UPDATED JANUARY 2019 - HAPPY NEW YEAR
New this month: we normally only feature items about Europe's English-language offshore stations but when we received two batches of photos in quick succession of the Dutch Radio Veronica's
studios, it seemed a shame not to share them. So here are Bob Arnold's and Nico Verbeek's photos. Thanks guys.
Last month we mentioned Trevor Haynes's cine film of a day trip to the mv Mi Amigo on board the paddle steamer Waverley. Ray Clark was surprised to spot himself in the
clip (“at 35 secs in, to the right of the yellow people and to the left of the wheel”) and has very kindly sent us a short piece of Super 8 footage that he shot on the same day. You can see it
Following the sad news we reported last month of the murder of former Voice of Peace and Radio Caroline DJ Gavin Ford in Lebanon, eleven stations in that country broadcast a tribute programme to him
on 7th December. It is available on YouTube.
We were sorry to hear that Peter Madison (known as Mac Peters on Radio City) passed away in December after a short illness. Our thanks to Pete Godzicz on Facebook for the news and our condolences to
Peter Madison's friends and family.
If you listened to either of the two Dutch stations which broadcast from the mv Laissez-Faire in the sixties, Radio Dolfijn and Radio 227, you may be interested in a new book (in Dutch) being published this month. We have't seen a copy
yet but are told it includes a lot of previously unpublished photos, clippings and anecdotes from DJs Lex Harding, Tom Collins, Look Boden, Thijs Lieffering, Harkie, and others. To reserve a copy of this limited edition book, or
for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traditionally we have given figures for how many people have visited The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame during the past year as part of our January update. Unfortunately our hosting
company upgraded its systems halfway through 2018 and statistics for the first part of the year are no longer available. However we are able to tell you that between July and December we had 33,392 visitors (24,141 unique) - between
five and six thousand a month. At the time of writing more than 1,250 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 website. 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 FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1st January 1974: Belgian-owned Radio Mi Amigo began broadcasting, 6am-9pm, on 1187 kHz.
7th January: Radio Seagull returned to the air, 9pm-6am, on the same frequency (see part 4 of ‘Caroline in the 70's’).
IT WAS THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
21st January 1984: The first test transmissions were heard from Laser, broadcasting from the mv Communicator on 729 kHz.
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 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
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