Who is Who
van den Boom
Composer / presenter of Crossroadsradio. Born in 1958.
After having played the disc-jockey in his highschool days at a
drive-in theatre, the first single he publicly announced was
"Whatever gets you through the night" by John Lennon in bar Piet
Mulders. In 1980, Jos van den Boom became an employee of the
hospital radio at Lievensberg. Here he became addicted to ‘making
radio’. After a trip to Radio Paladijn in Essen, he joined the BOS
(Bergse Omroep Stichting) for a short period. This comity’s focus
was to start and support a local radio station in Bergen op Zoom.
Eventually the comity was merged into the BRTO.
Near the end of 1986, Jos van den Boom teamed up with Peter Bevers,
starting up BRTO’s radio department. Though it was initially not
their intention, Peter and Jos created and hosted the now almost
legendary radio show; Wat kan een Zondag toch zalig zijn (EN:
Sundays can be bliss) from November 1st, 1986 until the
end of March, 1991. On April 1st, 1992, Peter became
chairman of the station, and due to this new job was unable to
continue hosting the radio show. After having had several jobs
within the station, such as doing broadcasts with Wim Oerlemans, Jos
eventually started Crossroads, a radio show about roots and
singer/songwriter music. Nowadays, the show hosts its own monthly
to the broadcast and accoustic sessions at
Besides his work for Crossroads, Jos works for the justice
department. Also, Jos is a
family man with a wife and two daughters. Jos’s life is very much
like his show; a broad variety of styles, greatly influenced by his
Nickname: “Little McManus of Everything".
Bert was born in 1955, and grew up in Bergen op Zoom. In secondary
school he was often the DJ of his school dances. After school, he
went to study English in Utrecht. In those days, Utrecht’s many
second hand record shops, cut-outs and concerts were a blessing
for this young music lover. He also worked part-time for King
Karol, focusing on country-rock music, such as the Eagles, Neil
Young, Dillard & Clark, and Poco, and from there back to Beau
Brummels’ International Submarine Band.
After returning to Bergen op Zoom, Bert continued to explore his
musical interests through the pirate radio station Radio
Calypso, record shop RAFS and De Waterput.
Besides working as a teacher, Bert does public relations work for
Continental Record Services. He combines these many free-lance
jobs with a busy family life. Bert has no intention to go through
rehab to get rid of his thirty year addiction to music.
With the arrival of soundman
Kees Aerts, who took over
Hagens behind the soundboard and everything linked to it,
the registrations of the monthly Crossroads
sessions were raised to a truly professional level.
Kees, the proud owner of (among much
more and equally impressive equipment) a digital multi-track
soundboard, is blessed with sublime hearing, which enables him
to record each act in near perfection. Recently his recordings
have been used not only by Crossroads, but also by national
radio, such as VARA’s Over De
Schutting, NPS’ Studio 6
and KRO’s American Connection,
who eagerly made use of Crossroads’ exquisite session
manages his own company with which he gladly helps you out in any audio field you can
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