UPDATED AUGUST 2018
New this month: at the end of June a bunch of the guys who worked on Radio Caroline in the late seventies gathered for a reunion. We have exclusive photos; plus
some historical documents relating to the launch of Radio Atlanta in 1964.
Ex-Radio Monique DJ Bart Steenman recently visited his former home, the mv Ross Revenge, and made a video in which he chatted to his old Radio Caroline colleague Nick Richards. You can see the video
Radio Mi Amigo (no relation to the offshore station of the same name) returns to the air this month. It will be broadcasting from the ship LV18 moored in Harwich harbour from 9th to 19th August on 106.8 MHz FM.
For more details, see the station's Facebook page or the LV18 site. Audio streaming will be via
www.lv18radio.uk. It has also been reported that the LV18 is moving from its regular berth in Harwich to visit Ipswich later this year. They hope to have another temporary broadcast licence while the ship is there.
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
21st August 1978: The first test transmissions were broadcast for Dutch station Radio Delmare on 1570 kHz, 191 metres, from the mv Aegir, anchored off Holland.
IT WAS THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
4th August 1983: mv Ross Revenge left Spain and set sail for the North Sea.
8th August: The Ross Revenge dropped anchor about one mile from the previous anchorage of the old Mi Amigo.
19th August: Test broadcasts began for a new Radio Caroline from mv Ross Revenge on 963kHz, referred to as “319 metres”.
20th August: After 41 months of radio silence, Caroline was back! (Press cuttings here).
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
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