Sweden’s Radio Nord had perhaps the most sophisticated news gathering operation of any offshore station. The guiding light behind the programme policy of Radio Nord was American radio entrepreneur Gordon McLendon, whose station in Dallas, KLIF, had successfully pioneered the Top 40 format – music programmes using material from the Top 40 chart with hourly news bulletins and weather reports..
KLIF was particularly strong on news with the slogan "Tomorrow's Newspaper Today". News was broadcast every hour, with headlines every half hour and no item was allowed to be presented in the same style twice. If nothing had happened to update a story since the previous newscast then it was rewritten so that it sounded fresh to the listener. KLIF also employed mobile units to gather news around Dallas and for on-
The use of this facility was obviously impossible for an offshore station, but Radio Nord nevertheless managed to develop a very efficient news operation, possibly the most sophisticated of any offshore station.
Negotiations with news agencies such as Associated Press and United Press International for a direct teleprinter feed to the radio ship came to nothing, but undaunted by this setback an ingenious news-
The Radio Nord offices in Stockholm obtained early editions of the morning newspapers at 3.00am and edited stories from them for use on radio bulletins.
They also monitored the Swedish State Radio news for more up-
The edited stories were then fed to the ship via the ship-
Sports results were obtained by station staff phoning the various arenas, while horse racing results from the track at Solvalla were broadcast shortly after each race. This amazing feat was achieved by correspondents at the track phoning details of results, odds and cancellations to Radio Nord's Stockholm News Department, who then relayed the information out to the ship.
Early editions of the evening newspapers were also delivered each afternoon to the radio ship, enabling the onboard news staff to update stories and source local news items for broadcast during the remainder of the day.
The use of the ship-
By the beginning of 1962, however, a radio telephone link had been established on board the Magda Maria and Radio Nord was once again able to present up-
Let’s look at the diary of a Radio Nord newsman for a typical day,
(originally published in The Radio Nord Story by Jack Kotshack).