Planned rules for Radio Nordsee(Gloria) DJs
Programme Director, Klaus Quirini drew up a set of rules for the German DJs who would be on Radio Nordsee (Gloria). It was intended that the DJs would sign to accept these rules before being allowed on air.
MEBO II Paint design
The psychedelic design painted on the side of the Mebo II (and later Mebo I) was designed by Swiss advertising agency Gisler & Gisler. It was inspired by the ‘dazzle’ design painted on ships during the World War 1.
Dazzle camouflage (also known as razzle dazzle in the United States), was used extensively in World War 1, and to a lesser extent in World War 2 and afterwards. The British marine artist Norman Wilkinson is credited with devising the complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.
Unlike other forms of camouflage, the intention of dazzle was not to conceal but to make it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed, and heading. Norman Wilkinson explained in 1919 that he had intended dazzle primarily to mislead the enemy about a ship's course and so cause them to take up a poor firing position.
Dazzle was adopted by the Admiralty in the UK, and later by the United States Navy. Each ship's dazzle pattern was unique to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to the enemy. The result was that many designs of dazzle were tried, but the evidence for their success was at best mixed. So many factors were involved that it was almost impossible to determine whether any of the colour schemes were effective.
Station Theme -
RNI’s theme music was Man of Action, by the Les Reed Orchestra. This particular piece of music had been identified by Klaus Quirini as a possible theme tune for the original Radio Nordsee (Gloria) project. When that project failed to materialise Meister and Bollier retained the track as the theme music for their new station, RNI.
The tune was used extensively by RNI in station IDs and as a background for various announcements. It was also played almost continuously during emergency incidents such as the 1970 attempted hijacking and the 1972 bomb attack.
Man of Action was released as a single in many European countries and became instantly recognisable to a generation of offshore radio listeners during the early 1970s.
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Designs for dazzle paint on a British Navy ship, 1918
For copyright reasons we are unable to display the full track, but for educational and historical research purposes here is a short extract of the RNI theme, Man of Action.
To listen, click on the loudspeaker