UPDATED JUNE 2018
New this month: Radio Caroline DJ from the 80s Caroline Martin has recently shared dozens of her personal photos from the station on Facebook. She
has kindly allowed us to publish a selection; we hear from 60s Radio Caroline South DJ Paul Noble who has sent a recent pic; correspondent Per Arne
Berggren has provided more RNI charts from 1970 (see here and following pages); and since our last full update, we have added a tribute to Radio London's first Programme Director,
Ben Toney, who sadly died on 10th May.
Thanks to Mike Barraclough for passing on the sad news that Robbie Duke, who was heard on Radio Caroline during September / October 1975, died recently; and to Paul Rusling for letting us know that
Paul Harris, the author of a number of books about offshore radio including When Pirates Ruled The Waves, also passed away in May. Our condolences to both men's families and friends.
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has an exhibition starting on 22nd June called Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop. We don't know how much, if at all,
Radio Scotland features but a researcher did contact us about sourcing a photo of its ship, the Comet, so hopefully the station does receive some credit for its promotion of local bands during the sixties. The exhibition continues
until 25th November and The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame would be interested to hear from anyone who visits it.
Red Sands Fort, formerly the home of Radios Invicta, King and 390, has made an appearance in a short video. It is a promotional film on behalf of Shure microphones. In it, music producer Paul White visits the abandoned Maunsell Sea
Fort in the Thames estuary to record sounds he can use in his music. The video can be found on Vimeo. It isn't brand new - it was posted 9 months ago - but we have only just
spotted it and thought it would be of interest.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
Apologies for the loss of some of the newer items on The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame for a couple of days recently. This was due to an 'upgrade' carried out by our hosting company
who used files from an old version of the site. Hopefully everything is rectified now but please get in touch if you spot anything missing. Thank you.
IT WAS FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
4th June 1973: Radio Caroline launched two simultaneous services from the mv Mi Amigo. 773 kHz - Top 40 (in English); 1187 kHz - Dutch service by day, two hours of classical music followed by
rock music through the night in English (more details here).
26th June: Generator failure silenced the two Carolines.
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 SIXTIES
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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