About Operator

Operator Studio Mark Bolk

Our mission

Operator is an online radio station and cultural platform dedicated to enriching the music and cultural landscape of Rotterdam and beyond, with a special focus on alternative sounds and underrepresented stories. We curate both on- and offline events, placing emphasis on talent development, experimentation, and nightlife culture. By putting Rotterdam on the map locally, nationally, and internationally, we showcase our creators to the world.

From our iconic blue shipping container in the heart of Rotterdam, we broadcast a variety of live shows - from music to science and sports - featuring local and international DJ’s, artists and guest speakers, 24/7, since 2017. We are committed to supporting emerging talents and engaging the local community and beyond. Our main goal is overall cultural development through diverse initiatives. We do this through online streaming, music, talk shows, interviews, collaborations and curated events.

Our values and house rules

We would like to make you aware of operator’s core values upon which our house rules are based: warmth, equality, safety, openness and inclusivity.

Here at Operator we’re committed to making our studio space and online environment as safe and pleasant as possible for our community, staff and artists. We have zero tolerance towards any aggressive, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, shaming, rude, intimidating, violent and other discriminatory forms of behavior.

Our team

  • Jeff van Hoek, Creative Director.
  • Osman Bas, Programming.
  • Kris Fraanje, Programming.
  • Pim van Os, Radio Producer.
  • Medea Zingerle, Content Manager.

Our partners

AIR, Arkaoda (TR), Art Rotterdam, BAR, BIT Club, BK-informatie, BRUTUS, Biergarten, Blijdorp Festival, Bureau Convoi, CBK R’DAM, Clone Records, Cultuurpodium Perron, De Doelen, Dekmantel, Demonfuzz Records, De Nieuwe Lichting, Echobox, Erasmus School of History, Carhartt WIP, Culture and Communication, Extra Extra Magazine, Future Intel, Grauzone Festival, Het Nieuwe Instituut, HipHopHuis, IFFR, IO, Jägermeister, KINO Rotterdam, Kiosk Radio (BE), Kunsthal, Lowlands, MONO, Motel Mozaique, N8W8 R’dam, Nest, NM (studio), OOST, Ombra Festival (ES), PIP, Paviljoen aan het Water, Pinkman Records, POING Club, Peace Freedom (ID), Radio Radio, Radio Raheem (IT), Roffa Mon Amour, Roodkapje, Rotown, Rotterdam Pride, Sumibu, Susan Bijl, TENT, The Function, The Niteshop, Time is the new space, WdKA, Weelde, Wereldmuseum, Woei, WORM, ZUS, Zalando.

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Operator: Schiestraat 18, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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