I found two old brown tapes with original Top Twenty's. And "The Friday Spectacular" (EMI records); each Friday between 10 and 11 p.m. And I'll never forget that week when the Beatles had 2 singles, an EP and a LP in the Top 10. In the 70's the only way for Irish kids to hear pop music was 208. A superb site - brought back many happy listening memories - thank you.
Between the recorded programmes the resident discjockey told that "This is Radio Luxembourg, Your Station Of The Stars" and pushed the button to sound the (famous) gong. In the engineer's room stood a small mixing console, two turntables and three taperecorders. 208 was on all night in my late teens in the early 80s and a potential girl friend just had to love or at least stand it. Even Barry Aldis thought that was something special. Lovely memories of listening to Luxembourg under the bed clothes so my mum wouldn't know I wasn't asleep!!
Then a tape with a programme from London was running. For a teenager at the west coast of Jutland, the NME Top Twenty at Sundays at midnight was the ultimate climax of the week.
In the mean time the engineer was sitting at the window; kissing his girlfriend. In spite of this rather poor furnishing and apparatus they had every night fifteen million listeners; all over Europe. Thanks for the many hours of great music in the past. Used to listen to Radio Luxemburg when I was a kid in Leeds, UK. Not even the Danish Top 20 could compete with that.
Chris Cary (Spangles Muldoon) brought me inside the well-known studio on the second floor. Now the deejays had to play the records by themself; no engineers anymore. For the first time I saw the start of the English Service at 20.00 hours (19.00 hours wintertime in England); with Peter Powell. He had to play peaces of tapes (voice tracks) mixed with records. Great Article Mike Lawlor Dunfermline, Scotland UK (28/08/2012). 1981, DJ at the Blow Up, drank at Pub 13 Agency: World Wide Entertainment Agency, 8 Rue Pierre Witry, Strassen, Luxembourg. Great Radio Station 208 RTL and all who sailed in her were legendary! 208 was my listening through the 60's in particular while doing, my finals at art college in '68, tonight I have just listened to Andy Williams singing Moon River, I seem to remember that song signed off 208 each night in the early hours, does my memory serve me well? 208 always was present during night work in my job. Sometimes I am dreaming about a time machine, your site is bringing back all memories of these wonderful years to me. If you ever decide to bring the good times back please let me know All the Best Joe Costin Maryport, United Kingdom (17/07/2012). Visiting this Page is like an amazing time travel to me.
So almost everybody in Europe could hear the sound of fading Radio Luxembourg; on the great 208.
Then always they played a very nice record: "The End Of The Day" by Steve Conway and The Hastings Girls'Choir. To mark beginning and the end of the commercials they had placed small paper strips between the tape on the reel. Stumbled upon your site by chance and have been reading numerous posts for hours. Thanks for putting this site together and for maintaining it.
On the night of Monday July, 17 1967, at 23.00 hours, for the first time Leen van Dongen and I arrived at the Luxembourg studio's; invited by Colin Nichol. high tower from the middles ages; build in the beautiful park in the centre of Luxembourg-city. The next day, Tuesday July, 18 1967, at 16.15 hours we went again to the Radio Luxembourg studio's. At the end of a passage at the left side was the studio of the English (and Dutch) Service of Radio Luxembourg. The whole engineer's room looks like it was just escaped from the second world war. I was a kid at the time in my teens and early twenties living behind the Iron Curtain and often listening to Big L on 208 late at nights despite poor receiption. I listened to RL, like so many others at night, under the blankets, while I still lived in Nijmegen Holland.
This was the first time in my life I met him; always my favourite deejay. But I was very glad that they gave me a copy of the famous Top Twenty Tune!
Many years I was listning to his Top Twenty show on the Sundaynight. He told me that he always started the Top20 charts with number one because the sponsors wanted it so. After him Bob Stewart had his radioshow till closing time. Finally they had left (in the middle of 1977) that old familiar studio at the second floor. Later that day on a camping in Luxembourg I made a nice recording of their stationcall.
At that time Colin Nichol was the resident discjockey. I heared it all nights in the 80s and till it signed off. In 1970 when i was a sweet little 10 year old i would sneak out of bed & carefully take my brothers radio & get back in to bed & listen to "Radio Luxemburg" But every morning i would be found fast asleep with the radio resting on my ear!