Special guest DJ: Marc JacobsEmail Marc Jacobs
Working on board a radio ship had been illegal since 1974, so Robert used the pseudonym Marc Jacobs, the name of his grandfather. "When I listen to that very first program today, I can still hear my voice tremble," Marc says.
His drive-time radio show 'Baken 16' was particularly successful thanks to his loose presentation style. Marc stayed on board the mv Mi Amigo until the end of 1977.
Together with colleague Jan de Hoop, known as Frank van der Mast, he tried to make the owner of Mi Amigo, Sylvain Tack, aware of the poor condition the radio ship was in. When that came to nothing, Van Dam and De Hoop decided to leave the station.
But on July 3, 1978, Marc returned to the ship, as - in his own words: "he was homesick for that old barge".
When Radio Mi Amigo suddenly came to an end, on October 20, 1978, it was Marc Jacobs who spoke the final words live on air.
During most of 1979 he presented programs for the Dutch service of Radio Caroline. But even before the ship sank, on March 20, 1980, Marc had already pursued his radio career ashore, making various radio shows for the Dutch regional station Radio Noord.
In 1989 he became part of the crew of the then new TV station RTL-Véronique, co-presenting the 'Véronique Breakfast Show' and where, until 1995, he also hosted RTL News together with his former Mi Amigo colleague Jan de Hoop. Marc also presented 'Film & Video' and had radio shows at stations Happy RTL and RTL Rock Radio.
At RTL he kept using the name Marc Jacobs. His voice-overs could be heard in 'Eigen Huis & Tuin' and the Dutch broadcasts of the Jacques-Yves Cousteau documentaries.
In 1998 Marc returned to RTV Noord where he presented radio shows until his retirement.
Since the summer of 2020, Marc can be heard regularly as a special guest at Radio Mi Amigo International, where he was already part of the team during the summer live broadcasts from Blankenberge where he brought 'Baken 16' back to life on the station where it all started.
In 2021, Marc is part of 'Hofman and friends', the live Radio Mi Amigo International show that airs on Saturdays, partly from Eric Hofman's home studio in Antwerp and partly from Marc's own studio in Drente, in the north-eastern part of the Netherlands.
This summer he will also be part of the live broadcasts from Zeebrugge (August 8 - 15 2021), where in addition to Marc many other original Mi Amigo DJs will be heard live again.
Welcome back Marc!
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