He was a man of the shadows of the waves.

Roger Kreicher, historical producer of Radio Luxembourg – today RTL – died on Sunday, the station announced.

He was 97

He began his career in July 1947 as a sound engineer at 22, rue Bayard, the historic radio building which he left almost 40 years later, after having been artistic director for twenty years.

"I think I did everything, even swept the studio," he told France Culture in 2011.

"It was he who invented the concept of traveling radio after the war"

Roger Kreicher had notably recorded Abbé Pierre's appeal in 1954 in favor of the homeless, broadcast on the first private radio station in France.

A great radio professional is gone.

RTL owes him a lot!

Respect https://t.co/JRx0SqmZMv

— Jacques Esnous (@JacquesEsnous) March 20, 2022

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He is at the origin of several successful programs and radio hooks (

Quitte ou double

,

Reine d'un jour

,

Ploum Ploum Tralala

,

Un homme, une femme

), sometimes recorded across the country under the big top of the "Radio Circus".

“It was he who invented after the war the concept of itinerant radio, which went out to meet the public.

Real popular radio,” Laurent Marsick, a journalist at RTL, told AFP.

Talent scout

Before the “revolution” of 1966 which saw Radio-Luxembourg become RTL, Roger Kreicher was also a journalist, reporting in America, Africa, etc., between two programs he produced.

Father of two daughters, this talent scout had finally launched a number of station hosts, including Max Meynier, Francis Zégut, or Georges Lang.

“Thank you Roger, if I'm still on this antenna, it's thanks to you.

(…) I do not forget you, ”tweeted this last Sunday.

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