UPDATED MARCH 2020
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame went on-line for the first time on 14th March 2000, which means we celebrate our 20th birthday this month. Thank you to everybody
who has helped and supported us over the last two decades - especially the former pirates who have generously shared their memories and memorabilia, and the enthusiasts who have supplied so many recordings and photos. We couldn't
have done it without you.
There is another, much sadder, anniversary this month. It is forty years since the mv Mi Amigo sank. In the final part of Caroline in the Seventies we remember that dreadful night with the help of the
last three English disc-jockeys on board - Stevie Gordon, Tom Anderson and Nick Richards - and we look at how the media reported the sinking at the time; also this month, Eddie Austin recalls his stay on
Radio Atlantis with a couple of photos and a rare studio
Robbie Owen interviewed former Radio Caroline DJ Grant Benson on his “Jukebox Drive-In” show recently. You can hear it on
Mixcloud. (Thanks to Mike Barraclough for the tip.)
If you used to enjoy Radio Mi Amigo, the Dutch/Belgian station of the seventies, you may like to know about the “Radio Mi Amigo Revival Event”. Between 6am Central European Time on Thursday 26th March and midnight CET on
Sunday 29th March, you will be able to hear studio quality recordings of old programmes plus the records, jingles and commercials that were broadcast on Radio Mi Amigo between 1974 and 1979. The audio stream will be available from noon
on Wednesday 25th March via radiomiamigo.co.uk. (Thanks to Philippe Derluyn 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:
24th March 1965: King Radio replaced Radio Invicta on Red Sands fort, broadcasting on 1267 kHz (more details here).
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
23rd March 1970: Radio Northsea International's ship, the mv Mebo II, left the Dutch coast and moved to a new position off Clacton, Essex (more details here).
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
19-20th March 1980: The mv Mi Amigo sank after all the personnel had been taken off by lifeboat (more details 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.
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.
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