UPDATED MAY 2019
New this month: we have letters - some written in the sixties from Caroline North's Jerry “Soopa” Leighton and a more recent one from his former
ship-mate Gordon Cruse.
We were sorry to hear of the death of composer Les Reed at the age of 83 (see Guardian obituary). As well as writing and/or arranging
numerous hits (his website has full details), he was responsible for Man of Action, the well-loved theme tune used by Radio Northsea International. And more sad news -
Alan Keen, Programme Director of Radio London and later Managing Director of Radio Luxembourg's English service, also died in April, aged 91. Our tribute to him is here. Our condolences to the families and
friends of both men.
Nice to see “Monstrous Macca” Ian MacRae (Radios City & Caroline South) on this Australian TV documentary about sixties pop group
The Seekers. (Thanks to Chris Payne for the link.)
The online version of the Daily Mail of 26th April featured some excellent photographs of Radio Caroline from the sixties. See here.
If you are in the area, check out the newly reopened Felixstowe Museum. Their sixties room contains a display of offshore radio memorabilia provided by the
Felixstowe & Offshore Radio Facebook page. (Thanks to Brian Nichols for the information.)
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for
full details of this website.
IT WAS FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
9th May 1964: Radio Atlanta broadcast a test programme on Radio Caroline's frequency after that station has closed for the night.
12th May: Radio Atlanta began regular programmes on 1493 kHz, 201 metres (more details here).
27th May: Radio Sutch started broadcasting from Shivering Sands Fort in the Thames estuary on 1542 kHz (more details here).
IT WAS THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
7th May 1984: Non-stop music test transmissions began from mv Communicator on 558 kHz, 538 metres.
24th May, 5am: Laser-558 began regular programmes, broadcasting 20 hours a day.
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
adverts provided by Google. Please note that Google, and their advertisers, may use information (which does not include your name, address, email address or
telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements they think will be of interest to you. If you would like more
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