UPDATED JANUARY 2021 - HAPPY NEW YEAR
New this month: Following the interest expressed in the vintage copy of Radio News we posted last time, we have added another issue. This one is from January
1967; and we have a fascinating interview with Radio 270's Paul Burnett.
Lucas Graham, son of Radio London's Mike Lennox, hopes to make a documentary about his late father. A trailer to raise financing for the film can be found on
We were sorry to hear that Radio Northsea International's Dick de Graaf died on 19th November. Although The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame only covers the English-speaking DJs
of the offshore era, we have fond memories of hearing Dick on the ‘Driemaster’ programme on RNI's Dutch service. He was 75 years old. RIP Dick. (Thanks to Hans Knot for the information.)
Another sad loss, that of song-writer Geoff Stephens, who passed away on Christmas Eve aged 86. He wrote, or co-wrote, numerous pirate era hits including
Tell Me When, The Crying Game,
Semi-Detached Suburban Mr.James and There's A Kind Of Hush. He produced the early releases from Donovan and was the man behind The New Vaudeville
Band. He also co-wrote We Love the Pirates, released by The Roaring 60s. Our condolences to his family and friends. There is an obituary on the
Best Classic Bands website.
Over the last few years we have given annual statistics relating to this website each January. Unfortunately the company which hosts The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame had a
technical issue early in 2020 and no visitor data was available for some time. This means we don't have figures for the whole year. However we do know that during the eight months between mid-April and mid-December we had 46,773
visitors - the equivalent of 70,160 per year. At the time of writing over 1,500 people have ‘liked’ the PRHoF on Facebook. It is immensely gratifying that, more than half a century after the Marine Offences Act made offshore radio illegal, so many people are still interested in the subject of ‘watery wireless’
and this site. Our grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed or supported us. We wish you all a very happy new year.
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:
11th January 1966: Radio London's ship mv Galaxy was washed inside the three mile limit in a storm. The station had to close down until she could be towed back into international waters
(more details here).
19/20th January: Radio Caroline South's ship mv Mi Amigo was washed up on the Essex coast and badly damaged. She was towed to Amsterdam for repairs (more details here).
IT WAS THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1st January 1986: Caroline Overdrive, a new late night rock service, was launched by Radio Caroline on 963kHz while regular programmes continued on 558kHz.
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.
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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