Author: Sami Agel

 

Saar’s transmitter Europe1 threatened Radio Luxembourg’s entertainment monopoly in 1955 by establishing a more modern conception of radio boradcasting. At the source of this success was Louis Merlin, an ancient Radio Luxembourg associate and innovator of a new aera of radio broadcasting.

Radio Luxembourg responded only a decade later. Under the direction of Jean Faran, a new team injected some new dynamism to the station’s schedule. The result was a mix of news and entertainment targeting a diversified audience of all age category.

New music shows like the “Hit Parade” with André Torrent as well as new radio games like “Jeu de valise” with Michel Drucker redefined Radio Luxembourg’s entertainment program. On the other side, reports covering current events and political shows like “Le Grand Jury” gave the news coverage a new dynamic.

 

 

Sources:

Picture of Louis Merlin. Source: Merlin, Louis, C'était formidable!, Rene Juillard, 1966.
Picture of Louis Merlin. Source: Merlin, Louis, C’était formidable!, Rene Juillard, 1966.

L'arrivée à Radio Luxembourg le jeudi de l'Ascension 1966, Jean Provoust au centre, et Yves Courrière, Claude Fisher, Jean Luc, Roger Bourgeon, Raymond Castans, Jean Carlier, Jacques Chapus, Jean-Pierre Farkas, Jean Pierre l'Hénan, Michel Moine. Source: Boutelet, Jacques & Defrain, Jean-Pierre: RTL 40 ans ensemble. Calmann-lévy, 2006
L’arrivée à Radio Luxembourg le jeudi de l’Ascension 1966, Jean Provoust au centre, et Yves Courrière, Claude Fisher, Jean Luc, Roger Bourgeon, Raymond Castans, Jean Carlier, Jacques Chapus, Jean-Pierre Farkas, Jean Pierre l’Hénan, Michel Moine. Source: Boutelet, Jacques & Defrain, Jean-Pierre: RTL 40 ans ensemble. Calmann-lévy, 2006.

Source: Boutelet, Jacques & Defrain, Jean-Pierre: RTL 40 ans ensemble. Calmann-lévy, 2006
Picture of the new team launching Radio Luxembourg’s modern program. Source: Boutelet, Jacques & Defrain, Jean-Pierre: RTL 40 ans ensemble. Calmann-lévy, 2006

Source: Boutelet, Jacques & Defrain, Jean-Pierre: RTL 40 ans ensemble. Calmann-lévy, 2006
Source: Boutelet, Jacques & Defrain, Jean-Pierre: RTL 40 ans ensemble. Calmann-lévy, 2006

 

Literature:

Dominguez-Muller, David: Radio Luxembourg / RTL, Radio périphérique au rôle central, dans Ons Stad 2014, p. 25-26

Merlin, Louis, C’était formidable!, Rene Juillard, 1966.