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Red Light Radio – Live Radio in Amsterdam’s Red Light District

Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports on a new addition to Amsterdam’s (in)famous Red Light District: a radio broadcasting live from a former prostitute’s cubicle.

The radio station joins a handful of fashion and art galleries introduced to the area as part of an effort to ‘clean up‘ the neighborhood.

Amsterdam Red Light Radio

Presenters spin their records by the light of a red lamp, in a one-and-a-half by three meter room. Facing the Old Church the window is squeezed-in between a sex theater and red-lighted windows behind which prostitutes beckon potential customers.

Founder Hugo van Heijningen saw a similar radio station broadcasting from behind a window in New York’s East Village. Seeing the sub-culture that grew up around the station, he wanted to copy the idea in Amsterdam — and what better place to do something behind a window than in the Red Light District?

At present the project has a temporary nature, but the DJs hope that Amsterdam’s Project 1012 will extend the station’s three-month license.

Patricia Cronie went to Amsterdam and asked founder Hugo van Heijningen what’s the benefit of making radio next door to the prostitutes?

You can tune in to Red Light Radio online:

Red Light Radio brings you daily shows of local DJ’s, live performances and cool personalities doing a one time only radio show. You can expect shows full of afro beat or shows with black metal next to live acoustic performances or DJ sets by artists or even a show by YOU.

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This post was last updated: May. 18, 2011