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GenreMusical request show, Talk radio
Country of originThe Netherlands
Original releaseFebruary 19, 1946 – present

Arbeidsvitaminen (Labour vitamins) is a popular-music radio show produced by the Netherlands Public Broadcasting AVRO for Radio 5. The show went in the air on February 19, 1946,[1] making it the longest-running uninterrupted radio program in The Netherlands and one of the longest in the world. On 1 May 2006 the programme received a Guinness Book of World Records award for being the longest-lived nationally broadcast radio show in history –.[2] This status is debatable, however, since a number of other radio programmes in, most notably Norway and the United Kingdom, have been on the air since the 1920s.


Arbeidsvitaminen was created by Jaap den Daas, programme maker for the AVRO and also the man behind other Dutch radio show classics such as De Bonte Dinsdagavondtrein and Hersengymnastiek. Originally the show centered on one company or organisation per episode. The employees were allowed to create their personal Top 10 favorite records, which were then broadcast in the show. The head of the companies and organisations were promoted as "Boss of the Dat". After 11 o'clock in the morning a guest is interviewed in the show, usually some celebrity in the news that week. For example, in 2004 Dutch crown prince Willem-Alexander was a guest.[3] The show also had special theme weeks were they promoted humanitarian organisations. A recurring item was "One Minute", a collaboration with the Dutch TV show "Opsporing Verzocht", where witnesses of a certain crime were told to contact the radio station in case they could provide the investigators with more information.

Since Arbeidsvitaminen moved to Radio 5 on September 6, 2010, it changed into a request show. In 2006 a compilation CD was released with the most requested music in the 60-year history of the program. At the same time the CD-rom Mega Hitparade was published, summarizing the playlists of the show from February 1946 until May 1957.


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