UPDATED FEBRUARY 2019
New this month: we have a home movie of Radio Caroline DJ Mick Luvzit's wedding day. He famously got married on the Caroline North ship with the ceremony
broadcast live on air, and this fascinating behind-the-scenes footage was shot by the local Customs & Excise man; following the videos we posted from Trevor Haynes and Ray Clark of the May 1978 day-trip to Radio Caroline's
ship, mv Mi Amigo, we have a third film clip from that memorable day out; disc-jockey Roger Kirk presented just one show on Radio Northsea International before sea-sickness
intervened. We have a rare audio clip from his debut/final programme.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame sends all best wishes to Johnnie Walker who has had to take time off from his BBC Radio 2 shows for a ‘heart
upgrade’ (more here).
Sadly we have three deaths to report this month: former Radio 390 announcer Jonathan Hall passed away on 20th January at the age of 80. He had been in hospital with pneumonia. Radio Monique DJ Ron
West died recently from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. (There is a memorial set of photos available on Flickr.) And
Harry Putnam passed away in Maryland, USA, at the age of 82. He was an airtime salesman for Radio Essex and Swinging Radio England/Britain Radio, and hosted an R&B show on Britain Radio for a
time as 'Johnny Dark'. (Thanks to Jack Curtiss for this sad news.) Our condolences to the friends and families of all three men.
Cromer Pier in Norfolk has a Sixties Festival coming up and on 30th March will be hosting an event called When Radio Pirates Ruled the Waves in its Pavilion Theatre. Taking part will be Johnny Lewis,
Peter Chicago, Keith Skues, Nick Catford of Radio Jackie and Roger Day. The Radio Caroline merchandise stand will also be there. Tickets are £5
and available now.
Former Radio Caroline newsreader Nick Bailey has an autobiography coming out soon. Across the Waves: From Radio Caroline to Classic FM is due for publication in March. More details when we have
Congratulations to Radio Caroline DJ Chris Pearson on being appointed Managing Director of Manx Radio (details here).
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
23rd February 1974: Radio Seagull changed its name back to Radio Caroline (see part 5 of ‘Caroline in the 70's’).
Britain's first offshore radio station, Radio Caroline, began broadcasting at Easter 1964 from a ship anchored just outside UK territorial waters. She was followed by a host of other radio stations based
on boats and marine structures dotted around the coast.
These “pirates” rapidly won an enormous and enthusiastic audience. There are other web-sites which tell the stories of the various offshore stations but
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
has been set up to honour the stars, the broadcasters, from that golden era of music radio.
This site is a tribute to the people who endured a daily battle with the elements to provide a soundtrack to the swinging sixties.
(The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is a British-based website. It only includes those DJs who broadcast in English and could be heard in the UK. Offshore radio also flourished in Denmark,
Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel and New Zealand. The absence of the DJs from these countries in the Hall of Fame does not suggest that they are any less deserving, just that they are outside the scope of this site. Please
see the links page for details of websites which cover offshore radio in other parts of the world.)
The inductees in The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame are listed alphabetically. To find your favourite voice from the sixties either select
it from the drop-down list below, search the site using the Google box or click on the appropriate page from the table of contents beneath. For broadcasters from the later decades, go to the Seventies
Supplement or Eighties Supplement. There are some that we know very little about - see the help wanted page.
THE OFFSHORE STATIONS OF THE 60s AND 70s
We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed information, recordings or memorabilia to The
Pirate Radio Hall of Fame. We are always on the lookout for more so, if you have any items of interest, please get
A number of the photos, stickers and recordings on this site are beginning to show
their age. Apologies for those that are of less than perfect quality. Many of the photographs were distributed freely by the various radio stations
and were intended for as wide a circulation as possible. Others have been donated to The Pirate Radio Hall of
Fame which are of unknown origin. Where photos have been scanned from books, newspapers or magazines, we have given credit.
However, if anybody believes that their copyright has been inadvertently infringed by the inclusion of an item on this site, please
get in touch and it will be removed immediately. Similarly, anybody who has supplied
audio for The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame has been credited but tapes get passed from collector
to collector and often there is no way of knowing who made the original recording. Our apologies to anyone who thinks their work has been used
here without due acknowledgment.
The offshore radio airchecks on The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame are in two formats: RealAudio and MP3. To listen to RealAudio
we recommend the Real Player or VLC Media Player.
MP3 recordings can be played on both of these as well as a number of others including Windows Media Player and Apple QuickTime.
The name ‘Radio London’ and the RL logo are used by kind permission of Radio London Ltd.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame links to MP3s which can be downloaded by UK-based
customers from Amazon. As in a traditional record shop, Amazon offers multiple versions of some songs. It isn't always easy to identify precisely which
version is which. We have endeavoured to ensure that each link leads to the appropriate version of the relevant track - the one that was played by the
offshore DJs of the era - but please listen carefully before purchasing. If you discover that any of them are later re-recordings, please
let us know.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame participates in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate
advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk. It is also partially funded by displaying
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