History

Here you will be able to read a bit about the history of A.I.R. Radio Freestyle ASIA

The beginning

Freestyle started in the early 1980s as a pirate radio-station somewhere in the southwest region of The Netherlands. Freestyle was best known for it’s trend-setting disco and Italo music, always bringing the latest and hottest (import) tracks. Unfortunately due to its immense popularity it also got picked up by authorities – being a pirate radio-station – and the crew and it’s equipment was tracked down by Radio Control Service. At first the team didn’t plan on stopping, but because more and more equipment was confiscated there was no other solution than to stop Freestyle radio.

The DJ’s and technicians who used to work for Freestyle found jobs at other pirate and official radio stations. It was on an official regional radio-channel two former Freestyle team members were able to continue their work. As DJ de Wit and Sander van Dijk they worked on a program called ‘De Dreun’ roughly translated as ‘The Beat’ again with hot tunes and a live guest DJ as well. The show became a big success and was only 2nd best to ‘I Venti D’Azzuro’ that showcased the latest Italo Top 40 hits.

As both members were already on the internet at that time, they also became early pioneers experimenting with streaming music on the internet. First just a few hours in the weekends, using Real Audio format, but later when mp3-streaming became available it became more and more serious, and Dance Radio FreestyleFM was the first station that was born, named after the former 80′s station Freestyle.

Much later Louis got in contact with an Asian friend, and she introduced him to kpop and jpop. Since Louis has always been crazy about Disco, Electronic Dance Music (EDM), and so on…it didn’t take long before a whole new idea was born. Together with a French friend he did set up A.I.R. Radio Freestyle ASIA, setted up from the capitol of France, Paris.