Red Light Radio: not just for hookers

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They're right between the prostitutes, the DJs of Red Light Radio. In the famous red light district of Amsterdam they spin their records in a former prostitute's 'shopwindow'.

It is catching people's eyes: passing tourists and johns stop and watch. Patricia Cronie went to Amsterdam and asked founder Hugo van Heijningen what's the benefit of making radio a la Red Light Radio next door to the prostitutes?