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Radio Veronica - Key Dates






1st January 1965

First Veronica Top 40 broadcast

Back to Radio Veronica

15th October 1959

Meeting of radio dealers held at the  Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam, which led to the idea of starting an offshore commercial radio station to serve Dutch listeners

16th November 1959

A further meeting of shareholders is held to hear a ‘test broadcast’, which turned out to be a sham

9th December 1959

A former German lightship,  Borkum Riff purchased by VRON

20th April 1960

Borkum Riff, now fitted out as a radio ship leaves Emden, West Germany

21st April 1960

Borkum Riff anchors off  Katwijk aan Zee  and begins test transmissions for Radio Veronica

6th May 1960

Regular programmes start for Radio Veronica

13th May 1960

Radio Veronica leaves the air to adjust its equipment after complaints of interference and being jammed by the PTT

15th May 1960

Radio Veronica  returns on 1562kHz (192m).

** June 1960

Panama withdraws registration of Borkum Riff. Ship re-registered in Guatemala

** November 1960

The Verweij  brothers Dirk, Jaap and 'Bull', take over responsibility for the management Radio Veronica and inject much needed financial support.


** July 1962

A listeners’ club  - Vrienden van Veronica (Friends of Veronica) established


16th November 1964

Borkum Riff replaced by the larger and more luxurious Nordeney

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