UPDATED DECEMBER 2018
New this month: Part three of ‘Christmas in International Waters’ looks at how the festive season was celebrated on the offshore stations of the
eighties; plus we have updated the two pages of RNI photos which we posted last month with added comments from Northsea DJ Ian Anderson.
Sad news reported by the BBC,
Sky News and other media outlets of the murder in Lebanon of former Voice of Peace and
Radio Caroline DJ Gavin Ford. Our sincere condolences to his friends and family.
And we were sorry to hear of the death of Radio London racing driver Keith St. John. He passed away in Marbella, Spain, where he had lived for many years, on 21st November. He was 81. Our thanks to George Day for passing on the sad
news. (There is more about Radio London's racing cars here.)
“Tatty” Tom Edwards, of Radio City and Radio Caroline South, has an autobiography on the way. Is Anybody There? will be in bookshops this month. There are articles about it in the Eastern Daily Press, Sleaford Standard
and On The Radio.
With Christmas looming, you might be interested to know that a DVD box set of The Kenny Everett Video Show has just been released. Consisting of six discs, it contains all four series and the three New Year specials
that Kenny made for Thames Television. All done in the best possible taste, it is available now from Amazon.
Manx Radio has two programmes of interest to Caroline fans scheduled over the festive season. On Friday December 21st, 17:10-19:00: A selection of the most popular tracks from the Radio Caroline Top 15's listeners' charts. And on
New Year's Day 19:00-21:00: Memories and music from the original Radio Caroline North of the sixties. Both shows will be hosted by Ray Clark.
Trevor Haynes has upoaded an old cine film to YouTube. It features a trip on the paddle steamer Waverley to visit Radio Caroline's ship mv Mi Amigo in May 1978. He
says: “quite a few well known people were on board that day, including Peter Chicago, Buster Pearson and Penelope Page of Monitor magazine, Paul (Alexander)
Rusling and Rob Day. I thought I would send you the link to have a look at. Sorry the quality is not too great.” Thanks Trevor. Great to see the ship again.
Congratulations to Stacey Belbin on taking a prize-winning photo of Radio Caroline's ship, the Ross Revenge. It was The People's Choice winner in the National Historic Ships UK photo competition. See their
website for all the winners. (Thanks to Clyde Martindill for the tip.)
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:
23rd December 1973: Test transmissions began on 1115 kHz for Belgian station Radio Atlantis from the mv Jeanine.
24th December: Test transmissions began for another Belgian-owned station, Radio Mi Amigo, broadcasting from the ship of the same name on 1187 kHz.
30th December: Radio Atlantis officially opened for business with programmes in Flemish and English (see The Radio Atlantis story.)
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
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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