|The Travelling DJ|
|It's not just music, it's an adventure!|
The popular HEEMSKERK, NETHERLANDS based radio show "MARK FROM HOLLAND" is broadcast every Sunday night between 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM (Dutch Local Time) on 104.5 Mhz (cable), 107.4 FM (Stereo) and on the Ziggo digital TV channel 42. The show is also AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE on the internet.
For a live feed of the program, please go to www.heemskerk.fm. Click on the word "luister" on the main page. An international time zone chart can be found in the "contact" section of this site. Interviews by Mark (in-person or per telephone) are done upon request.
LATEST UPDATE: January 18, 2017 - Recently made a Pinterest.com page called "Mark from Holland." Got interviewed by the Noordhollands Dagblad (Holland) about the U.S. election. Mentioned how i had met the president-elect in 1987. Went to BEIJING last October for a city tour. Most recent live interview guest was Jeff Beck guitarist NICOLAS MEIER. Previous recent guests included Fish/Tilt bassist STEVE VANTSIS, ex-King Crimson violinist DAVID CROSS and Caravan singer/guitarist PYE HASTINGS. Attended my second consecutive LORELEY FESTIVAL "Night of the Progs" last July 15, 16 & 17 in Sankt Goarshausen, Germany. In the past two years, have also traveled to the United States, Russia, China, the Bavarian Alps, Tenerife, The Bahamas, Canary Islands, and England.
Mark appears (full-page) in a new book about master portrait painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan by Steve Mohler. - Photo: Eric Cheromcka
Radio host MARK C. DEREN grew up mainly in a small town northeast of PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA called HOLLAND in historic BUCKS COUNTY. Since March, 1993, he's been residing in the real Holland in Europe. In his well established weekly radio program, he has interviewed a large number of world famous musicians like Jon Anderson (YES), Keith Emerson (EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER), Steve Hackett (GENESIS), Andrew Latimer (CAMEL), Ian Anderson (JETHRO TULL), and Roger Hodgson (SUPERTRAMP) live "ON-THE-AIR" (see "Interviews"). Mark was featured on "Page 5" of Holland's largest daily newspaper, "DE TELEGRAAF" (circulation 850,000), as well as on RTV NOORDHOLLAND. In September, 2006, he appeared on the front page of the NOORDHOLLANDS DAGBLAD (circulation 150,000). Mark's travels have taken him to 60 countries on six continents (see "Photo Book"). His first international trip was to AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND. He was 18 years-old. On this great adventure, he hitch-hiked roughly 12,500 miles (20,000 KM) over a seven month period. Two years later, he hitch-hiked across ALASKA with his girlfriend from college. Also a highlight, were the luxury safaris he took in KENYA, EGYPT, INDIA, and NEPAL. Earlier on, Mark had earned an athletic scholarship to RIDER UNIVERSITY in NEW JERSEY. He received a B.A. in JOURNALISM. He became a NJ "Collegiate" State Springboard Diving Champion. He also coached diving on both the High School and NCAA DIVISION 1 collegiate levels. Shortly thereafter, he met a number of "HEADS OF STATE" as BUSINESS MANAGER to World renowned PALM BEACH, FLORIDA portrait painter RALPH WOLFE COWAN (see "Business"). Cowan, 85, has the distinction of having painted more diverse heads of state than any other portrait painter in history. In this prominent position, Mark often traveled in FIRST CLASS to fine homes and palaces around the World. Prior to that, he had worked in sales and was also a travel agent. For the past 21 years, Mark has done his radio show and promotion work as a gratuitous service to striving, as well as, established musicians from around the globe.