UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2020
New this month: a magnificent video compilation of home movies shot on Radio 270 put together by Noel Miller; correspondents Mike & Rosemary Ford remember meeting a
Radio London DJ at a 1966 beauty contest; and another correspondent Steve Ostler has unearthed an old Radio 390 recording.
We were sad to hear of the death of Gordon Sheppard (on the right in this photo) on 30th July, aged 93. Back in the sixties Gordon was Promotions Manager for Radio London and was responsible for the Big L nights at venues like the
Starlight Ballroom, the Marquee and the Wimbledon Palais. Some years ago he kindly shared some of his photographs with The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame, of which this is one. You
can find the others here. (Thanks to Norman St.John and Mary Payne.)
13th September: Sad news. We have just heard that former Radio London DJ Mike Lennox has died of Covid-19. Our tribute to him is here. RIP Marshall Mike.
(Thanks to Willy Walker and Mary Payne.)
During the cononavirus lockdown Keith Skues lost his BBC local radio show. We are pleased to hear that he is now back. He told Hans Knot: “the good news is that I will be back on air from
23rd August for just six weeks to complete the 500 editions of my Sunday show. Once these programmes have been completed I will have to retire. I can't complain.
I have enjoyed 61 years of broadcasting. As to the future ... I have no plans but something may come along. Time alone will tell.” Meanwhile a fan has started a petition urging the BBC to keep Keith's show beyond the 500th
edition. See S-O-S Save Our Skues. (Thanks to Hans.)
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:
22nd September 1965: King Radio closed down (more details here).
25th September: Radio 390 replaced King on Red Sands fort, broadcasting on 773 kHz (more details here).
IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH:
1st September 1970: Dutch sweet music station Capital Radio began broadcasting to the Netherlands.
24th September: Radio Northsea International closed down. It returned to the air a few months later (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.
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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