Frits Spits has been named the winner of the Buma NL Industry Award 2020 because of his radio career and commitment to Dutch-language music, music advocates Buma Cultuur and Buma / Stemra report.
According to the organizations, Spits has devoted himself to the Dutch song during his career. The 72-year-old radio producer and presenter has thus “brought the genre to the attention of a wide and interested audience”.
Spits, who was trained as a teacher of Dutch, gained national fame in 1978 with the radio program he presented The Evening Rush. The program could be heard on 3FM between 1978 and 1995.
Spits has been presenting on NPO Radio 1 since 2014 The Language State. The radio maker presented from 1995 to 2013 Time for Two on NPO Radio 2.
Spits also presented some television programs, including two years That too! as successor to Aad van den Heuvel. In 1990 he was involved in TV10 set up by Joop van den Ende. In the end, that commercial television channel did not get off the ground.
Spits received four Marconi Awards for his radio work. In 2008 he received the royal decoration Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau for his services.