UPDATED MARCH 2021
New this month: another vintage edition of Radio News, this time from 7th February 1967; and Ray Clark interviews Radio Caroline director
Thanks to correspondent Dave Roberts for forwarding the cover of a recent issue of an American science fiction magazine, right, which features one of the Maunsell anti-aircraft forts. These strange structures in the Thames estuary
housed a number of offshore radio stations in the sixties. He says he was “amused that our beloved forts rate as suitable subjects to illustrate a science fiction magazine cover!”
We have compiled a Spotify playlist of the last Radio Northsea International Top 30 of 1970. If you were a fan of this era of RNI, this is your chance to enjoy the excellent music played on the station again. See
this page for details.
We were sad to hear from Keith Hampshire that Radio Caroline Production Manager Freddie Ryder has passed away. Back in the sixties Freddie was responsible for producing commercials, recording programmes and
features, and helping aspiring disc-jockeys make demo tapes in the Caroline House studio. Keefers tells us that Freddie had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease for the last twenty years and died peacefully in his sleep on 22nd
January. Our condolences to his family and friends. For more about Freddie, see Offshore Echos and this
family tribute page. (Thanks to Chris Edwards and Keith Hampshire.)
If you used to enjoy Radio Mi Amigo, the Dutch/Belgian station of the seventies, you will like the “Radio Mi Amigo Revival Event”. Between 6am Central European Time on Wednesday 24th March 24 and midnight CET on Sunday 28th
March, you will be able to hear studio quality recordings of old programmes plus many of the records, jingles and commercials that were aired on Radio Mi Amigo between 1974 and 1979. The audio stream will be available from
noon on Monday 22nd March at radiomiamigo.co.uk. (Thanks to Philippe Derluyn for the information.)
Martin van der Ven, webmaster of The Offshore Radio Guide, has compiled a list of radio receivers which mention an offshore station on the dial like the Murphy B818A shown below. So far he has found 120 different models and
the list is still growing. For more details, see www.offshore-radio.de/radiosets.
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame first went live on the world wide web on 14th March 2000 which means we celebrate our 21st birthday this month. Many thanks to everyone
who has contributed to or supported the site since then. We couldn't have done it without you.
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:
5th March 1971: Radio Northsea International started its Dutch service.
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.
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
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