Listen to Amsterdams Radio Patapoe’s Live Stream with this app.In 1985 a -punkrock only- radio station was started under the doomsday name “Dood” (Death). The punks slogan for the shows was “insult as much people as you can”When the station stopped throwing their (non) politics in the air two years later because of different people wanting to use the station for egotrips a small group decided it was time f or something new.Starting in 1988 under the dangerous name “Revolutionaire Radio Vereniging” (Revolutionairy Radio group) this would turn out to be the station we have now.In the same squat as where “Death” ended “Patapoe” was started, using the same mixer and alot of the same people behind the mixer, but with lots of new musical and non-musical programmes. People didn’t want to just play the same punksongs over and over again, for some those three guitar chords came out of their nose by now. The spirit to annoy the nice, clean family types still remained, but as scared as people used to be when punks walked by them the punks were now seen as a bunch of kids with funny clothing. Same with radio. People used to listen just because they could put it down and insult the programmakers, now they just turned it off and didn’t listen.There were strict rules about having a show and what to do for it. There was a person to open the door for the programmakers who also took care of the empty spaces between D.J’s so there woudn’t be any snow transmision on the radio. Every programmaker had a monthly payment to pay to the doorman that would be used for new equipment in times of things breaking down.”De uilenburcht”,the squat where Patapoe was located was soon to be squashed down to the ground so the people had to look for a new place to stay. This place was found in the “Graansilo”, another old building that was lived in by squatters.The people from the first moment starting getting difficulties with organising and getting things togheter. After a while everything bursted out into total chaos. There was no door(wo)man, no one took care of there being money to get stuff so after a year or two the turntables didn’t work anymore, tapedecks were in desperate need of replacement, a CD-player was even stolen and less people wanted anything to do with Patapoe, which by the way was called after a litlle doggie from an old Sonja single.It could even get worse.
The new, young punks had found a new place after the “Graansilo” was to be bombed away as well as the first “Uilenburcht”. The old folks gave the torch to the young folks and they started building up a room in the squat called “Albert Zuyp”. The new self titled technician fucked up when the police transmitter was being entered every time we were in the air. Within a week the station was taken out of the air.This technician went on thinking he was the boss and when a new place was found it was decided he needed to be kicked out. His way was doing everything on his own or with people that weren’t involved with the station. Along the way from the “zuyp” to the new, to be remained secret, place communication started getting better again through the new electronic ways and through meetings. Everybody is involved in building up this great station that show you can make underground happenings get big in a small way.Along the way there were two problems: Patapoe needed money for new equipment and second the listeners didn’t know it excisted anymore. The squatters movement was gone and this was the time to get them back. A benefit with big Amsterdam punkbands was organised and flyers were given away. Months later a second benefit was done with less flyers and the whole scene was there. This is something we can count on now. One call and there’s a whole squatscene coming over to help in need of help.Next to the punks, the shows are various. From interviews with soundartists, ambient soundscapes to ninetees versions of those programs that started in 1985. Patapoe still in the air