UPDATED JULY 2020

A.J Beirens

New this month: more wonderful recordings of offshore radio from Leon Tipler's archive - this time of Radios Atlanta and Caroline from May/June 1964; also from 1964, we remember the transformation of Maurice Cole into Kenny Everett; and a contributor shares his wife's Certificate of Commission in disc-jockey Robbie Dale's Beat Fleet fan club.
 
We were very sad to hear of the death of A.J Beirens (pictured right). The multilingual A.J presented Northsea Goes DX and Our World in Action on Radio Northsea International's short wave ‘World Service’ and, as Michael O, was also heard on Radios Atlantis and Caroline. Recently he has been writing a fascinating blog called Getting High on Radio, all about his love of the medium and career in it. He passed away on 26th June 2020, aged 73. Our condolences to his family and friends. There is a tribute on the Offshore Echos website. (Photo from A.J's Facebook page.)
 
We were delighted to hear from Graham Horne who was a generator engineer on Radio City during its last few months on air. He spotted a couple of photos of himself in Bill Price's photo album. Thanks to Graham getting in touch, he is no longer labelled as “unidentified engineer”!
 
You can relive the past with the Caroline Archive Hour every Saturday evening at 8pm (repeated at the same time the next day) on the internet station Caroline Flashback.
 
Ben Fairman, son of the late Mike Raven, has posted some of his father's R&B shows, mainly from his time on offshore radio, on Soundcloud. If you used to enjoy the programmes of “the oldest living teenager in captivity”, these will bring back a few memories.
 
Issue 200 of Offshore Echos is out now and pays tribute to Radio Caroline's founder Ronan O'Rahilly who died in April. It includes interviews, pictures and news reports, as well as anecdotes and contributions from friends and colleagues. If you don't subscribe and would like to buy a copy, see www.offshoreechos.com.
 
Newspapers reporting the recent death of Vera Lynn at the age of 103 have understandably concentrated on her outstanding career in music but
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame would be failing in its duty if it didn't also mention her contribution to offshore radio: she presented The Miners Make-Up Show, a weekly sponsored programme on Radio Caroline in 1965; and her recording of Land of Hope and Glory was the last record played on Radio 270 just before midnight on 14th August 1967. RIP Dame Vera.


Miners Make-Up

See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for full details of this website.

IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:

23rd July 1970: After its broadcasts were jammed by the British government, Radio Northsea International moved its ship, mv Mebo II, back to the Dutch coast. The jamming stopped (more details here).
 


m.v.Fredericia
 

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.


 
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THE OFFSHORE STATIONS OF THE 60s AND 70s

The Radio Atlantis Story

The Radio London Story

Memories of Britain Radio/Swinging Radio England

The Radio Northsea International Story

Radio Caroline in the Sixties

The Radio Sutch/Radio City Story

Radio Caroline in the Seventies

The Radio Scotland Story

The Radio Essex Story

Memories of Radio 270

The Radio Invicta Story

The Radio 355 Story

The Brief Reign of King Radio


 

The Radio 390 Story


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 in touch.

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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.

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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.
 
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