old barge".

When Radio Mi Amigo suddenly came to an end, on October 20, 1978, it was Marc Jacobs who spoke the final words live on air.

During most of 1979 he presented programs for the Dutch service of Radio Caroline. But even before the ship sank, on March 20, 1980, Marc had already pursued his radio career ashore, making various radio shows for the Dutch regional station Radio Noord.

In 1989 he became part of the crew of the then new TV station RTL-Véronique, co-presenting the 'Véronique Breakfast Show' and where, until 1995, he also hosted RTL News together with his former Mi Amigo colleague Jan de Hoop. Marc also presented 'Film & Video' and had radio shows at stations Happy RTL and RTL Rock Radio.

At RTL he kept using the name Marc Jacobs. His voice-overs could be heard in 'Eigen Huis & Tuin' and the Dutch broadcasts of the Jacques-Yves Cousteau documentaries.

Bij RTV Noord In 1998 Marc returned to RTV Noord where he presented radio shows until his retirement.

Between the summer of 2020 till September 2021, Marc could be heard regularly as a special guest at Radio Mi Amigo International, contributing live from his home studio in Drente, in the north-eastern part of the Netherlands. He was also part of the DJ team during summer live broadcasts from the Belgian coast where he revived 'Baken 16', the show he used to present live from the radioship MV Mi Amigo in the mid 70s.


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