Friday, December 20, 2013

So Long, and Thank You

And here we are ... my farewell to you.  The time has come for me to move on, en ek wil van hierdie geleentheid gebruik maak om dankie te sê.  Thank you to those who believed in the dream and had their hands on my back.  Dankie aan Frans Erasmus vir sy toewyding, en vir sy bereidheid om dit met ons te deel.  Thank you to everyone who donated material, and to every contributor to the stream, especially Les Smith, Frans Erasmus and Lance James. Thank you to each and every one who was involved in Springbok Radio from even before 1950, for your contribution to a rich broadcast heritage.  And thank you that I could enrich my life with the wonderful collection.  Working with Springbok Radio became my life, and the joy it brought is beyond explanation.  Die struikelblokke was soms bykans onoorkombaar, maar die genoegdoening was elke keer die moeite werd.  Thank you for allowing me to share the wonder with you, for being patient when the learning curve became a bit steep, and for understanding when technology couldn’t always keep up.  I will miss working with Springbok Radio more than words can tell.  I will miss the awe, the wonderful stories and excellent programmes, the investigations, the conversations, the battles and the victories, and I will always fondly remember this season in my life as one of the most significant.  So, this is your host, Retha Buys, saying so long, and thank you  for all the memories. 

Remember, Springbok Radio Revisited will continue.  The stream will be shortened to a monthly 3 hour repeat for the next couple of months until the new custodian find his/her feet, and it will contain mostly programmes about the history of broadcasting, and other programmes you haven’t heard before.  “Queens Messenger”, “Squad Cars” and “Taxi”  will be featured in every stream.  Be sure not to miss out on this trip down the memory lane of broadcasting.

May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas filled with love and peace, and may the new year bring you joy, hope, growth and blessings.  

Retha Buys


  1. Best wishes, Retha! We will miss you!

  2. A very belated Alles van die Beste Rheta. You did an amazing job with Springbok Radio, together with Frans. Very sad to see you go. Wonderful work you did!


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