UPDATED APRIL 2019
Forty years ago, on Easter Sunday 1979, Radio Caroline returned to the air after nearly six months of silence. We remember the station's momentous return and its final year of broadcasting
from the mv Mi Amigo in part 10 of ‘Caroline in the 70's’.
We were sorry to hear that former Radio Caroline North DJ Bob Stewart passed away in a hospice near his home in Texas at just after 9am local time on 28th March, a date that was also coincidentally
Radio Caroline's fifty-fifth birthday. Our tribute to him is here.
Thanks to Mary Payne for reminding us that The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame was 19 years old on 14th March. We had forgotten! The site that Mary runs with her husband Chris,
www.radiolondon.co.uk, is one year older than this one and has just had a massive twentieth anniversary update. It is highly recommended.
The mv Nordeney, once the home of the Dutch offshore station Radio Veronica, may be returning to sea! There are plans - if sufficient funds can be raised - to have a month long broadcast this summer from the ship. For details (in
Dutch) see www.stichtinghetveronicaschip.nl. The World of Radio website also
has an English translation of their press release.
Following the recent correspondence about a 1978 visit to the mv Mi Amigo (see here), Kjell Holländer has sent us this home movie he shot in 1967
when he took a trip out to visit Radio Caroline North's ship mv Fredericia. Thanks Kjell.
On 11th March BBC Radio Cumbria's Paul Braithwaite (sitting in for Caroline Robertson) interviewed Caroline North's Jerry Leighton about his time at sea. It is available to listen again on
BBC Sounds until 11th April. The interview is in the middle hour of the programme.
And still with Caroline North, Nick Bailey's autobiography is out this month after a slight delay. Across the Waves: From Radio Caroline to Classic FM can be ordered from his website
See the contents page and DJ Directories of the sixties, seventies and eighties for
full details of this website.
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
15th April 1979: Radio Caroline returned to the air from the mv Mi Amigo with Dutch and English programmes (see part 10 of ‘Caroline in the 70's’).
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
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